Do you have a passion for making things entirely by hand or appreciate it in other people? In my teens and twenties, I got a thrill out of being my own mechanic on my old '75 Mustang. Yep, I've changed a few water pumps and brake pads. I have sewn every stitch of handmade rag dolls with a needle and thread (no machine stitching), and I prefer to cook from scratch. Isn't it much more rewarding to gather family and friends to put in fence posts, and raise barns? So naturally for me, prepping the fleece, learning to spin, and then making things from the alpacas' luscious fiber is my idea of happiness! -Kaylen

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Perfect Lemonade

I didn't know what we were missing
until we made our own!

  • 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 
  • 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)


1. Make a simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Juice 4 - 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

3. Add juice and simple syrup to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water to the desired strength.

If it is too sweet add a little straight lemon juice.

Serve with ice and sliced lemons.
Serves 6

I found this recipe at

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