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Thank God for Lemons!
Lemons can be used for a lot more than making lemonade.
Here are some amazing uses for one of God's wonderfully versatile fruits:
- For a sore throat or bad breath, gargle with lemon juice.
- Clean discolored utensils with a cloth dipped in lemon juice. Rinse with warm water.
- Toss used lemons into your garbage disposal to help keep it clean and fresh. Add a few cubes of ice to sharpen the blades, too.
- Use 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts salt to scour chinaware.
- Remove scratches on furniture by mixing equal parts of lemon juice and salad oil. Rub it on the scratches with a soft cloth.
- For furniture polish, mix 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts olive oil.
- To clean the surface of white marble or ivory, rub with a half a lemon or make a lemon juice and salt paste. Wipe with a clean, wet cloth.
- Rub kitchen and bathroom faucets with lemon peel. Wash and dry with a soft cloth to shine and remove spots.
- Fresh lemon juice in rinse water removes soap film from the interiors of ovens and refrigerators.
- Create your own air freshener: Slice some lemons, cover with water, and let simmer in a pot for about an hour. (This will also clean your aluminum pots!)
- Remove fish or onion odor on your hands by rubbing them with fresh lemons.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of salt to make a rust-removing scrub.
- Get grimy white cotton socks white again by boiling them in water with a slice of lemon.
- Suck on a lemon to settle an upset stomach.
And my personal favorite:
Slice a lemon into 2 halves. Bend your arm, take 1 half of the lemon and rub back and forth against your elbow for a minute or two to get rid of dark stains on your elbow. Rinse your elbows - they will look beautiful!
Lemons certainly work well in recipies.
Here's a quick one, easy to make and tasty, too:
Quick-Cooked Green Beans with Lemon
1 pound green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced (2 tablespoons)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small lemon, very thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
- Blanch green beans in a pot of salted water until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Drain and transfer to a large plate cool.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add garlic and cook until softened and just beginning to color, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add green beans and season with salt and pepper. When green beans are hot, toss in lemon slices and cook 1 minute over high heat.
- Serve and enjoy!
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Last but not least, a few LEMONY jokes!
What do you get when you cross a cat and a lemon?
A sour puss.
Why did the lemon stop rolling down the hill?
Because it ran out of juice.
Why did the lemon go out with a prune?
Because she couldn't find a date.
What do you call a dancing pie?
Why do lemons wear suntan lotion?
So they won’t PEEL.
Why did the lemon go to the doctor?
It wasn't peeling well.
Proverbs 17:22 tells us: A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
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