Project: Lemonade Stand

Welcome to my collection of lemonade stand projects. Our family has really enjoyed using our lemonade stand to help others. I hope you can find some good ideas! You can read the full story of this project here. We rolled out the lemonade stand on the first day of fall to raise money for Heifer International. I used a combination of pumpkins, lemons, and apples to style the stand.

Nothing welcomes fall better than pumpkin baked goods. I baked these pumpkin muffins to compliment our lemonade selection. We also served oatmeal cookies, to which I added a little lemon zest and cranberries, keeping with our cohesive autumnal lemonade theme.

Pumpkin Muffin Recipe
18 oz. box of spice cake mix
15 oz. can of pumpkin
1 c. water
1 c. of cranberries or raisin (or both)

Mix together and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
I was pressed for time and used a package of oatmeal cookie mix. I added the zest of one lemon and a cup of cranberries to dress them up a bit.

We served two types of lemonade, a traditional lemonade made with Country Time and freshly cut lemons and a seasonal treat of Apple Lemonade.

I planned to follow this recipe. However, I was missing some ingredients. So, I improvised with this:

Apple-Cinnamon Lemonade
1 gallon of Country Time lemonade (prepared)
6 Juicy Juice apple juice boxes (that my daughter wouldn't drink)
1 tsp. of cinnamon
1 thinly sliced apple

I mixed the liquids, added the cinnamon and sliced apples. We iced the beverage because it was a warm day, but it would have been yummy as a warm drink too!

You can check out how we built our stand here
Also, there are pictures for our other sales here and here.


It Takes A Village

No, this is not just another lemonade story. This is a story about two girls, two villages, and a goat (or at least the idea of one) that links them all. Beatrice is a girl from the village of Kisinga in western Uganda. Janie Kathryn and I read about her in preparation for a visit to the Heifer Village in Little Rock. We learned that Beatrice's life was changed forever by the gift of a goat named Mugisa. You see, Beatrice's family was one of a dozen families in Kisinga to receive a goat from Heifer International, a non-profit organization whose mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. After reading about Beatrice, Janie Kathryn and I visited the Heifer Village to learn more about how the organization works.

Through gifts of livestock and training, Heifer helps families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. In exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal's offspring to another family in need.
After our trip I reflected on Heifer's truth about food- "There is more than enough food to feed every human being on our planet at this moment. Hunger isn't about the scarcity of food or overpopulation. It's about limited access to food and the resources, like money, necessary to obtain it." Janie Kathryn, on the other hand... Well, there was no reflection. It was full steam ahead and "Let's sell lemonade to buy a goat like Mugisa for another girl like Beatrice!" And so, we did.

We invited our village of friends and on the first day of fall we once again set up the lemonade stand, this time to raise money to buy a goat for an unknown village in another part of our world. We asked for $1 donations for each cup of lemonade. Cup after cup, Janie Kathryn poured and I reminded her to tell our customers about Heifer International and the goat we hoped to buy. We went through 40-50 cups of lemonade and lots of pumpkin muffins, cookies, and chocolate-covered marshmallows and we raised enough money to buy two goats. You do the math. We live in a VERY generous village and I feel VERY fortunate that friends, family, and total strangers were so eager to support the efforts of my little dreamer. One of our customers stopped me and commented, "what a wonderful thing you're doing to teach your daughter this lesson." However, I think it is my daughter that is teaching me the lesson. I just make the lemonade.

I haven't told Janie Kathryn yet, but I researched Beatrice to see what had become of her. We read in the book that she was able to use money from the sales of her goat's milk to go to school in Uganda. As it turns out she was awarded several scholarships and eventually traveled to the US to attend Connecticut College and graduate school at The Clinton School for Public Service in Little Rock. Beatrice is currently working for Heifer International. I think we just might reach out to her and I'm sure I know what Janie Kathryn will say.
Where is Mugisa?