Stop at the Sign of the Lemon!

For those who were not raised in Rhode Island, this logo may be unfamiliar with you.  It is the face of Del’s Frozen Lemonade, a Rhode Island staple that I have missed now that Michelle and I have been out of New England for almost ten years.

Rhode Island is the home of some pretty unique novelties, such as coffee milk, the official state drink.  (What’s coffee milk? Well, its awesome, and I’ll leave it at that.)  Perhaps I am just having a wave of nostalgia, but I miss some of the eats I was accustomed to growing up with.  Rhode Island is known to have some of the best seafood in the country, and some of the best traditional Italian food known to mankind.  Yes, I admit, I became spoiled living there.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve come to really enjoy grits, and I’ll have the occasional biscuit or sip of sweet tea, but I must say, it’d sure be nice to taste some of the eats I once enjoyed.

So, Del’s frozen lemonade.  This is a pretty common image in the Rhode Island area.  This sign brings to mind Del’s slogan, “Stop at the Sign of the Lemon.” And boy did I!  I can remember driving through North Providence on a hot summer day as a teenager, and stopping to grab a cup of “Del’s.”  But, this isn’t your ice-cream-stand frozen lemonade, mixing up in that machine.  It is made fresh everyday, and is stored in a sort-of ice chest, ready to be scooped into a cup.  This stuff is made from real lemons, with a method and ingredients designed for 100% consistency in every batch. Perhaps the most unique feature of the lemonade is the signature little bits of real lemon inside the tasty slush, which you can only get if you visit one of Del’s stands or stores. Sure, this is being sold around the world, but it began at a little stand in Cranston, RI in 1948 by Angelo DeLucia (Get it? DeL’s), the great-grandson of Del’s inventor, “Great Grandfather DeLucia.” He invented the frozen, lemony goodness in 1840 in Naples, Italy.  You can read the full story here.

Well, anyway, we’ve been able to get our hands on this stuff from their website.  It comes in mix packets which, if made according to directions, tastes pretty darn close to the real thing, minus the lemon bits.  However, I’ve thought of cutting some up and adding them myself 🙂

The kids love it, and you can try it for yourself! Get some here.

Anyway, next time you happen to be in New England, look for that bright yellow sign, and be sure to “Stop at the Sign of the Lemon!”


Follow-up to Higher Ground’s Veggie Tales Event on February 17!

Our Friday, February 17 showing of Veggie Tales latest movie Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men, went, well, merrily!  Like any event with children, it was over before it began.  I think it is safe to say that everyone had a blast!

A BIG THANK YOU to Jennifer Houck, without whom this event would never have been possible.  We had a good time planning the event, and I believe we make a great team.  (Never mind the list stuff we will do next time that we left out!  You live and learn right? Stay tuned for next time on that one.) Visit Jenn’s blog at One Mom’s World.  She often has great product reviews and even giveaways of cool products that you could win!  Not to mention a beautiful family that I and my own are super fond of! I keep telling her she is kinda famous, and I feel my VIP status go up a bit when we hang out, but she won’t listen to me on that!

The kids loved getting prizes! Here's a little one drawing a name out for Josh.

Me working it out to a lively Larry version of the Hokey Pokey. Well done if I do say so myself!

Here are the sweet kids dancing!

Here is a picture of some of my dear friends from Charlotte – Erin and Vanessa. They are the sweetest and most selfless people, who also by the way, cleaned the whole kitchen and did not let me help!  In all the craziness, I don’t think I ever said thank you! Thank You wonderful ladies! You are so dear to me!!!!!

Oh yeah…in case you were wondering, here is the skinny on the movie:

VeggieTales movies are never one to disappoint and Robin Good and his Not So Merry Men is no different.  Instead of traditional Robin Hood like movies where they steal from the rich and give to the poor, Robin Good actually fundraises from the rich and gives to the poor.  That was enough to make me smile.  In the end, when the Prince of the land starts taking the townspeople’s hams (lol, hams), Robin Good’s not-so-merry men decide to give stealing a try.  Robin Good sticks to his convictions and casts his cares upon the Lord, trusting him to take care of the not-so-good situation.  This movie is sure to make you and your children smile, not to mention teach a lesson about the power of casting our cares upon God.

There is also a short story before the movie about Junior Asparagus. He learns a lesson about the ever-forgotten leap year.

My personal favorite on the dvd is the “silly song.”  I think it is Larry the Cucumber’s five o’clock shadow that does me in here.  Ill let you see that for yourself!

Ian Von Fange closing the event with prayer

 You can purchase the dvd here, on the VeggieTales website.

What a great time this was!  Perhaps the most interesting thing to happen was the leftover pizza I found yesterday in the church oven.  It was 3 weeks old.  It was surprisingly not moldy.   Preservatives anyone?

We should be having more of these pre-release events in the future, so stay tuned.  Josh and I also plan on renting out the Bob and Larry costumes for the next one, so If that doesn’t grab you….

For more information about events and happenings at Higher Ground Church, visit our website.