No one remembers how hot it was, but how cool the party was…

Everybody knows how to make lemonade, right? Squeeze some lemons, add sugar and water. But how to make lemonade so that it tastes right everytime? Who knew about, Meyer Lemons, I thought a lemon was a lemon and there was only one, NAAA. Meyer lemons, so named because they were identified in 1908 by Frank N. Meyer, are thought to be a cross between Eurekas or Lisbons and a mandarin orange. They have a sweeter and more floral taste than other lemons and can even have an slightly orange tint. They also have very thin skins, making them difficult to transport and store. Most Meyers are grown in backyards, but rising demand and wide culinary interest means they are increasingly available at markets. Meyer lemons are, as mentioned, sweeter than regular lemons, making them great additions as fruit (sectioned for maximum appeal) to salads and other dishes without the mouth-puckering sour tartness associated with lemons. They have a beautiful floral aroma that can add great flavor to traditional lemon dishes – lemonade, cocktails, and salads in particular. While their unique flavor can enhance lemon desserts, such as Lemon Bars, they are not as acidic as regular lemons and should not be used one-to-one or blindly substituted in sweet recipes.

When you have been out celebrating the Nation’s Birthday, it is always great to come home to a GREAT taste of lemonade!! LOVE IT!

 Here’s a great way.

Remember the starting proportions –
1 cup of sugar,

1 cup of water,
1 cup of lemon juice.

(This ratio makes a pretty sweet lemonade. Reduce the amount of sugar if you want your lemonade less sweet or if you are using Meyer lemons which are naturally sweeter than standard lemons.)

Want to know the secret family recipe? The ok lean into the screen (the secret to perfect lemonade is to start by making sugar syrup, also known as “simple syrup”).

Dissolving the sugar in hot water effectively disperses the sugar in the lemonade, instead of having the sugar sink to the bottom.

Have you tried SUSTA Natural Sweetenr

I was recently contacted by SUSTA natural sweetner to spread the word about their Armed Forces day twitter giveaway. So after reading more about it, I talked to the company and they offered me samples to try thier product. This was totally cool! So I said yes, and I have the perfect thing that we would try it in, Sweet Ice Tea. My mom and husband drink that like it is water! So what is SUSTA is a great-tasting, all-natural sweetener that contains probiotics, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other ingredients for optimal health. The product review I got came in a big bag and small packets. SUSTA tastes really good, I was nervous at first, I read the dangers of trying processed sugars, so I didn’t want to get into health problems. However SUSTA tastes good and it is pretty good for you. So there is no after taste, mixes easy too.

I had to find out what was in the product I was eating. This summer I decided was going to be healthy for me, I am not working and I feel that I can devote my time to the gym. So are you wondering what is in the packet of SUSTA? SUSTA is a blend of natural ingredients including dietary fibers, orange peel and other natural extracts. So I wondered well how is SUSTA different from other sweetners? I did some research on my own and some sweeteners contain dangerous chemicals and processed ingredients, and most of them contain no nutritional benefits.  Other natural sweeteners may contain Stevia, a plant derivative which produces a bitter aftertaste.  SUSTA is an all-natural sweetener that tastes great and provides unparalleled health benefits, too. One packet of SUSTA has five calories. Recent studies have shown that zero-calorie products can cause cravings and may actually contribute to weight gain, and that the sweetness of artificial sweeteners can also result in an impulse to eat something sweet and caloric – all of which may result in weight gain.  SUSTA’s five calories ensure that consumers will be satisfied after consuming the product.

Here is the part I didn’t know. Continuous overconsumption of dietary sugars (including High Fructose Corn Syrup) means that excess fructose can be converted into body fat sooner and somewhat easier than its sister sugar glucose (both glucose and fructose in near equal amounts make sucrose and most forms of HFCS).  Additionally, consuming excess sugar over time is linked to other potential health problems, including diabetes, obesity and dental decay.  In contrast, the tiny amount of natural fruit sugar (fructose) found in SUSTA is buried within a high-fiber blend and does not cause health problems.  SUSTA’s natural fruit fructose plays a nutritional role in the diet and is consistent with the kind of healthy nutrient composition found in fruits and vegetables.

With my military families, you can request this item at the Commissary and  they will get it in for you. So if you aren’t in NC, SUSTA is available at leading grocery outlets including Shaw’s and Shop Rite; Albertson’s in Arizona, Texas and Florida; Big Y in Connecticut and Massachusetts; and Kroger in Columbus, OH.  SUSTA can also be purchased online at and You can also

This is the important part my son has serious food allergies, to wheat, soy, eggs and peanuts. SUSTA is all-natural and does not contain wheat, soy, alcohol, yeast, caffeine, egg, dairy, or lactose.  SUSTA is also cholesterol-free, vegan and gluten-free, all the while providing vitamins, nutrients, probiotics, fiber and great taste.
SUSTA Natural Sweetener is sold in boxes of 50 two-gram packets for $4.99. SUSTA is a safe sugar alternative for diabetics and is the only sweetener endorsed by Dr. James R. Gavin III, former President of the American Diabetes Association and a member of the Company’s Medical Advisory Board.  SUSTA is all-natural and chemical-free, and is therefore safe for use during pregnancy.

Disclosure: I was provided with SUSTA products to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own .