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  • Writer's pictureWendy Elizabeth

Designs on Summer

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.

SEND A POSTCARD 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 family farmhouse. What a wonderful idea! I wanted to go and sit with them, but thought it might have been a bit cheeky considering I didn’t even know them. Movies at the beach are popular in the Summer, and our local High School plays movies on the side of their building. There are even a few drive-in movie theaters still around, or you could even get your own projector and plan an outside movie night at home! Memorial Day is the official beginning of Summer, and while I sit here patiently waiting for the music of the ice cream truck, I am reminded that the holiday is actually about the veterans, their family and friends, and those who lost their lives while protecting our country. Hopefully, we will all think of them more than once a year, and while we can never understand what they go through, we will always be grateful, and remember to say thank you as much as we can. This week, I wanted to put together simple bits and pieces that were inspired by the warm, sunny weather we have been having.  Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend! p.s. click on the pictures for more info and links.

PACK A PICNIC 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 in Pennsylvania, not only provides the picnic, but also the perfect location. (I am adding them to my bucket list).

EAT OUTSIDE 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

  1. Lie on the grass, and look at the clouds.

  2. Blow bubbles.

  3. Go fishing or kayaking.

  4. Find a Fair, any Fair.

  5. 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.

BE A LOCAL 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 in New Jersey this month.

BTW, can you guess which country has the most beach huts?  (click on the picture to find out)

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