man, do we have lemons. our tree is abundantly overflowing, and everyday i look out the window and think, gee, i should make some delicious homemade lemonade or something... you know, instead of being a lazybones and drinking the paul newman stuff we've got in the fridge. so this weekend, i am determined to make it happen... ever since spring sprung, i've been harboring a fantasy of sitting somewhere shady in the backyard, sipping lemonade and eating some perfectly delicious cookies. unfortunately, baby's been keeping me too busy to get around to it!
i first tasted lavender lemonade a few summers ago at the adorable cafe chloe in downtown san diego, and it was the most perfect, soothing-to-a-sunny-afternoon beverage i've ever had. i loved it so much, that last time we drove down to visit my sister in del mar (when i was pregnant), i made my husband (see the oft white-t-shirted chap above) drive 30 minutes+ out of the way, just for a cup to sip on the ride home. cafe chloe's isn't too floral - just right - so i hope i can find the perfect recipe... there are a lot out there. i think i'll give this one a try to start. (not sure why it needs to be pink, though, and do note the recipe comments that mention the difference in quantities for lavender flowers vs. leaves.) as a backup, oprah's got a recipe, too. oh, if only martha were here to help... she would have the perfect recipe, if she had one. well, i've got lemons for miles, so no worries on that front.
to accompany my perfectly soothing lemonade, a delicious cookie! i am usually not one for lemon flavored sweets, but these buttermilk lemon zest cookies are so light and gentle and subtle and perfect, they won me over. orangette's dreamy description inspired me to try this recipe out sometime last summer, and it's been too long since i've made them again.
so that's my dream for the weekend. we'll see if i can get it together...