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January 2018

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10 facts about Lemons

  1. Lelemonsmon trees originate from native to Asia, around Northeast India, North Burma, and China.
  2. Lemon’s contain citric acid which is a natural preservative. The juice when coated on fruit such as apples will keep them from turning brown.
  3. Lemons are an alternative treatment for acne and the juice when applied over a series of days can lighten blemishes.
  4. Lemon zest flavors cakes, cookies and main meals.
  5. Lemon mixed with olive oil strengthens nails.
  6. The lemon tree is an evergreen. It produces fruit all year.
  7. Lemon tree leaves can be used to make tea.
  8. Lemons are low in calories and aid in weight loss.
  9. Lemons contain more than 3/4 of a days worth of vitamin C.
  10. Lemons are technically berries

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Peach Cobbler

1 bag frozen peaches thawedPeachCobbler

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

2 cups flower

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup cold margarine or vegetable shortening

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

Mix peaches, sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch and spices.  Pour into a baking dish.

Mix flour, baking powder and salt  and  second amount of sugar together.  Add margarine or shortening and mix together until mixture is crumbly.  Add in milk and mix only until combined.  Put dough on top of peach mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Bread Pudding

1 1/2 cups brown sugarBreadPudding

1/4 butter

3 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

2 1/2 cups almond milk

slices of raisin bread

Beat sugar and butter until frothy.  Add eggs until mixed.  Add vanilla, spices and milk.  Stir until incorporated.  Mix in bread until bread sops up liquid.

Place in greased pan and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until egg is cooked.

Anthurium Growing Tips

Anthurium grow best in a bright diffuse light in a warm spot.  Low light levels slow down or stop the production of flowers.

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Anthurium in bloom

Keep the plant in a temperature between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.  Do not allow it to get above 90 degrees Fahrenheit or below 50 degrees.

The plant will rot if left in standing water.  Water and allow to drain.  Place near a pan with gravel and water to adjust the humidity.  Mist the plant daily with a spray bottle.  Only water the soil when it is dry to the touch.

Fertilize every three to four months with a fertilizer with a higher middle number.

Plant in a light soil such as potting soil mixed with orchid mixture.

Keep the plant out of drafts to keep it blooming.

Helpful Hints – Food

  • Dissolve mint candies into your tea instead of using sugar. They sweeten the liquid and give It a tangy flavor.HelpfulHints-food
  • Enhance the flavor of tea by placing an orange peel in the tea package.
  • For a better flavor store your cover in a tightly covered tin in the refrigerator.
  • Use purified water to prolong the life of your coffee maker.
  • Add vanilla extract to the water as coffee brews to add flavor.
  • Freeze leftover coffee in ice trays. It’s excellent in ice coffee.
  • Freeze clusters of grapes to keep punches cold.
  • Serve hot cider from a slow cooker on low setting. The cider remains warm as long as you wish.
  • Blend cottage cheese in a blender. You can use the mixture in dips instead of sour cream.
  • Store cottage cheese upside down. It keeps better.
  • Grate leftover cheese into a freezer bag to store. The cheese can be used for spaghetti or nachos.

Cranberry Iced Tea

1/2 cup sugar

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Cranberry Iced Tea

1/2 cup water

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Boil for 5 minutes

Add 2 cups cranberries

Cook until skins begin to split and pop.

Add 1/4 cup orange juice.  Remove from heat and pulse in blender being careful to ensure lid is firmly closed on the blender container.

Pour from blender into a jug.

Brew tea as normal.  Pour into a glass and add cranberry mixture to taste.  Mix and top with ice.

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