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Lemonade Time

My husband is from the South… He has a few habits that he acquired from his younger days…

Maybe not habits… but, things he likes

He loves the taste of a lemon… cut in half… then add a little salt… As I watch him eat it… my mouth starts watering and I pucker k13274875 even though it’s his tongue tasting that sour juice… not mine…

To enjoy something so simple…

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So, yesterday he asked for some lemons… I bought a whole bag… because Lemonade sounded good to me…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I got home and he immediately cut him one… got the salt… and began eating it…

My mouth waters as I’m thinking about it!…

My thrift store finds actually helped me make my Lemonade

I had picked up this neat Sugar Canister…

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my Lemon Squeezer that actually looks like a lemon…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 and my red Kool-Aid Pitcher…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I cut the lemons in half… placed a half on my squeezer… and squeezed the juice into the pitcher… the squeezer keeps any seeds from getting into the lemonade

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After squeezing juice from 4 lemons… I add 2 cups of real sugar to the juice and enough water to fill the pitcher…

I also cut some strips of the actual squeezed lemons to the lemonade…

A bit of the lemon peel makes it pretty in the glass… and also adds a little more flavor

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Tastes so good!

I read you can flavor your lemonade if you want by just adding a pack of Kool-Aid to the lemonade or by adding fruit puree

I might try Strawberry Lemonade sometime with a few real strawberries

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That sounds good to me!

Passing On Some Helpful Hints…

There was a whole list of helpful hints posted on Facebook the other day…

I have picked the few that I thought would be useful to the ordinary person

like “ME!”

Lemonade Kool-Aid as Dishwasher Cleaner

Clean lime deposits and iron stains inside the dishwasher by pouring a packet of Lemonade Kool-Aid (the only flavor that works) into the detergent cup and running the (empty) dishwasher. The citric acid in the mix wipes out stains; you don’t have to.

Have my Lemonade Kool-Aid all ready to use if it ever gets empty!

Photo by: Monica Buck

Sugar as Hand Degreaser

Cut grease on hands by rubbing them with a mixture of sugar and water.

I wish I had known this all of the years my husband did mechanic work for a living!

Photo by: James Baigrie

Onion as Basement Deodorizer

Clear the air in a dank basement. Cut an onion in half, place it on a plate, and leave it out overnight. Once the initial salad-bar aroma dissipates, you’ll have a fresh (non-oniony) atmosphere.

Since my son lives in our basement area… I’m sure this will be useful!

Photo by: James Baigrie

Lemon as Laundry Brightener

Skip the bleach—add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to brighten up those fading whites.

My husband uses up all my bleach cleaning everything… so maybe a bottle of Lemon Juice will be my helper!

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Citrus Peel as Garbage Disposal Deodorizer

Keep your disposal smelling fresh by dropping a few peels down the drain and flipping the switch.

I don’t have a garbage disposal, but gave this hint to my friends who do… and just putting the peels in the bottom of your garbage can helps!

Photo by: James Baigrie

Baking Soda as Drain Unclogger

To get your drain running again (without resorting to chemicals worthy of a hazmat suit) pour ½ cup soda, then ½ cup vinegar, down a clogged drain. Cover it with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, uncover, and flush with steaming-hot water.

I usually have both of these items in the house… and I hate those cclog cleaners…They just seem dangerous to me!

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Aluminum Foil as Glassware Scrubber

To get baked-on food off a glass pan or an oven rack, use dishwashing liquid and a ball of foil in place of a steel-wool soap pad, says Mary Findley, president of the cleaning-products developer Mary Moppins. It’s one way to recycle those used but perfectly good pieces of foil you hate to throw out.

I’ve started saving my balls of foil for this purpose… My Mom would have loved this!… She always saved every scrap of foil…

Photo by: Quentin Bacon

Newspaper as Refrigerator Odor Absorber

Absorb odors in the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer with a lining of newspaper.

What an easy solution to odor absorbing in the fridge… and keeps the drawers clean also… Just remove … throw away… and replace… How easy!

Photo by: Erica McCartney; Styling: Linden Elstran

Toothpaste as CD Cleaner

To restore a damaged CD, apply a dot of non-gel formulat toothpaste to a cotton cloth and rub in a straight line from the center of the CD outward, covering any scratches. Rinse off thetoothpaste with water.

I passed this tip on to my son… He has a million CD’s… He had showed me how to wash them gently with diswashing liquid… so maybe this is similar!

 Photo by: Burcu Avsar

If you have a tip or two that you use… pass it on… I’d love to hear from you!