Thursday, July 9, 2009

Summer Harvest

My poor yard has never been taken care of the way I wish I could- both time, energy, and know-how (wait, that's three things...) are obstacles to the lovely garden paradise I envision. Things REALLY went downhill after Munch was born though. I killed most of my potted dwarf citrus trees and some of my favorite fuschias. I guess anything that has survived, or unbelievably thrived, during my neglect really deserves to be here! I was excited this summer about planting fruit & vegetables that Munch could enjoy. Our favorite so far has been a blueberry bush which she faithfully checked every morning through the spring until she was rewarded with plump, little berries. Now we're harvesting cherry tomatoes (even though this year's seedlings haven't grown as full and healthily as usual) and green beans.
I've also got a new lemon tree- a Mother's Day present from AudioDad, and some beautiful mint. Perfect for a delicious limoncello cocktail!

Limoncello Cooler (enough for 8 8-oz. drinks)
1 c. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/2 c. fresh mint leaves
6 tbs. fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 c. club soda
3 1/2 c. limoncello (I used a full bottle of Caravello)
crushed ice
thin slices lemon and additional fresh mint for garnishing drinks

Combine lemonade concentrate, fresh lemon juice, and mint leaves in a pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to "muddle" these together. Add the limoncello, club soda, and crushed ice to taste. Pour into glasses and garnish with a lemon slice and spring of fresh mint.

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Tami said...

I remember those days in Oregon sitting on a hill picking berries, more ended up in my stomach then in my pail. LOL

janice said...

Tami- Just like "Blueberries for Sal!" LOL! Did I mention I like your new profile pic?

confused homemaker said...

i love limoncello, it's perfect for this time of year.

Veronica Lee said...

Sounds like the perfect quencher for our summery weather here. Thanks for sharing.

Deb said...

Th colors in your photos are great! Don't you love summer and all of the fresh and tasty produce it brings? Even better if you grow your own.

I am a fan of Limoncello, but I'm not allowed to have it anymore. One time of too much of a good time, if you know what I mean :)

Happy Summer!