“What I Did On My Summer Blogcation” and A Recipe For Raspberry-Cherry Lemonade

  • Welcomed a college junior home for the summer
  • Welcomed a grad student home twice for visits that were still too short
  • Had a birthday and celebrated Father’s Day on the same day
  • Received a new laptop
  • Hosted two outdoor movie nights – “O Brother Where Art Thou” and “How To Murder Your Wife”, 1965, with Jack Lemmon (so funny and delightfully chauvinistic)
  • Angel’s Game with “Big Bang Friday Fireworks”
  • Hosted a 4th of July celebration and BBQ
  • Saw my sons continue their tradition of making home made ice cream together for our parties (so far this summer – salted caramel, fresh peach, butter pecan, cookies and cream)
  • Won a $2100 Adobe Creative Suite package at a Meet Up group
  • Won an identical Adobe CS package the week after but forfeited it
  • Began a Photoshop boot camp course 4 nights a week, for 4 hours each night, for 4 weeks
  • Finally put into use my .com domain I’ve had for over a year (for email subscribers, if you have difficulty receiving post notices, please let me know)
  • Cracked open 5 books
  • Had the best deep tissue massage I’ve ever had at Burke Williams
  • Established a late afternoon ritual with my faithful kitty as we lounge together on our new outdoor chaise and a half to view the golden hour before sunset.  It’s all very Cleopatra.

This week I’m baking cookies and continuing with my second week of class but I’d like to share a yummy drink with you that is perfect to sip during that magical golden hour whether you’ve had a day where you felt worshiped and appreciated or one where you felt you had to row your own boat up the Nile.


Got fresh lemons?  A couple limes?

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Frozen raspberries, thawed, and a jar of maraschino cherries?



Add sugar and water and you’ve got the makings of a wonderfully sweet and tangy summer beverage that would make any girl feel like a queen.  Your subjects will also like it.  I stake my queen-dom on it.

Raspberry-Cherry Lemonade

1 – 14 to 16 oz. package of frozen raspberries, thawed

1 – 16 oz. jar of maraschino cherries along with the juice, but without stems

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 to 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

4 cups cold water

Blend all ingredients except the sugar and water.  Pour fruit mixture through a fine sieve to remove raspberry seeds.  Discard the solid mixture.  Place the strained juices in a pitcher.  Stir in the sugar and the water. 


  • Save time by adding the raspberry-cherry mixture (without the sugar and water) to prepared lemonade (I love Minute Maid lemonade)
  • Depending how sweet your raspberries are you may need less or more sugar based on your own tastes.
  • If you like a less intense sweet and tart flavor, add more water to dilute the lemonade.

And remember, when life gives you lemons and you make that lemonade, there’s no rule that says you can’t add ice and vodka and blend well.  That makes a great drink too.

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A girl always needs options.


Have a delightfully refreshing week.  xoxo

p.s.  I seem to be having trouble commenting on other blogs.  I don’t know if this is because of my new computer’s settings or the recent .com change over.  I hope to figure it out soon!

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  2. Sounds like a busy and perfect summer so far! I’ve taken to an afternoon nap and it’s a treat I’m never giving up. Drink sounds amazing! Especially with a little vodka ! Happy Monday!

    PS thanks again for those first year college books Katelyn has read them both and very helpful.

    Kinda funny one recommended getting a fake ID and another said a computer at college isn’t necessary….I told her fake ID No way no how! lol!

  3. Welcome back and happy belated birthday! Sounds like a nice break – I’m looking forward to reading whatever new you’ll be sharing.

  4. That sounds awesome – I’m having family over this coming weekend so I’m going to try it. Hope your birthday was great and also your break but I’m glad your back – I missed your post sweet friend 🙂 xo

  5. Lady Kate says:

    So glad you are back! You sound pleasantly busy, but I’m glad you take moments with kitty and watch the grass grow.

  6. Missed you much! Life sounds wonderful for you. Me, stilllll at the beach! Ahhhh, I do believe that the vodka will be added to this little recipe stat!

    Love and Hugs,
    Mrs. Kindergarten…aka…Madame Spoiled

  7. Looks like a great summer! I honed in on the salted caramel ice cream comment. I had a salted caramel ice cream sandwich (choc chip bars) for dessert Friday night at a fabulous Raleigh restaurant. I just wanted more of their homemade ice cream. So good!! You are lucky to have your boys make all of that yummy ice cream for you!

  8. Sounds like a great summer. I am super impressed that you are learning PhotoShop! And all that ice cream sounds good, too. And then this mysterious golden hour–ahhhh. You California girls have got it going on!

  9. Sounds as if you had a fabulous blogcation.

  10. Hi gals. Thank you for your nice comments. :). xoxo

  11. So many fun things happening! The photoshop bootcamp and new adobe suite sound so exciting, and I am now dreaming of salted caramel ice cream. 😉

  12. Yummy! I wish I had seen this before our vacation to Rhode Island! This would have been perfect for the underage kiddos. I’ll bookmark it for next time!!

  13. Wow you have been one busy lady…but thankfully all good things! That drink looks heavenly…nice to have you back, wishing you a wonderful rest of the summer!!

  14. whew! I need to pull up a chair next to yours and sip (gulp) a raspberry cherry lemonade too!
    xo Cathy