Everyday Mom's Meals: Afternoon Delight

Friday, September 9, 2011

Afternoon Delight

Ha! Made you look twice, didn't I? Are you thinking of the song w/ the not so hidden message? Even Glee dedicated a spoof in this past season alluding that it could mean a snack in the middle part of the day! Lol But in my case, I truly am talking about a little mid-day pick me up :) As a stay at home mom, w/ Alex now in school, I try to spread out my daily chores and "to-do" list so at no point am I looking for something to do. It's really never a hard thing to do.....always too much to do, not enough hours in the day. But a lot of days, around 2pm or so, I find my butt dragging and in desperate need of a little sugar and/or caffeine. In the winter months, this is usually when I reach for the afternoon cup of coffee. In the summer it's a big tall glass of iced tea. But sometimes that seems a little mundane since I drink SO much tea when it's hot outside. So why not something juicy, creamy, and new! Brought to me by the amazing Ree Drummond--The Pioneer Woman. It was Saturday morning. The boys were out running errands and I was enjoying her debut episode on Food Network. During the segment about breakfast, she made this beautiful Sunrise Punch and I knew it would totally fit the bill for my afternoon energy boost. I couldn't write fast enough, so I didn't catch the recipe, but no worries. Between my fantastic fans on Facebook who reported back to me, and Ree herself, who within about an hour had posted the recipe, I was ready to go! One ingredient, meringue powder, was something I had never heard of, but Ree explained it gives the drink a "frothiness". And then my smart fans told me it's used in icing a lot and can be found at Walmart in the cake decorating section. Well, to be honest, I was thinking of doing this as a non blended drink instead anyway. I have very sensitive teeth and sometimes frozen drinks and I don't get a long. So I thought why not mix the ingredients and then serve over ice. Still refreshing, still yummy, just not quite as shocking to the system. I will share Ree's original recipe w/ you, and then my interpretation. Thank goodness for the Pioneer Woman and afternoon pick me ups!

Citrus Punch Adapted from Pioneer Woman
2 c. orange juice
2 c. pineapple juice
2 c. 2% milk
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla

Combine all in a pitcher. Mix well w/ a wooden spoon to make sure powdered sugar is dissolved. In individual glasses, add ice and pour punch over.  Add an extra splash of pineapple juice on top. Serve w/ an iced tea spoon to stir.

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Miranda said...

I saw her make this and wondered how it would be. Glad to hear about someone trying it, I like your version too! Thank you for linking to Fat Camp Friday. Enjoy your weekend!

carolinaheartstrings said...

That looks just fantastic. Great afternoon treat. Come over and visit. We have wonderful apple recipes this week.

Jerri said...

Interesting recipe! Sounds good!

Erin said...

What a great afternoon treat!

KB said...

Looks good.

We'd love you to share your recipes with us at
Simply Delish Saturday

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Thank U so much for linking this up at Tea Party Tuesday!