Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Slush Punch

Last fall I made this punch for a birthday party.  It was a hit!  With another party coming up this weekend I was going to find a new punch recipe(one that is green that can be a "kelp shake" for our Spongebob theme).  When looking though I was asked by Travis if I would be making the really good punch I made last time.  I guess that helps me decide what to make!  However, this time I will try lime gelatin, so I can get that green color I want. 
You do want to make this punch a day or two ahead, as it has to freeze.  I find that handy anyway, who wants to be making everything the day of the party.  At the bottom is the link to where I found the recipe.  There are lots of reviews and suggestions by other people who have tried it.

I will hopefully get a picture up after Saturday!

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups white sugar

6 cups water

2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored gelatin mix

1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice

2/3 cup lemon juice

1 quart orange juice

2 (2 liter) bottles lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage

Directions

1.In a large saucepan, combine sugar, water, and strawberry flavored gelatin. Boil for 3 minutes. Stir in pineapple juice, lemon juice, and orange juice. Divide mixture in half, and freeze in 2 separate containers.

2.When ready to serve, place the frozen contents of one container in a punch bowl, and stir in 1 bottle of lemon-lime soda until slushy.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Luscious-Slush-Punch/Detail.aspx

I used melon fusion gelatin.  Didn't get as green as I wanted, but still gave me a seaweed color for our "kelp shakes".  The flavor still tasted great and that's the most important part!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Maple Syrup-Boil down process

We have started to boil down the sap.  The trees aren't flowing as much as we thought they would by now.  That's ok though, all in due time.  We have still collected quite a bit of sap.  It's probably for the best it didn't start out so fast for us.  This gives up some time to figure it all out!
This is our boiling down station this year.  Project for next year will be to build a brick wood stove of some sort.
The big plastic jug is for the back of the 4-wheeler.  The thought was to drive around and pour the sap from the bags into this.  Well, there is too much snow for that right now.  The smaller plastic jugs in the bottom shelf are recycled fryer oil containers from Burger King.  They have been pouring the sap into them for now.  They are about 3 gallons and don't get too heavy to carry.  When they do, they pour the sap into the larger container. 

 More photos on the Maple Syrup Page

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Maple Syrup


Sap from 3/15/2011
This evening we plan on collecting the sap.  Tomorrow hopefully we will start cooking it down!


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