Monday, June 13, 2011

Long weekend and lots of lemons......

How has your weekend been?

I know it is Monday already, but it feels like a weekend still here with everyone home for a long weekend. We have had some gorgeous weather over the little holiday, cold, foggy mornings that clear to bright blue skies with not a breath of wind. Just lovely. I love these crisp winter days!

I noticed how many busy spiders we have in our garden! Their webs are camouflaged in normal days, but completely revealed in the dewy mornings.

Lots of relaxing and enjoying the days of rest. We went down to Flinders for chips in the park and a basketball challenge, and then a great walk on the beach, fossicking amongst the rocks, it was low tide so the reef was exposed and we could walk right out and check out lots of interesting rock pools.It was a great afternoon. Also spent a fair amount of time taxiing the eldest around on a pretty social weekend for him!

On another front, I have lemons coming out my ears, so the boys and I decided to do something with some of them!
Andre did a bit of surfing and found a recipe for 'old fashion lemon cordial', I had all the things we needed and I have good memories of homemade cordial from when I was little, so we gave it a go........
and I have to say the results were delicious!
It was a big thumbs up from the kids, and easy peasy to make so I think we will be making our own cordial from now on. I have lots of limes ripe now too, so I think we might try lemon and lime next time!

I can't remember where Andre found the recipe, so I thought I'd share it here.



juice of 6 large lemons (we used about 8 as one variety wasn't very juicy)
grated rind of 3 lemons
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon citric acid
2 teaspoons Epsom salts
900mls boiling water

Juice and grate zest of lemons.
Strain juice into a biggish pot, and add all other ingredients.
Stir until dissolved then allow to become cool before bottling.

We made about 1.5 litres of concentrate, it is very sweet and we diluted it a lot! I think this 1.5 litres will go a long way~!

(just found the site where this recipe came from link is here)

Of course, I did manage to fit in a bit of hooky action too, but I'll show you what I made tomorrow!

See ya!


  1. I love LOVE fresh lemons! How pretty... I can smell them from here!

  2. Bring on the lemons! There's always a use for them at my house.


  3. Home made lemon cordial is the best! With this chilly weather a lemon delicious would go down a treat too.

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  5. We had a myer lemon tree I know how you feel about ALL the lemons. As well as still lemonade I used to make about six cheese cakes and freeze them (without the toppings). They made great sweets for unexpected guests...thaw and serve at room temp. and add any toppings you's the link for the recipe.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. Love the slippers by the way!


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