Citrus-Ade

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I have the weeding just about finished around my house. I’m so happy, and so relieved…but I am also very aware that it’s just in time for the next round.  I’m so good at growing weeds, that I’ve given it some strong consideration to pull the flowers, and just grow weeds! And I do admit…some weeds that I grow are very pretty. They’re highly invasive and destructive, but some of them do have a beautiful flower on them!

You know, it’s funny… up to about ten years ago or so, I could have started the weeding on a Saturday morning, and would have pulled all the weeds, planted flowers, and mulched by Saturday night. One day is all I would really take to blast through those pesky weeds, but now it takes me a full day to do just one side of the house! And then it takes me another full day to get rid of the aches and pains that my body has suffered from all the bending and pulling the weeds!

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There is such a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction that I enjoy when it’s all finished, I just love to sit out on the porch on a warm summer’s evening, and appreciate the . Yep, I pop three Ibuprofen; sit on a pillow with my arms wrapped in ice bags, my neck wrapped in a microwavable heated neck thingy, an over the counter pain patch on my lower back, and my feet soaking in the foot bath!

Ok, I exaggerate…the Ibuprofen is the only true thing from that whole paragraph… but at the rate I’m going with this whole weeding gig…I can see all  that stuff  in my near future!

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Seriously though, I do love to sit out on the porch on that warm summer’s evening, with a platter of cheese and fruit…and something cold and refreshing to drink. Sometimes it’s wine..sometimes it’s iced tea..and sometimes it’s this citrus-ade.  I’m going to be honest here, I’m not very good at making lemonade.  I’ve tried it throughout the years, and it always tastes bitter. Not tart, but bitter.  So I got myself into the habit of mixing citrus fruits together,  and it always comes out perfectly tart, perfectly sweet…and perfectly refreshing!

I think what I love the most about this “ade”  is that you can use whatever citrus fruits that you happen to have on hand that day!  When I made this, I had grapefruit, lemons, and limes, so that’s the recipe that I’m giving you today.  Honestly though, it’s so easy, and it’s so quick to make, that you won’t mind throwing it together after a long day in the weeds… just add about five cups of water to the fruit juice, add the amount of sugar to make it your desired sweetness, and then sit back, relax, and enjoy your flowers (or weeds, in my case) in their glory!

Life is good, it’s a “Where the heck do those weeds come from anyway, and when did I get so old that it takes me four weeks rather than one day to get rid of them?” kind of good…

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Citrus-Ade
Makes About 1-1/2 Quarts

3 pink grapefruit
4 lemons
4 limes
5 – 6 cups water (Use 5 cups if the fruit doesn’t have much taste. Use 6 cups if the fruit is juicy and flavorful)
1 to 1-1/2 cups sugar (This all depends on how tart or sweet you like your beverage)
Ice
Strawberries for garnish

Juice the grapefruits, lemons, and limes into a pitcher. Add the water and sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until ready to serve….and then add ice. Garnish with strawberries.

Enjoy!

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