Happy 4th of July weekend! What are you up to? I’m making a red velvet ice cream cake with my 8-year-old niece tomorrow (her request). We’re doing a two-layer cake with vanilla ice cream in the middle, and red, white, and blue sprinkles. It’s going to be pretty outrageous. I don’t know which one of us is more excited. We’re also taking Owen to see fireworks for the first time in his life. I hope he’s not traumatized–I remember being terrified when I was little.
Here are some links I’ve collected in the past couple of weeks. Some of them are thought-provoking, some of them are hilarious, and some of them are delicious.
Thank you, Elinor Burkett. This is exactly how I feel about Caitlyn Jenner. The last paragraph. BOOM. What Makes a Woman?
Did you have braces? I actually didn’t, but I found this article on America’s obsession with perfect teeth fascinating.
Let’s all be super jealous of Michelle Williams’ new house.
Adorbs! When he eats the corn! Tiny Hamster’s Tiny BBQ.
Thank you, Lord! Young Women Say No to Thongs.
On to this week’s drink. I recently wrote an article for Wee Westchester on easy homemade lemonade recipes. If you’re interested, check it out! You’ll find my recipes classic lemonade, honey-peach lemonade, and cherry limeade. This green juice lemonade was another one I dreamed up, but I decided that it was maybe a bit too sophisticated for little kids. Owen really wanted to try it (he’s obsessed with the color green) but in the end he didn’t really like it. I think the ginger was too spicy for his delicate toddler palate.
But that’s OK, because I get to share it with you here! This lemonade is what happens when your super healthy, holier-than-thou green juice meets everyone’s favorite lazy summertime drink. It’s what you want to guzzle when you come back from a long, sweaty July run (trust me on that one), and what you want to mix with your seltzer to make life a little more interesting. I haven’t tried it myself, but I bet it would also be a pretty fantastic addition to a gin and tonic. No matter what you do, remember: it has kale in it, so it counts as healthy.
Green Juice Lemonade
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 cups loosely packed kale
- 1/2 cup loosely packed mint
- 1- inch knob ginger
- 1/2 English cucumber
- 1 green apple quartered
In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups of water and the sugar. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool. Transfer sugar syrup to a pitcher and stir in the remaining 2 cups of water and the lemon juice. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill.
Working in this order, pass the kale, mint, ginger, cucumber, and apple through a juicer. Stir the juice into the lemonade and chill.
It's important to chill the lemonade before adding the green juice in order to preserve it's fresh taste and color. This lemonade is best consumed within a day or two.