What could evoke this type of simple pleasure painted all over Nova’s sweet face? Sitting in a compost pile next to a mulberry tree with nothing but stained hands, his mama, and a plastic bucket.
It all started with me showing Nova that the deep purple hue on the mulberries meant they were ripe and ready for picking. By picking I had to explain that we only gently touch the ready looking ones, and if they fall off easily then they are ready to go in our bucket.
Once we picked all that were ready, Nova requested that we sit in the compost pile and enjoy our harvest. I didn’t hesitate to obey his request (thank goodness the pile was a bit on the drier side). Nova wanted to feed me and he also wanted me to pick the tiny stems off of some of the mulberries. I felt as if the moment could last forever as the simple pleasure of growing food, picking it with my toddler and then eating it was a moment that filled me with so much love and peace.
Nap time inevitably arrived which meant it was my time to create. So I took the rest of the berries upstairs and into my kitchen and began muddling them in a jar. I had a juicy lemon on hand that just fell from my tree and an abundance of mint that was asking to be pruned and used. My absolute favorite recipes are the simple ones where I don’t even have to leave my backyard to find the majority of ingredients needed. Simply satisfied in these moments I feel a deeper connection to nature, creativity, and gratitude.
When Nova woke up from his nap there was beautiful light shining in my kitchen window, and luckily I had my camera on hand from having shot the finished lemonade, so I picked it up quickly and scored this darling capture of him enjoying the freshly made garden lemonade. This recipe is my reminder that the simplest moments spent with those I love dearly are the best gifts of life! I hope this recipe gives you as much pleaseure when you try it as it gave me to create it.
- 1 large lemon
- 1/4 cup fresh mulberries
- 2 tbsp agave or simple syrup
- 1 sprig of mint
- 1 quart filtered water
- Juice the lemon and remove seeds. Pour lemon juice in quart sized mason jar. Using a strainer and a muddling stick or the back of a spoon, place the strainer over the mason jar or over a bowl if needed, mash the mulberries until only seeds and fine bits are left in the strainer. Add in the agave or simple syrup, mint sprig and water. Screw the lid on and shake vigorously. Place in fridge and drink when chilled or over ice.