Speaking of everything you’ve ever held in your possession, here are a few highlights:
1. You know how in high school on Valentine's Day you could send crushes carnations with a little message attached, and then on the morning of Valentine's Day, if you were lucky, one would be waiting for you in homeroom? Well, here's one Matt sent me:
2. The movers cleared things out faster than I’d anticipated, so all of these weird items I didn’t immediately know what to do with ended up on this one table, until the movers were ready to take that table and had to ask: “Uhm, what do you guys want to do with these things?” Naturally, I responded by taking a photo.
3. This book, A Place in the Sun, is super rad. Totally forgot about it.
4. Remember, friends?
Herb-infused clara con limón (a.k.a. shandies) via The Yellow House
For the simple syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup loosely packed herbs (Sarah used thyme, so I used thyme. And honestly, it was perfect!)
For the lemonade:
3 lemons, juiced
4 cups water
Lightly flavored beers, such as a pilsner or lager (Sarah gave the go-ahead here for low-end beers like Amstel or PBR, and I totally took her up on it. That 6-pack of Simpler Times cost $3.29!)
Herbs for garnish
In a saucepan or pot with a lid, bring simple syrup ingredients (sugar, water, herbs) to a boil, stirring. Immediately remove from heat, cover, and allow to steep for 10-30 minutes, depending on how strongly herb-flavored you want your drink. Strain out the herbs if you like (I didn't!).
In a pitcher, dispenser, or something from which you can easily pour, mix the lemon juice, 4 cups of water, and 3/4 to 1 cup simple syrup. Taste for sweetness. Keeping in mind that the drink will be diluted with beer when you mix it. Sarah says she tends to go a bit sweeter than she normally would with lemonade, and I totally agree with that call.
Add ice to the lemonade if you’re serving to many people right away; or add ice glass-by-glass for more all-day-long consumption.
Fill a tall glass (with or without ice) halfway with the lemonade. Top up the rest of the glass with beer. Garnish with an herb sprig.
If you have leftover simple syrup, it will keep, in a sealed container in the fridge, for a week.