Archive for July, 2011

Pucker Up, Part II

Grab your juicer and get your lemon squeezin’ hand ready, we’re taking life’s lemons and making more lemonade today!
You’ve got to admit, there’s just something about homemade lemonade. That fresh-squeezed taste makes all the difference. If you love lemonade, but usually stick to the Country-time, Minute-Maid or Crystal Light varieties, promise me you’ll give real homemade lemonade a try. Pretty please? Your smackers will thank me.

While you can’t beat the refreshing taste of yesterday’s Rosemary Lemonade, I have to admit the Strawberry Basil Lemonade was a real show stopper. Everyone dug around in the ice to find the “pink” jars. 
Fresh lemons, fresh berries, fresh basil – I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong.

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

Strawberry Basil Lemonade
adapted from Lux Eco Living

Basil simple syrup:
4 cups sugar
2 cup water
2 bunch basil, washed and cleaned
2 lb strawberries washed, hulled, and sliced ½ inch thick

4 cups lemon juice- about 30 lemons
4 cups basil simple syrup
4 cups cold water
strawberries, raspberries, sliced lemons and basil for garnish

For the basil simple syrup, combine sugar, water, basil, and strawberries in saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and refrigerate until cool. Strain.

Pour fresh squeezed lemon juice, basil simple syrup, and cold water in 3 equal parts in to mason jars. Add strawberries, raspberries and basil as garnish. Place jars on ice until chilled. Makes about 12 pint sized mason jars.

Posted 7/21/11, Topic: Eats

Season’s Harvest: Lemons

1. 2.

I have to admit, my entire life I’ve bought lemons and have picked them out based on their shape and coloring. I guess I just looked for ones that looked picture-worthy. I didn’t really think about any other criteria being that important.

After juicing 60 lemon halves (oh yeah, talk about a sore hand) I have come to find out that all lemons are not created equal. Here are some handy dandy tips for selecting the juiciest and best pucker-worthy lemons:

1. Choose lemons that are no more than 3 inches from end to end that are heavy for their size. 
2. The skin should be taut and thin; avoid those with very hard skin. 
3. The lemon should give slightly when pressed. 
4. Avoid wrinkled, dry-skinned, or dull-colored lemons, those are past their prime.
5. Store lemons in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for two to three weeks.

Now you guys will be able to find the best lemons in store! Squish those babies up and make some lemonade.

Posted 7/19/11, Topic: Eats

Pucker Up, Part I

Lemons, lemons, lemons. I’ve had lemons on the brain lately. I mentioned that I juiced sixty lemon halves – why? For lemonade of course!

A summer party just isn’t complete without the tangy goodness of homemade lemonade. I made two different flavors, Rosemary Lemonade and Strawberry Basil Lemonade, and served them in pint sized mason jars. Just throw the jars on ice and you have a refreshing, icy cold treat. Guests can just grab a straw and enjoy.

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

Rosemary Lemonade
adapted from Herbal Gardens

3 cups water
3 cups sugar
3 cups lemon juice
Grated rind of two lemons
Four sprigs of fresh rosemary
Cold water
Lemon slices, rosemary sprigs and raspberries for garnish

Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Boil the liquid three minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, lemon rind and rosemary. Refrigerate the mixture at least one hour or until very cold. Strain the mixture into a storage container.

Fill the mason jars about a third full with the lemon syrup, add water to the top of the jar, stir and place jars on ice until chilled. Makes about 10 pint size mason jars.

Stay tuned… tomorrow I’ll share the other lemonade recipe that had everyone smacking their lips for more.

Posted 7/19/11, Topic: Eats


Sometimes you just get in a rut. You know what helps me get out of a rut? Creating.
Just make the decision to do something. Bust out the glue guns, the paint, the pencils, the yarn. Pour yourself into a project this week. I know it always turns my frown upside down.
What kind of creative dreams do you have for the week?

Posted 7/18/11, Topic: Blog

Pie in the Sky

Source: etsy.com via Iveth on Pinterest

Can you imagine my surprise when I got a call saying my sister’s flight from Jacksonville to Baltimore was delayed? Guess she’ll miss her connection in… ATLANTA! Whoopie!

Here’s to celebrating life’s small victories. Have a fan-tabulous weekend!

Posted 7/15/11, Topic: Blog

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