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Endless Poptails: Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour

Posted by bakersroyale on June 23 2011 in Desserts, Featured, Recipe

We ESers like our whiskey combinations and we’re betting you will too. Never mindful of the rules, this week we created a blasphemous bartending nightmare by skipping the shaker for some rotating blades. Yep, everything is headed for the blender including the whiskey. Um, please muffle all outraged screams until you have tried this. Along with the whiskey are some sweet cherries, tart apples and a lime to create a popsicle that will assist you with obtaining your daily fruit serving.

So while we may not be rule-minded we’re a thoughtful bunch and giving you two options for your whiskey. Sip it in a whiskey cocktail or get a lick of it in these Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour Poptails. Of course we recommend you try both.

Since our French neighbours enjoyed Pimms so  much at our Ruby Wedding party I think I’ll try these when we’re there in May.  I’ll report back on their success.

Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour Poptails

Makes eight 2-and-1/4-oz. popsicles

· 3 cups cherries (weighing 1lb)
· 1 large green apple (weighing 6oz)
· 1 lime (weighing 3 1/2oz)
· 1 cup whiskey
· ½ cup of sweet and sour mix (homemade recipe follows)

1. Pit cherries; set aside. Peel away apple and lime skin and cut fruit into quarters.

2. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until mixture is pureed. Mixture will be thick.

3. Pour mixture into popsicle forms and freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

Sweet and Sour Mix

· 1/2 cup water
· 1/2 cup sugar
· 1 cup lemon juice

1. Place sugar and water in a sauce pan and heat until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and stir to combine. Set aside to cool before using.

Find more super ice lollies at:

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/3z4C4T/www.endlesssimmer.com/2011/06/23/endless-poptails-cherry-apple-whiskey-sour/

Springtime in England….Bolton Abbey

England is at its best in Spring.  We visited Bolton Abbey last week, the first cold day for a fortnight.  It was still lovely.

It’s sad to think that it was only 2 years after the roof was finished that the Abbey was dissolved by order of the king.  the Abbot did the sensible thing and took new vows and became the first parish vicar under the new regime.  Who can blame him.

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The present church is one end of the original abbey.  It is filled with interesting things and opportunities for prayer.

There’s a great coffee shop, really well designed and organised with delicious food and super coffee.  Children can put their own toppings on their ice creams.  The loos are clean and there are enough!  (Ladies take note)  Excellent access for wheelchairs and prams as well as lots of outside tables and chairs for the smokers.  The birds are very tame and will take food from you.

You can take several different walks and the leaflets tell you how difficult they are.  The Abbey grounds would be a bit tricky for wheelchairs but ther’s good access to the church itself.
The car park is a short walk and is run by the village but you can drive up to the Abbey if you are disabled.

Carnival in UK

This is the August 2011 West Indian Carnival, Leeds, UK. My husband took our number 1 granddaughter plus her swanky camera to see what there was to see.  What do you think??

Is there a West Indian carnival anywhere in France?  Or anything similar?

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Up, Up And Away?


You lovers of the English language might enjoy this ..

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is   ‘UP.’



It’s easy to understand 
UPmeaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?

Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP 

to the secretary to write UP a report?


We call 
UP our friends.


And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.

We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has real special meaning.

People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed  UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UPlook the wordUP in the dictionary.

In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.

It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UPyou may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.

When the sun comes out we say it is clearingUP.


When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things
UP.


When it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry 
UP.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it     UP,

for now my time is UP,

so……..it is time to shut UP!

Now it’s UP to you what you do next.

My friend S sent this by email.  I think I’ll use it as a basis for a discussion with advanced students.

Any more ideas?  Send them in please.

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