When Life gives you Lemons..A lemonade Story

lemonade

Simple Lemonade

We all know the old say “When life gives you lemons make lemonade.” I will admit it I use to make the lemonade that came in the powder, and there is nothing wrong with that if you want to add more than lemons to your drink. I mean yellow food coloring, lemons are yellow why do I need to add food coloring? So I stopped using the powdered stuff and started making my own.

There is nothing fancy to this and takes no time at all to make and the money you save is amazing. Sometimes when I am feeling adventurous or my kids are asking for something different I add some pureed strawberries into the mix and make strawberry lemonade.

I buy my lemons in bulk for about $3 and that give me 12 lemons, which turns into making 12 very full pitchers of lemonade or strawberry-lemonade. Or I can go to the store and buy the powdered stuff for about $4 and only get 8 (maybe) pitchers.

Lemonade

  • 1 lemons
  • 10 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Take one lemon and finely zest. Then cut in half and juice the entire lemon. Set to the side.
  2. Fill a pot with 10 cups of water. Heat on medium- high heat and pour in sugar. Keep stirring until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add is zest and lemon juice and stir. Taste for sweetness/tartness. You can remove the zest after a few minutes if you want but it really helps add more lemon flavor. 
  4. Pour into a pitcher and let cool down. Or enjoy now with a glass poured over ice. 🙂

Note: To make strawberry-lemonade add 1/4 cup strawberry puree to step two before adding sugar. Since Strawberries are naturally sweet you may end up using less sugar.

I know it sounds weird to heat the water but by doing that step you are dissolving more of the sugar, so you can still make it sweet without using all that sugar. 🙂 I want my kids to be refreshed after drinking it not hyper.

Buying lemons in bulk does have it’s own set of problems. And that is using the lemons before they go bad. My simple solution is to zest, juice and slice everything a head of time and freeze in serving sizes. That way it is ready when you are and no wasted lemons.

Tips: The lemon that was used for zesting and juicing you can toss that rind into the garbage disposal and give those pipes a degreasing. Lemons have many uses, not just for lemonades!

 

 

 

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Steak, Potatoes, & Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Just because you on are a budget does not mean you have to eat cheap. Steak, I know can be expensive especially when you have a family five. I am a meat and potato kinda girl and I love steak. So I went out to find a way to get the great piece of meat but still stay on budget, and that is how I found flank steak.

For those of you who don’t know flank steak is a tougher piece of meat that needs some tender, love, and care to make it amazing. This looks hard but it is so easy to make. It only has four ingredients and you probably have every thing on hand to begin with. I like to use what I have so I don’t have to spend more money or buy in bulk so it can be used for more then one meal, always a plus. This is a great meal to do on the grill. Your mouth will start to water after just a few minutes after it hits the grill.

This is such a huge hit with my family my kids were crying when we ran out of asparagus

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Steak, Potatoes, & Bacon Wrapped Aspargus

Steak, Potatoes, & Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Steak, Potatoes, & Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

  • 1 lb flank steak
  • 1-2 lbs baby red potatoes
  • 2 lbs asparagus
  • 4 Ts deli mustard, NOT YELLOW MUSTARD
  • 1 ts basil
  • 2 Ts lemon juice
  • 1/2 lbs bacon
  • olive oil

Directions:

  1. Take the steak and trim off the white membrane as best as you can from both sides.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the mustard, basil, and lemon. Spread mixture on both sides of the steak and let sit for at least four hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Trim at least 1/2 inch off the bottom on the asparagus. Take 4 asparagus and wrap them in bacon. Place on cookie sheet. If making a head of time place in refrigerator until ready to cook. If ready to cooky place in oven at 350 degrees and cook until bacon is done and asparagus is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Take potatoes and trim off any parts that are eyes or brown. Cut in half and place in bowl. Drizzle a little olive oil and mix until everything is coated.
  5. Take potatoes and place on pre heated grill about 10 minutes before adding the steak.
  6. Once steak is done marinating place on grill. Cook until desired pink is achieved. I like doing it for a medium which takes about 20 minutes. One end of the steak might be thinner then the rest so be careful not to over cook.
  7. Once potatoes and steak are done remove from grill. Let steak rest for about 5 minutes before cutting. This will help keep the juices in the steak and not run all over your plate. When cutting steak, cut with the grain not against.