"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lemonade in the garden anyone?

Can you stop by today for a glass of lemonade in the garden?

Lemonade is an American drink that is really refreshing in the summer sun. It is easy to make, so for those of you who have never tried it, here is how I make mine. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and pour into a half liter carafe.

Sweeten as desired. I use only one spoonful of sugar as we like ours to be sour. For us, it is a great taste when you feel hot in summer.

Just swirl the juice and sugar together to mix.

Now fill the carafe with ice cold water.

It is ready to serve. Try serving it in a wine glass to give yourself a spoiled feeling this summer.

Here is an empty chair waiting for you. I enjoy sitting here looking at 'our ladies' as we call our newly planted Annabelle's (hydrangea) which line the two sides of the pergola. I wanted to create an illusion of more depth to the garden using these and the mirror at the end of the garden. Even though the mirror is hidden in the shadow of the plants in this photo, it has really worked well. It is fun seeing it from the living room while we sit indoors also.

Aren't Annabelle's beautiful! And we have more butterflies this year. I caught this one as I just stepped out into the garden to take some photos. He stopped by to say hello like a garden fairy.


Tracy said...

Oh, please pass me a glass of your lovely lemonade, Heidi...I would love to sit i your garden, chat and admire all those beautiful blooms and butterflies...Glad we have blog to be able to share at least. :o) Happy Day, my friend ((HUGS))

Rhondi said...

Hi Heidi
Thanks for the glass of lemonade. It was very refreshing and I loved sitting in your garden too!
hugs, Rhondi

Elizabethd said...

Yes please, Heidi, I would love a glass of your refreshing lemonade. It does look so easy to make, I'm going to try some.

Nancy said...

I want to be the one in that empty chair with the lemonade. I love the flowers, they are really pretty. I hope to get there but not yet I think. Maybe fall and then it might be tea or hot chocolate. Oh well.
Love you, Mom

Tammy said...

I enjoyed my visit so very much, the lemonade was so refreshing, thank you and hope to visit again very soon. :-)

Blessed With Four said...

thanks so much for the invite Heidi - your lemonade looks so refreshing and I would love to sit and spell and visit in your beautiful garden, how lovely to spend a summer afternoon!

DonnaTN said...

Lemonade sounds great and home-made too! I'm bad and use the powdered kind, nothing like the real thing.

Mary said...

Just back from New England where it was so cool compared to here! I often serve lemonade in Summer - so refreshing.

Your dining room makeover is looking good Heidi - hope the water damage is not severe.

Love is looking wonderful.
Hugs - Mary.

P.S. Jasmin was thrilled to see your comment on her new blog - thanks.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha, it is so cold today that I rather would like a hot chocolat with cream!
Have a nice weekend.

Caroline said...

Thank you for the lovely refreshing rest in your garden with the great lemonade. Love it when it is really summer like this.
Am off now to make some lemon barley water, you have inspired me again!

Anonymous said...

I would love to sit and have lemonade with you Heidi, your garden is looking stunning. Thank you for sharing.
Love Hazel(UK)

Judy said...

This is the 2nd blog I've read today about lemonade. I really must make some now. I only have 1/2 a lemon too!! A store trip is in my near future. Your garden is so beautiful. I love your new blog and have added to my list.

Sonja said...

Jouw tuin ziet er uitnodigend uit! Het is echt een heel mooi doorkijkje geworden met de versmalling en de spiegels. I think that people who never saw your garden, cannot immagine how tiny it is. You did a great job in making it look so beautiful!

Reginas Cottage said...

Hi Heidi,
homemade lemonade is simple the best.
I love to sit in the garden with a glass of fresh lemonade.
Have a nice day,Regina

Dena said...

Oh a glass of lemonade sounds really good right now. It is just 9:00 in the morning and already pushing triple digit heat. I think I may make a glass :)


Ragged Roses said...

Your garden looks absolutely beautiful Heidi, what a great job!!!
Thanks for the glass of lemonade, just what I need at the moment!

Kristen said...

First of all, YUM! I love fresh lemonade! Your garden looks so inviting as usual! :) I just love your new blog! I love you Aunt Heidi! :)

MarianneD said...

Heerlijk lijkt me die limonade...die ga ik binnenkort ook eens maken Heidi!
En je Annabelles doen het prachtig...wat een hoeveelheid bloemetjes hé?