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Bookish Bites : Maisy Makes Lemonade, lemonade

An easy peasy lemon squeezy Bookish Bites for you this week. We’ve been busy. And we’ve eaten a lot of cake and sweet treats recently so we needed a bit of a rest. Also we really want Spring and Summer to arrive, with sunshine preferably and well, nothing says Spring like fresh, home-made lemonade. Shame about the rain.

We have several Maisy books including a few from this paperback series; Maisy Makes Lemonade, Maisy Makes Gingerbread (a future Bookish Bites I’m sure) and Maisy goes to the Library. I used to work at Walker Books and Maisy was one of the key brands I worked on and while there I grew quite attached to that little mouse. Milo has always enjoyed Lucy Cousins’ bright, bold illustrations and likes to see what Maisy gets up to with her friends. In Maisy Makes Lemonade it’s a hot summer’s day and Maisy’s friends are thirsty so with lemons from the garden, a little sugar and water Maisy sets about making a large jug of lemonade for everyone. Alas, we did not have the hot summer’s day. It was grey, windy and rainy. But, the rather fabulous thing about three year olds is that they just don’t care what the weather’s doing so we were absolutely able to pretend.

Milo’s dad and Milo begun with a reading of Maisy Makes Lemonade.

And then we all set about making some lemonade to accompany our diner. Here’s the recipe we used.

1/2 cup sugar (we used caster but granulated is just fine)
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of lemon juice
About 2-3 cups of water to dilute

It comes up a little sweet so I would add some extra lemon should you want too or just reduce the sugar syrup. Taste it and see. We normally add a little mint to our lemonade but unfortunately we don’t have enough mint in the garden at the moment to do this, but I would highly recommend.

Make the sugar syrup with the 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water by heating them up together in a small pan. Once all the sugar is dissolved set the syrup to one side to cool.

Then get on with a little lemon squeezing. Milo enjoyed this immensely.

Sieve your lemons to get rid of the pulp and pips.

Next pour both the sugar syrup and lemon juice into a pitcher. Add a little lemon rind for decoration and serve in the prettiest glasses you own. Ours are from Lovely Lovely and I truly love them.

This makes enough for about three big glasses of lemonade.

Milo’s first taste of lemonade and his verdict was: “I like lemonade and we made it just like Maisy. Can I have some more please?”

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great idea and they enjoy anything they have made themselves so much more!

    May 2, 2012
    • natashaworswick #

      Absolutely! He loves being in the kitchen and pretty much helps me make all of his meals now. It takes a bit longer but is so much more fun. And the added bonus that there are now a few things that he can do himself like chopping up his own banana (he likes to eat it chopped up, using a fork with a sprinkle of cinnamon on!). I love the look of the holidays on your website. Milo would definitely have a lot of fun on your farm, especially the idea of being pulled by a tractor in a little wagon!

      May 2, 2012
  2. How how lovely! Nothing quite like homemade lemonade!!! Want to make some with the kids too.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

    May 8, 2012

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