My 3 Monsters: When Life Gives You Lemons{and it will . . . }

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When Life Gives You Lemons
{and it will . . . }

Oh man.  We just can't catch a break around here.  I finally got the insurance drama from two weeks ago figured out and our bank accounts squared away just in time for my son to get himself suspended from school for a day and my husband to wreck our new car.  It's always something, right?

I'm not going to dwell on my proverbial lemons today -- we all have our share -- but I did decide to make lemonade.  And that lemonade printable at the top of the post.  I made that today, too. Back to the lemonade:

I pinned this recipe on Pinterest a while back because I LOVE Chick-fil-A's diet lemonade.  It is perfectly tart and refreshing on a hot Arizona day.  I'm telling you, this recipe does not disappoint!  It was easy to make and super delicious. 

{recipe via Cheerios and Lattes}

1.  Juice 8-10 lemons to make 1-1/2 C. juice.  My bag of lemons didn't give me quite enough juice and the ones on my tree outside are not ripe, so I added about 1/4 C. of bottled lemon juice.  That's probably a big no-no if you're a lemonade purist, but it turned out great in a pinch.

2.  In a large pitcher, mix lemon juice and 1 C. sugar or sugar substitute.  I used Nectresse, a new product from the makers of Splenda made from monk fruit.  Since my son is diabetic we are always looking for good, natural sugar substitutes.  This one is pretty good.

3.  Add 5-1/2 C. lukewarm water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Chill it until it's icy-cold and enjoy!  Or throw some crushed ice in a glass and enjoy immediately.

My day is looking brighter already!  Brent's contract job was extended six weeks, Sis's bedroom is looking awesome, and IT"S THE WEEKEND!!  Even when things go bad, they're not all bad.


  1. Looks good Amy...sorry your having a not so pleasant week! Maybe you'll have a good weekend. I'll hope for it for you!

  2. Hi Amy, I heard about D's suspension and it is a complete injustice! I'm thinking of starting a "Free D" Facebook page.

    1. Not so fast Shaunie -- he brought a note home the other day saying he took the teacher's pointer finger stick and made inappropriate gestures with it. Always an adventure raising Brent's child . . .

      We wished we could have seen you guys at Echo this summer. It looks like everyone had a great time. We miss y'all!

    2. That is hilarious. What is it about boys and sticks? We miss you Gus too!

  3. It never ceases to amaze me how that D can get into so much trouble at school. He's an awesome kid. Way to put your frustration to good use. Lemons=Lemonade. Super cute!

  4. Hi Amy,I just found your site and love it. You are adorable:]
    I am wondering if you have a download for your chalkboard print "When life gives you Lemons, make Lemonade"? The caption by the picture says its a printable but I don't see a download anywhere. I did try clicking and saving but it was terribly pixelated. Any help would be great!
    [email protected]

    1. Thanks Chantel! To download the image at full resolution just hold down the CONTROL key while clicking the image. That will open it up in a new window at full size. Click on the image again in the new window to make sure it's as big as it will get, then right click and save it to your computer. Thanks for the question!


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