I LOVE the 4th of July! We spent time with my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and my sweet nephew yesterday! It was a nice time of eating, talking, and watching my painfully cute nephew be utterly charming. He’s almost walking–which is so exciting. The best part of course, was the fireworks. I decided any holiday that involves exploding things automatically is very very cool. That’s the influence of my brother, who, I think always hoped I was a brother instead of a sister. Try as he might to erase my decidedly girly ways, I was never interested in the same things and vice versa. But I do enjoy playing with fire–in safe, generally approved ways, and I heartily disagree with sheltering people from the joys and wonders of a good sparkler.
Something pink today (do you know the moment in The Sound of Music when they’re talking very seriously about other things and pause to have this side conversation in between real conversation to talk about the lemonade being so pink? I LOVE that!):
Strawberry Lemonade–makes about 10 cups
2 lbs lemons
2 cups sugar
1 qt strawberries, washed, with the tops cut off
2 qt water
Use a vegetable peeler to take all of the rind off of 3 lemons. Put the sugar, lemon rind, and 2 cups of water in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let it boil for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat. Let the syrup cool. Meanwhile, place the strawberries in a food processor and puree. Press the puree through a medium mesh sieve to get out most of the seeds (if you don’t mind strawberry seeds, don’t bother). Juice the lemons into a bowl or a large Pyrex measuring cup. Strain out the seeds and as much of the pulp as you want to not have floating in your lemonade. Mix the sugar syrup, strawberries, and lemon juice in a large container. Add enough water to suit your taste (you could use sparkling water to make it fizzy in keeping with the 4th…hmm, I wonder if pop rocks would be okay to throw in there…).