Tie-Dyed for the 4th

Can you tell we’re totally obsessed with getting ready for the holiday? You guessed it, another post for the 4th! This one is fun, I promise. You know my favorite past time is spending time on Pinterest, though I haven’t been on a ton since starting the new job. When I was on one day looking for football shirt inspiration, I saw some awesome tie-dyed shirts. You know they say what’s old will be new again. Yep, tie-dyed is back. Did it ever really leave?

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patriot tie dye kitAs fate would have it, I received a sales ad from my local fabric store, and tie-dye kits were on sale. Not only were they on sale, but I also had a 20% off your total purchase coupon. SCORE! And of course I went and picked up a couple of kits. I kept it simple with this “Patriot” One Step, Mini Tie-Dye Kit.

Also on sale this same day was t-shirts. I snagged one for each of my boys, and of course came home and put them on the shelf for a project at a later date. I’m excited to say that day finally arrived this week!

There are so many tutorials out there for the different patterns you can make with tie-dye. Be sure to check out my Tie Dye Pinterest Board for some ideas.

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There are 3 shirts here, 2 with the spiral pattern, and one with more of a striped pattern. I was a bit nervous at first because when following the directions for the spiral design it’s not clear how those folds turn into the spiral, but have no fears, it works! I do wish I had allowed the shirts to soak longer with the dye, maybe until the next day, though I did do the suggested 7 hours. The red faded a big more than I was expecting. Just something to keep in mind if you try a similar project!

Unfortunately I couldn’t snag a pic of the completed striped one because my son got it out of the dryer and promptly spilled something on it when he put it on. I mean seriously!!!

I can already tell that I’m going to be a little obsessed with tie-dying so look for some new projects coming soon!

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

With Independence Day just a few days away we’ve been putting on our thinking caps about how to make our picnic better for this year. I was walking through my local fresh grocer, and was struck with the idea to make fresh squeezed lemonade. What better way to relax on a hot summer day?

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Making lemonade is actually quite simple if you have the right tools. I was lucky enough to pick up the hand juicer at my local thrift store. A thorough scrub, and it was good as new.

Here’s what you need.
● 1 cup sugar
● 1 cup water
● 8 medium lemons
● 7 cups water
● Ice
● Spoon
● Knife
● Pitcher
● Sauce pan / stove

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1. In a pan on the stove place one cup of water, and 1 cup of sugar. Over medium heat stir occasionally until all of the sugar is dissolved. Let cook for another 10-15 minutes or so. This creates a simple syrup. Set to the side and allow to cool to room temp.

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2. Juice your lemons (microwave your lemons for 20-30 seconds before juicing to get a higher yield, you can also roll them firmly on the counter prior to cutting)

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3. In your pitcher combine your simple sugar solution and lemon juice. Add additional water. We started with 6 cups, then added more after tasting.

That’s it. Add some ice to a glass (Or a mason jar in my case), pour your lemonade, and garnish. We’re going to try some strawberry, and blueberry lemonade next! What kinds of lemonade do you like best?!

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