Mom promised everyone that I would keep you all updated on the whole Easter dinner preparation extravaganza. And so, here is the complete and total exhaustive list of what I have accomplished so far:

Yes. I have peeled off some lemon peels and they are steeping in a mason jar full of vodka. Things, to date, have not been all that labor intensive. However, I’m expecting them to hot up shortly . . . because a package of fabric is scheduled to arrive any moment . . . and the second it shows up I have to crank out three Easter dresses. Then this Thursday is Jemima’s 10th birthday – and as you may or may not have noticed, that puts her birthday as being on April Fools Day. (Not my fault – I did my best. I was in labor all day on March 31, but she refused to be born until 7 minutes after midnight. Oh well. April is a nicer month than March anyway.) What this means however, is that I’m taking a consignment of cupcakes into her 4th grade class, and she would like them to be April Fools cupcakes. Hhhmmm. Luckily, Lizzie just happens to have, amongst her 9,312 cookbooks, a cookbook that has a special section devoted to April Fools cupcakes. So I’m going to have to borrow that sometime in the next short bit here. And then of course there’s the birthday party, and then Easter dinner preparation.

About the only thing that I could do this far in advance was the limoncello. I’ve made it for Easter a few times, and it’s a great aperitif option if you’re doing hors d’oeuvres. You know, while the kids are having the egg hunt and chowing through the jelly beans it’s nice to have something for the adults. So anyway, the limoncello is fun. In case anyone cares, here’s the recipe:

10 lemons

1 (750-ml) bottle vodka

3 1/2 cups water

2 1/2 cups sugar

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemons in long strips (reserve the lemons for another use). Using a small sharp knife, trim away the white pith from the lemon peels; discard the pith. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature.

Stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels. Transfer the limoncello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month.

To serve:

1 (750-ml) bottle limoncello liqueur, chilled

1 cup sparkling water, chilled

1 cup fresh blueberries

5 fresh mint sprigs, lightly crushed, plus extra for garnish

Crushed ice

In a pitcher, combine the limoncello, sparkling water, blueberries, and mint sprigs. Fill glasses halfway with crushed ice. Pour about 1/2 cup of the limoncello mixture over the ice in each glass.

Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.

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13 thoughts on “As Promised

  1. uhm….

    YUMMMMMMMMMMM!

    Thank you for sharing the delightful recipe!

    And, blessings to you amidst the mad dash of to-do’s that are in line to come.

  2. oh-this post made me SO happy.

    Why? Because you seem to think that you can crank out three Easter dresses by Easter whenever your fabric shipment will arrive. (Along with everything else) And I don’t doubt that you can.

    That means, that my goals *MAY* be attainable despite my recent procrastinations. I am making coordinated “stuff” for our family of five. Not over the top, every one looks exactly the same…but definitely coordinated. In fact, I am using ONE shower curtain to pull it all together.

    Baby girl dress is nearly done and made of shower curtain fabric with white accent bow at waist.

    Big girl dress is NOT done, but designed. It will be white with shower curtain tie at waste and some fabric flowers in shower curtain fabric.

    Boy still needs bow tie and cumber bun (he is obsessed with belts, so I thought he would like that better than a vest) (all made from shower curtain fabric)

    Husband stills needs a tie (from shower curtain fabric) BTW-I wasn’t going to coordinate him because I thought it might be weird but he actually REQUESTED it. He gets a long tie, though. 😉

    And I need to make a belt with velvet ribbon and fabric flowers and a few flowers to put in my hair (out of shower curtain fabric and some silk flowers). I’ll be wearing a white dress. NOT made by me.

    SO-it isn’t TOO matchy matchy, but still special. I liked challenging myself to do it all out of one shower curtain. Now…hopefully I can do it! 😉

    Be well!

  3. This sounds sooooooo good (and on a side note, I just love a good liquor recipe on a Christian blog! :) Just recently found your site, and am definitely enjoying your posts

  4. I’m not going to go as far as requesting an adoption, lol, but I do want to crash a Sabbath dinner sometime. Hmm…

    And shower curtain Easter outfits are impressive. :)

  5. Hmmmm, I’m thinking something like a retroactive Femina camp where everyone arrives in Moscow aged somewhere between 14 and 21 for six weeks of instruction in the womanly arts. That’d be worth a year’s mad money right there.

  6. Natalie, yay! I think you should get on planning that…and I’m guessing Valerie is clever enough to build the necessary time machine. Or we could all just act like we did during those ages…yikes either way. :)

  7. Bean -Yikes indeed. Only way you could convince me rolling back the clock was a good idea would be to give me a retroactive NSA scholarship. Dang, now I’m going to go help Valerie with that time machine.

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