There is something seriously different about Springtime. I go through an entire winter with zero motivation, getting very little accomplished, procrastinating on tasks, stalling.
Then, suddenly, the weather shifts to 75 degrees. Our windows open. A nice, perfect temperature breeze rolls in.
…and I’m ready. I get so much accomplished. Yesterday, for example, was 80 degrees. We have all of the windows open. I finished all of the laundry, including bedding. I made homemade strawberry lemonade (yum… and so so so easy!) and some semi-homemade pizzas with garlic bread (I took storebought french bread, cut it, buttered it, garlicked it- yes, that’s a word now- seasoned it, and BAM! in the oven for five minutes and perfect)… I cleaned out the freezers. I went to the grocery store. I cleaned out the refrigerator to put the groceries away. I made sure that the cabinets stayed organized while those groceries were put away. I picked up toys. I served fresh pineapple to my family. I worked out.
I did more in one day yesterday than I often get done in a full week in winter. Why? Well, there’s just something about springtime for me. Something about that fresh air makes me feel like I can do literally anything. It makes me feel like I can accomplish to do lists, like I can organize like a professional, like I can cook anything.
How can one little burst of air make everything so perfect? I have no idea, but whatever it is, I like it, and I hope it sticks around for a long time before the hot summer hits… because summer is like my other winter.
Something Something Springtime Strawberry Lemonade
1 pound strawberries
1 cup sugar
4 large lemons
Bring 1 cup water to a boil. While waiting for it to boil, hull and wash your strawberries, and put them in a blender. Juice the lemons (you’ll need about 1 cup of fresh lemon juice) and put this in a pitcher (not the blender), reserving some for rimming glasses. When the water boils, add 1 cup of sugar and stir constantly for a minute until the sugar dissolves.
When the sugar is dissolved, remove the pan from the stove, and pour onto the strawberries in the blender. Puree strawberries and simple syrup until smooth. Pour the strawberry mixture into the pitcher. Add enough water to bring the total amount to 2 quarts (I had to add about 1 quart of water).
Stir. Chill for at least 1 hour. You’ll want to stir it again before serving. When you’re ready to serve, dip the glasses in the reserved lemon juice, and dip them in sugar. Place a fresh strawberry on the rim, if you’d like. Yummy!
(Try to share some of it. Just try).