Have I ever told you all that two of our six kids have the same birthday? Well, they do. And no, they are not twins. Ethan was born August 6th, 1991 and Trevor was born the same day, five years later. Ethan just turned 19 and Trevor, 14. We always fix the kids their favorite meals for them on their birthdays and sometimes we go out to dinner instead (I still fix their favorite meal a few days later). This year we took the family out to dinner and the boys chose Osaka, which is a Japanese steak house where a trained to do tricks with utensils chef prepares your meal on a large Hibachi grill at your table. Recently, Osaka opened another restaurant here and we'd been wanting to try it out. If you're in Tulsa, and like sushi or hibachi steak, this is a must place to dine. It's beautifully decorated, and the food, including a full sushi bar, is great.
We've dined at Japanese Steak houses for years and once took Michael, our oldest, along with 8 or 9 of his friends there for a birthday dinner when he was in 3rd grade. Here the two of us are after coming home from that birthday dinner to cut the cake. This is one of the rare pics of Michael making goofy faces. It's hard for me to believe he's almost 21 years old (teardrop(s)).
Ok, enough reminiscing. I start out writing about one thing and it conjures memories of similar, past times and next thing you know I'm writing about that. I brought up the whole Japanese steak house thing because when we do take our children out to eat there, they always order a (non-alcoholic) drink called Coconut Punch. This past trip to Osaka was no exception. The problem was that noone got their fill of the slushy drink this time. The saying "just a dab'll do ya" just won't do at all in this case, so I decided to try my own version of Coconut Punch and if I do say so myself, it is just as good as Osaka's. The kids and Shawn think it's even better. I kinda' agree ;-)
I've made this at least four times this month and since summer is finally and thankfully nearing an end I wanted to get this summery treat in one last time. I made a batch up tonight to share with them, and you. I even (sort of) measured everything out tonight so I wouldn't have to say a capful of this and two scoops of that plus a big plop of this with two handfuls of that, and now blend till smooth.
Nancy's Pink Coconut Punch
makes 2-3 good sized servings
Here is (pretty much) exactly what I do:
Ask (make) at least one kid to help get out ingredients and necessary equipment
then add about ( you really can't mess this up so don't worry about exact measurements...they aren't exact anyway)
5 oz Cream of Coconut
1/3 cup frozen, sliced strawberries microwaved for 15-20 seconds to soften slightly
1/2 Cup Rainbow Sherbet (lemon, lime, orange)
3/4 - 1 tsp Grenadine syrup
1/3 cup whipped topping, such as Cool Whip
2 cups ice
Combine all in a blender or food processor that will crush ice and blend until smooth or to the consistency you like. Serve in any glasses you want, but real coconut cups with real bamboo straws and cute cocktail umbrellas make it taste even better and look even better so that I can blog the end result.
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