Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Homemade Peach Lemonade

After seeing a recipe for homemade lemonade I decided I would try my hand at making my own lemonade with a twist. I knew how to make lemonade and a sugar water ( honestly I cannot think of the exact name of it at the moment.) so I decided to make my own lemonade, but I didn't have enough lemons so I decided to add the 10 flying saucers/donut peaches.

                                                             photo credit: Kingsburg Orchards

 I picked them while shopping at Walmart. Actually it's a strange story how I found them. I was grocery shopping at Walmart almost ready to leave, but I wanted to pick up some fresh fruit and veggies before leaving so I went to the produce section. When I came around the corner a really strong smell grabbed my attention that smelled really really good. So I asked the produce worker what the smell that smelled really sweet. She looked at me a little strange and I really cannot blame her. How many people ask what smells so good at a grocery store? She told me I don't really know, but it might be peaches so I went looking for the sweet smell. I did find it once I smell from a little distance the different fruit in the produce section. This things smelled as delicious as they tasted once I went home. They don't come loose like most peaches they come in a mesh bag like the oranges or onion you see in the produce section.  They are so... so... good

Homemade Peach Lemonade

8 small-medium sized lemon
10  ripe flying saucers (You can use small peaches.)
3 cups white sugar

Cut lemons and flying saucers or peaches in half.

Squeeze lemons and flying saucers or peaches by hand or with a juicer into a bowl.  I hand squeezed them since I couldn't find my juicer.

Pour juice from both through a strainer or remove seeds from juice.

Bring a 5 quart saucepan  3/4 full of water to a boil. Pour sugar into saucepan then stir until sugar crystals are dissolved.

Pour sugar mixture into gallon pitcher then stir in lemon and peach juice.  Stir well and taste with a spoon. If it is too tart fill the remaining pitcher with water. Stir again and serve with ice.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Keen Handmade Creations Store Opening

I'm happy to announce that my handmade store is now open. My store will include handmade crochet and upcycle gifts. I currently have crochet items in the store, but I will be uploading upcycled items soon. If you don't see something in the store currently  contact me for a custom order for you.

Here's a sneak peak of one of my favorite items in the store

Visit my store on Storenvy

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Praying for the Storms to Pass

Yesterday we sat quietly in the house listening to the winds beat up the siding and rain like crazy. We heard things hitting the side of our home, but we didn't go outdoors. The thunder claps made me jump several times. Storms are one of those things that I totally dislike since seeing my babysitter hit by lightning when I was a child.  ( A story for another time) I’ll actually walk quickly to get into the house.  I don’t like watching the lightning hit ground or hearing the claps of thunder at all.  

While I was waiting for the storm to pass I did get to work on the Upcycled dog bed made from old denim jeans of my daughter I started several months ago for Bandit  and I got several parts finished and prepped myself for installing a zipper something I have been avoiding like the plague. I've been a button, snap, and Velcro crafter for closures until I decided I need to overcome the obstacle of installing zippers, which I haven’t yet since I’m still cutting, pinning, and sewing pieces together.   

We kept the local news channel on the entire time even through the crummy paid informational ads that repeat the same thing over and over. Finally went to sleep at about three o’clock in the morning after the worst of it went through. Before going to sleep I did find text weather alerts from the Weather Channel before going to sleep, which was a relief since our local news channel only has alerts for iPhone4s and above phones.  It doesn't make any sense to me at all.

Saturday morning my daughter, Bandit, and I went for our daily morning walk looking for damage around our neighborhood. It was really wet out so our feet sunk in the ground. I was really glad I chose to wear tennis shoes instead of my flip flops I've had for at least five years otherwise my socks would have been soaked from the pot holes in the road and wet grass. Thankfully the only damage I found was a tree limb laying on the ground snapped in half and some leaves laying all over the ground that weren't there Friday evening.