This is my absolute favorite time of the year ... SUMMER time! Just mentioning the word 'summer' conjures up visions in my head of backyard BBQ's, fun in the sun, leisurely afternoons spent rocking on the porch with a good book, lake/pool/beach time, family, gardening and all the beautiful colors the world offers during the warm and sunny months of the year!
To me, there is nothing more inviting than a beautiful porch, decorated with warm and welcoming, comfortable furniture, rockers, throw pillows, rugs and fresh flowers! Who wouldn't want to sit a while in a rocking chair on a cozy porch sipping sweet tea or lemonade?
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I love to spend time on a beautifully decorated porch filled with comfy furniture and decorations surrounded by a lovely garden filled with hydrangeas and outlined by a gorgeous iron or white picket fence - my dream place to be!
I think I've talked myself into sitting for a spell out on my porch this afternoon ... and a must have is a ice cold mason jar glass filled with fresh squeezed lemonade, don't you agree? Homemade lemonade is SO easy to make and so delicious (much better than a mix)! Here's my simple recipe for you to try:
1 3/4 cups white sugar
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled. Squeeze about a dozen or so lemons until you have 1 1/2 cups of juice, strain seeds but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled simple syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups of water.
Let me know how your fresh squeezed lemonade turns out ... and I'd love to hear what your favorite summertime activity is as well! Feel free to share my ideas, recipes and inspiration with your blog friends and invite them to follow me here! Thanks for stopping by today ... take some time to enjoy the simple things in life - xoxo