When life gives you lemons… and limes…and oranges…

A bowl of lemons on the counter makes the whole apartment smell good.

Lemons bring Summer into the house.

My husband planted a couple of Meyer’s lemon trees alongside our house about 20 years ago, it turned out to be one of our best investments. There’s nothing like a bright, fragrant lemon to chase the Winter blues down the road.

My favorite recipe: squeeze a lemon into a tea cup, add boiling hot water and honey for a cup of strong tea. If you want to put hair on your chest add a crushed clove of garlic and a pinch of salt.  This is a good remedy for sore throat or sinus congestion.

Cut a lemon into sections on a little plate and set it on the counter – every time you get a fresh glass of water add a lemon section, it’s a real pick-me-up.  Makes the kitchen smell nice too.

Speaking of smell nice, spoon some baking soda down your drain, wash it down with the juice of one lemon, then run hot water through the drain.  Doing this regularly will keep your drain smelling fresher.

My next door neighbor likes to have a bowl of lemons handy to drizzle salad.  It makes a great dressing for fruit salad, just add a little honey. 

We also planted a lime tree along with the lemons, but the little fellow didn’t make it through the first hard Winter. Luckily we can go to Cash and Carry and get a good bag of limes for about two and a half bucks.

When we bought this bag, we were afraid we might not be able to use the whole thing - hah!

When we bought this bag, we were afraid we might not be able to use the whole thing – hah!

Once you get them in the house you find plenty of uses, you wonder how you got along without them!  We use the juice all over our food, we put sections in our water glass like lemon, and yesterday I found out you can squeeze and freeze the juice for later, just like lemon.

My mother-in-law gave me this old lemon press, it's one of my favorite things.

My mother-in-law gave me this old lemon press, it’s one of my favorite things.

The pint on top is lime juice. The oranges are Valencias brought over by our friend Wooten who has an enormous old tree in his yard.

The pint on top is lime juice, you can see the faint green color. The oranges laying aside are Valencias brought over by our friend who has an enormous old tree in his yard.

Just when I thought I had enough citrus fruit, our friend stopped over and gave me a box of Valencia oranges he’d gathered from an ancient tree his yard. The skin is so thin, you can squeeze them into a glass with your hand.  I juice those as I go along – I put one in my yogurt smoothie yesterday, and it tasted like Orange Julius.

I found a new recipe – “Liquid Sunshine” – a mix of carrot and orange juice. I’ll give it  a whack and let you know! 

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