Has anyone ever dried their own herbs before? My thyme plant in the garden, decided it wasn’t going to die over the winter. So I have a thyme plant the size of a small bush growing out back now. I trimmed it back some, so I had more space to plant other things, but now I am not sure what to do with the bush of thyme I trimmed. If you have had success preserving or drying, let me know!
In the summer I have 2 drinks in my fridge, pretty much at all times. Iced tea and lemonade. They are both so cool and refreshing, and go with just about everything. I really do not want to admit how quickly I can go thru a pitcher of them either, it is kind of scary. My 9 year old helps with the lemonade though, so that makes it a little better. Last week I introduced my son to the world of fresh squeezed lemonade, and I am not sure he wants to go back. After every drink, he would say “Oh, this is so much better than the packets” “Awwww, this is just so good!” I might have created a problem for myself.
Making fresh squeezed lemonade is actually very easy. There are just a couple of steps, and some cooling involved. So there isn’t the instant gratification of the powdered mix. But, it is so much better, that is makes it worth it. I went the route of making a simple syrup, so that my lemonade was completely smooth, and I didn’t have to worry about the sugar not dissolving all the way. I also don’t like pulp in my lemonade, so I poured the fresh squeezed lemon juice thru a strainer. Both steps could be simplified if you weren’t concerned about these things. Either way, you have to try this lemonade at least one time this summer. It is perfect to sip on while grilling burgers, and watching the kids play in the backyard.
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, strained if desired
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 cup hot water
- 3 cups cold water
- In a small sauce pan bring 1 cup of water to a simmer. Stir in sugar, and remove from heat. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- In a pitcher combine lemon juice, the sugar mixture, and cold water. Stir.
- Store in fridge, and serve over ice.