Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Strawberry Lemonade

My cousin is having a girl. Yay!
The baby blanket is coming along  nicely. Im starting to think up with new ideas on for my next few projects. One thing I really want to make is a cowl. And then Pinterest comes up with things like thisthis is cute!, or this cute owl and I become completely addicted.
Slikey wanted to see what I was doing.

Today we discovered that my pup, Oddball (who will turn 1 on the 13th) is a thief.
Sometimes, he or his mom, Marley will go over to the neighbor's house and bring us their newspaper- if only we could teach them to take it to the neighbor's back door instead.
Well, today, they didn't steal the newspaper.
Instead, Oddball jumped in the neighbor's back yard were they keep their dog, Banjo, grabbed his stuffed toy, and jumped back over the fence and ran to our back porch. Our dogs generally run free, but our neighbors keep Banjo in a backyard with a fence that is about 5 feet high.
Here is a little info to help ya'll understand more:
Banjo was dropped off in front of our neighbor's property before we moved nexed door, and was very afriad of people, even our neighbors. Well, we have coyotes in the back of our property and one night they attacked Banjo, making him have to go to the vet, and stay inside the house for a few weeks to recover. And ever since then he has to stay in his yard. The coyotes have never attacked our dogs, I think because we have so many. Also when we had Chubby, our large male, he would be on a chain at night and would bark all night long. Well, come to find out in the morning the coyotes had brought some dead rabbits and left them about 5 feet from the end of Chubby's line. I guess like a peace treaty.

and back to the story...
When my dad came in the house to show me, Oddball followed loyaly and sat down thinking that dad was going to give him the toy. Well, I kept Oddball in the house while dad went over to give Banjo back his toy.

Okay. Now lets talk about this drink......

This drink is sweet, slightly tart, and perfect. It is very simple to make and tastes so much better than the drink you oder at restraunts.
Blackberries would be great inplace of the strawberries too.\
Instead of following the original recipe, I didn't add the sparkling water/club soda until I served the drink, and then I just added some into each glass instead of the whole batch.

Strawberry Lemonade
adapted fromEmeril Lagasse's recipe
Serves: 4-6

2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 pint strawberries (I mixed1/2 frozen and 1/2 fresh)
Sparkling water or club soda 2 cups

1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Add the lemon juice and peel, stir, and remove from heat. Strain the mixture and let it cool completely- I used a water bath to cool it down faster.
2. In a blender, puree the strawberries- If you are using all frozen berries or half and half, add in a little water to help them puree faster. Pour into a pitcher.
3. Pour the cooled lemon mixture into the pitcher with the strawberry puree, stir well, and refrigerate until chilled.
4. When serving, add some ice to the glasses, fill them 3/4 of the way up with lemonade ,and add in the sparling water.

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