Relief From the Heat

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A Dip in the Pool

We’re in the midst of another heat wave. People without some form of air conditioning are looking for relief in a number of ways: pools, lakes, bathtubs, ice-cold drinks, fans, etc. I am fortunate to have access to a pool (not the one pictured). The other night the temperature in the pool was 92 degrees. Not exactly refreshing. Our pool heater had broken and the new one was still being calibrated. Maybe tonight it will be more refreshing and provide cool enjoyment.

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Cool Lemonade for a Hot Day

Simple, natural and great tasting.

It’s been hot and humid here in Minneapolis these past couple of days. One simple way to take the heat off is to enjoy a cold glass of homemade lemonade. It’s a simple thing to make from scratch and fresh lemon juice produces a far superior lemonade than a powder mix.

One handy tip is to make a simple syrup by dissolving the sugar in hot or boiling water before mixing it with the freshly squeezed lemon juice. By dissolving the sugar, you don’t end up with crystals of sugar swimming in your glass, or floating to the bottom of the glass and pitcher.

If you don’t own a citrus juicer, simply cut the lemon in half, hold the halved lemon over a bowl, insert a fork into the pulpy section, and then squeeze the lemon and twist the fork until all the juice is extracted. Remove any seeds that have fallen into the bowl and you’re ready to use the juice for lemonade. Substitute limes for lemons or use a combination of lemons and limes for variety.

Ah, so refreshing. Enjoy!
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Everyone has their own preference for how sweet or tart they like their lemonade. Adjust the amount of sugar you use according to your own taste. I’ve also heard of people using maple syrup in place of sugar. I haven’t tried it yet but I think it could be quite tasty this way!

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