Summer has been a little of a balancing act for me this year. Well, it seems to always be a balancing act but it seems this year is just a little more difficult. Being a work at home mom makes it difficult to work when you kids are home. My daughter is 8 going on 9 but she is an ADHD kid so she can be quite trying at times. Some days are good, some days... not so much. So I can wake up with a plan but in an instant that can change. When she was in school I had time to myself to work and get things done. Now I feel like I am drowning. Drowning in work, dishes, laundry, housework, appointments, cooking, and trying to be a good Moma by doing fun things so her summer is not a waste. I am still working on that last part.
Summer and lemonade just go so well together. I always try to have lemons on hand for cooking because it can add such a bright and fresh flavor to so many things. I found my lemons needing some love so I thought lemonade was in order today. I didn't have any fresh strawberries on hand but I did have some frozen berries that I keep on hand for smoothies.
Fresh Strawberry Lemonade
1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries, pureed in the blender or food processor
1 cup sugar
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice
3 cups cold water (to dilute)
Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely. Set aside to cool. While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add the pureed strawberries and 3 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it. Serve with ice, sliced lemons, strawberries, and a spring of mint.
*you may not need to use all the simple syrup depending on the sweetness of the berries. Use half and test for sweetness and adjust accordingly.
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