Yesterday I shared my summer bucket list which I sat down and made on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday hit and the chance of showers got pushed back until later in the day so I decided while it was fresh in my mind - why not knock something off the list and make an otherwise lazy & quiet day a little bit more fun.
So on Sunday, we went…
I lived in the same house my entire life until I got married and Derek & I moved into a home of our own! I love where I grew up because the town is perfect with plenty to do, we're less than a half hour from the city, but my parent's backyard backs up to a farm! There's amazing walking trails we take full advantage of and so many activities at the farm - which we really took advantage of when my brother & I were little.
Past our younger years, they added "pick your own" activities for each season and recently I've so been wanting to pick some strawberries. All and all our excursion took us about a half hour - so it was fun but didn't time consume us too much. We had no idea how it worked so we got in line, payed our $5 each to head out on the hayride and picked our "picking" baskets. We were let out in the strawberry field (If you've seen pictures of my walks with Steve and Nash - this is very close to where we walk, we basically walk around the perimeter of the field so it was fun to be in the field).
We picked, our baskets were filled and already another wagon was back and we hopped right on to go back to the farm - so easy! We had no idea how much it was going to cost so we got our strawberries weighed, handed back in our tokens (which got us $10 off) and our baskets combined only cost an additional $.94 - a great day out if you ask me!
We each picked our own basket so we drove the thirty seconds over to my parents and dropped off one of the baskets for them to enjoy - they were more than happy to help us use up our extra strawberries.
Strawberries just taste better when you do the work and pick them yourselves
As you can see even though plenty of people were out picking - we had more than enough room to ourselves.
Someone liked it better than he thought he would.
I had as much fun as I thought I would and was really glad we took the opportunity to do this activity.
Our picking adventure gave fresh strawberries a whole new meaning to us.
Happy campers after a great day date!
I would consider myself to be a lemonade fanatic. Not only during this time of the year when it's so popular but all year long. Growing up my mom always had a pitcher of it in our fridge at all times (recently we were just talking where that pitcher is because I wanted it - guess it got too much use during the years). I don't quite have a go-to lemonade (although those individual bottles at wawa are pretty good) so I usually just buy whichever container I feel like on that grocery trip.
Since Saturday was a quiet afternoon and I was heading to the grocery store anyway, I decided to pick up some lemons and make my own! Seriously, lemons are all you need, the other two ingredients you'll most likely have.
1 1/2 cups white sugar
8-9 cups water (use your preference and judgement)
1 1/2 cups lemon juice from freshly squeezed lemons
*I needed about 8 large lemons
+ combine the sugar with one cup of water in a pan on the stove, bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar then let sit until it reaches room temperature.
+ put the mixture into the fridge to chill
+ later in the day (I did the syrup mixture in the morning and made the lemonade just before dinner) juice the lemons and add the juice into a pitcher
+ add in the syrup mixture, the remaining cups of water and stir away
This recipe makes just about one pitcher of lemonade (at first I was nervous I was making too much
Can be enjoyed plain or with a little vodka over ice. Next time I'm definitely going to do a flavored vodka (not being a big vodka person, I just used our only option). Malibu would also be great.
Linking up with Kate for recipe swap.
Also linking up for tasty tuesdays.
What's your favorite homemade summer treat to make???