I am one of the few people who isn’t sad to see summer go. I love fall, with the sweaters and leaves, and baking. But I still like cool, refreshing drinks, and this is definitely one of them: mixed berry lemonade. Just a funky take on lemonade, tart, fruity, not too sweet and cool for those summer days/nights that are left.
Mixed berry lemonade
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups mixed berries (I used raspberries, strawberries, and just a few blueberries) pureed and strained to remove seeds
Lemon juice from 8-10 lemons (I like tart so I used 10)
5 cups cold water
Make simple syrup by combining sugar and water in a saucepan, cooking until the sugar dissolves. Let cool about 10-15 minutes
Combine simple syrup, pureed berries and lemon juice into a large pitcher or bowl
Add water until desired sweet/tart combination.
Serve with ice cubes and more fruit if desired, or keep in the fridge for up to 7 days to drink as the heat continues to waft outside
I haven’t been blogging like I should be. I had a few weeks of a too hot kitchen, life bumps and bruises, and lack of inspiration. And then Bon Appetit hit me like a brick wall. They had a beautiful picture of blueberry hand pies. And I knew I had to make them. Usually I am alone when I bake, I turn some music on and go to town. But my lovely friend Abbie had asked to hang out, and she was my company while I mixed and pressed and cut. These hand pies are fun, portable, easy, and delicious. My only changes to the recipe were I added more blueberries, lemon zest and lemon juice. I like my desserts with a tart kick. You can use pretty much any summer fruit that you want. But make something, make it with a friend over, make it to cheer a family member up, or just make them to try a great summer recipe. I think I am back in full force, and I thank all of you for reading.
Is there a certain time of day people blog? Like is it weird I am up at 1 a.m. blogging? I am never up this late, or if I am it’s because I have woken up. But tonight I am up-I haven’t baked since earlier this week, but man those scones turned out nice. If I could stay home once, maybe twice a week and just bake and take photos, I think my life would be complete. Alas that is not in the cards right now. But these scones, they make heads spin. I always use more blueberries then the recipe calls for, but hey, I am a rule breaker. I think a bit more really gives it that bite. I also sprinkle raw sugar on top before I bake them. Crunch factor. Use your favorite scone recipe (Joy the Baker’s is a winner) and add a rebel amount more fruit. Works every time.
I am a city girl (which is kinda laughable since I don’t live in like a HUGE city or anything) I like having a Target nearby, I like having a Trader Joe’s not too far, etc. Yet there are days I dream of being a farm housewife, wearing an apron and having a pie cool on a windowsill. Is this a Midwest thing, or is it the fact that despite my honest sense of independence and self reliance, in the end I think I would be very good domestically? Who knows….
But pie is like my favorite thing to make. I make crust with veg shortening, and I make it in the mixer, but it is by far some of the best pie crust I have ever made. Embrace your inner 50’s housewife if that is what you want, we all have dreams. I still need Target….