Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lemonade Stand

Lemonade Stand

The following is brought to you by Summertime.

And the recipe for this golden deliciousness from the back pages of Woman's Day. Here's the recipe:

For 8 servings: in a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.

Cut about 10 lemons in half and squeeze juice using an old fashioned juicer, about 1 1/2 cups, (or just use the same amount of bottled lemon juice, but it looks nice to add a sliced lemon to the pitcher).

In large pitcher, combine lemon juice, cooled sugar syrup and about 4 cups of cold water (we just filled the pitcher with ice ~ the bagged kind you can buy at the store). Taste for tartness and adjust accordingly. Enjoy.

And thanks Woman's Day magazine. I love the 'ends well' section of the magazine. It gives little old fashioned tidbits to make things nice. Whether it's how to sew a hem on trousers, or making the best ever lemonade, it's nice.

The girls had a system going since we live on a sleepy street. For the suburbs, it's very quiet down here. One manned the stand in the driveway...

One at the top of the street holding the lemonade sign, and one runner to fill customer orders at the top of the hill. They were very psyched when the UPS driver stopped for some. And when 2 Russian speaking guys bought lemonade at the top of the hill, then drove down and bought 2 more at the driveway. They were harder working guys, some sort of construction, and looked tired and thirsty. With their heavy accents they thanked the girls for the delicious lemonade.

Our neighbor's were great to the girls too. I think they felt bad, knowing that not many people drive down our street, so they gave them very generous tips! Summertime is just awesome!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Best in Show

Sometimes beauty doesn't come in the the usual packages. Sometimes it comes in a kind neighbor who makes the best pizzelles around! This is my neighbor Loretta. She's Italian, and knows her pizzelles. She makes the best, and always makes us some when she's baking. They are light and vanilla-ey. Very delicious. They never last long. My hubby is like a kid on Christmas when she walks out her door with that box of cookies.

My daughter loves them too. In fact, she just snagged an old pizzelle maker at our church flea market last week. She had to find the electrical cord that went to it though. She looked through boxes and tables and finally found it's match! She only needed to get Mrs. Loretta's recipe!

These are Loretta's pizzelles, and they are definatley 'Best in Show'. Half the box is gone by now, and they have only been in the house for about two hours. I wasn't kidding when I said they are good! She was kind enough to share the recipe and gave a quick baking lesson to my daughter, with the offer to help when she makes her first batch. See beauty, can be found in anything, anywhere.

Part of the baking lesson / advise is in the video below. Enjoy. It's nice to have nice neighbors who are good bakers!