Sunday, July 29, 2012

[ Strawberry Lemonade Yum ]

The Hubs and I were having a hankering for some strawberry lemonade but not feeling like it was a good night to drive to our local Red Robin which is almost 30 minutes away. So, I went for the next best thing: Google. Yes, I googled and discovered how insanely easy it is to make your own. I don't k
now if I will ever be able to pay another $4 for a Strawberry Lemonade when I made an entire vat of the delicious elixir that I only had to share with the one and only Hubs.

Allow me to share while keeping in mind I am a recipe's worst nightmare as I rarely measure things:

I N G R E D I E N T S

Strawberries (I had about 3/4 of a big carton of them- official, I know- so I would recommend about a pint or big carton of strawberries)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup lemon juice (no, I did not squeeze anything fresh, I just used the stuff from a bottle... but I suppose if you really felt up to it, you sure could squeeze your own lemon juice.)
4-5 cups of water

D I R E C T I O N S
  1. In a blender, mix together the Strawberries, sugar, 1 cup of water (not the rest of it though, that comes later), and lemon juice. 
  2. Pour into a pitcher & add the remaining 4-5 cups of water.
  3. Enjoy :)

I also have a couple suggestions...
  • Add more lemon juice - I felt like mine was a bit watered down, so I added a bit more to get a tangier taste. 
  • You could blend with ice cubes to make it a bit more slushy, which is nice for a hot day.
  • You could mix up the first part(minus the 4-5 cups of water) so that you'd have just the strawberry lemonade concentrate and freeze in a zip lock baggy for a hot day in the future.
  • Experiment with other fruits like: raspberry, marionberry, peach, blackberry and the list goes on...
  • OR you could pour some of the concentrate mixture (without the 4-5 cups of extra water) into a regular sized muffin tin, free them and then put them into a glass filled with Sierra Mist... 
Just a couple of ideas... not that I have tried most of them- YET! 

Enjoy your Strawberry Lemonade!

Friday, July 27, 2012

[ God Save the Queen & Brats ]

This weekend is setting up to be a beauty. We woke up to a beautiful and crisp 69 degree morning. I was actually chilly as I climbed out of my warm comfortable bed- a feeling I haven't experienced in what feels like forever. I know fall will be here soon, followed by winter, but it's been so hot that it's hard to imagine being so cold all the time.

Waking up to such beautiful temps just started it all off totally right. I got a surprise visit from the Hubs with a coffee at work, got off work early, came home to a clean house and spent the entire evening hanging out with the Hubs watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. How can one go wrong with a little Mr. Bean, God Save the Queen and brats? Yup, like I said- it's going to be a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

[ Homegrown Garden ]

Remember when my garden looked like this?



We tilled it using the tractor and one that you push, hoping to keep down as many weeds as possible. We figured we might need to spend a little extra time pulling weeds this year since it would be the first time this area has been tilled in probably forever.

We got super ambitious and planted all kinds of goodies from sweet corn to carrots to lemon cucumbers (never had them, hope they're good!). We have 3 kinds of pumpkins, zucchini, onions and snap peas. I had also started pepper and tomato plants inside the house in March so we added those to our little veggie garden. Within a couple of weeks, we had spouts of life in neat little rows across our big plot of black dirt.


Now, a couple months after we've planted, I've already eaten way too many handfuls of snap peas and have 7 large (I mean- LARGE) zucchini's hanging out in the fridge. Tomatoes are forming, onions are beginning to peek their little heads about the dirt, the corn has nice big tassels and I can already see the beginnings of a monstrosity of a pumpkin.





We anticipating having to weed & till often in order to keep the weeds at bay. BUT, we've only have to really pull weeds twice and till only once! We got a good rain last night, so the Hubs and I walked down the garden to see if we had any more veggies to pick. We ended up pulling weeds, which is the best time since the ground was still soft from the 2 inches of rain we had gotten in the past 24 hours. The Hubs even helped me- what a guy!



It's amazing how good the veggies are. I can't wait for fresh carrots and I already have plans for next year's garden. We're going to be even more strategic about where we plant the viney stuff, maybe expand a bit to the south and plant even more vegetables (like potatoes- who doesn't plant potatoes???). So good!!!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

[ Surf a Pup ]

We had a fabulous weekend. Fab.U.Lous. We went on another family camping trip to a small bible camp only 2 hours way. Despite the bugs being horrible and the heat, those didn't even seem to matter when we were swimming the perfect temperature lake, jumping on the water trampoline, eating incredible food that came only in vast quantities, or just sitting around enjoying each others' company.

