31 May 2011

Poplar Forest and slushy

May has flown by - filled with busy days at work and busy days with friends and family.  This holiday weekend I had a blast at a friend's barbeque and enjoyed a visit with my parents.  Made Southern Comfort slushy for the party and sent some home with my mother.  She used to make the slushy for neighborhood cookouts when I was growing up and for her regular "Gone with the Wind" parties (which I naively assumed as a child was centered around movie-watching, but as an adult I can now imagine was more for the slushy and just hanging out with friends).

Southern Comfort Slushy
(Source:  my mother who got it from who-knows-where)
4 tea bags
2 cups boiling water
2 cups sugar
7 cups cold water
1 1/2 cups Southern Comfort (or bourbon)
1 12 ounce can frozen orange juice
1 6 ounce can frozen lemonade
Steep tea bags in boiling water for three minutes.  Remove bags and add sugar.  Add cold water, bourbon, orange juice, and lemonade.  Mix until combined.  Freeze until firm.  Spoon into cups and enjoy as it melts in this 90+ degree weather...

The parents and I trekked out to Lynchburg, Virginia to visit Poplar Forest, taking the house tour and also enjoying the GPS landscape tour that adds a little extra information to what you can see and read.  It seems like I should be sick of house museums on my days off, but I'm not.  I cannot, however, turn off my 'curator mode' and just enjoy the experience as a regular person.  Need to work on that a bit before my England house marathon....


JBR said...

Isn't Poplar Forest fantastic? I often think it's easier to sense TJ there than at oft-crowded Monticello. In addition, it's much more of a private house instead of the public, highly visited house Monticello was even in TJ's day. Point of Honor is interesting if you're up that way again.

L. said...

I was just about to email you for the recipe, but you saved me the trouble! :D