Yesterday was a two-for-one activity-from-our-list day: the kids hosted a lemonade stand which money they donated to charity. We spent all day preparing: a trip to the grocery; long baking session--both Dark Chocolate Brownies and Chocolate Chip Bar cookies; poster-making session; lemonade prep; and, finally, stand set up. Beloved Babysitter came over to help out, everything from hauling the Lucy van Pelt-like lemonade stand to the curb to drawing great 3D lemons on the sign. I advertised on FB and we had lots of visitors, both neighbors (those we knew and those we didn't) and those who drove over special (thanks, Mama Teacher, for being our first customer!) Sis made a fancy lemonade, dressing up store-bought drinks with a lemon juice-sugar rim and a lemon slice! Yes, my idea, but she carefully dipped and swirled for each customer. We went through more than 3 gallons of lemonade and a neighbor was nice enough to finally fetch some Country Time powder when we were out of the three bottles I had prepared.
For more than two hours, they sold lemonade while I chatted with neighbors, raising $43!! Best of all, Sis called Pop and he contributed matching funds. I added the remainder so that we could donate an even $100 to the local cat rescue group from which we got our two cats. The kids were pleased to help me make the donation online and think of the kitties they had helped.
Dark Chocolate Brownies