Refreshing & Delicious Sparkling Lemonade

Who doesn’t love chilled lemonade on a hot Summer day? Made with club soda, this version is slightly bubbly and bursting with citrus flavor.  ENJOY!!

¾ Cup Sugar

½ Cup Water

¼ Cup Lemon Peel Strips (about 1 ½ lemons)

¾ Cup Lemon Juice

1 Cup Club Soda, Chilled

In a small saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. Stir in lemon strips. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Cool slightly.   Transfer to a pitcher. Stir in lemon juice; cover and refrigerate until chilled. Discard lemon strips. Stir in club soda. Serve over ice. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.


Summer Safety Tips for You and Your Family

As Summer approaches, it is good to be reminded of some Summer Safety Tips that will help keep you and your family safe while enjoying the warmer months.

Have a Sun Safe Summer:

It’s natural to want to get out in the sun during warm Summer days.  It should also be second nature to take steps to protect your skin from the sun when you go outside.  Ultra violet rays are the #1 cause of skin cancer.  Too much exposure can also cause sunburn, eye damage and premature wrinkles.  But shielding your skin with clothing, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and staying in the shade, can help lower your risk.

Sunscreen should be applied 15-30 minutes before going outdoors.  Water Resistant does not mean Waterproof.  No sunscreens are waterproof or sweatproof.   One ounce should be used

initially, and then reapplied every 2 hours if swimming or sweating.   Hats, sunglasses and protective clothing with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) serve as an extra layer of protection.

Stay Hydrated and Prevent Heat Exhaustion:

Drink Plenty of water before going outdoors, and to prevent overheating, drink plenty of fluids throughout the day even if you are not thirsty.  Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. On extremely hot days, limit direct exposure with the sun and if possible, stay indoors during mid-day hours.  This is especially important for adults over 65 years of age whose bodies are less effective at regulating body temperature.  Wear light colored, light weight, loose fitting clothing and avoid exercising outdoors on hot days.

Stay Water Safe:

During the Summer months, people are drawn to community pools and beaches.  Larger crowds require you to be more aware of your surroundings.  Pools tend to be busy and loud allowing for a child to drown without being seen or heard.  Never let a child swim alone, and always have an adult assigned to watch the pool during parties.  In the ocean, never swim alone.  Try to swim near lifeguard stations and always pay attention to the water condition flags.  Never swim near surfers, be aware of undercurrents, shallow water & rocks, and wear swim shoes to prevent injury from hot sand and rocks.

Always Drink Responsibly:

Summer is a time for celebrating.  While enjoying the holidays, birthdays and other momentous occasions, always remember to drink responsibly.  Do not operate any motorized vehicles while drinking and most importantly, never drink and drive.

Stay Safe While Enjoying Outdoor Activities:

Hiking is a Summer favorite. Try to stick to marked trails and identify landmarks often so they can help guide you back.  Let people know where you are going and when you are likely to return.  Hike with plenty of water, sunscreen and non-perishable snacks.

If camping, remember to shake out your shoes before you put them on, you never know when a spider or scorpion will take refuge in your items.  Never go to sleep with a campfire still burning, and never keep food inside your tent, store it in your car away from sleeping campers.

Finally, on road trips and in everyday life, always remember that cars can be deadly.  NEVER leave children or pets in your vehicle.  The inside temperature of a car can quickly reach 120+ degrees.

Enjoy Your Summer, Stay Safe and Have Fun!!