When I picture the windows open in a room, I imagine warm sunshine streaming through as the wind gently blows the curtains. Fresh air hits me and I am compelled to take a deep breath. The refreshing energy fills my soul. Of course there are only certain seasons when it's practical to open the windows, but my goal is to fill my heart, home, and family with a beautiful serenity that always makes me think the windows are open!

Monday, July 26

Fun Little Summery Cocktails

I really love summer time.  Especially all the bright festive colors and cool summer drinks.  This week red, orange, and yellow peppers are on sale at the grocery store so I stocked up.  I’m using some with supper tonight, and putting the rest in the freezer.
01-pepper basket

I decided to use them in a salad to be paired with pork chops marinated with pineapple and OJ.  That’s when I got an idea to make up some pre-dinner drinks using the peppers as cocktail glasses.  Then, after they’ve soaked up a little of the fruity flavors, I’ll chop them up and add them to the salad.

First, I picked out peppers that had nice flat bottoms and stood up well by themselves.  You don’t want your yummy cocktail falling over.  :) 02-flat bottoms

Then I cut around the tops and twisted out the seeds.  (Think stuffed peppers).  Make sure all the seeds are out.
03-empty peppers
In the blender I mixed up a favorite rum punch with OJ, fresh pineapple and a tad of cherry juice.  The rum is optional if you prefer a mocktail.  I like Malibu Caribbean Rum in this drink..  It has a fresh coconut flavor.04-blender

Then just fill your hollowed out peppers and add a straw.  You can get creative with the garnishes too.05- drinks

So after our drinks were finished.  I grilled the pork chops and tossed up some salad - baby lettuce mix, fresh mozzarella, pineapple, basil, and the chopped peppers which I topped with a homemade lemon basil dressing. 06-dinner

Superb!!  I hope this inspires you to enjoy some of summer’s fresh, colorful foods.


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  1. They look great - very creative!

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  2. Hey Rebbecca Your ideas are really superb...no doubt these became awesome after you finish them

  3. Beautiful pepper photos!! and cute drink 'glasses.' :-) The grilled pork chops look delicious too. Makes me hungry, but I suppose I should eat breakfast before dinner. :-)

    Thanks for visiting Cranberry Morning and leaving a comment. :-) Hope to see you again!

  4. Wow these look amazing! I'm your newest follower!

  5. This is super cute! I must remember this... :)


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