Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sunday-Strawberry Lemonade

I love food blogs. Maybe just as much as I love scrappy and crafty blogs. I've been noticing quite a few bloggers posting on Sundays and referring to Sweet Melissa Sundays. I had to find out what it was. Turns out, it's a group of bloggers that are trying recipes from this cookbook, The Sweet Melissa Baking Book. I bought the book and now I am going to bake every Sunday from this cookbook!! How fun is that???


Here is the first recipe i've tried...Strawberry Lemonade.

Jessica of My Baking Heart picked the recipe and it's really delicious. I'm a sucker for anything sweet so I was excited to try this. AND this week our local strawberry guy was HERE with fresh strawberries!! I've never seen strawberries available this early in the year and I was skeptical they would be any good. But they are quite sweet and really juicy.


Picked this morning!! And we have a lemon tree in our backyard and the lemons are perfectly ready. You can't beat homegrown and local fruit for my lemonade today.


I rimmed the glasses with fine sugar and garnished with a strawberry. This stuff is delicious, reminds me of summer and makes me wish summer was here now! My kids loved it and even my husband, who is not a big sweets guy, liked it too. It was a fun first recipe to try!

If you want to check out all the SMS bakers, check it out HERE. It was nice here today, but the clouds are rolling in and it looks like possible rain. I'm going to curl up with a nice book and sip some lemonade while my kids watch a movie. Happy Sunday everyone!!

15 comments:

Sue Sparks said...

I love strawberry lemonade! It's funny...I was JUST looking at a lemon-raspberry sandwich cookie recipe(Martha Stewart)and thought I should substitute strawberries:) Love the presentation of your lemonade...can't wait till a stand opens near us!

ashjoy said...

I'm so jealous! The only thing we have in our yard is about 2 feet of snow!

Sarah Lou said...

Oh heart squeakingly yum! That looks heavenly.

Flourchild said...

Im jealous too..fresh fruit..yum! We have nothing but snow! Your lemonade looks so good and I love the sugar rimmed glasses and garnish on the sides..great!
Welcome to SMS! Im so happy your baking along with us..it's always nice having another baking friend!

HanaĆ¢ said...

I second that. I'm so jealous. The strawberries look amazing. And a lemon tree in your backyard? How cool is that. I wish I could grow that here.

And a big welcome to the group. You'll like it :o)

Susan said...

Welcome to the group!! How lucky are you to have a lemon tree in your backyard! Great photos!

Tracey said...

Welcome to the group! Glad you're going to bake along with us :)

I'm also glad your first recipe was a success! Your lemonade looks wonderful. Gorgeous photos of the strawberries - wish I had some of those for mine!

Monique said...

Wowza..your killin me!! ... Those looks soooo good!! A lemon tree how nice is that..Your truley inspirational with all these delicious postings....

Joni Kix said...

Oh boy! Strawberry season!
I'm off to checkout the cookbook... TFS!

BethieJ said...

MARA! YUM!! I need to peek at that book.. sounds like a FUN group too!! You lucky GIRL.. Fresh Local Strawberry's AND Lemons in your back yard.. I would love that.. :)
Hope your weekend was GREAT!

Karina said...

My mouth is waterng. Sounds like another good reason for you to get out your baking supplies - look forward to seeing what you cook up next.

Martinaaaaaa said...

omg that looks delicous :) too bad that I'm in Austria - deep winter, freezin and snow .. :( - so no chance of gettin fresh strawberries :( - plus .. homegrown lemons would be gr8 :) I think I've to move .. LOL

enjoy ur lemonade yumyum

xx Martina

Julie said...

Welcome to SMS! Your lemonade looks delicious. Hope the movie was a good one!

theelfqueen said...

I bought fresh strawberries the other day but they are VERY not local -- between the climate and the altitude, local berries are a SUMMER thing. I pick blackberries and apples on the same day in August each year.

VanessaB said...

YUM! and served so fancy. ;)