• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

We all know the saying, and with summer upon us, it’s about time we embrace the wonderful lemony beverage of the season. There are always young kiddos standing on the corner trying to sell lemonade to the thirsty by-passer, sunbathers in their yard sipping on a tall glass, and hundreds of restaurants that sell it to the masses.  You should be in on it, too!  Here are some awesome lemonade ideas that stretch the wonderful concoction to more than just its common drink form:

Watermelon Lemonade

  • 8 cups 1-inch pieces seedless watermelon (from about 4 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon wedges

Working in 2 batches, blend watermelon and lemon juice in processor or blender until smooth. Transfer to pitcher.

Bring 3 1/2 cups water and sugar to boil in medium saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add hot syrup to pitcher with watermelon-lemon juice. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. Fill tall glasses with ice. Pour Watermelon Lemonade over and garnish glasses with lemon wedges.  Want to spice it up a little?  Add a little bit of your favorite spirit.  **Courtesy of BonAppetit Magazine

Simple Pink Lemonade Cupcakes!


  • 1 box white cake mix (Duncan Hines) and items needed for cake mix
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp sweetened pink lemonade drink powder
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 3-5 Tbsp frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C butter,softened


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Line pan with cupcake liners
    3. Mix cake batter according to directions.
    4. Add in lemon zest, vanilla and lemonade powder.
    5. Pour batter into cupcake liners. Bake according to directions on cake box. Bake until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
    6. Let cool.
  1. Beat butter in mixer on medium high for 2-3 minutes or until pale and creamy. Reduce speed to medium and add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Beat well after each addition increasing speed to high after all sugar is added. Add in vanilla and lemonade concentrate until the desired consistency is reached.
  2. Beat until buttercream is smooth.

This recipe is courtesy of the lovely Paula Deen.  These cupcakes turn out delicious and almost as refreshing as the actual drink!  Perfect for parties or picnics with friends during the summer months.

Summer Beer (being of age, I just couldn’t resist!)


  • 1 can frozen lemonade
  • 2 cans of beer
  • 12 oz of your favorite vodka
  • Ice

Mix together the above and let chill.  Enjoy while sitting in your yard and enjoying the summer rays 🙂 ….or when you are forced to mow the lawn!


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