I actually haven't been doing that much cooking lately, although I've been in the kitchen plenty. Activities the last two weekends have called for lots of baking, a couple kinds of muffins and more than 20 dozen cookies. I have also brought punch to a couple of events lately. Last night, I tried a new punch recipe for the women's small group I'm a part of, Pina Colada Slush. It seemed to be a hit with everyone. The recipe is from July/August 2007 issue of "Simple and Delicious."
Pina Colada Slush
3 cans (6 oz each) unsweetened pineapple juice
2 c. water
1 can (10 oz) frozen non-alcoholic pina colada mix
1 TB lime juice
1 tub sugar-free lemonade soft drink mix (I used Crystal Light, not a big tub, just one of the tubs that comes the cylinder the drink mix. )
6 c. lemon-lime soda, chilled
In a large bowl, combine the pineapple juice, water, pina colada mix, lime juice and soft drink mix; stir until drink mix is dissolved. Transfer to a two quart freezer container. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
Remove from the freezer at least 45 minutes before serving. For each serving, combine 1/2 cup slush mixture with 1/2 cup soda. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts)
Note: Instead of combining it one cup at a time, I just poured the lemon-lime soda over the slush and mixed it together. I also doubled the recipe, so that we could have more than 1 cup of the beverage. Also, this allowed me to purchase a large can of the pineapple juice and use most of it, instead of buying it in the small cans, which was much more expensive.