Archive | February 2012

Cooking with fresh lemon juice

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon.

Today while I was in Walmart, I noticed that lemons were marked down from $.50 each to $.25 each.  Cool!  Half price!  I grabbed a few since I am out of fresh lemon juice at home.

Did you ever notice that many recipes that call for lemon juice only call for a tablespoon or two?  I do not need it very often and do not like to leave lemon juice in the fridge for long periods of time.  I started using fresh lemon juice in my recipes instead.

I buy lemons when they are on sale (as I did today).  I squeeze them,  put the juice into my ice-cube trays, and place them in the freezer.  When they are completely frozen, I transfer them to a zipper bag.  Whenever I need a little lemon juice, I take out what I need.  When I run out, I start the process all over again.   This way I almost always have fresh lemon juice in the house to use in my cooking.

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As I am typing this, I have a pot of ginger tea cooking on the stove.  Ginger root is another thing I keep in the freezer.  I don’t use it on a regular basis, so it does not go bad before I use it all.

What do you store in your freezer?  I used to make my own baby food in ice-cube trays also, just like I do the lemon juice.




Adding a little flavor to rice

Today we had baked chicken, so we had rice as a side dish.  Often when we have instant rice I will make it with chicken broth instead of water.  I simply replace the amount of water needed with an equal amount of chicken broth.  This adds a nice flavor to the rice.  We love it this way.  Give it a try, you might like it as well.

Weekly Supper Menu

Here’s what we’re having this week:


  • Mashed Potato bowls
  • Peas


  • Crockpot Chili
  • Corn
  • Biscuits


  • Quiche
  • Asparagus


  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Salad


  • Pizza
  • Breadsticks


  • Mac & Cheese
  • Green Beans with mushroom soup

What’s on your menu?

Our Trip to Florida

We just returned home from our trip to Florida.  We had a really great time.  Today we are trying to relax & rest.  Tomorrow it is back to reality.  I will be posting more as the week goes on.  Just wanted to share a few pics today.


Homemade Hand Cream

This time of the year, my hands always get very dried out and rough.  This is probably because I don’t wear gloves or mittens as often as I should.  In the summer it’s my feet that get so dried and cracked – probably because I go barefooted so much.  Last summer a friend gave me a recipe for homemade hand cream.  After I made it I was surprised at how well it worked.  It’s really easy to make and pretty inexpensive.  Here is the recipe so you can make some, too.

Homemade Hand Cream

  • 16 oz. baby lotion
  • 8 oz. vaseline
  • 8 oz. Vitamin E Cream

Mix with electric mixer until it resembles icing.  Put it in containers and that’s it!  (I got the Vitamin E cream at Family Dollar for $1.00.)  Easy & inexpensive – just the way I like things!