DIY Lemonade Kits - Great Party Favors

DIY Lemonade Kits and Party Favors - epicuricloud

The perfect summer sipper!

My girls love drinking from Mason jars lately - maybe it makes them feel a little country in our suburban jungle.  So, for a party my daughter was planning, she came up with this lemonade kit party favor idea.  Each guest took home a Mason jar with a straw top lid, straw and everything they need to shake up a real old-fashioned, feel-like-you're-in-the-country, homemade lemonade!  They were a huge hit!  And with the super simple lemonade recipe they'll be shaking 'em up all summer long!  You can buy Mason jars and straw top lids at grocery stores, craft stores and online.  We finished ours off with a ribbon and packaged them in a cellophane bag.

DIY Lemonade Kits: Step-by-Step Photos

For Each Party Favor You'll Need:

  • Mason jar w/lid
  • Straw
  • Straw top (optional)
  • Lemon
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • Directions
  • Ribbon/Cellophane bag

Directions for Making Lemonade:

Mason Jar Lemonade

Ingredients:
-Juice of one lemon
-2 tablespoons superfine sugar
-10-ounces water
-Ice

Directions:
Cut the lemon in half
Squeeze lemon halves into jar with sugar
Add 10-ounces water to jar
Place lid on jar and shake until sugar is dissolved
Fill jar with ice
Replace lid with straw cap
Enjoy a taste of summer! ☺

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Red, White and Blue Flatbreads Recipe

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What’s the difference between pizza and flatbread?

I wondered this myself and found through a little online “noodling” that there are no hard and fast rules for the two although some say a flatbread is usually:
-    Not round
-    Very thin
-    Flat all the way to the edge
-    Not covered in sauce
-    Made with non-yeasted dough
-    Topped with creative combinations of ingredients

Flatbreads to me seem easier to make than large pizzas.  You don’t have to make them round and they can be made into small manageable sizes.  I have smoked up the house on more than one occasion when trying to transfer a large heavily topped pizza from the peel to the oven.  The dough likes stick to the peel, and then as I panic, jiggling and shaking the peel, the ingredients fly off into the hot oven causing a smoke storm in the house…argh – not fun!  

As far as dough, I usually do use yeast dough – it comes down to what I have time for.  Sometimes I use homemade pizza dough, other times I use premade flatbreads or even pita bread. This time I used the fresh dough from the grocery store.

If you don’t have a pizza stone or a pizza peel, no worries, just bake it on a pizza pan or sheet pan.

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Red, White and Blue Flatbreads Recipe:
Christina Verrelli – epicuricloud.com

Prep. Time 15 minutes
Bake Time 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1/3 cup oil (I used avocado, can use safflower or olive)
½ teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
6 small purple potatoes
½ pint grape tomatoes
1 pound pizza dough
flour for rolling dough
4-ounces goat cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Arrange oven rack to low position in oven.  If using pizza stone, place on rack to preheat.

In small bowl, stir together oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper to make a garlic herb oil.  Slice potatoes as thinly as you can.  Slice tomatoes about 1/8-inch thick.

Cut pizza dough into two halves.  Flour one piece and use your hands or a rolling pin to stretch dough to a thin oblong shape.  Place dough on pan or on a lightly floured pizza peel.  Brush dough with garlic herb oil and arrange half of the potato and tomato slices on the dough.  I left some open space to top with goat cheese after it was baked.  Brush a little more garlic and herb oil onto the potato slices.  Transfer to oven and repeat with the other dough half.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until the crust is browned.  

Remove flatbreads and top each with goat cheese crumbles.  

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Oreo Upside-Down Sheet Cake Recipe

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I usually place one photo at the top of my post…but how was I to choose….

oreo upside down sheet cake NOM epicuricloud.com
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Ok, I need a moment….

Seriously, this cake is what dreams are made of….

