My poor yard has never been taken care of the way I wish I could- both time, energy, and know-how (wait, that's three things...) are obstacles to the lovely garden paradise I envision. Things REALLY went downhill after Munch was born though. I killed most of my potted dwarf citrus trees and some of my favorite fuschias. I guess anything that has survived, or unbelievably thrived, during my neglect really deserves to be here! I was excited this summer about planting fruit & vegetables that Munch could enjoy. Our favorite so far has been a blueberry bush which she faithfully checked every morning through the spring until she was rewarded with plump, little berries. Now we're harvesting cherry tomatoes (even though this year's seedlings haven't grown as full and healthily as usual) and green beans.
I've also got a new lemon tree- a Mother's Day present from AudioDad, and some beautiful mint. Perfect for a delicious limoncello cocktail!

Limoncello Cooler (enough for 8 8-oz. drinks)
1 c. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/2 c. fresh mint leaves
6 tbs. fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 c. club soda
3 1/2 c. limoncello (I used a full bottle of Caravello)
crushed ice
thin slices lemon and additional fresh mint for garnishing drinks

Combine lemonade concentrate, fresh lemon juice, and mint leaves in a pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to "muddle" these together. Add the limoncello, club soda, and crushed ice to taste. Pour into glasses and garnish with a lemon slice and spring of fresh mint.

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Comment by Catherine on September 3, 2009 at 9:05pm
I love gardening and it is even more fun now that my daughter is old enough to "help." Your cocktail recipe sounds great.
Comment by Dr Lisa Ramey on August 25, 2009 at 10:07am
Great idea. I love the fact that you allowed your child to grow something on her own. It gives her a sense of ownership and allows her to be in touch with nature. Keep up the good work.
Comment by Diana on July 25, 2009 at 9:00am
I love finding treasures in the garden.

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