Friday, August 20, 2010

When life hands you lemons...

Stop me if you've heard this one...a group of health inspectors shut down a little girl's lemonade stand because she didn't have a temporary restaurant license. Sounds like a satirical Onion article or the beginning of a bad joke, right? Well, that actually happened in Oregon a few weeks ago. The Department of Health in Multnomah County shut down 7-year-old Julie Murphy's lemonade stand - where she was selling the refreshing drink for 50 cents a pop - when she couldn't produce a "temporary restaurant license." County officials later apologized for the incident, claiming that "a lemonade stand is a classic, iconic American kid thing to do," and that in the future, inspectors should use discretion and consider that food-safety laws are aimed at adults engaged in a professional business, not kids hawking lemonade. Seriously, people, what American child has NOT set up a lemonade stand? I know we used to do it all the time growing up, especially during those sweltering summer days. Speaking of lemonade, today is National Lemonade Day! So if you can't find a kid with a cheap lemonade stand in your neighborhood, try mixing up a batch of one of these. The sucralose-sweetened recipes are super yummy. Happy Friday!

Pear-Ginger Lemonade
Watermelon Lemonade
Blackberry Twist Lemonade

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