Recently we talked about growing sunflowers and how much fun they can be to grow with kids. (CLICK HERE to learn more if you missed that video.)
Harvesting sunflower seeds can be as much fun as watching the flower grow!
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.
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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