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Blackberry Lemonade

13 Jul

Summer in your mouth from Taste of Home

  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup blackberries


  • In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups water and sugar to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon peel and remaining water; cool slightly.
  • In a blender, combine 1 cup of lemon mixture and the blackberries; cover and process until blended. Strain and discard seeds. Pour blackberry mixture and remaining lemon mixture into a pitcher; stir well.¬† Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice. Yield: about 1-1/2 quarts.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 152 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, trace protein.


Hobby Helps Haiti

13 Jul
The Chicago Tribune has a story about an 81 year old woman donating 35 years worth of her quilting work to ¬†children in Haiti. Anita Van Ryn has been making quilts for decades, in her spare time, while watching TV. She made them out of recycled t-shirts and dresses. She wasn’t making them for anyone in particular. Then, when the earthquake hit Haiti early this year she saw someone who needed them and made the effort to get 35 of them into the hands of Haiti’s children.

Each of Van Ryn’s quilts has a name and a personal significance. Each comes from a different time in her life. There’s sure to be a story for each of them and now each of them is starting a new story in the hands of a child in need.

Quilts make great donations and also great gifts. I have several available in my Etsy store to purchase for yourself or someone you know who needs to stay warm.