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Lemon Cooler

recipe written by a child

Looking for some cool refreshment? Then look below, not to the “recipe” above. I found this little yellow post-it in the kitchen today after my husband made the boys breakfast. It seems my younger son did a bit of cooking (when dad went upstairs to take a shower) and has also apparently begun to create and record his own recipes.

Unfortunately, I can’t really recommend this dish which I believe is called, “French Toast Scrambled Eggs.” My son has a habit, when we make french toast, of cooking up the last of the batter, after all the bread is gone. It seems that now he’s going for a short cut to get more of that juicy batter and has created a dish of his own. I think that’s pretty cool for an 8 year old.

Of late, the boys have been leaving me many notes on post its and scraps of paper; I save each and every one of them. It’s so fun to connect with them in writing since it is my favorite mode of communication. I think sometimes my husband and I email as much as we speak –especially when he’s on the road.

Conclusion has arrived on the baseball front; my older son (age 9) lost in the district tournament finals last night. They were clobbered 21-1. It wasn’t even close, the other team crushed us to move on to the state tourney. Now I can emphatically say, baseball is over! Phew. So much driving and practicing and by the end, a bit too much pressure for the little ones. However, I did enjoy watching my son after the loss, standing around, chatting and decompressing with his teammates, reviewing the game. The boys were so supportive of one another and had amazing team spirit. It was a fantastic all star season for him.

In other news, it’s been rather hot here in Colorado and tomorrow is supposed to be a scorcher at close to 100 degrees. To ward off the heat, I’ve been making these refreshing lemon slushes for the boys. We have them when they arrive home from day camp, or as a dessert following dinner. They are an optimal drink on a hot day.

Lemon Coolerprint
1 cup water
½ cup lemon juice
¼ cup agave nectar or honey
12 ice cubes

  1. Place all ingredients in a vitamix
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth
  3. Serve

I hope everyone has a great weekend and stays cool! We will have our first baseball free weekend in more than 4 months. What are you doing this weekend to beat the heat?


posted on July 18, 2008, 10 comments

  1. ~M

    Yummmmm. And it would be great with lime too. I wonder if you put this into a food processor instead of a blender if you would get a granita or sorbet like texture as opposed to to a slushe :)

    Our blender is on it’s last legs (cannot wait to get a vitamix!) so we’ve been using our Cuisinart a lot to make soft sorbets out of frozen berries and agave (and sometimes OJ). Yumm!

  2. Lore

    This cute handwriting instantly caught my attention :) How cool is that? Soon he’ll be having his one notebook of culinary concoctions!

  3. ~M -I think it would be great with lime, good idea. Maybe if you register for the vitamix you will get it as a gift?

    Lore -Yes, perhaps he will :-)

  4. Kathleen in MT

    We are having a heat wave in Montana too, up into the 90s. We have been making these every day, using half lime and half lemon juice Wowee are they ever refreshing. My 6 kids plus a few of the neighbor kids love them. I add a little stevia to taste.

  5. Kathleen -We finally got a break today; it’s in the 80’s and a bit rainy, thank goodness. I hope you and the 6 children are well!

    Elana

  6. athena

    Oh Yummy!! We’ve been having excessively hot weeks here also. I’m going to have to try this one out soon, especially since I absolutely LOVE fresh lemonade. Thanks Elana!

  7. Athena-
    You are welcome; let me know how it turns out for you.
    Elana

  8. Tracy

    Elana,
    I found your website not too long ago and I am loving your recipes! Thank you so much for doing what you do. I just made this recipe and it was a hit with my girls. Looking forward to trying many more!

  9. ~M

    I finally made this in my Vitamix and it’s awesome! I used raw honey instead of agave and organic lemon juice. The drink developed a foam head, like beer. :)

  10. Emily

    Thank you so much for all of your wonderful recipes! I can’t wait to try this one. Is stevia a liquid or a powder? I’ve never seen it in any of my local stores. Thanks again!

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