Lazy Summer Days and Peach Lemonade

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You’ll wish that summer could always be here”

Songwriters: C. TOBIAS, H. CARSTE

That song brings back memories of my childhood when my mother played Nat King Cole at summer BarBQs. Life was free and easy and summers were filled with fun in the sun.

Bicycle-with-flowers

Campbell-river-beach

We just got back from a fun-filled vacation on Vancouver Island. We rented a charming beach house in the middle of the island that had views of the Comox Harbour and the ghost ships of Royston.

Our vacation was so amazing. I was really ready for a break from the city so when we arrived and I saw the breathtaking views of this island, I was in heaven. Every place we visited had wonderful views of the ocean and the mountains. I knew instantly that I was going to love this place.

Comox-Harbour-sailboat

We filled our days with touring, kayaking, photography, hiking and surfing. Our evenings were spent dining out or cooking for family and just relaxing under the stars.

Cape-Mudge-Lighthouse

One day we took a drive to Campbell River and took the ferry to Quadra Island. That is where I found this amazing lighthouse at Cape Mudge. I love lighthouses. There is something nostalgic and mysterious about them.

We spent another day checking out the farmers markets in the area. Summer is a great time to experiment with fresh ingredients from the market.

Vancouver Island is filled with treasures. I know I am going to need more time there to find them all.

peaches

This Peach Lemonade makes a cool, refreshing drink for a day at the beach or a picnic. The adults may wish to add Rum or Bourbon or just drink it as it is. Either way it is delicious.

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Peach Lemonade

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

4 cups water

2 cups coarsely chopped peaches

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)

4 cups ice

1 peach, pitted and cut into 8 wedges

Directions:

Combine the water, peaches and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes.

Place peach mixture in a blender; let stand for 20 minutes. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Press peach mixture through a sieve over a bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Stir in lemon juice.

Place 1/2 cup ice in each of 8 glasses. Pour about 2/3 cup lemonade into each glass; garnish each glass with 1 peach wedge.

(For the adults only-Can be served with an ounce of Rum or Bourbon )

Recipe from Cooking Light Magazine

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2 thoughts on “Lazy Summer Days and Peach Lemonade

  1. I understand how this could become a special place for your family. Campbell River and Quadra Island are such beautiful places I could imagine myself living there. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

  2. So great that you found the lighthouse on Quadra…I grew up in Campbell River and I could see lighthouse from my bedroom window and hear the fog horn on foggy nights. My grandmother stayed in my room when she visited and she loved that lighthouse. When she passed we threw her ashes in the water there and then when my mother passed away her ashes were spread in the water by the lighthouse as well. Beautiful and special place. Great pictures and look forward to trying your peach lemonade!

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