MagPad Dinner Table

MagPad Dinner Table

Thursday, April 28, 2011


One of the blessings of living in Southern California is the abundance of citrus trees that are around. This is our neighbor's lime tree that hangs over our fence. My son is getting ready to pick a few limes.

We had quite the harvest that day.

We have an electric Black & Decker Handy Juicer that makes the juicing fun and easy.

After we are done squeezing the juice, I put the juice into little 5 1/2 oz or 3 1/2 oz containers that I get at Smart and Final. Then I put the containers in the freezer to use for a future time when a need a little lime juice for my summer fruit, my homemade salsa, or in other recipes. (I wrote in permeant marker on the top of the container the name of the juice and the date)

My friend gave us a big box of their citrus fruit the other day. By the time I was done juicing what was in the box, I had 1 gallon of fresh juice. I went searching for another way to store all my citrus juice. I ran across this recipe webpage for engineers.

Having a brother and a couple of brother-in-laws who are engineers, I found this site pretty funny. Click here for their recipe for limeade.

Below is my simplified version of their recipe:


1 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup lime juice (squeezed from limes)

Lime juice consecrate:

Make a simple syrup by heating 1-1/2 cup water and 1-1/2 cup granulated sugar. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved and the mixture has turned clear. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup of lime juice to the simple syrup.

Now you have limeade concentrate. You can refrigerate this or even freeze it into ice cube trays or containers for a cup of instant limeade whenever you want. I put some of the the concentrate in 2 cup containers for larger servings and the rest in 5 1/2 oz containers for single servings. On top of the lids, I wrote with a marker: 1 part juice, 2 part water


To convert the limeade concentrate into limeade, simply add two cups of water for each cup of concentrate. (Another way to think of it is: one part concentrate to two parts water) If you desire a little less tartness and sweetness, just add an addition half cup of water to the mixture.

Here are some more recipes for lime drinks:

Sparkling Limeade

1/2 cups granulated sugar or more, to taste
1 1/2 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice
1 quart
sparkling water

Beginning with the 1/2 cup sugar, add to the lime
juice and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the sparkling water, stir and taste for sweetness; add more sugar if needed. Pour over ice to serve.

Strawberry Limeade

1/2 cup lime
2 cups cold water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 (10 ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed
5 ice cubes

Put all ingredients except 5 ice cubes in blender container; cover and run at high speed until smooth.

Meanwhile, while blender is running, add ice cubes one at a time.

Makes 6 servings.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

No Fail Rolls

1 cup milk, heated
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1 TBS dry yeast
2 eggs
4 cups flour
Put the milk in a saucepan and turn on low heat on the stove. While it's warming, combine butter, 1/4 cup sugar and salt in a large bowl. Then add warmed milk (it should not boil). In another bowl combine warm water, 1 tsp sugar, and yeast. Make sure the water isn't too hot, just warm. Stir. Add 2 eggs and flour and stir with wooden spoon. Combine everything in a large bowl and stir. Refrigerate dough overnight. This helps it to rise. If you need it same day, you can put in fridge for 3 hours or in freezer for 1 1/2 hours. If you put it in freezer, let it thaw on counter for about 15-20 minutes. Take dough and divide in half and roll it out with a rolling pin to form a circle. Use a pizza cutter or knife to divide dough in fourths and then into eighths. Roll into a crescent (start with wide end and roll onto itself). Place on greased cookie sheet. Let rise for another 1-2 hours at room temperature. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

This is Aunt Lynn's famous recipe. She's been known to make hundreds of rolls at a time!!!

Click here for Amy Gray's roll recipe. This recipe is the roll recipe I usually use when I make homemade rolls.

Click here for Loraine Lindstrom's scone/roll recipe