Saturday, May 23, 2009

Lemons, oranges and limes look so refreshing. Decorate with them whole or sliced in bowls or platters. Add leaves to accent if you like.
Slice lemons and oranges and put in a pitcher of water to make a delicious, basically calorie free summer drink.
Citrus is a great source of vitamin C which helps the immune system and has antioxidant properties. One fourth a cup per day is very beneficial.
Try growing a citrus plant. Their blooms smell wonderful. For beginners try a Calamondin which is a petite orange fruit. A good selection of a larger tree size citrus would be the Improved Meyer lemon. It will do well for several years in a 5-7gallon container which isn't that large. You will need to move citrus indoors for the winter. The need a half day of direct sunlight to do well. Keep soil moist, use an insecticidal soap mist for mites and use a fertilizer for citrus and your plant should be successful.

Last but not least - a delicious dessert - Lemon Delite

INGREDIENTS: 1-13oz can of evaporated milk, 3 eggs, 2/3 cup of sugar, 9 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest, salt and 6 tablespoons of graham crumbs

1. Chill a 13oz can of evaporated milk in a 9 x 9 baking pan until almost frozen at edges.
2. Mix in a bowl 3 egg yolks, 2/3 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice,
1/4 teaspoon of grated lemon zest and a dash of salt.
3. Put ice cold evaporated milk and 3 egg whites into a cold bowl from the electric mixer. Use cold beaters, whip with electric mixer at high speed until fluffy.
4. Add 6 tablespoons of lemon juice and whip until stiff. Beat in sugar mixture gradually at low speed until well mixed. Pour back into the 9 x 9 pan. Sprinkle top with 6 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs. Freeze until firm - about 3 hours.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mother's Day Craft

Cute and easy flower basket for the children to make for someone special on mother's day.
You will need:
paper for the basket, a variety of tissue paper for the flowers and Chenille stems.

Draw a 7 inch circle and at two opposite ends make tabs that are 2.5 inches out from the circle and 1.5 inches wide. Tape the two tabs together to make the basket handle.
Cut from the tissue paper rectangle pieces that are 3 inches by 1 inch. You will need 6 for each flower. Cut the ends to be rounded. Put 6 of the petals together and twist a chenille stem around the center of them. Pull each tissue petal out a little to fluff the flower. Stick the chenille stem into the handle of the basket. You may want to stick them into the bottom also to make them more sturdy.