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Today’s groovy Google doodle salutes novelist Leo Tolstoy.


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Jacqui Barrineau:

I’ve had the pleasure of this woman making drinks in my home. Follow this recipe if you want to be delighted.

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Have you ever heard of agua fresca? It is a very fancy way of saying sweet juice. Or technically fresh water, but the catch is, it is never just water. I mean, if it was just water it would be called water and that would be boring. And if you are not in the mood for something with alcohol you can sound extra fancy saying “do you have any agua fresca?” as opposed to, “do you have any fruit juice?”

One of my favorite agua fresca’s happens to include one of my favorite summer obsessions, watermelon. And it is so easy and you can really do it with any fruit. I plan on expanding my agua fresca horizons later on this summer. But for now, it is watermelon for me.

Just take some watermelon and put it through a blender or food processor and liquefy. Then strain…

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Cowboy went missing July 4 during the City of Fairfax’s fireworks display. He may be in the vicinity of Fairfax High School. If you have any info or think you might have seen him, contact me and I’ll connect you with the owners. Thank you.


UPDATE: Fairfax City worker Alex and his pal found Siri in a creek about a mile from the house. He was wet and muddy, but otherwise OK. We took him to the vet for a quick checkup and bath, and now he’s home again. We couldn’t be more relieved or grateful.

Thank you, Alex and friend!

LOST in Fairfax City, Va., 10 pm, July 2. Tri-colored Shetland sheepdog. 25 lbs. Friendly. Shy. Name: Sirius/Siri.

PLEASE message me if you have info or share on your social accounts. I’d be very grateful.