Cake #1 "Chocolate Niagra Falls"

My girls love cookies-and-cream-Oreo-anything and spring brings both their birthdays…so I set off to make a delectable cookies and cream cake.  The first version (served at Sam's actual birthday) was a bundt cake with an Oreo cream filling.  It was tasty but the filling melted into the cake and there was so much cake batter it flowed over the edges of the pan like a chocolate Niagra Falls.  Oops!

Cake # 2 "The Case of the disappearing Oreo Centers"

I revised the recipe by replacing the cream filling with the centers from a pack of Double Stuff Oreos and bought the largest bundt pan I could find.  I was hoping to cut into the cake and be dazzled by creamy white Oreo filling chunks studding the moist chocolate cake.  But alas, when I cut the cake for my daughter and her friends, the Oreo centers had melted into the cake during the 70 minute bake time. (Boo!)  I was determined to have more Oreo flavor and a cake studded with unmelted Oreo centers.

I decided to ditch the bundt and go for a sheet cake as a thinner cake would have a shorter bake time and hopefully unmelted Oreo cream centers.  To increase the Oreo flavor I lined the 9"x13" pan with an Oreo crust, which when baked and inverted would crown the cake in a layer of pure Oreo goodness.  Mmm...delicious moist chocolatey cake, studded with unmelted Oreos, topped with an Oreo crust, drizzled with icing and sprinkled with more Oreos.  Ding, ding, ding - we have a winner!!  Lauren even requested this cake for her next birthday shin-dig - I feel honored ( :

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Oreo Upside Down Sheet Cake Recipe:

Christina Verrelli – epicuricloud.com 

Prep. Time: 20 minutes 
Bake Time: 30 minutes 
Serves about 15-18 

Ingredients: 

Cake: 

Non-stick baking spray with flour 

1 package Oreo Double Stuff cookies, divided 

1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided 

1/3 cup cocoa powder 

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 

½ teaspoon instant espresso powder 

1/3 cup boiling water 

½ cup buttermilk* 

½ + 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 

½ teaspoon salt 

½ teaspoon baking soda 

½ cup granulated sugar 

½ cup packed light brown sugar 

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

3 large eggs, room temperature 

Glaze: 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 

1 cup confectioners’ (powdered) sugar 

2 tablespoons milk 

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange oven rack to center position. Spray 13” x 9” x 2” pan (I used shiny metal) with non-stick baking spray with flour. 

In food processor, crush 18 of the cookies into crumbs. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and drizzle into crumbs while processor is running. Pulse a few times for mixture to come together. Sprinkle crumb mixture over bottom of prepared pan and press to form a crust. Bake for 6 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Keep oven hot. 

Chop the remaining cookies into fourths and set aside. 

In heatproof bowl combine cocoa, chocolate chips and espresso powder. Pour in boiling water and stir until mixture is melted and smooth. Allow to cool, then stir in buttermilk. In a medium bowl stir together flour, salt and baking soda. 

Using stand mixer with flat beater or hand mixer, cream on medium-high speed 1/3 cup butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar and vanilla, until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Lower speed and mix in the following ingredients until just combined: 1/3 of the flour mixture, then ½ the chocolate mixture, 1/3 of the flour mixture. Scrape bowl.  Then add the rest of the chocolate mixture and the rest of the flour mixture. Fold in half of the chopped cookies and pour batter over crust. Bake for 25 -30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with just a few crumbs. Allow cake to cool for 15 minutes. Place a rectangular platter over the pan and invert to release cake to the platter. 

Whisk or use mixer to make glaze. Stir together butter and confectioners’ sugar, then stir in milk. Stir until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cake when still slightly warm. Sprinkle the cake with the remaining chopped cookies. 

*Note: to make your own buttermilk. Add 1½ teaspoon white vinegar or lemon juice to a 1 cup measuring cup. Fill the measuring cup to the ½ cup mark with milk. Allow to sit 5-10 minutes. 

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