Friday, March 22, 2013

Homemade Lemonade

Morning y'all! 
If you have not yet entered the Stella & Dot giveaway for $50 you definitely need to ASAP!  The giveaway will be closed soon and very few have entered (meaning that your chances of wining are VERY good)

From the Kitchen of Darby Hawley
Since moving into our new house we have spent a lot of time gardening.  We absolutely love yard work.  Everyone told us that we would hate it or to hire someone, but so far we really enjoy it.  This may change with time (or the temperature), but for now we relish the time we get to spent in the yard. 
We’ve really enjoyed eating our home-grown lemons and today I want to share my lemonade recipe with you.
This recipe also works for store-bought lemons.
DSC_0132-2DSC_0134-2The number of lemons you need will vary based on their size.  Ultimately you need 1.5 cups of lemon juice and it takes me about 6 medium-sized lemons.  I have an electric juicer but I still prefer to manually juice my lemons with a lemon reamer.  I half the lemons and juice them directly into a measuring cup.DSC_0133-2DSC_0137-2Once I get to 1.5 cups of juice, I pour it into a pitcher through a colander.  This will help reduce the pulp and catch all of the seeds. 
I’m really fancy aren’t I? 
NOT!!!! hahahahaDSC_0138-2
Add 6 cups of cold water, 1 cup finely grated sugar (so it isn't gritty), ice, and stir.  Then refrigerate for a couple of hours.  I like to use a quick-stir pitcher so that I can easily stir the juice (without dirtying any new dishes) right before each pour.  DSC_0140-2
Now you’re ready to sit on the porch with a delicious cold glass of lemonade.  It’s definitely porching season in the south, so it’s time to make some fresh homemade lemonade :-)DSC_0142-3
Do you have any lemonade recipes that I need to try? I’m always on the look out for something different so please share your recipes with me.
Have a great weekend friends!
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xoxo Darby

9 comments :

Joy said...

Completely jealous of that lemon tree you've got in your yard. Terry still says no on that one. Ha... too bad that will probably change soon. =) It looks so refreshing and yummy!!! Happy Friday!

Miss MP said...

I'm having company tonight and I think I may just make this lemonade.

Jessica K said...

Sounds delicious! We want a lemon tree - heard they are perfect for our weather and very easy to maintain. Thanks for the recipe!

applesandglue said...

I entered already! I'm still waiting on a necklace tho... grr! And mmm, lemonade sounds perfect right now!

Irish Italian Blessings said...

My in laws have a lemon tree and I think we're going to have to turn those suckers into some yummy lemonade!

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

Delish! Are you throwing any alcohol into that? ;)

Haylee said...

I'm so jealous!! I want a lemon tree! I love homemade lemonade but it's no fun for Daniel b/c he' the one squeezing all the lemons!!:)

The Cavallaro's said...

I want a glass of that... right... about... now!!!! And I want your lemon tree in my non-existant backyard!!! :)

Huckleberry Love said...

I saw that you had a lemon tree and wondered where you lived... and it's Houston. Which is where I live, too! We also have a lemon tree, so I can't wait to try out this recipe! Thanks for stopping by and linking up with Much Ado About Monday. We really appreciate it! Stop on by next Monday with more of your great ideas! Have a great weekend. :)

~Emily

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