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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello!

A few years ago, my sister gave me a Meyer Lemon tree for my birthday. I was a bit suspicious; was I really going to get any lemons off this tiny tree? So the weather was nice and I put the tree outside with my other plants, and sure enough it bloomed with the most delicious scented flowers and little lemons started to form not long after! I was delighted. Unfortunately, as many of us in the area are familiar, the local wildlife also enjoy “the fruits” of our plants and gardens, and one morning all 6 lemons were gone! So from then on, the little lemon tree lives in my family room in front of the sliding door, like a cat, looking at the world but not allowed to go out. Lol! But as a result, it has bloomed prolifically since!

After writing to you last time about digestifs and mentioning Limoncello, I noticed I had a Lemon on my tree ready to be picked! But it takes more than just one lemon to make limoncello!  It actually takes 10! I have never made Limoncello myself, but I do have some homemade Limoncello in my fridge. I have made Kahlua a few times before, but I will save that sticky story for another day! The beauty of the Limoncello recipe is the simplicity of it, almost like making sun tea, you just let the lemon peels steep in Vodka for a few days, and they impart their sunny goodness into the vodka that just needs some sugar syrup to enhance the natural sweetness. Here is a great easy recipe that I found, and it actually recommends Meyer Lemons!  I love that this recipe also pointed out the value of using organic (imagine homegrown, too) over store bought non-organic lemons to avoid the wax and pesticides on the skin, so enjoy!

I always find it fascinating that in life there really are no coincidences. Instead, life is full of congruent occurrences if we are observant and pay attention we can connect the dots.  Last weekend I was at a Planning Session with a number of colleagues and as these things go, we all went out to dinner as a group after. And sure enough, towards the end of the meal, people were debating Limoncello or Sambucca as the sweet digestif of choice after a meal. It turned out that a few people had indeed made Limoncello themselves or knew someone that did. So I knew I was meant to share this information with you.

In the spirit of congruency, there is a reason we have connected either recently or in the past. I thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter, I hope you enjoyed it.  If you or someone you know is in need of some event assistance, the team at Events by Marylee are ready to be of service. I thank you in advance for your business and referrals. Happy Spring!  


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