~ Lavender Lemonade!!

The Hubby loved lemonade, be it regular kinds, raspberry flavored or strawberry flavored!! I usually buy it from the store, but since I am growing Lavender in the backyard garden, I googled for a recipe to make lavender lemonade and after some tweaks, sharing what worked for me!

It’ll take you 20 minutes to make (after 30 minutes of soaking) and this recipe will be good to serve 4-5 adults.

Ingredients:

– A handful of freshly picked and rinsed lavender flowers. If fresh ones are unavailable, a tablespoon of dried ones work just fine.

– 1 cup white sugar

– 2 cups of boiling water

– 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

– 2 cups or more of cold water

– Ice

Method:

– Cut the lavender flowers from the stems and place in a large pyrex measuring bowl. Put the sugar over the flowers and use your fingers to gently rub the flowers into the sugar.

– Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the sugared lavender and stir with a spoon until all of the sugar has been mixed. Cover and let infuse for 30 minutes at minimum.

– Strain the lavender-infused sugar syrup and pour into a serving jug.

– Now stir in the lemon juice.  Add another two cups of water. Taste and adjust according to preference (add more lemon juice if too sweet or add more sugar if too tart).

– Lastly add ice and more water to the desired level of concentration. Note that once the ice melts, it will dilute the drink, so adding too much will change the taste.

Now for some awesome presentation, add some lemons and a few lavender sprigs and server chilled!

** Image courtesy Google, as I didn’t click any pix out of excitement of trying it, when I made some… Next time for sure!*

Please note: If you use fresh flowers, bought from the lavender farm, make sure they have not been sprayed with pesticides. And definitely not use florist flowers.

Cheers!! Lemme know how you liked it!

~ Water Parks around Houston!!

Summer is in full swing!! All my Houston Peeps need some place to cool off in the middle of this crazy hot summer Texas heat that we have going, so I thought why not round up some water parks around Houston… So read on!

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Big Rivers Waterpark – New Caney
23101 State Highway 242, New Caney

Big Rivers Waterpark is the newest to join Houston’s water park scene as a part of the Grand Texas theme park and entertainment district. Located about 30 minutes north of Houston in New Caney, Big Rivers recently opened on May 25, 2019 and embraces both nature and fun with its array of attractions.

Hurricane Harbor SplashTown – Spring
21300 I-45 North, Spring

After being acquired by Six Flags in 2018, Wet’n’Wild SplashTown is now Hurricane Harbor Splashtown featuring more than 40 rides and attractions for kids of all ages. The season passes purchased here can be used at other Six Flags properties across the state. Win-Win!!

Pirates Bay Water Park – Baytown
5300 East Road, Baytown

Pirates Bay has fun rides for all ages, including many different types of slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a play structure, and water crossing activities.

Typhoon Texas Waterpark Houston – Katy
555 S Katy Fort Bend Road, Katy

This one is a stone throw’s away from our place!! Typhoon Texas has the Gully Washer, a dream play land for children with 7 different slides, over 100 spray areas, a splash pad playground, and a massive water bucket that douses the entire play space. It’s our family favorite 🙂

Palm Beach Moody Gardens – Galveston
1 Hope Boulevard, Galveston

We went here a couple of year back, and even though it’s a small one, we had a great time! Attractions at Palm Beach include a lazy river, wave pool, two 18-feet-tall enclosed tower slides, and a splash pad.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark – Galveston
2026 Lockheed Road, Galveston

This is the most frequented water park by us, and hands down our favorite – be it summer or winter! There is something here for everyone including water slides, heated pools, a lazy river, zip line, exciting rides, and kids areas and pools. Their winter park is very fun too!

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Schlitterbahn Waterpark – New Braunfels (~2 hrs 50 min from Downtown Houston)
588 S Union Avenue, New Braunfels

We went here a couple of years back, and whoa! This is huge!!!! This is the biggest one of all Schlitterbahns and is nestled along the beautiful banks of the Comal River. You’ll find world-famous attractions and slides, wild river adventures, heated pools, kid’s water playgrounds, and beautiful spots to relax and share a picnic.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark – Corpus Christi (~3 hrs 30 min from Downtown Houston)
14353 Commodore Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418

On our recent weekend getaway to Corpus Christi, this is where we stayed. It was great! Movie on the pool, with an accessible bar, tubing the many different lazy rivers, or be it the super thrilling slides, it’s a great park which even has a salt water pool with a swim up bar!

Great Wolf Lodge – Grapevine (~4 hrs from Downtown Houston)
100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine

On our list for sure, is this resort. This is an indoor water park located at a resort just outside of Dallas, which could be a great spot for a fun, weatherproof family getaway. This park is only available to guests of the lodge and does not offer day passes. The park has many different slides, raft rides, hot springs, a lazy creek, a wave pool, activity pools, and areas for kids and toddlers. There is also an outdoor pool with slides, basketball, and more.

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** All images are courtsey Google!! **