Where have all the lemonade stands gone? I remember hot summer days when I was a kid setting up lemonade stands on the side of the road to earn money. With the overly hot days it occurred to me the as I was driving down the road I haven’t seen a Lemonade Stand for years. I can’t help but feel like the lack of lemonade stands speak towards the society we have become. Instead of letting our children spending the day outside enjoying nature and learning to be entrepreneurs by mowing lawns and running lemonade stands we keep them locked up and protected from the dangers of the world.
The current generation of parents have become consumed with issues like equal rights for homosexuals and the offensiveness of a flag that has been flown for more than 150 years, that we have stopped paying attention to one of the most important aspects of who we are as a population. God, Country, Family, and Self. When did others go to the top of the list. Perhaps its time to stop letting the actions of others consume our lives and return to a place where we put God, Country, Family, and Self as a priority in our daily lives.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt —
Tomorrow is going to be another hot one here in the south, so instead of heading off to work or guarding your children from the evils you think are living in the shadows make a fresh pitcher of lemonade with the family, enjoy the heat and the smell of the outdoors. Life is to short to worry about what your neighbor is doing or thinking behind closed doors.
Never made lemonade before or perhaps you’re looking for a twist on an old classic, try one of my personal favorites.
- 4 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Raw Sugar
- 1 Cup Lemon Juice Clearly fresh squeezed
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract or 2 Vanilla Seed Pods
- Sprigs of Fresh Mint
In a small sauce pot, stir together 1 cup of water and sugar. If using vanilla pods, remove seeds from pod and add seeds to water / sugar mix. Save the pods. Cook over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove the vanilla seeds and save.
Transfer sugar water to a jar and refrigerate until completely cool.
In pitcher, stir together lemon juice, cooled sugar syrup, remaining 3 cups of water, and vanilla extract if not using vanilla seeds. Fill rest of pitcher with ice.
Serve, preferably in mason jars for old time sake, with lemon wedges, mint leaves, and vanilla pods / seeds.
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