Punch, It’s a Southern Thing

Recently I spent a weekend in North Carolina with my parents. When I was going into 10th Grade my fathers job transferred us from Georgia to California. Most might think that this was horrible to do to a girl in high school, but it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I met one of my lifelong best friends Kim.

We went through lots together, boys, spend the nights, Proms, Sadie Hawkins, secrets some of which still are, Band Camp, and working at Six Flags. Our parents became good friends as well so it made it really easy for us to get together. Kim is the only one of us still in LA. Her husband is part owner in LA Center Studios, it is the only movie studio located in downtown LA. Kim and her husband are 2 of the most humble, caring people  I know. I would say that Pete is lucky to have her, but she is just as lucky to have him! They have 3 beautiful children and she is Garrett’s God Mother.
Here is the cake with a picture of her Dad now and as a boy.
When we were in high school we started calling my parents Mom and Dad and her parents Madre and Padre. So last month when my mom called to say it was Padre’s 70th birthday and Kim was coming with no hubby and kids to North Carolina would I like to go, I jumped at the chance. We never get to see or talk enough so I thought it would be a great chance to catch up some. We will be visiting them this summer, but for the 2 of us to have no kids around, this probably won’t happen again till we are retired!
So when there is a party in the south it still very often calls for “Punch” this concoction usually includes some kind of frozen object like sherbet and a fizzy substance like Sprite. So I got on Google and after reading some recipes we came up with this


It was really great I must say and so easy.


1 large can of frozen lemonade
1 box frozen strawberries or 1 carton fresh
1 bottle of lemon/lime soda or ginger ale

Blend the first 2 together in a blender till slushy and well blended. put into your punch bowl or  pitcher and pour in a 2 liter bottle of your soda. Stir together and throw in some ice. It’s fizzy strawberry lemonade. I’m not a big “punch” girl but this was really refreshing.

Here is Madre, Padre, Kim and her sister Tori, such a wonderful family. They have enriched my life beyond measure. Happy B-day Padre I love you!

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12 Responses

  1. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:
    Nothing like good friends, good times, and good punch for us Southern gals! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe Kelley!

    Take care,

  2. Bonnie and Trish @ U says:
    Nothing like good friends, good times, and good punch for us Southern gals! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe Kelley!Take care, Trish
  3. Christine says:
    A gorgeous family in deed!!!! The punch looks wonderful!! I love punch!! Any occasion to make one.. and I have to make one heheThanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! :)
  4. Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com says:
    Yum! Looks great!!
  5. Kelley @ TheGrantLif says:
    Yum! Looks great!!
  6. SweetPepperRose says:
    I'm a South GA gal and this recipe sounds familiar :) and will be making it, just because it's good!Thanks for sharingJoAnnsweetpepperrose.blogspot.com
  7. Cranberry Morning says:
    I pinned your recipe. Who doesn't love simply and delicious! Thanks for posting it. I'm your newest follower. Hope you'll stop in and follow me back? :-)
  8. Our Pinteresting Family says:
    What a fun party! I can't wait to try out this recipe. Your newest follower ~ Megan
  9. Our Pinteresting Fam says:
    What a fun party! I can't wait to try out this recipe. Your newest follower ~ Megan
  10. cathy@my1929charmer says:
    So happy what could of turned out to be an unhappy event turned in to one of the best for you to meet Kim. Enjoyed you sharing your memories with us. The recipe sounds so very good, and I have a glass bunch bowl and set downstairs waiting to be used. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!
  11. Tanya@takesix says:
    This looks like a great recipe. So easy, and not a lot of ingredients. Pinning this for future reference. Thank you!
  12. Pam Fields says:
    With growing up in MS and living in SC for the last 26 years, I have countless occasions to have punch! You're right it is a Southern thing. We serve at every party, holiday, bridal/baby shower and sometimes just because. :) Enjoyed your memories. Made me smile because my 25 year old son calls my husband and me Padre and Madre.

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