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1 year 4 months 4 days ago June 24, 2015 Jun 24, 2015 Wednesday, June 24 2015 June 24, 2015 2:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Summer started Saturday and the stands are up. Whether they're snowball or ice cream, they provide lots of flavors and an occasional "ice-cream headache." I visited a lemonade stand in our neighborhood with proceeds assisting St. Jude Children's Research Center. When we were kids, lemons were expensive, so my mom, also known as "Grandma Shirley," stockpiled that fruity beverage that was invented by Edwin Perkins in 1927 called Kool-Aid, and a concentrate called Reamer's Lemon Blend. After a ballgame we'd bee-line it to the fridge, quaffing down these refreshing drinks. However, my mom also saved the water from boiled potatoes, to better activate the yeast for her homemade bread. Next to a pitcher of Kool-Aid was a "same-colored" quart of potato water. Even today, that refreshing flavor of potato water stays with me. Gallon for gallon, Kool Aid is the No.1 most consumed beverage for kids.

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