Pink-Lemonade Beer Cocktails

beer lemonadeThis may or may not be your drink. You have two choices here if that wasn’t clear. You can drink this….Or you don’t have to.

But “Pink lemonade and beer?” you ask.

Yes! It is so refreshing that even my friend who doesn’t drink beer, loved this drink.  You can’t taste any beer, but only have the sweet taste of lemonade and the refreshing coldness of this punch-like drink, served over ice.  Perfect by the pool.  Or the porch.  Or wherever.

This is how easy it is to make your hot-day drink of choice in a huge pitcher:

beer lemonade


Lemon Beer Cocktails


  • 1 12oz. can pink (has to be pink!) lemonade concentrate (has to be the concentrate)
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 4 cans of light beer (I used Corona)
  • Ice


Defrost the lemonade.

In a 2 quart pitcher, add the lemonade, vodka, and beer.


Add the ice, or pour over the ice in glasses.


If you are a man, this may definitely not be your drink. My husband told me this. He should know, because he is a man. No offense to any man who also likes to drink and ends up loving this recipe. This may mean that you like pink lemonade way more than my husband does!  Moving on…

If you are a woman, this is your new favorite drink- which by the way, is also known as, {don’t let me lose you here} the “Panty Dropper.” I know. Very sexist. But probably true. If it was also known as the “Boxer Dropper” I probably would not drink this, nor would I want my husband to! Besides the crazy nick-names, somehow the idea of lemonade mixed with beer, may not ring your bell right off the bat  – but It truly is delicious- you must trust me on this- you must!

If you are too embarrassed to call it the “Panty Dropper” – say, when you are making it for your mother’s friends for a baby shower or book group…just call it “Pink-Lemonade Beer Cocktails” like I did. Or “Lemon-Coolers.” That sounds WAY more lady-like…And if you are serving it to men who may love lemonade AND beer…just call it a Shandy.  Equal opportunity around here, my friends. Enjoy!

beer lemonade


Salt Potatoes: A Summer Staple


This post was originally published February of 2014.  I have updated the recipe and since it’s summer, thought many of you would love this!

For those of you who have never had or don’t know what a salt potato is, you are and have been missing out on a salty, creamy, deliciousness, that I feel so lucky to have enjoyed for the better part of my life.

In central New York, they are a summer staple with BBQs and picnic table eating. You can buy the potatoes packaged with their salt in most stores for most months of the year, but definitely all summer long.

Now, living in Massachusetts, you can find Salt Potatoes in maybe two stores for maybe two weeks. At any other time, I get some very strange looks, when I ask for them. “What kind?” “Can’t you just use small potatoes and add salt to the water?” Technically, I guess you can. Here’s how I have done it in a pinch:

Salt Potatoes


  • 4 pounds small (new) potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
  • 1 sick of butter, melted, and 1/2 stick more for serving
  • Handful of chopped parsley (optional, but with all that butter, you will need to feel virtuous about consuming your greens!)


Wash the potatoes. Fill a large pot with water. Stir in salt until it no longer will dissolve.put the potatoes in the pot, and bring to boil, reducing heat and simmering until potatoes are tender, but firm. Meanwhile, melt your butter, and chop your parsley. Drain potatoes when done, pour butter and parsley over potatoes, and serve. If you like, serve extra butter with each serving. I do.

They taste a lot like the real thing. Maybe not as perfect, but they do just fine until I can make it home.

Summer is here…I am coming for you Salt Potatoes!

Healthy On-the-go Snacks for Kids or Adults

I don’t know about you, but summer is the ultimate in packing picnics and snacks for impromtu playdates, picnics, beach outings and all those times where you are away from home and need something to eat before everyone melts into a puddle of whining and crying.  And I am not just talking about the kids…I know a few dads and moms who do the same and it’s not pretty!

I have always kept peanut butter crackers stashed in the glove-boxes of my cars, so that I had an emergency protein snack for my kids.  While this is not the healthiest snack, it is easy, and non-perishable. I learned the hard way, stuck in traffic with a hungry child that snacks were a MUST for us.  While you may not love the peanut butter crackers, there are lots of other items to put away in various amounts, without worrying about moldiness or melt – They are:

fruit snacks, fruit rolls, dried fruit, applesauce (with spoon), rice cakes, pretzels, individual peanut butter packages,graham crackers, animal crackers, meat jerky, nuts, water bottles

car snacks pack

I cannot tell you how much you will use this stash.  Not only is it healthier, but it is cheaper by far than stopping along the ride, or buying something at the closest place (a favorite coffee conglomerate springs to mind!) just to have a snack.  All of these things, you can just LEAVE in the car.  For the summer.  For the entire summer.  That means you are prepared! You are ready to road-trip. You can snack without worry.

car snacks

For those times where I can plan ahead a bit, I can pack a cooler. So, to make my life so much easier and happier, we can pack fruit, boiled eggs, cheese and crackers, juice boxes, individual hummus packs, yogurt sticks, veggie sticks, cheese sticks, and basically everything else…because you have planned ahead and have a cooler. It’s called a picnic. Welcome to living outside your house. Now there should be no crying. By mom, dad, or anyone in-between!  Happy Travels!

*Just hide this stash well. Little people can see through a sealed box like this or maybe they just sniff it out…I hide mine under the passenger front seat.  Just saying.  Maybe you won’t have that problem~