Mom’s “Better-than-the-Fair” Lemonade.

When I was a kid, the BIG excitement in our small town every summer was the County Fair. It was always the first week of August, and you better believe, come Sunday, we were THERE.  There are lots of things I remember loving about the fair…the smells (funnel cake, sausage, animals, sweat…maybe I didn’t love ALL the smells), the games, all the weird-looking people, the french fries… But the thing I have NEVER forgotten, and often crave, is the LEMONADE! I don’t know if it was the hot weather and the icy, fresh taste, or the 1/2 cup of sugar sitting at the bottom of the cup once the lemonade was gone. Either way, I loved it, and still do.  On a recent trip to visit my family, I was reminiscing with my mother about how I loved the lemonade, and it just wasn’t the same anywhere else. With a sly look on her face, she replied “My lemonade is better than the fair!” (And at $5 bucks a cup, a heck of a lot cheaper, too.) Needless to say, I snatched up that recipe, and make it regularly. I love it so much, I knew you would too, so here it is!

What you need:

  • 2 quart pitcher
  • lemon juicer of some sort
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • spoon

To start, be sure to wash your lemons. A secret (not really) to getting the best juice from a lemon is to roll it back and forth on a hard surface, while putting a fair amount of pressure on it. You’ll feel it soften, that’s when its nice and juicy inside!

Then, cut your lemons in half, and juice the heck out of them, right into the pitcher. We aren’t afraid of a few seeds in this house. (Plus they usually just hang out at the bottom of the pitcher anyway.) When I’m done, I just throw the rest of the lemon into the pitcher, but it’s up to you.

Fill the pitcher up with water and add the sugar.  Stir vigorously, or slowly, I don’t think it matters.  🙂 Once everything’s nice and mixed up, sock on the lid, and put ‘er in the fridge. It’s best to let it sit for 1-2 hours, and as with most things, it’s even better the next day.  One word of warning from my mother is to make it in small batches, because it gets a “bite” after a few days. I wouldn’t know, it never lasts that long.

ENJOY!

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There’s nothing sweeter than corn fresh from the cob…

…in the middle of winter?!

That’s right my friends, there is a way to have that sweet, fresh and crisp taste of summer’s sweet corn in the middle of winter. FREEZE IT! Trust me when I tell you, taking 30 mins of time to prepare and freeze fresh summer corn is well worth it. You will NOT find the taste anywhere in the freezer or canned goods section of your grocery store in January, so why not stock up now? You can go to your local farmers market and get 5 for $1.00 this time of year , so load up for those long, grey days, or Christmas dinner!

Let’s Begin!

So, firstly, I picked about 10 cobs from my garden. (Maybe I’ll have a tutorial to grow your own corn next spring. It’s the best!)  You husk them like normal. Compost the husk and silk. As you can see from the picture, my corn isn’t perfect. I don’t use chemical fertilizer or pesticides, so a few blemishes are to be expected. In this case, I picked a few too early because the bugs were getting to them before I was! The taste, on the other hand, is perfection.

ANYWAY…

Now that your corn is husked, drop them all into a large pot of water, bring to a rolling boil, and boil for about 10 minutes, give or take.  Once they’re a bright yellow, and smell delicious, drain them, and let them cool.

Once it’s cool enough to handle, get a sharp knife and a bowl (I’m a vintage pyrex collector….they make me happy.)

And start shaving those puppies right of the cob. Get close enough to the core to get all the good stuff, but once you hit the harder, brownish core, stop.  Like so:

Repeat for all cobs. ( I hear they make some corn do-flangus that takes the kernels off for you, but this works just fine and doesn’t cost anything….)

Now, just get a quart freezer bag, or larger depending on the number of cobs, and fill ’em up! 

 

And VOILA! Fresh corn for the freezer, to be enjoyed when fresh corn is no longer… 🙂 Just be sure to take out as much air as possible before putting in the freezer to avoid freezer burn. (Sorry about the sideways pic, I’m still learning.)

Now, if you don’t have a deep freezer, go get one, hit up the farmers market on your way home, and GET TO FREEZING!  The amount of money you’ll save freezing your own veggies will cover the cost of the freezer in no time!

FYI:

You can do this with all kinds of veggies. I currently have zucchini, summer squash and green beans fresh from my garden in the freezer beside the corn. 🙂 Let me know if you want to freeze them, I’d be happy to give you pointers.

ENJOY!!

Let’s help the American Red Cross, and eat well doing it!

Hi All, I am aware that I have been greatly neglecting my blog since posting my very first post a few days ago. Forgive me please! I am trying to put together a coherent tutorial on how to build a clothesline. Much more difficult than I imagined! But it is coming!! In the meantime, this came acrossed in a “Skip to My Lou” e-mail and I wanted to share!

and the link:

http://recipestohelp.bigcartel.com/

 

Lets all do something good by helping the American Red Cross, and get yummy new recipes while we’re at it!! 🙂

Finding, creating and sharing that lost art of simple living…

 Hi all, and welcome to this new blogger’s new blog! “Lost Art of Simple Living” is my humble attempt at sharing my daily challenges, struggles, and joys of making our lives (mine and yours!) a little simpler.

It all started today while I was hanging my freshly laundered clothes on the clothesline to dry. I remembered, right after we moved in to this house, my husband and I took a Saturday and built the line. It was our first “new home” project, and one I couldn’t wait for!! You see, I had grown up in rural Pennsylvania, and we ALWAYS had a clothesline, and so did all the neighbors. In the spring, summer and fall, if the sun was shining, the clothes were on the line (Think fresh air, crisp yummy towels and sheets…). But now, living in the ‘burbs, I had a friend over shortly after putting up the line, and the first thing she said was “HA! Nice clothesline.” All snarky-like. (Love you Steph!) Then it hit me- some people don’t know what its like to fall face first into bed with fresh linens from the line, or remember sitting in the shade of the clothes as a kid on a hot sunny day…well ain’t that a shame!!

So, now I’m here to let you know, the simple things in life matter, and I’m bringing them back, and hope I convince you to do the same!

 

PS: I even hang undies on the line….if the neighbors see them once, they’ve seen them a thousand times, right?!