Friends and Lemonade – A Perfect Combo

 

My daughter had a friend over on a sunny afternoon and the first thing they wanted to do was set up a lemonade stand.  I was a bit taken back.  I’ve never done this before as an adult.  It seemed this needed some planning and lemons.  Hmmmmm… well I had 5 lemons.  So I said we could make a small pitcher.  (and I don’t have a plastic one).  I got to work on the simple syrup.  I realize not everyone does it like this, but this was the part that I knew and was easy for me.  Actually my daughter went to her first lemonade stand where the lemonade was from a carton.  (I told myself it didn’t matter as long as they had fun)  But certainly if I’m the mom of the stand, we’re going to make it.  The girls then remembered some chocolate chip muffins I had made the day before and asked if they could sell those too.  They sure were entrepreneurial!

squeeeeeeeeze!more squeeeezing

 

The girls made signs and talked price.  I overheard $1 per item and I suggested it be $1 for a combo muffin and lemonade but only fifty cents on their own.  They were ok with that.  Here’s where I felt a struggle.  You want the lemonade stand to be cute and genuine, not greedy.  It was coming together and my first timer stress was relieved.

Did I mention we live at the end of a steep shared driveway?  I think this is why the idea for the stand was stressful for me too.  We decided we’d have to locate it down the drive and at the park.  It was a lovely day and we thought this might actually mean a few customers and traffic.  It took my husband and I and the girls to haul all the stand items to the park.  There was a plastic tub to set the sale items ( I guess the actual “stand”).  The pitcher.  Glass at that.  Note to self – buy plastic pitcher for next time.  Muffin tray.  Tea towel. Plastic cups.   Again I didn’t have throw away,  so I instructed the girls to please have them returned.

 

The girls set everything up and after about five minutes left dad in charge and they were going to recruit people to come over from the playground.  I went back up to get a change box and when I returned my husband was at the stand and the girls were playing on the swings at the park.  I didn’t have high hopes for the endeavor and my husband had things under control so I left for an errand.

 

I was very surprised to come home and find everything back home with only a few muffins left and an empty pitcher.  They made $5 total and split the profits (the girls, not my husband).  Apparently there were customers and the girls got busy.  I think it was a success!  The girls had fun, my husband spent some time in the sunshine and we have simple syrup ready for the next lemonade stand request.  Just have to remember those lemons…

 

 

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Happy Memorial Day – Corn on the Cob Tip

I hope you and yours had a relaxing Memorial Day.  It’s a tough one to explain to kids.  And when they ask “So what does BBQing have to do with celebrating and remembering the soldiers?”  My answer is “It’s a good way to gather friends and family, and it’s usually nice weather, so you can cook and eat outside”.  Although here in the Bay Area we sure had a mix of weather – rain, sun, clouds, wind.  If you didn’t time things well the annual memorial bbq could’ve been better enjoyed by the fireplace, inside.

Luckily we were able to host some friends and enjoy a bit of the sunshine this weekend.  We did chicken kebobs, corn on the cob, roasted potatoes and strawberry shortcake (more on that in my next cookbook review).

I want to share a corn on the cob tip.  I love corn, but sometimes when cooked on the grill it burns and shrivels.  So now, what works for us, is precooking in the microwave.  I suppose you could precook by boiling as well – but takes so much longer.  Two cobs takes about 4 minutes to precook in the microwave.  Then it gets a brushing of olive oil and is finished on the grill for a few minutes.  Just long enought to get some grill marks and a bit of carmelization.  The kernals are still plump, and the cob doesn’t get too black.  Check it out.

 

wrap corn in wax paper and sprinkle with a few drops of water
microwave about 4 minutes for 2 ears of corn

 

Place over hot grill and rotate a few minutes for grill marks

 

Looking to grill something out of the ordinary?  Here’s a few tips for your next unique cookout.  Grilled avocado anyone?  Get ideas here.

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