The weather was MUCH nicer this weekend. In fact, it was too warm on Sunday-I think it got up to 89 at our house. I think the inside of our house got up to 77, and I had Sean put in the air conditioner in our bedroom. We still have to put the other one in the living room, but that can wait until the weekend. During the week we don't spend much time in there.
Saturday, Alice and I went to my friend Monica's house. It was so fun to watch Alice try to play with their girls, Fiona and Sofia. They are 7 and 4 (soon to be 8 and 5). They thought it was so cool that Alice was walking. Alice kept trying to "run" with them, but they were in the grass (and it is uneven ground) and she kept tripping and doing semi-somersaults... which resulted in a few head bumps. Sofia was riding on her little bike, and Alice thought that was the coolest thing EVER. So for the remainder of the night, she kept trying to climb on it. I have quite a few pictures of Alice with the girls, but I don't have my camera with me at work. I'll post them later. Oh, and Alice also ate corn on the cob for the first time. I know she actually managed to get some of the cob, as there were kernels in her diaper the next day *wink*
Sunday, I planted my herb garden and did laundry and cleaned a bit. We grilled out steaks and had carrots, broccoli, and southwest potatoes. Then I made the most delicious Strawberry Lemonade ever! It was the perfect drink for a really hot day!
2 lbs whole frozen strawberries (you can get fresh, but freeze them for at least 2 hours)
2-3 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups water
1 qt lemon juice
1 gallon water
Mix 2 1/2 cups water and sugar in a pot. Stir until dissolved and then bring to a boil. Turn off heat and CAREFULLY add frozen strawberries. Let steep for at least 20 minutes (I think I waited 30-40). Mash strawberries into syrup. In a separate container (I divided this amond two containers as I don't have any container larger than a gallon) mix lemon juice and water. Pour in strawberry syrup and mix. Refrigerate and enjoy!
I should note that I only used 1 cup of sugar the first time (with 1 cup of water) and it was really tart and not very sweet. So I made another batch with about 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup (or a little more) of water. So if you use at least 2-3 cups of sugar with 2 1/2-3 cups of water, it should be just fine. It isn't too sweet, but not too tart and bitter.
If you decide to try the lemonade, let me know what you think!