We had the best weather over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Perfect for watching fireworks, going to the parade, and sitting outside enjoying a cup of tea and homemade lemonade.
A cup of organic Darjeeling and some homemade lemonade on ice, leaning back on some comfy pillows with conversation and a good book. Ah, summertime . . .
I got the recipe for the lemonade from Allrecipes.com. Easy-peasy.
8 cups water
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
Start by making a simple syrup with 1 cup of water and 1 3/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved, cool. Put in refrigerator. Squeeze lemons to get 1 1/2 cups lemon juice. Remove seeds but not pulp. Add lemon juice and 7 cups of water to syrup.
I love the simple, old-fashioned look of canning jars and striped paper straws.
My daughter and I went to Ulta over the weekend to get a few things. She showed me this Rimmel eyeshadow quad named "Afternoon Tea." I almost got it just for the name! (Hers is pictured here.) I almost never wear eye shadow, and ended up giving her my Naked 2 palette, pictured here -- pricey, and I figured she'd get much more use out it. I have an old Clinique eye shadow palette, and I mean old. It needs to be pitched. So I got this Physician's Formula classic nude palette. Isn't it pretty? Maybe I'll even use it.
Love this pretty pink Colclough teacup.
And this Shelley teacup with the pale green handle. Love the fluted edges on the Shelley cups. The teapot was my great-aunt's.
The linen napkins are very old heirlooms; the spoons were my mother-in-law's, in the Rambler Rose pattern. It's so satisfying, don't you think, to use beautiful, old things?
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