They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And as I mentioned in my previous post, I feel like I am starting to learn some important life lessons. Even in the midst of chaos, look around and see all that we have been blessed with. To be thankful, in all things! So thats my new goal this summer, is to make lemonade every time life hands me lemons, even in the midst of this crazy place we call home.
Trust me, there are days I struggle to see beyond the sleepless nights, cranky, dramatic girls, messy house and piles of laundry that never seem to end. But if I choose to look beyond that, to really see, I can find that life has given me two beautiful healthy babies with another on the way, a loving, hard-working husband, a roof over our heads and laughter. Isn’t it funny that no matter the situation, the mess, the day, kids can always find laughter and happiness in all things? Look around, I bet you can find happiness, here in this moment, today. Count the ways you are thankful and then smile.
Speaking of smiles, what better way to put a smile on someones face than a homemade strawberry lemonade to be enjoyed on a hot, hot June day? But seriously, where did this heat come from? I feel like we went from sub-zero temperatures to 90’s here in the midwest in a matter of weeks. But I guess that is the beauty of this place and i’m not going to complain. I like the seasons, and right now I am especially loving summer, gnats (that have come out like a plague) and all.
This lemonade is refined sugar free. Sweetened mostly with fresh fruit and a small amount of local honey. It was good, real good. The better part, it is really simple to make. Your kids will never know it lacks in sugar. Yes, you could make this with stevia as well, but I will explain in a different post why this family gave up stevia and have chosen to stick with honey, pure maple syrup and coconut sugar as our sweeteners of choice. Of course, only in moderation. It is perfect for an afternoon treat or maybe even your next party or BBQ. I’m sure your guests won’t complain. Lemons are going to be a regular on my grocery list this summer as I can only imagine the possibilities you could make. Cherry limeades or how about Berry Basil Lemonade. Mouth watering yet?
- 8-10 strawberries, hulled
- 2 lemons, peeled and seeds removed
- 3-1/2 Cups Water
- ¼ Cup Honey (adjust to your desired sweetness)
- Boil 1 Cup of Water.
- Add Honey and stir to dissolve.
- In a blender, add strawberries, lemon and remaining water.
- Puree until smooth and slowly add honey syrup.
- Blend again and serve over ice or place in the refrigerator to cool.