Every week this summer, I am delivering a fun collection of ingredient-themed content to your computer. Consider this the grown-up version of a summer pen pal. No matter where you are, I will write a fun little letter to you each week so we can stay connected. Maybe you can write me back and let me know how your summer is going too!
I have put my heart and head into these little weekly gems and designed them to be part educational, part entertaining, and part silly. Those three goals are also my game plan for keeping my children engaged and thriving this summer. Keep learning. Have fun. Don't take yourself too seriously.
My goal is that no matter where you are over the next twelve weeks, this post will bring a slice of summer fun from my world to yours!
Here we go!
Lemon Loaf Cake.
Ready to get in the kitchen and create something delicious and full of that lemon flavor that screams summer? In fact, and I don't say this often, maybe gather your children together for an afternoon kitchen activity and do some baking together.
This zesty tender wonder works as dessert, breakfast, or a freezer-friendly gift to have at the ready for neighbors or new babies.
The recipe has been in my personal rotation for ten years, and my family always gets excited when they smell it baking.
Leave it to Ina to nail the perfect Lemon Cocktail. Her version of the classic Lemon Drop is summer in a well-chilled martini glass.
For even greater impact, keep everything in the freezer...the cocktail shaker, the glass, the alcohol. Mix up the base, add the ice, shake it up, and enjoy every satisfyingly pucker-worthy sip. Cheers!
Sure, it's a British farce about war and politics, which may not be an obvious choice for Lemon Week, but hear me out. The take away from this movie (as seen in this clip) is one of my all time favorite phrases: "Difficult difficult lemon difficult."
Get it? It's the opposite of "Easy peasy lemon squeezy." Use it when something is very much not easy or very much not going to plan. It is the perfect phrase for many a disparaging moment.
"Difficult difficult lemon difficult." Try it on. Bonus points for a using a British accent. It's absurd. Ridiculous. Clunky. Not catchy. But sometimes something is so bad it's good and totally works.
In our house, this phrase has become part of our family culture, even if none of our children have watched the source material. It gets a giggle every time.
If you're looking for a new food blog to bring beauty to your feed and inspiration to your table, Love and Lemons is worth checking out.
The photographs are eye candy, and the site allows you to search by not only ingredient and course, but also certain dietary restrictions.
Although I haven't cooked anything from the site (still up to my eyeballs in Ina recipes), I am inspired by what I see. This blog would make perfect scrolling material for summer afternoons at the pool.
LEMONADE by Beyonce.
When I think lemons, I think lemonade.
When I think lemonade, I think Beyonce, obviously. With an album of the same name, I had to include it here.
My favorite track from Lemonade is "Formation." This week I spent a whole day with the opening lyric on repeat in my head.
"Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess."
My coworkers thought I was nuts, whispering it under my breath while frosting a cake. Just try and not get pumped up listening to this power anthem!
LEMON FUN FACTS
Lemons are technically berries.
Lemon was a common unisex name in the 1900's.
Lemons have eight seeds on average and three tablespoons of juice.
Lemon juice can be used to keep fruits from turning brown.
In the Renaissance, women used lemon juice to redden their lips.
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and can prevent scurvy.
Lemons used to be so rare that kings would present them to each other as gifts.
Leave it to Anthropologie to nail it in the lemon category. How cute are these napkins?
If you're hosting a summer gathering, they are an obvious choice. But even if party plans aren't on your schedule, these would bring a breath of summer to a bar cart or a beverage station anywhere in your home.
Little (lemon) touches make the biggest difference!
Here's the truth.
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