Homemade Lemonade

ImageSo since we planted our garden Sunday instead of making homemade lemonade, we saved the lemonade for yesterday.

On Sunday evening, when I went out to purchase our vegetable seeds and two more packets of flower seeds, I went ahead and picked up 12 medium-sized lemons for this recipe.  Here’s what you need for a regular batch of homemade lemonade:

1 c. water
1 c. sugar
6 medium-sized lemons
3-4 c. cold water

Yes, I intended to keep the water measurements separate.  Here’s what you’re going to do:

homemade lemonade

  • Cut the lemons in half.  I went ahead and did this first just so I had a head start on squeezing them while my sugar-water mixture was boiling.
  • Mix 1 c. water and 1 c. sugar in a small pot and cook on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until water has dissolved.
  • While the sugar-water mixture is boiling, squeeze the lemons using a juicer into a pitcher, being careful to separate seeds.  Thankfully, Prince Charming decided to do this, because our juicer was flopping all over the place.  (In reality, he couldn’t stand to see me struggle with it and just decided we were all better off if he did it.  lol.)
  • Add 3-4 cups of cold water to the lemon juice.  We doubled the recipe, so I used 7 cups of water as not to water it down too much.
  • Add sugar-water mixture to lemon-water.  Stir.
  • Chill until cool or serve immediately with plenty of ice.  I’d recommend against adding ice to the pitcher so it doesn’t get watered down.

My entire family loved  this recipe, so I’d have to say it was a success!  I doubled the recipe, and it’s almost all gone.  We’ll definitely be using this recipe again!  Hope you enjoy!

DIY Raised Garden Bed

do-it-yourself raised flower bed

For a while now, I’ve been wanting a raised garden bed in our backyard.  Our front yard is only so big so I didn’t have any more room for flowers, and we definitely didn’t have any space for a vegetable garden.  Our back yard has been so run down by the dog and the kids that I was afraid to plant anything back there for fear it would be trampled.

I’ve been checking out Pinterest and some of my favorite blogs just keeping an eye on things. I’d also looked at some kits and talked to some friends who had them or knew people who had them.

Then yesterday, we finally had just enough money that we could build it.  My loving husband did some research in the morning and went out to Home Depot for the supplies.  Here’s what he picked up:

1x6x6 picket fence boards cut to 5 ft and 2 ft
2×2 grading stakes for corner posts
1×2 grading stakes for added support
Top Soil
Potting Soil

building a raised flower bed
Initially, Prince Charming put together the planter before driving the stakes in the ground, as our ground isn’t very level, and he wanted to make sure the box was level.  He is, however, planning to try it a little differently today.  I’m providing instructions for his plans for today.

First Prince Charming cut down the picket fence boards to 5 ft and 2 ft.  We wanted our box placed between some existing metal posts in our yard and about 2 feet out to cover the torn up yard, so ultimately the box would be a final 10×2.  Our box is 6″ high.  Height for raised flower beds tend to vary between 6″-12″ on planter boxes depending on your preference and your yard.

Next, Prince Charming attempted to level out the ground (as much as possible) so that the box would be level.  He then drove the corner stakes into the ground and screwed the 5-foot and 2-foot sides of the box to stakes.  After that, he drove the center stakes into the ground halfway between the corner stakes and attached the respective sides to those stakes.

After all this, we filled the box with 4″ of top soil followed by about 1″ of potting soil, and we were done.

We put one planter box together yesterday and will finish the second one today.  Eventually we’ll build two more, but for now we’re just sticking with two.  This project cost us a grand total of $65.81 for both boxes (including soil), which makes each box $32.91 (including soil).

Hubby did great with our resources on this one!  Most boxes you have to spend at least $30 on (for just the box), and we’ve noticed that they tend to bow outward after a while.  These should be fairly sturdy, and are even cheaper than what you’ll find at the stores.  You can’t beat it!

two girls with dirty hands

Cinderella and Tinkerbell show proof of their hard work!

Thanks to Home Depot for the good prices!

And…since we ended up putting together the raised flower beds yesterday, we switched the days on our summer calendar.  So yesterday was our “Plant a Garden” day.  Tinkerbell and Rapunzel planted some flowers and greenery my stepmom gave me, and today we will plant some vegetables, including cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots.  We’ll also make our homemade lemonade tomorrow.

This was a great family activity.  THANK YOU to Prince Charming for spending all his time and effort on this project for me!  Even Wendy and Cinderella helped out a little bit (even though Cinderella had a strenuous weekend helping my in-laws).  I can’t wait to see our plants grow!

NOTE: For those concerned about the chemicals in pressure-treated wood like fence posts, I am currently not concerned with the risks, as the dangers from these chemicals are very small.  If you’d like more information, please visit the following links:

 

A Basic Intro

Okay, so here I am to start afresh.  I am in the third month of stay-at-home-momhood–which is not really what I can call it technically…because I am in direct sales and am about to go into part-time work.  But that’s not the point.  I’ve had blogs in the past in which I actually posted about personal subjects, but I’ve discovered in this world that anything subjective can be taken the wrong way.  So here I am objectively.  I just can’t stay away from the blogging world.  I love to write too much.  I love to share too much.  And I’ve been having way too much fun finding out how to do things at home.  New remedies to aches, pains, and illnesses.  New ways to clean.  New meals.  New crafts.  Pinterest.  I love Pinterest.  So here I am to share them with you all.  I will hopefully be posting in the next day or something with something really helpful.

Thanks for reading!

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