Life handing you lemons? You know what to do.

Susan von Struensee


Photo by Hannamariah/ShutterStock.



  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.
  3.  Recipe Yield 20 (4 ounce) servings

Pink Lemonade


  • 1 1/4 cup sugar (if using unsweetened cranberry juice, 1 cup if using sweetened).
  • 4 cups water (divided).
  • 1 cup cranberry juice.
  • 1 cup lemon juice.

Preparation: Make a “simple syrup” by heating sugar and 1 cup of the water in a small saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.Stir together the remaining water, cranberry juice, lemon juice and simple syrup. Make…

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Dandelion Bitters

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The astute reader may notice from an earlier post that our garden plot came with a generous crop of dandelions. Since this weekend we have already invested a good portion of our weekend evicting the gnarled roots of these unwelcome tenants, we may as well employ them in a productive fashion.

IMG_4270 Granddaddy dandelion roots

Dandelion bitters are another traditional Scandinavian recipe, generally combined with other weedy roots like burdock. Since we are fortunately without the scourge of burdock in our garden, we will improvise and use a few other botanicals common in bitters, aquavit and other digestifs. In this case, I’m going to pair the dandelion with chopped ginger, cardamom, coriander, and grapefruit zest, which will add a bit of spice to offset the slightly bitter, herbal flavor of the dandelion roots and greens (rom experience: don’t overdo it on the cardamom or citrus; a little goes a long way).

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Longwood Gardens

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When finding oneself in Philadelphia, consider a pilgrimage to Longwood Gardens, the 1,100 acre estate of gilded age auto and chemical baron Pierre du Pont. The massive greenhouses alone can take hours to navigate, to say nothing of endless outdoor garden, wood-paths, and meadows.

I snapped a few pictures, but they hardly do justice to the scale and genius of the gardens.

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Keep Calm and Hug a Husky

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Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself


Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart.”

Antoine de Sainte-Exupery (1900-1944)
Aviator, Writer

I’m somebody and I have responsibilities

“I said “Somebody should do something about that.” Then I realized I am somebody.”

― Lily Tomlin