Monday, August 4, 2014

Strawberry Lemonade

I took a much needed break from blogging over the weekend, after lots of extra cooking and baking in July it was relaxing to have a few days off. We're busy getting ready for school, only two weeks left of summer break. Eeek, where has the time gone?! I'm still not sure where I'm headed, I've enjoyed the summer with my girls no doubt but I won't lie. I'm stressing, I know the perfect job will land in my lap but it's so hard being patient and giving God all the control.

As for our weekend; it was pretty relaxing for the most part. Here are just a couple of our highlights:

Our church volunteers their time at our local food bank the first Saturday of every month. My girls are a little familiar with the food bank because I took them with me to volunteer last December. Our family had planned to help out in both June and July but each time they decided they either didn't have enough work for us or because it was the holiday weekend they were not going to work. I couldn't make up my mind regarding August. Some of us had other things going on so we couldn't go as a family. I decided I would rather sleep in and be lazy on Saturday. Well, Friday afternoon I get an email asking if I could help out, even though it was really late notice. Divine intervention? I think so. Our 6-year old and I had a great time volunteering our Saturday morning. It felt much better to help out where needed than to be lazy at home.

We then spent our Saturday evening at a local baseball game. Our good friend is a manager for one of the local bowling alleys, occasionally they will take their bowling pin mascot to these events to visit with the kids and hand out some bowling goodies. The girls loved getting their pics taken. Can you guess who's behind that costume? Yes, the hubby of course! He was a good sport.

Sunday afternoon we spent much of our time at the pool, it was a great day for it too! When we got home, I mixed up some of this strawberry lemonade for us to cool down with. It was very refreshing! Instead of using sugar, I substituted some local honey as the sweetener. It was perfect, the strawberries are already sweet enough and you still get that nice tartness from the lemons.

Of course it doesn't make a whole lot and lemons are so darn expensive this time of year. $0.77 each and when you need a lot it adds up quickly. But it was worth it, the little girls and I got to relax outside for a bit before dinner and they felt pretty special drinking out of those mason jars.

Strawberry Lemonade

5-6 lemons
1 lb. strawberries
1/3 cup honey
1 cup hot tap water
4 cups cold water
Ice, for serving

In a blender puree the strawberries with the juice of one half of lemon after they've been washed and hulled. Make sure to save a few for garnishes, if desired. Strain the puree through a mesh sieve to remove the seeds. You should end up with a little over one cup of puree.

In a large pitcher combine juice of all lemons with honey and hot water. Mix together well to incorporate honey. Add in strawberry puree and mix well. Then pour in cold water and stir again.

You may serve immediately with ice or chill in the fridge for a bit. Garnish with additional strawberries or lemon slices if desired.

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