Tricks of the Trade

I have two little tricks of the trade for you today. I love summer warm weather and fruit water is my favorite thing to drink when it is so hot outside and I am trying to not drink calories. I put blueberries, strawberries, limes, lemons and oranges in my fruit water. I sometime also add a splash of Orange Juice or squeeze half of the orange in the water. If I am entertaining I will add mint to the top of the glass for a big punch of elegance and beauty. I make the water a few hours before I serve it.

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My husband loves southern sweet tea with fresh lemon as his drink of choice.

Southern Sweet Tea

4 tea bags

1 3/4 cups raw sugar (reg. sugar works fine)

Place 4 tea bags in a pan of water and bring to a boil. One it boils turn the burner off and let steep for 30 minutes. Put sugar in a 1 gallon picture and pour hot tea over sugar. Stir. Serve with fresh lemon over ice.

I also do corn on the cob the easy way……..

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I cut the top of the corn off to remove a lot of silks and I cut the bottom off to making peeling easier after grilling. I then throw the corn….husks and all on the grill for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. So easy!!!!! This tastes great with a flavored butter which is another way to make your simply made corn on the cob look even better!

From Food Network:

Cilantro Lime Butter:

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves

1 lime, zested and juiced

2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Put the butter in a mixing bowl and, using a rubber spatula, mix in the cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, salt and cayenne. Use immediately or refrigerate.

Yield: 3/4 cup

I hope you are having a great summer so far this year! Remember to make every minute count because we are not promised tomorrow!!!

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