Sage Lemonade

I look forward to my daughter reminiscing about her summer days as a kid and remembering something that will make her smile. My husband had a childhood moment the other day when picking oranges off our tree; he stood there silently enjoying the orange in the sun with the sprinkler going. He didn’t say anything for a long time then turned to me, smiled, and said, “This reminds me of my Grandpa’s house.” That was it, all that needed to be said. A little moment like that took him back to a different time where smiles, sun, sprinklers and running around the backyard was the only thing on the to do list for the day. I hope this lemonade is a trigger for her and she can share it with her family someday. For now we live for the moment and share this with you hoping it also brings a smile.

Makes 1 1/4 quarts.

  • 1 cup strained lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup steeped sage
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water

Get the sage ready. Start with bringing two cups of water to a boil. Muddle approximately 15 – 20 fresh sage leaves and add to the boiling water. Allow the sage to steep for 5 – 6 minutes.

Juice and strain the lemons. You need 1 cup of lemon juice. I use a juicer but you can do this by hand of any other method that gets you what you need.

Combine everything. Add lemon juice, water, sugar and 3/4 cup steeped sage to a pitcher. Stir until combined and sugar dissolved. Chill lemonade and serve cold.


muddled sage

Green in the Kitchen

I try my best to be as green as possible in the kitchen using organic ingredients and using tools that can be handed down through the generations and/or are sustainably made.  I am always on the lookout for products that support this vision.  Though not perfect I still have tools that are not completely in line with this vision; however, I look forward to taking great care of them and using them as long as possible so they stay out of landfills.  Once they have reached their end of life I look forward to introducing an eco-friendly version to the home.

I also look forward to sharing with you what can be composted from each dish so less food waste is sent to landfills.  If you have an opportunity to use the unused portions of ingredients in another dish all the better but if you don’t have plans for… let’s say, that whole head of lettuce YOU CAN COMPOST IT!

What Can Be Composted From This Dish?

Lemon rind can be composted but make sure your heap (and soil) can take the acid.  If you are using worms in your compost then don’t add citrus; they won’t consume it.  In general I like to keep seeds out of the compost so I don’t have a bunch of random stuff growing everywhere and I don’t trust my hot composting skills to kill any seeds.  If you like to let thing progress as they may then don’t worry about the seeds and see what will spring up in your garden. We have sage in our garden since we can never use the whole bundle you get from the store and the plant is so beautiful.  We harvest what we need when we need it without any waste and fresh herbs from the garden are so much more aromatic. We didn’t start our sage from seed but got an established plant from the nursery. It is in our garden with an avocado tree, lemon tree and all kinds of succulents. We planted it with a little bit of compost and kept the soil consistently watered but not saturated when getting the sage established.  Once established we water three times per week and a bit more if it is really hot.  The sage is in partial sun most of the day and gets full sun in the middle of the afternoon. All seems to be doing well!

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