Hey Gang! It’s lemon season here at Casa Young. Our resident lemon tree, “Lizzie” (Yes, I named her, and I tell her she’s beautiful too), is full of delightful, golden fruit, which makes this girl grin! My family had a lemon tree in the backyard of my childhood home in Southern California, and I have fond memories of my mother sending me out back to pick a couple of lemons for her. During the last 4-ish years that we lived in Seattle, I began to dream of once again having a lemon tree in my backyard. I think it was the months of gray clouds overhead that spurred this dream. Lemons became a symbol of my desire to live under sunnier skies (is sunnier a word?…I’m sure my dad will tell me when he reads this ;).
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12
Shortly after we moved to Arizona, I asked our landscaper what variety of lemon tree would do best here, and where to plant it. Armed with his recommendation of a Lisbon lemon tree (now you know where I got the name), and instructions on how to keep a lemon tree happy, we planted Lizzie, and she produces enough for all of our lemon-flavored desires, and more.
We have our fave lemon bars and glazed lemon bundt cake, as well as savory recipes that we use fresh lemon juice and zest in, but one thing that we collectively look forward to is good ole fashioned fresh lemonade.
Now, making lemonade isn’t exactly rocket-science, but since I’ve been asked a few times what our ratios are, we use 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, which takes about 4 of our medium-sized lemons, 1 cup sugar, and 6.5 cups of water. Using sparkling water and adding in some frozen raspberries makes it special enough for a party…or a Wednesday!
I’ll post some of our fave lemon-ey recipes soon. In the meantime, do you have any long-held hopes? Share them in the comments and I’ll help you pray for them!