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Let’s talk about Limeade

High hopes dashed

It’s hot: time to gather the family and taste limeade. We started with the straight stuff. Simply Limeade ($2.99 for 59 oz. at Sprouts) can be found in most grocery stores. “It smells like lime ...

Even the kids like bowling

One hammered two strikes in a row

The leisure days of summer make my mind wander to all the extras I can’t find time to do the rest of the year. One such activity is bowling. The whole family enjoys it but ...

Permanent makeup doesn’t last forever

“I cannot legally say that it is pain-free because sensitivity varies.”

My friend Sophie’s eyeliner is permanently perfect — because it’s permanent. “Permanent makeup is a tattoo,” explained Jeanee Lusby, owner of Natural Look of Permanent Cosmetics in La Jolla (866-550-LOOK), “but it isn’t really permanent ...

Bawk bawk! Chicken broth!

“Stock tends to pick up richness from the bones as it’s made.”

Sometimes, there’s no homemade chicken stock in the freezer. So I zipped around San Diego and gathered up a bunch of chicken juice — mostly broths, but also a few boxed stocks — from the ...

Keeping cool in the inland suburbs

The kids need some waterin' about now

There's no gloom in June anymore.

Partially submerge with the sharks

And then eat prime rib, lamb, and pasta

Uncle Max wants to go swimming with sharks when he visits this year. “It’s a metaphor made literal!” he marvels. Shark Diver (855-987-4275) runs several adventures, including a five-day trip to Guadalupe Island, about 175 ...

Flower choices for the low-water garden

Pretty, but not too thirsty

On the hottest day of last summer, we hosted a wedding reception in our backyard. The thermometer hit 103 degrees as the guests arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon. Our guests clustered in the shady ...

Now read this, Cookie Monster

There’s Cookies Tonight, the Cravory, Good Stuff Cookie...

My daughter likes to bake at home, so when her birthday comes along, she likes to make it special by bringing in professional confections. But this year, she has begged off cake — including cake ...

Hazelnut spreads square off

That one hazelnut-chocolate spread isn’t the only one

Which one comes out on top?

Volunteer opportunities for teens

A preemptive strike against the summer doldrums

“It is not mandatory to give or receive a hug, but we have not had any recipients deny one yet.”

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