"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." - Lao Tzu

Let me start with wishing everyone a Happy belated 4th of July! I hope everyone enjoyed the fireworks displays, whether live in person or on the television. We didn't do much yesterday; we made burgers for dinner, watched a few episodes of a novela on Netflix, basically chilled with our pets on the couch. It was a much needed relaxing weeknight. Although, having a day off from work in the middle of the week totally threw off the vibe of the rest of the workweek! I came back to work today thinking it was Monday... it was the most un-Thursday Thursday in a while!

Does that ever happen to you? It happens to me all the time when packing for a trip. We usually leave on Thursdays for vacations (it's kind of become tradition at this point), so I work Monday and Tuesday, take Wednesday off to pack and spend time with the fur babies, and then we leave Thursday. It makes those two workdays seem like Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday at the same time, while making these two days seem like the longest work week ever!

Ugh, speaking of vacation, I would LOVE one right about now, to escape this horrible humid Summer heat! I don't know how Summer's been wherever you are right now, but here in Miami, it has been I think one of the most humid Summers ever! It gets to a point that not even the afternoon rain helps; it kind of just gets even muggier, and all we can do is just pray for more rain to see if the wind will refresh anything around here.

One thing that helps keep us cool is staying hydrated, whether by drinking water, or making fresh juices, such as this lemonade. I know, I know, who doesn't know how to make lemonade, you might be asking? Well, you'd be surprised at how many people I know just buy store-made lemonade or the frozen lemonade mixes that you blend instead of making it! Lemonade in itself is easy to make: lemon juice, water, sugar. Little kids make it all the time and make those super cute lemonade-selling stands! As grown-ups, we can spice it up any way we want: adding mint leaves, other fruit juice, alcohol, or iced tea to make an Arnold Palmer... *hint hint*

Now that I've dropped that hint (LOL), I'm going to sip on some leftover lemonade, wind down from a long workday, and make dinner. All in a day's work, right?

adapted from: New Cook Book 14th Edition by Better Homes and Gardens

*makes: 4 drinks*

3 cups cold water
1 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice
3/4 cup extra fine granulated sugar

1) In a 1 1/2-quart pitcher stir together the water, lemon juice, and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
2) If desired, chill in the refrigerator.
3) Serve in glasses over ice.
4) Garnish with lemon slices.

Peachy Lemonade

3 cups cold water
1 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice
3/4 cup extra fine granulated sugar
15 oz canned peach slices

Prepare as above. Place half of the peach slices, chilled and undrained, in a blender with 1 cup of the lemonade. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into a large pitcher. Repeat with remaining undrained peaches and 1 cup of the lemonade. Stir in remaining lemonade. Serve in glass over ice. If desired, garnish with peach slices.

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