The Hubs and I have been using his parents' pop-up trailer since they've upgraded a bit to a 5-wheel. For someone who only knew the world of camping in a non-waterproof tent, a pop-up trailer is the 5 star world of camping to me. No bugs. No rain. A plug in for a fan. Drawers to organize things like plates & cutlery. I love it! It's a little home away from home! And the best part is that the dog can come with us, stay in his own little kennel and is the easiest to have along.


This summer, we've discovered Remington is no longer afraid of water and actually really enjoys swimming, chasing after rocks and swimming out to check on others swimming in the water. The last time we camped at this little camp, he jumped into the water as soon as he could. This time, I'm pretty sure he remembered the lake because as soon as we started walking in the direction of the lake, he could not run fast enough! He added another trick to his little bag of tricks...


Yup, my pup is growing up! He learned how to manage a surf board with Jay! He absolutely loves the water!

It was a great weekend, spent with family and friends... how was yours?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

[ Love A Little More ]


This week has been a hard week. A good friend died, another acquaintance had a stroke and a distant relative passed away. Yet, through all of this, it's been good. A good reminder of what's forever, what's temporary. It's a reminder that what we have, we shouldn't take for granted. It sounds like such a cliche statement, yet it hit home hard for me this week. I want to love a little more, watch what I say, hug a little longer. Losing people around you does that to you. I want to make it count.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

[ Meet Truck. ]

So we got a new truck. 

Allow me to introduce you...




Wednesday, July 11, 2012

[ Oregon in Photo ]

I'm horrible at remember to post pictures from vacation. I just uploaded pictures from our vacation in Oregon a month ago. Not having internet at our house is a weak excuse, but one that I'm going to cling to for a while longer...

Here's some high lights from our trip:



















Obviously there's so much more but it's hard to capture a family vacation in pictures. We did the beach, our annual wiffle ball game, went to a ropes course, had countless lattes and a farewell party for dad.

Monday, July 9, 2012

[ Lens Skills ]



When we were out in Oregon, Ryan Bouman, one of the sisters' beaus, brought his camera and Jay and I got a couple of cute couple pictures together. I am usually the one taking photos which usually means that I am not in any of the pictures. But I made the cut this trip!


Thanks Ryan Bouman for you talent and mad skills.




Check out his website:


He's super talented.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

[ A Beautiful Day ]

We started off with breakfast on the back patio. My coffee in hand, smoothie in his, dog at our feet. The temperatures finally cooled to a tolerable temp complete with a nice breeze. Sitting in our adirondack chairs, it was the perfect start to a gorgeous day. Even though we went our separate ways as he worked on one of the cars and I worked in the yard, something was perfect. Maybe it was putting the same foot forward together. Maybe it was the relief after a week of 100+ temps. Maybe it was enjoying our friendship and being together before the day got moving too fast. 

Regardless, it was a beautiful day.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

[ If I Had The Time ]

If I had the time, this is what I'd draw: 


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

[ I See Heaven ]

This is currently my favorite song,
meaning I have it on repeat
for the 17th time today. 

Thank you Kara for sharing it with me!



Wordy Tuesday



  


Monday, July 2, 2012

The Perfect Summertime Drink


The Perfect Summertime Drink

1 glass

2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

Some Orange Juice

1 Strawberry
[for cuteness of course]

I'm shweating.

I'm shweating

I'm not sure if you know this term, but it's used when you've been living in a warm and tropical climate- like Minnesota- and you've begun to forget what cool and crisp air smells, feels or tastes like. 

I love summer. I love swimming. I would live in my swimsuit if I could (thank-you for that confidence eating healthy & working!). However, being an adult sometimes has it's downsides. Coming to work in my swimsuit would most likely not only be frowned upon, I might even get asked to remove myself from the premises. 

Yet when the day's forecast looks like this:


I start shweating just thinking about it.

Maybe I'll run through the sprinkler tonight. Who needs to be an adult anyhow... 
Oh, and it's not going to get any better. Check out the rest of the week:


Oh well, I might spend an extra few minutes in front of the window AC unit or only wear cotton dresses for the next week, but we'll survive! Ice cold water, a couple fans & maybe even a bowl of ice cream, I do love a good humid Minnesota summer... 

What did one pig say to the other pig at the beach?

I'm BACON!


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