Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The daily rain has stopped and things are starting to heat up here in Texas! I want to share a new Old Fashioned Lemonade recipe with you today, but first, some pictures of our new summertime dresses.

It is very hard to find decent and inexpensive dresses in the stores nowadays. I was looking in Goodwill for a few canning jars and came across these "new to us" dresses...

This bright yellow dress has a red smocked waist and is made by Copper Key. The Bonnie Jean pale green dress is made of linen and has a sheer overlay.


It also comes with this sheer "jacket" with tiny purple flowers sewn on the inside.


A blue and white gingham dress with yellow and white daisies and this red floral Cornelloki (April Cornell) dress might be my favorite!


I love the smocked bodice!


Grace was the most excited about this blue and white sailor dress. She has been watching for one for several years now! This one is made of light corduroy and will be nice in the fall too.
The last dress we found is another Cornelloki. It is made of very thin cotton that has embroidered flower clusters all over it.


There is a slip underneath with ruffled trim.

A few of these dresses will fit Grace for two summers and then on to Emily for a few more. The best part though is that each dress was just $2.99!!

Ok, on to the lemonade! The recipe comes from the Gooseberry Patch "Simple Country Pleasures."


Old-Fashioned Lemonade

4 lemons
3/4 cup sugar
4 cups cold water

Cut lemons into thin slices, remove seeds. Place slices in a large non metal bowl; sprinkle with sugar and let stand 10 minutes. Press lemons with the back of a spoon to extract juice.

I actually got out my potato masher and gave them all a good squeeze. I got way more juice that I usually do just squeezing lemons into a pitcher.


Transfer mixture to a pitcher and add water. Stir and then remove lemons. (I left in a few slices.) Serve over ice.


I hope you all are staying cool on this hot July day!

48 comments:

Becky said...

That looks so refreshing. I can just picture the girls in their new desses, sitting on the back patio, drinking this fine lemonade and fanning their little selves with the church bulletin, declaring, "My but it is hot out today" in their very BEST southern twang.

I have quite an imagination don't you think?

Mrs.B said...

Oooh, I'm going to try this, thank you!

And I'm so sorry about Jack.....)o:

Melissa said...

Fantastic idea for squeezing lemons. I'll be sure to pick up a bunch when I go to the grocery store next.
Thanks for the detail pictures of those dresses! I was wanting to see them. I love the plaid and floral fabric on the smocked dress! Wow! They are all so pretty. All the sheers, and pretty flowers added... I bet the girls will be wearing them constantly. :)

Mrs. Pivec said...

Oh, I was *wanting* to go to Goodwill today myself!

What a lovely selection you found. I think I like the red dress the best too... but the sailor dress is awfully charming! Do try to get some pictures of them in their dresses. :)

The lemonade looks wonderful too!

Heather said...

I love your selection of dresses! We used to get hand me downs of the April Cornell dresses and they were wonderful - I miss the friend who gave them to us, but that's all part of moving, I guess! I made that recipe for lemonade once - thanks for reminding me how good it is!

Amber said...

The dresses are beautiful perfect for the summer heat. I love the sailor one also too cute!

The lemonade looks wonderful. I have 4 lemons right now so I think I will go and give it a try! Thanks for the recipe!

devildogwife said...

What beautiful dresses you found. I've been fortunate to be able to find many (well, too many) dresses for munchkin at thrift stores. I'm sure as she gets older it will be more difficult.

I love fresh lemonade. I'll have to give this a try next time I pick up some lemons. Yum!

Rose Mary said...

Goodwill is my favorite place to shop! You made some great finds. I love the gingham dress, too. The lemonade sounds delicious. I'll have to try it.

PEA said...

Hello dear Kelli:-) I'm now back from my trip and playing catch up with everyone! I so enjoyed reading all of your posts that I had missed...how very sad, though, about the baby bird:-( You certainly were very lucky in finding all these beautiful dresses at Goodwill...it's so amazing what people get rid of!! As for the lemonage recipe, I've copied it down...nothing like homemade lemonade:-) xoxo

rohanknitter said...

That sounds so good. (isn't that the neatest book?!)

The dresses are all so pretty- doesn't it feel great to get a good deal like that! I have an April Cornell dress from a thrift shop and I just love it.

Mrs. C said...

The lemonade looks so refreshing!

Congratulations on your finds.:)

Penless Thoughts said...

Great deal on some great dresses. The leomonade sounds good.
Susan

Kriss said...

Finally!! Someone who loves Goodwill as much as I do! I am always finding Goodwill finds and when I lost weight that is how I made it thru so many wardrobe size changes! Most my kids clothing I buy from there too!! Something about us Texas gals! LOL!! -kriss

Lynne said...

Beautiful dresses-the sailor one is my favorite too. Have to try the lemonade recipe-sounds really yummy.

Susie said...

I love the beautiful detailing on those dresses! A real bargain at $2.99! The lemonade looks delish and refreshing :)
hugs!

dot said...

Cute dresses! You will have to post pictures of the girls wearing them.

Tina Leigh said...

Oh I love the dresses. You sure got a good deal!

Morning Glory said...

Those dresses are darling and what a bargain!!

