The jalapeno challenge — recipe No. 3

My daughter loves lemonade. Loves it! She feels the same about lemonade as I do about Diet Mt. Dew. So when I made Jalapeno Lemonade for my jalapeno challenge, I asked if she wanted to try it.

Being a good mom, I removed the sliced jalapeno from the glass rim. It was there purely for show and I didn’t want her to accidentally eat it.

Being a bad mom, I didn’t rotate the glass, so she sipped from the same spot, burning her tongue.

She still likes lemonade, just not this kind.

(Don’t let that story scare you. This has a mild, refreshing flavor. You smell the jalapeno pepper more than you taste it.)

Jalapeno Lemonade

  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cups cold water

In a sauce pan over medium high heat, combine the sugar, water and jalapeno. If you want your drink to be less spicy, remove the seeds from the pepper.

Heat the mixture and stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a rolling boil then remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.

Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the jalapeno chunks and seeds.

Combine the sugar mixture, lemon juice and water in a large pitcher. Chill for at least 1 hour.



“Slumber” Party Food

My daughter turns 10 next week, so we had her first-ever slumber party last night.

5 girls.

3 pizzas.

1 Big Top Cupcake.

48 mini strawberry cupcakes.

Cookies and Cream ice cream.



Sprite. Hawaiian Punch. Coke Zero. Sunkist. Apple juice.


Fruit smoothies.

The girls arrived at 7 p.m. The pizza was devoured by 8 p.m. The mini cupcakes and Big Top Cupcake were next. They popped popcorn around midnight and were asleep — I think — by 2 a.m. I woke up to them playing video games at 6:30 a.m.

Really girls?

We made fruit smoothies to offset the junk food from the night before. By 10 a.m., everyone had gone home. My daughter and I picked up the family room, started the dish washer and vacuumed the house. Then a I took a two-hour nap.

Her first-ever slumber party was a success!


  • 8 fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 ice cubes

Blend strawberries, milk, yogurt, sugar and vanilla.

Add ice.

Blend until smooth and serve.

Sipping on gin and juice

Actually, it’s bourbon and tea, but Snoop Dog hasn’t recorded a song about that — yet.

I’ve been fighting a cold for almost a week now, a nasty chest cough that sounds horrible. I don’t get sick that often, but it seems like when I do get sick, I get sick.

I blame my competitive gene.

I was coughing a lot last night, so I decided to make myself a hot toddy in hopes that it would help with my cough and let me get some sleep. Here’s what I’ve decided. A hot toddy doesn’t necessarily clear your congestion, but it does get you buzzed enough that you pass out.

This is not my image. There's no way I could have taken a picture last night. First I was shaky from all the coughing, then I was shaky from my drink. But it did look like this. I think.

Sleep is sleep, right?

For the record, though, I think I’ll just stick to NyQuil tonight.


  • 1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum (I used whiskey)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tea bag

Coat the bottom of a mug with honey.

Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter.

Heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea.

Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.

Keep in mind that these instructions will become more difficult as you consume your hot toddy, so it’s best to make a really big one or to have someone on hand make then for you.