Thursday, April 4, 2013

Springtime Favorites, Fruit Punches and Art Galleries

Seriously pretty, isn't it?

 This recipe just puts me in the springtime mood. 
Come-on sunshine! 

Pineapple juice, limeade and club soda 
make a refreshing drink that goes beautifully with all kinds of summer fruit. 
And with strawberries in season right now, they make a perfect match.

pineapple cooler


  • 1 12-ounce can frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 6-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 4 cups cold water * 1 liter club soda, chilled
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh strawberries 
  • Short (6-inch) wooden skewers
  • Assorted fruits such as halved orange slices, halved lime slices, orange sections, raspberries, strawberries, sliced kiwifruit, and mint sprigs


In a large pitcher combine pineapple juice concentrate, limeade, and water. Chill for at least 30 minutes. To serve, transfer fruit juice mixture to pitchers; add club soda, ice cubes, and fresh strawberries.
Serve with Fruit Swizzle Sticks, if desired or maybe those little umbrellas, which now come in straws too.l

Makes 14 (6-ounce) servings.
Fruit Swizzle Sticks: On short (6-inch) wooden skewers, thread assorted fruits and mint sprigs. Make-Ahead Tip: Up to 24 hours ahead, prepare the juice mixture and chill well. Proceed as directed.
Sit back, soak up the sunshine sipping a sweet drink and enjoy the beginning of spring & summer. from BetterHomes&Gardens

and this exciting piece is from
ArtPad, San Francisco

by Gregg Renfrow
polymer pigment on cast acrylic
27" X 24"
courtesy of the artist & Tommy Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco
work by this artist will be available at
ArtPad, San Francisco, 2013

Francine, I think this has your name on it.



VM Creation Atelier said...


You brings me to a very Springtime mood:-)))*
Oh,how much I like this recipe....
Only to see these colors make you happy!

Wish to you Sunshine,wonderful weekend,my dear friend!


Katie Clooney said...

Just printed the recipe for that delicious drink. Looks pretty and I bet tastes delish. Have a wonderful weekend, Marsha.

carolyn bradford said...

I'm hoping this will be life in just a week and half once we hit the island of St. Lucia! Give me all the fruit punches you can!! And then, I am fully confident that I would buy any piece of art! Can't wait! Love the artwork! Love the recipes!

Nella said...

Dear Marsha, this is just it for making me crazy for Spring weather soon! It looks so beautiful, and I am sure it is delish!
Also, I thoroughly enjoy, no relish, the by Invitation Only posts we read because of you....I sent the one Coty wrote to my niece who was just diagnosed with breast cancer, she is 39..she loved it...on courage....thank you...N.xo
I also thanked Coty...she is brilliant!

Glamour Drops said...

yum - a taste of summer sunshine! We don't have concentrated limeade in Australia - or at least, if we do I have never seen it - before I make such a grand statement. But I imagine using the full product, and not adding water would amount to the same thing? xx

Splenderosa said...

Virginia, it's Minute Maid in these little cans in the frozen orange juice section. But, in any event, the real thing would be much better !!

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

I'll take a glass please Marsha, sounds so refreshing and look very pretty too.

Over here you only need to step outside at the moment to get cold and refreshing....from the icy arctic blast we are experiencing. Roll on summer:)


Acquired Objects said...

I just pinned your fruit punch it sounds so good! Now bring on the sunshine!


designchic said...

This looks so pretty and delicious, Marsha and the perfect drink for a springtime party - now if only our weather would cooperate. Happy weekend ~

Abramyan Avenue said...

love, love, love...this is definitely the perfect spring/summer drink!! My girls will have fun making it as well!!