While I was reading your lemonade recipe, my mouth started tingling and it felt like I was eating a lemon. Too funny.

Gena said...

You hit the dress jackpot! Those dresses are all so adorable.

We, too, love homemade lemonade. We still haven't had much rain here and every day is above 90 degrees and VERY humid. I'm looking forward to fall already!

Tracy said...

I'd be thrilled with those thrift store dresses. They are all very pretty. The lemonade sounds yummy!

Julie Marie said...

You are an excellent shopper. You really know how to find great stuff inexpensively. Isn't it great when you do that?

Thanks for the lemonade recipe. I had been wanting to have a recipe for real lemonade.

Julie

Myrna said...

The lemonade looks so cool and refreshing! I may have to try it--It would be a healthy switch from the sweet tea we have been drinking.

The dresses are lovely! What good bargains!

Ron and Ginny said...

The lemonade looks really good! I am going to have to try it. Thanks for the recipe. :-D

Patty said...

Oh you just have to love Goodwill !
The lemonade looks like the recipe I use, except I use agave nectar in place of sugar.

Paula said...

Kelli,
Goodwill can be a fabulous place. When my son was growing faster than a weed, that was the place we shopped. He's 19 now and still shops there occasionally. Thanks for the lemonade recipe. How refreshing on a hot, sultry day.
Paula

Lyndy said...

They are all so cute. You certainly found quite a bargain.

Hope you are having a blessed week.

Lyndy

Storybook Woods said...

Ohh you gave me back the rain :-) Enjoy the sun. Wonderful dress !!!! Clarice

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

The dresses are great! What wonderful finds!! Mmmmmm.......fresh squeezed lemonade!

Jodi said...

Lovely dresses ~ wonderful price! :o)

Your lemonade looks wonderful. We drink a *lot* of lemonade in the summertime.

Barbara H. said...

Those are some great finds!!

Pam said...

Girl! You do find the neatest things! I love the dresses and that lemonade looks so delish!

Sharon said...

I love the pale green dress and the girls dresses are so adorable!

I went to a local Salvation Army recently and found two skirts. One doesn't fit (yet). ;-)

Momma Roar said...

Great dresses - and what better prices! I haven't made lemonade yet this year - I think we may do that this week!

Anita said...

I especially LOVE that new sailor dress! And what a bargain all those new dresses were!

I'll write lemons on my shopping list for tomorrow - I absolutely need to try out that recipe!

Mama Russell said...

I have never made homemade lemonade, but will certainly have to try now, Kelli. The pictures make it look so very yummy. Just perfect for us Texas gals and this summer heat. Now if only I had a front porch to sit on while I drank it.

What a find on those dresses! I need to check out my Goodwill; I can find virtually no modest dresses for myself and perhaps I need to look there. Thank you for sharing!

Marci said...

Oh, the pitcher and the stemmed glass and the lemon slices make it all look wonderful and refreshing.

I LOVE the dresses. Looks like you had a banner day.

LBP said...

I love the Goodwill. I can't remember when the last time I bought a dress retail. I always get mine a thrift stores or make them my self.

I love gingham! that dress is right up my alley.

Stay cool!

Mrs. U said...

What a blessing to find such beautiful dresses at such a fabulous price!!! I'd definitely consider them a gift from the Lord!!!!! :)

The lemonade looks mouth-watering!! I LOVE lemon! Between this lemonade and Julieann's yellow cake with lemon icing, I don't know which to make first!!

His,
Mrs. U

jennifer said...

I love the dresses! You are very thrifty!

Potato masher neat idea!

Charree said...

I love the dresses. They are so beautiful and feminine.

Jenn4Him said...

I had my friend bring me home 4 lemons when she picked up her kids today! The lemonade is wonderful. It reminds me of a lemon shake up from the state fair! Thanks. And the dresses are awesome, too. I love Goodwill as well.

kim said...

Those dresses are gorgeous and such good bargains. April Cornell is such a beautiful line of clothing. My daughter purchased a April Cornell dress to wear to her rehearsal dinner last summer. She was gorgeous in it and it was such a pretty yet modest dress.
Love your blog---
*smiles*
Kim

lila said...

What wonderful dresses you have found! I used to have a business sewing similar dresses....more of a hobby really! So romantic!

Lady Laurie said...

What a find ~ April Cornell dresses ~ and they are so well made too!! I love the sailor dress, I had one when I was a girl, I think it was my favorite!

Connie W said...

What great finds those dresses are. I agree that finding appropriate clothing these days is challenging. I wish there were some other styles available.

Carmen said...

I wanted to meet you! Julie adores you and I see why now! Congratulations on your award!
I am sure it's ok with you if I go and read your blog. So far I am loving it, LOL

Rowan said...

What lovely dresses you found - and there's nothing like homemade lemonade on a hot day is there? Not been much call for it here this summer!

Heart4MyHome said...

I LOVE Gooseberry Patch! I have this very same cookbook in my collection, but I haven't tried the Lemonade recipe yet. Hmmm...even though it's cold outside I am thinking a cool glass of lemonade would be so tasty right now.

I love the dresses, you got some really pretty ones there.