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The Perfect Lemonade
3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
1. Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
2. While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.
3. Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

We don't get much personal mail anymore, so why not look for some postcards next time you take a vacation?
Take your address book with you, and mail them from your favorite spot (even if it is just an hour away).
Everyone loves to get a picture and a note in the mail. 
Even send one to yourself, and pop it on the fridge to remind you of a wonderful time!
I was coming home late one night last Summer, and I was shocked to see Casablanca playing on the side of an old farmhouse.
When we go on vacation, there is a beach that projects movies onto a screen, and, our local High School plays movies on the side of their building
A great night out for everyone, and apparently, so much more common than you may think.
Welcome back to the blue giraffe newsletter! 
Summertime makes everything feel a little slower. The hot weather cries out for bare feet, and the long, sunny days make even the worst curmudgeon have a smile on their face when the ice cream truck rings its bell.
I let go of perfection a while ago (well, almost, kind of :-) and I have found that one of the simplest tricks to reduce stress, is to keep our lives filled with things that we like, but are also easy to attain. We all have goals, which we shouldn't lose, but with our home life, I think simple is often the happiest answer.
So, with that thought, I wanted to share some simple ways to enjoy the Summer (and lower your stress when the digits get high).

Whether it is for your family, or a special date, why not pack a picnic, and drive to a scenic spot? Yes, it seems like a lot of preparation initially, but think of it as a full day out - creating a memory...
Many places will even do it for you.
Bridgeton House, a luxurious bed and breakfast, not only provides the picnic, but also the perfect location.
(I am adding them to my bucket list).

Somehow, food outside seems to taste better, and make less mess (or maybe it's just as much, but we don't seem to mind?). Crumbs get swept to the floor, and leftovers get given to the dog, or flung over the fence. We use less pans, so we don't have to schlep them outside, and our kitchen stays relatively clean in the process.
What's not to like?
Visit a Water Park, or find a local park, lake, beach or faulty fire hydrant...
Take 5....
..... sunny things to do
  • Lie on the grass, and look at the clouds.
  • Blow bubbles.
  • Go fishing or kayaking.
  • Find a Fair, any Fair.
  • Chase an ice cream truck.
(No) Paper Plates 
Sounds crazy, but it is much easier to use the dishes that you already have in your cabinet.
Firstly, they are always available, so you never have to run out at the last minute, second, they are sturdier than paper and plastic, and thirdly (is thirdly even a word?) they cost you nothing because you already have them.
Google your towns name, then look for things that are happening during the Summer. Baseball games, Pie contests, Car shows, Music festivals, Antique fairs, Garden exhibits, Talks at the library, Book signings etc.
Even if it isn't your favorite thing, go anyway, you may still enjoy it (and it's not far to drive :-) 
p.s. click on the pie to see what is happening near my town this month.

Wendy E. Wrzos              

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