Monday, July 20, 2009

The Pause That Refreshes

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For a long time I have admired your blogs with the collages. After four days of fussing, I finally figured out how to do it on Picassa. I feel like one of the big kids now! I couldn't wait to show off for you!

Do you remember that old commercial where the tag line was "the pause that refreshes?" Was it for Coke? Or Pepsi? Maybe it was Mountain Dew? I don't remember anymore but I do remember the catchy line.

Cherry Lemon Cooler
(From Getting By on A Dime and The Northwest Cherry Board)

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh sweet cherries, halved and pitted
1 cup fresh lemon juice, refrigerated
Crushed ice
1 bottle (1 liter) club soda or seltzer
Fresh sweet cherries with stems, for garnish (and just plain good eating!)
4 long stems fresh mint-optional (for garnish)

Combine water and sugar in small saucepan; add halved cherries. Bring mixture to boil; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Strain syrup into container with tight fitting lid; discard cherries. Refrigerate syrup until cold.

Fill a tall 12 to 16-ounce glass with ice. Pour 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup syrup over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with cherries and mint. Makes 4 servings.

Tip: Leftover syrup may be stored, refrigerated, up to one week.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving: 140 Cal., 0 g pro., 0 g fat, 37 g carb., 0 mg chol., 1 g fiber, 28 mg sodium


Vietnamese Coffee

8 cups chilled coffee (leftover coffee is perfect for this!)
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Combine both ingredients in a pitcher. Find a long handled spoon; stir until well combined. Make sure and click the spoon against the sides of your glass picture. It's music. Get yourself a tall frosted glass. Toss in some ice cubes, pour chilled coffee over ice, hear ice crackle.

Summer is too short. Kick back and enjoy!

33 comments:

  1. These look so refreshing and delicious, Katy- I especially love the coffee!
    Now I need to learn how to do the collages... oh my, there's so much to learn!

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  2. This sounds so refreshing!!

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  3. Katypi, you are my "pause that refreshes"! just me, Kathye

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  4. So refreshing drinks..condensed milk will add a great sweetness,sounds tasty..

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  5. Fantastic collage! Wow, yay!! Good for you! You are so creative.
    And the drinks, so refreshing. I could really handle some of that wonderful cherry cooler!

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  6. I was excited with my first collage too! The drinks look perfect for summer!

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  7. Your cherry drink looks delicious (and what a beautiful photo)!! I love Picassa too!!!

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  8. This is so refreshing! Such a cooling combo!

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  9. Wow these look fabulous and plan to make the coffee one!! thanks for two awesome recipes!

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  10. I love Patricia Cornwell books but I haven't read "The Front", did you read it? Was it good?! The Vietnamese Coffee sounds awesome!

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  11. It's a book that I would label as just "OK." I used to really enjoy her books but not so much anymore. If you want to email me your address, I'll mail it to you when I'm done with it. My email address is on my profile page.

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  12. That cherry lemon cooler is calling to me! Yum!

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  13. Are these your photos Katy? WOW! WOW!!!!! They're incredible!


    I have a just enough cherries left to make that cherry cooler...thansk for teh recipe!

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  14. I'm having such issues with images these days. Kudos to you for having the patience to master collages.

    I think that advertising "jingle" may have been for coke. My notes say they used it in 1929!!!

    It's raining in New York today but boy oh boy it sure doesn't put a damper on my wanting a Cherry Lemon Cooler right NOW!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Katy:)

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  15. WooHoo..nice collage :D These drinks both look delicious and refreshing! Not sure about the tagline, though...

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  16. this looks great esp the coffee so thats what vietnamese coffee is LOL Rebecca

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  17. yaya for your collages!
    I have yet to figure it out, I'm pretty techno-challenged :(
    Nice, refreshing options here! Thanks!

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  18. Your mosaic is wonderful!

    Both of these drinks look outstanding! I'm going to have to go check out that cherry site.

    I don't remember which commercial that saying is from. Hmm.

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  19. These both look delicious! Coffee and condensed milk sounds heavenly!

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  20. Great job, Katy. You are just growing in your blogging abilities.

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  21. I have got to try that coffee. Looks so delicious! I love your collages.. I am still trying to figure it out.

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  22. I love anything with cherry, and that glass is to die for!

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  23. Katy..these drinks do look refreshing..a good time to pause and refresh every once in awhile.

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  24. Both of these look so refreshing! I want one now...especially the coffee...caffeine is desperately needed!

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  25. Wish I could do that. We will be visiting our computer genius Son this weekend so maybe he will show me. The drinks look wonderful!

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  26. I have NO idea how to do the pictures like that, but it sure does look beautiful. Both those drinks sound amazing, especially the cherry one. Would love to sit for a chat with you while sipping on one of those drinks!

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  27. Katy, does the cherry cooler taste more like cherry or lemon? It looks perfect for my Mom, who loves lemon, and for me, since I love cherries! Beautiful photo.

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  28. Oh wow....awesome recipes.....cherry lemon cooler sounds yummylicious and refreshing...love that cold coffee too......

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  29. Perfectly refreshing, I love the collage!

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  30. I saw that coffee drink along time ago and was going to make it but never did and eventually forgot about it. This time I'm not forgetting. It's going to be made tomorrow!

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  31. I would love a drink right now, please.

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