Gardens are supposed to smell pretty and fresh, right?
Boy did my nose get a surprise today because my garden didn’t smell like roses at all. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that it smelled really bad, almost like rotten eggs! YUCK!
I searched around for a bit and then found the problem.
Our mint container was soaked from last week’s rain.
It was so soggy it was almost totally gross.
When I moved the pot, the smell was even worse.
Mint is not supposed to smell like this ever! Something had to be done to save our mint. If this happens to you, learn from us and help your plant right away!
First thing I noticed was our pot didn’t have any drainage holes. Ooops. I pulled out the plant and thankfully the roots still looked pretty healthy so I decided to replant. I know that if the roots were black and mushy it might be better to start with a fresh plant. Thankfully, I don’t have to do that!
First ingredient of course is still lemons! The key to helping kids squeeze fresh lemons is let them press down on the lemons and roll them around the table. Yes, we get to play with our food. This loosens up the insides and makes it easier for small hands to twist on the juicer.
Now comes making the lemonade. A lot of times we’ve just thrown sugar, water and lemons into a pitcher to make lemonade. However, when you do that the sugar sinks to the bottom and takes forever to dissolve. (There definitely is a science lesson there in figuring out why- Keep reading for a cool experiment! )
If you have the time, heat the water and sugar together first to make a syrup mixture and then add the lemon juice to the syrup and mix it all together. Here is LISA's LEMONADE RECIPE:
Yield: about 2 quarts
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups water
1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (strained to remove pulp and seeds if you like)
4 cups of cold water
Boil sugar and 1 ½ cups of water to create a sugar/water syrup. Let it cool and then mix in lemon juice. Add cold water and you’re ready!
Now, comes the fun part! Creating different ways to make the traditional lemonade different.
Having ice cold lemonade on a summer day is incredibly refreshing, and when the kids decide to have a lemonade stand, it's even sweeter.
We used to make our lemonade stronger than the recipe called for because when we poured it over ice it would get diluted or watered down. I loved the day a light bulb popped into my head and said “just make the ice cube stronger!” Wow! These are my favorite to include because they add to the flavor, they look really cool, and they’re fun to make.
Earlier this week I made a fast and easy tablescape using cinder blocks as the base for floral arrangements. Today on the blog, I thought I would include the fast instructions and a few photos to show how the finished product came to life!
Next, I removed the duct tape and allowed the blocks to dry. In the hot Southern California sun, this took about half an hour. But if where you are it's less warm, please wait about one hour before you begin planting to ensure the paint is dry. Also, acrylic paint will work great if you don't have spray paint handy.
Now for the best part. Place the dried blocks on your party table. Next, I used potted landscaping florals to gently place in to the center of the cinder blocks. I didn't even replant them! To keep your fantastic table cloths clean, I might suggest you place some landscape fabric or even a piece of plastic underneath the flowers before placing them in the blocks. I made a fantastic video giving step by step instructions - you can watch it here: Patriotic Cinder Block Tablescape - FACEBOOK
For an extra bonus, pour a few mini-chocolate chips on top of the smoothie mixture before placing it in the freezer. This is an extremely healthy snack so a couple morsels of chocolate are okay and they’re a really yummy surprise!
Also, these rocket popsicle molds are made by Tovolo (www.tovolo.com).
I love the variety of the mold shapes available and the ease of the popsicles release from the molds. Plus, who doesn't like a rocket pop?
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