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 am resigned to the fact that I am not cool. I don’t know much slang, my daughter tries to help god love her. I don’t use text speak or abbreviate. Hate it. I am not one of those people who can pull off a hipster, bought this “vintage” shirt for $50 but act like I found it on the street looks. I am more Liz Lemon, librarian chic. I love cardigans and Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy (this might make me a littler cooler) and Bourne movies. I like good grammar and nice handwriting. I am a dorky old lady with a shady younger past who is happy to be in bed by 9:30. So for all you cool people, high five to you, but I am never going to cool. I am good with that though. Dorky people come see me, I will bake you some cookies and pour you some lemonade.
Onto my blog crush-I have many, I am addicted to food blogs, design blogs, postsecret, etc. My baking addiction is my current crush. I love her recipes, photos and writing. So when she put up the honey-peanut butter cookies, I knew I had to make these for work. I decided since I had left my peanut butter at work, I am was going to use Trader Joe’s cookie butter (another place cool people hang out) I also used actual butter because I don’t buy butter shortening. They are pretty, and I am sure work is going to go crazy. Check out my baking addiction if you haven’t, it’s a great place for amazing recipes:
Winter has decided to stick around for awhile longer. Which means I am in for a few more bundled up soccer games until Spring decides to show up. But that is my job as soccer mom, and I take it seriously. If those girls can play in 23 degrees, I can surely sit outside and cheer them on.
I decided to make something new this weekend, for someone fairly new in my life. Chili. My family never grew up eating it, but I can see why many families enjoy a good chili night. It smells of memories and home. The recipe is from this cute blog I found, http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/ and it was definitely a hit! So get that slow cooker out, and go to town, because it puts a smile on your face, and anyone eating it.
Most people make resolutions for the new year. I say if you want to change something, don’t wait until January 1st to do it. The gyms will be packed for the next few months (I do plan to get back to kickboxing, but that just happens to start back up regularly next week) people will complain about the sweets I bring to work for awhile. But I will just smile and wait for the hooplah to die down. I always want to be better, do better, do more, be more. I want to fall in love, cheer on a game, wear more heels, and laugh with my almost ready for college baby. I want to forget the old crap I am holding onto, bake more, cook more, do things I would never do. Go back to Chicago, for sure. But I am going to do that regardless of the time of year. Who knows where we will be this time in 2013, but I hope to have a lot of new memories again.