My Favorite Summertime Lemonade Recipe

It sometimes seems like here in Austin, TX summer lasts more than usual, with temperatures so hot they'll melt your popsicle :-)

Here's my favorite recipe for staying cool when it's hot out. From

Perfect Lemonade Recipe


  • 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)


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.
Serve with ice, sliced lemons.
Serves 6.

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A Note on Being a Mom

I set up a goal chart for my 4 yr old.
He gets a star for every task he completes like when he brushes his teeth, eats his food, goes potty, plays nice and obeys his elders. At the end of the week his stars a tallied and he gets a surprise.

Yesterday after he finished his juice he came to me and the conversation went like this:
son -"Mommy put my cup in the sink"
me -"You're a big boy go put it in the sink since you're done." (as he's always done)
He looks at me with a raised eyebrow (he got that from me) and says: "But that's not on my chart!"

And there you have it. So now I think I may have to rethink this chart business... any ideas?

Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week consists of sayings or remarks by people I know.

Loving my wife like a fat kid loves food. - Roberto P.

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Wedding in Haiti (Update to Despite the Distance posted on July 8th)

This is a happy update to my previous post Despite the Distance. Yesterday I received some pictures from Regine's wedding in Haiti. I've posted my favorite one here. On a side note, Regine's new last name is Mondestin which translates into "My Destiny" how great is that!


J2 Natural Spa at the Puerto Rican Music Fest in Austin, TX

Read more about this great family event here!

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Quote of the Week consists of sayings or remarks by people I know.

Riding around town today and damn is it Hot!! I think I saw the devil sitting at a bus stop.- Elliot

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Quote of the Week consists of sayings or remarks by people I know.

Why you should never play taboo with your husband during a 5 hour drive.

Hint word: girl scout

Marnie: "I used to be this when I was a little girl"...
Enrique: "FAT!!!!!!!"


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Despite the Distance

I remember it well; I had just gotten home when I received a phone call from my mother with the news. An earthquake of unimaginable strength had just shaken Haiti and she was letting me know, as she was trying to conceal her concern from me. The rest of the conversation is a blur; all I keep thinking is Régine…Régine is there. Is she ok? I say my goodbyes to my mom and reluctantly take hold of the remote control. It didn’t take long, it was everywhere, the chaos, the agony, the scared faces. The whole world had their eyes upon this forgotten country. I sit and cry.
I zone out and start to think of Régine, a great friend of mine, no, she is much more than that really, she is my sister. I met Régine in college back in Puerto Rico, I don’t quite remember how. She lived in the dorms where I too lived. I know we became closer as I tried to practice my French with her; she’s a smart woman who was majoring in business and speaks French, Spanish, English and Créole. She’s kind of quiet but when you get to know her she’s sassy and wise beyond her years. I’d go to her to teach me the “real” French they don’t teach you in the classroom, more than just the basics, I want to learn everything and she does her best to keep up with all of my questions.
Fast forward a bit and we’re living in Lille, France. Two students on an adventure, caught up in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We’re roommates now with Arelí from Mexico, who has a vibrant personality and a daring soul. We all manage to get into trouble, travel and learn all we can about this new, old world.
Years pass and we still keep in touch, we write, call, email, always reminiscing. We talk about our first jobs, our loves, our families. I share the happy news of my wedding, later my first child and recently my second.
My son calls out to me and I’m thrust back into reality, in my cozy home looking at the TV with the news programs interviewing experts and getting remarks. I pick up my phone and dial her number. I can’t get through, of course I can’t! The rest of the world is trying to do the same. Finally after many emails and instant messages to people who might have some news from her, I find out Régine is ok, thankfully. I’m updated that most of her family has moved out of the country and that her uncle has passed away due to the quake. After a couple of days I get an email from her letting me know that she’s still shaken but ok. She tells me that the home she shares with her mother was affected, that she’s scared and that things are nothing close to back to normal.
Weeks later I manage to connect with her on the internet and we instant message. She has great news, she is getting married she tells me. I’m elated, and slightly confused. How can you plan a wedding when all of this is happening? She lets me know it’s the only thing keeping her mind occupied and that it takes her away from reality.
I wish I could be there for her, I wish I could just pack my bags and go to her wedding and dance and see her smile and be happy just like old times. I wish this but I know it can’t be done. I’ll send you a wedding present then! I exclaim but she kindly lets me know that they don’t have a working postal system. Rebuilding is barely noticeable, and what little progress has occurred has come slow like molasses. We wish each other well and sign off.
Recently I opened my email and was happy to see an email from Régine with the subject line Wedding Invitation. As I begin to read, the first lines read:

you'll be present in my heart!
I smile; glad that she could have her special day, and touched that she cared enough to remember me.


Yesterday I went to the movies to see Eclipse.
I was so excited! Yes, I’m one of those people.
The movie is going along and the emotional and physical scenes keep getting more and more intense. We come to the scene where Bella, Edward and Jacob are at the top of the mountain; the guys are playing mental games while trying to keep Bella “safe” from the evil vengeance seeking blood sucking vampire Victoria.

Edward is speaking to Bella in regards to her agreeing to marry him and Jacob is an earshot away and goes crazy jealous! “You’re marrying him?!” He says. Jacob gets infuriated at Bella and runs off, she goes after him trying to convince him not to leave enraged. She’s pleading with him to listen to her and says “Jacob stay!” And out of nowhere I immediately and compulsively follow the dialogue by yelling “Sit boy!” (So, the sequence went something like this…”Stay! Sit boy!”) - For those of you who don’t know, Eclipse is a novel where Bella, the human has a love triangle between Edward the vampire and Jacob the werewolf. - The rows in front and behind me start laughing and my outburst and I think, “Yeah, that was pretty funny wasn’t it” and I’m beaming at my “brilliant” remark.

On the ride home, I start having flashbacks of movies I’ve seen where someone in the theatre yells out something at the screen.
One such incident left me livid! This was during the screening of The Lord of the Rings. I remember sitting a couple of rows behind the dreaded first row. The war scenes being even more intense at this close range. The elves are fighting and everything is moving so fast and I’m totally in the zone here! There’s a close-up of Elrond the Elf …..All of a sudden, some dude yells out “Good morning Mr. Anderson!” (The elf was the same actor that played one of the bad guys in the movie the Matrix) After that outburst he totally ruined the movie for me, which made me mad; but what made me even madder was my husband laughing at me for getting so mad!

Now, onto my point in this blog, I apologize profusely if you were one of the people watching Eclipse and happened to be sitting within earshot of my sudden outburst and I ruined that “magic movie moment” for you. I’ve been there, and it has sucked.
That was my Random Act of Jean during the weekend. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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I may be loud, opinionated, and blunt but I'm not rude - well, unless I don't like you. - Margie P.

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Having fun @ work, yes, really!

To whomever came up with employee appreciation day "a la carnival" - THANK YOU! It was a day filled with laughs, cotton candy, games and oh yes, a picture booth. :-)
I think my coworkers will kill me if they see I put these up. Oops! teehee.

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Eddie Palmieri

The United States Library of Congress has selected Puerto Rican Eddie Palmieri’s song “Azúcar Pa’ Ti” (1965) for the 2009 National Recording Registry among 25 recordings the Library of Congress is preserving for their cultural significance. In order for a recording or song to be considered it must be at least 10 years old and be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

Eddie has had an successful music career totaling 50 years! He's been awarded 9 Grammy Awards. He continues to dazzle his fans to this day with his Salsa and Latin Jazz beats.

Congrats Eddie! (Puerto Rico lo hace mejor)

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