Monday, June 4, 2012

Friends…..Some of the Best!!!!

Some weekends tend to go faster than others and aren't they always the ones we wish would just slow down to let us enjoy each and every moment. This was one of those weekends! I was given the opportunity to host a party for a great friend who is moving on to the next phase in life. While I enjoy growing in my own experiences, I also get excited to support others who are moving on in their own lives.

I guess I am a firm believer in opportunities create experiences allowing for new aspects and growth……. which as we all know is a GOAL in life. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of tradition and routine. I think it is important to know our roots…but….stepping out on the ledge on occasion allows us to learn something new about ourselves we never knew. To learn what we are capable of or to realize something inside of us we never knew existed….How exciting!!!!

I wish them the best in this next adventure….and I value the friendship and the experiences they have offered me over the last few years…..Here is Rosemary-Infused Watermelon Lemonade we enjoyed sitting on the front porch in the sun creating new memories…Enjoy!! 

Rosemary-Infused Watermelon Lemonade
1 C Water
3/4 C Sugar
2 Rosemary Sprigs
1 C Lemon Juice, fresh
7 C Watermelon, cubed  & seeded

Clear Soda

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat until sugar is dissolved. Place in rosemary sprigs and set aside to steep for 1 hour. Remove sprigs and set aside.

Place half of the lemon juice, and half of the watermelon into a blender. Add 1/2 C Rosemary Simple Syrup. Cover, and puree until smooth. Strain into a pitcher, then puree the remaining lemon juice and watermelon. Pour into pitcher and adding additional simple syrup until desired sweetness is reached. Hint: Be sure to buy a seedless watermelon….I didn't…..and boy I learned!!!

To serve, stir the lemonade and pour into a glass containing ice until half full. Add soda, stir and enjoy.  

Option:  Add Vodka or Gin to lemonade in pitcher (or a shot into each glass). Then add ice and soda to serve. 

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