Lemons, Hibiscus and Summer Reads | Fresh Fridays, June 3

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I hope you had a lovely long weekend! We didn’t do too much because sadly, 3 out of 4 of us were sick! So we spent a lot of time watching TV, reading, sipping bone broth and sleeping; we are feeling much better now!

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In this Fresh Fridays edition, I am highlighting another one of my fabulous lemon creations from lemon week! You are going to flip over this one pan dinner!

Are you a hibiscus lover? I love the flowers and all that you can do with them! This is the hardy hibiscus we have, it goes crazy with dessert plate sized blooms every summer, I adore this perennial and really need to plant more since it loves our part shade garden. I’m in love with this candy color.

I read all.the.time, and I especially love historical fiction. I’ll tell you what I’ve read recently and what I am currently reading. Plus I want to hear what you are reading!

Tell me what you are reading this summer? I would love your ideas, pop down to the comments section!

Fresh Fridays post with one pot lemon garlic pasta and Passion Tea Lemonade Cooler.

One Pot Lemon Garlic Pasta Recipe

We will start with this One Pot Lemon Garlic Pasta Recipe. What’s not to love, you cook the pasta in chicken broth, then start tossing the sauce ingredients in the same pan along with your favorite veggies!

Lemon garlic pasta recipe on plate with shaved parmesan and bright red little sweet-peppers with lemon in background.

Let me know if you try it, it’s become one of our favorite recipes of late!

My Obsession with Hibiscus

I am obsessed with this vibrant flower as well as with all the things you can make from their healthy dried petals.

Like my Hibiscus simple syrup, great to use in cocktails, like this Hibiscus Mojito or this Hibiscus Margarita and don’t even get me started on this Hibiscus Dark & Stormy.

Dark and light pink hibiscus flower on the plant.

I also love using dried hibiscus flowers in my Elderberry Syrup, check out the post for all of the health benefits.

I’ve even used Hibiscus powder in this Rose & Pistachio no churn ice cream! As a powder, it’s a gorgeous all natural food dye.

Are you a Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade fan? I have a super simple and spot on recipe for the concentrate and then how to make the Hibiscus refresher itself!

✅ Refreshing! ✅ Healthy! ✅ Low ✅ Calorie! ✅ Easy! It checks all the boxes! Click on the button below to take you to the easy recipe.

Starbuck Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe in glass Starbuck's cup with fresh hibiscus flower and slice of lemon.

Summer Reading

Last month I read The Daughter’s Tale a good, but heart-wrenching story about a family that is ripped apart during World War II.

I just finished reading a story about a few girls who find themselves on a voyage in the 1800’s from England to Australia, a country into which England is pouring its prisoners. I love the way it’s described on the fly leaf, The Exiles is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendship, and the unfettering of legacy.

I always have a book that I use as a filler when I am between books. All Creatures Great and Small is a classic I read as a young girl, and if you haven’t watched the new PBS series you are in for a treat!

I am awaiting my book club book, The Magnolia Palace. Don’t forget to pop down and let me know what series you are watching and books you are reading!

Weekly Inspiration

All Creatures Great and Small actually comes from an old hymn called “All Things Bright and Beautiful” I hope you enjoy the words of the song below.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.

All things bright …

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.

All things bright …

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky.

All things bright …

The cold wind in the winter
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,−
He made them every one:

All things bright …

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;−

All things bright …

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

All things bright …


I am forever grateful for you,

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  1. Hi there,
    We are taking a break from the historical fiction and reading 2 books this month: Find Your People by Jennie Allen and Unleashing Peace:Experiencing God’s Shalom in Your Pursuit of Happiness by Jeremiah Johnston. So good! We are having a tea on July 2nd and going to discuss these! Love and hugs!

  2. Glad you are all on the mend! My time for reading is slim these days. :-(. I’m working through You Are a Badass at Making Money and The Untethered Soul. For fun I’ve been reading the Bridgerton series; the books are light and enjoyable and just what I need for an escape now and then.

  3. Thanks for the yummy recipes! Can’t wait to try the lemon pasta! Have you read Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict? It’s about Clementine Churchill (Winston Churchill’s wife). I’m really enjoying it!