A Hankerin’ for Real Lemonade


Take a look at this bookshelf in my kitchen.

This is a collection of my favorite cookbooks.

Now look closely….



Do you see the specialized cookbooks from fancy stores and with the beautiful photography?

These are delightfully awesome and I reference them a lot.

But look back in the very back, the one that is stained and tattered and torn.

That’s it…  now you see it.

It didn’t come from a fancy store and the photos have long lost their luster and that cover fell off a few years back.

On page 177, you will find a 45-year-old oatmeal stain.

I hope it is oatmeal….

But, like an old friend, this cookbook has helped me countless times.

Just this week, our internet was down more than it was up.

And I had a hankerin’ for fresh lemonade from scratch.

** I’ve been dying for the chance to use the word “hankerin'”. **

Not the Kool-aide kind of lemonade from a powder mix.

Not the frozen concentrate – but real honest to goodness old fashioned lemonade from real lemons!

I have made lemonade from scratch before – a very long time ago and I wasn’t sure about how many lemons or how much water to add or how much sugar I would need.

Siri wasn’t answering.  Google wouldn’t help and Pinterest was not an option because our internet was down.

But there she was, like an old friend who holds all the answers for my kitchen.

Out of all of my cookbooks, none are as old as this one, and none are as used as this one.

And most importantly, this was the only one that had the lemonade from real lemons recipe that I needed.

Years ago, I bought fresh artichokes for the first time… I brought them home – and thought “now what?”  This old cookbook taught me how to prepare, cut, season and cook them.

And that annual Thanksgiving turkey…  open the tab marked “Poultry” and you will find the roasting temperature and how many minutes per pound to create a delicious holiday dinner.

Sometimes simple is what we need most.


So, when life handed me lemons in the form of no internet – I made this delicious lemonade!

We could taste the difference, and I can feel good about being able to pronounce all three ingredients.

I have thought about taping the cover back on this old cookbook, but I like it just the way it is.

*** if you noticed the temporary cattle guard for our deck and balcony railings – the permanent railings are coming.



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  1. Linda

    I love my Betty Crocker’s cookbook too!! It was my best friend as a bride many years ago. I still have it on my shelf and it is still my go when in doubt. Mine looks a tad better then yours but it is well loved, just like yours. Have a good evening and a wonderful week.

    • teresa.peters@live.com

      Hey there Linda – isn’t is amazing to have something for so long? With all the decluttering and the tossing of the old – I bet we are all happy we kept this gem!
      Thank you for following along –

    • teresa.peters@live.com

      Jody Jody Jody – Hello there! I am afraid I will carry this cookbook to the grave. Seriously I think it is the only thing I have kept all these years, except that gold ring…
      Thank you for reading my little blog and taking the time to leave a comment – hearing from people like you make it worthwhile.

  2. Mary Jones

    Oh my goodness… Just a few days ago, I was literally trying to decide what to serve as a refreshing drink for a July 9th get together and had decided on fresh lemonade. I’ve never made it before but knew I could look it up on the internet – ha ha ha… Didn’t have a clue to even think it would be in the good ol’ Better Crocker cookbook!!! 🙂 Why did I have a ‘hankerin’ to do that after all these year??? LOL Who knows.
    Thanks again Teresa for your wonderful blog and the reminder of the good things we have – even cookbooks!!!

    • teresa.peters@live.com

      Mary – we have so much in common – and now we can add our cookbooks and fresh squeezed lemonade! I am delighted to know that you take the time to read my blog. I will be thinking of you on July 9th with your fresh lemonade making a big hit at your get-together!!

  3. Maddy

    Well you just made me want some homemade lemonade too…….i am proud to say our betty Crocker cookbook looks very similar to yours…..i believe it’s considered an antique now🌝

    • teresa.peters@live.com

      Hey there Sweet Maddy – It is kind of funny how all those stains and tatters and tears are like wearing a cooking badge of armor!!! I am proud of every single food stain on that old book.
      Thanks for sharing –

  4. Mary Kay

    Boy, that cook book definitely brings back memories. I too had that one, given to me when I got married 39 years ago…I think I passed it on to my DDIL.

    That lemonade looks so refreshing 😊

    • teresa.peters@live.com

      Ahhh Mary Kay – That was so sweet of you to pass it on – I saw one a couple of months ago at an estate sale that was in much better shape than mine…. but it was lacking all my stains and notes!!!
      Next time you visit we will have to sip some of that fresh squeezed lemonade while doing our porch sittin’.

  5. I never had a Betty Crocker cookbook and that is why to this day, I don’t know the basics of cooking…only the razzle dazzle fun stuff that I make up as go…I suppose it’s never too late…thanks for a fun post, Teresa…so glad I found you. 🙂

    • teresa.peters@live.com

      Hey Jeanne – Never underestimate one who can Razzle Dazzle in the kitchen – such as yourself!!
      Thank you for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment.

  6. Molly

    Yum! So that is where all those delicious meals originated throughout my childhood! It taught you well – which is why I still call you when I need tips on how to make something!

    • teresa.peters@live.com

      Oh My Molly – You are so right, this cookbook taught me the basics for sure. And I am still learning from it!
      Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment.
      I Love you – momma

  7. H Teresa, I also have an affinity for cookbooks and buy them mostly for the pretty pictures.

    However, among my favorite cookbooks are a few with no photos (illustrations instead). My mom gave them to me and they used to belong to her mom. They are among my most cherished, oatmeal (and other) stains and all.

    Your lemonade looks sooooo refreshing and it’s my pleasure to browse your sweet blog. Have a lovey day.

  8. teresa.peters@live.com

    Lisa – It is fabulous that you have cookbooks that we would consider treasured heirlooms. When they are stained and tattered, you know they were referenced often with love.
    Thank you for taking time from your day to read my blog and leave such a sweet message.

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