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Slush, Snow and Exciting News

The recipe I planned to put on this post today is perfectly fitting for what we experienced in the Midwest this weekend.


For a dog who is usually highly obedient, when the snow comes, Max becomes cantankerous. He wants to stay out and play for hours-on-end and ignores his commands.

But, I digress. Even though we got blanketed by white fluffy snow, I still think the recipe is fitting . . . it’s called Slush. If you like an occasional holiday drink, than you’ll like this one, because it includes alcohol.

I must digress one more time before I post the recipe, because I have some exciting news. Look at what Santa brought me below.


My novel, Whit’s End, is now available on Amazon. It’s wonderful to actually hold the paperback book in my hands. If you’re the type who would rather hold paper than read a screen, check it out, HERE. You can also enter a giveaway contest for the paperback starting on Wednesday, so come back for the link.

homeavecover3Now, in the theme of my short story, Hope Lies in Meatballs, in the anthology, Home Avenue, the Slush recipe that my grandma used to make every Christmas is below. The memoir is pictured left. My Grandma was a real character that you’ll remember long after reading the stories. I also have written a little about her on my free readings page in the story, The Sweet Revolting Development. Click the book cover for a closer look at the memoir.

Grandmaโ€™s Slush

7 cups water
2 cups sugar (I use a half-cup less because I like it a little less sweet)
2 additional cups water
4 bags green tea
1 12oz frozen orange juice
1 12oz frozen lemonade
2 cups vodka
liter bottle 50/50 or Squirt soda

Bring 7 cups water & 2 cups sugar to boil. Let cool.

Bring 2 cups water to boil and then add 4 bags green tea. Add orange juice & lemonade and stir together. Add vodka and sugar water.

Freeze overnight and then serve with ยฝ class Slush, ยฝ class soda (50/50 or Squirt).

NOTE: This makes a very large recipe. I usually cut it in half if I’m not having a bit party.

P.S. From what I understand, this drink can also be made with Brandy in place of Vodka.


16 thoughts on “Slush, Snow and Exciting News”

  1. This is exciting Lori ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been having a ‘Lorifest’ over the last few days, reading Whit’s End and Home Avenue. I found Home Avenue warm and funny and it made me smile to the last page. Whit’s End was an emotional rollercoaster that I found myself not being able to put down until I found out the characters’ fates! Thanks for entertaining me this week Lori ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve posted reviews on Good Reads and Amazon UK and US.

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    1. Haha. A Lorifest for sure, Andrea. Blech! Hehe. I’m so humbled and grateful for your kind words about my books. I’m so happy that you didn’t want to put it down. I was aiming to keep it unpredictable until the end. Thank you so much for the good reviews. Blessings to you.

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    1. Hi Z Lady! Oh yes, Max is enjoying the snow for all of us. We’ve gotten snow two weekends in a row now, and we’re due next weekend too! Maybe the next round will come your way. Thanks for the congrats. Stay warm.

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  2. Exciting news, indeed, Lori! I finally got to read Home Avenue and thoroughly enjoyed it. Got drawn right in to the family dynamics! Now I’m enjoying Whit’s End. You’re very good, dear Lori! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoxoM

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    1. Thank you so much for reading my books, Margarita. My next novel revolves around spirituality. It’s one you may relate to. I haven’t had a chance to work on it much lately. If you ever get a chance, when you’re finished reading, I’d greatly appreciate reviews. I’m so glad you’re enjoying them. Warm hugs.

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    1. The good news is, the snow fell over the weekend, so no driving to work in it. Bad news is, temps are going into the single digits and the foot-high snow will freeze.

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