Grown Healthy: Lemons

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Lemons are in hot demand during this time of the year with so many having runny noses and sore throats. Our body craves lemons because they are packed with vitamin C. Did you know that during the Gold Rush miners paid top dollar for lemons and the British sailors would drink so much lemon juice to prevent scurvy when there was a limited supply of fruits and vegetables?

The lemon peel is packed with goodness so to get the most of it add lemon zest to pretty much everything and anything. Also if you have too much lemons place them in in a drying rack and once dried add them to your water or tea.Lemon makes water taste so much better. Whenever, we drink water we add some lemon slices to our water. We tend to drink more watered when we add lemons to our water.

Lemons can help heal cuts and bruises. Lemons prevent cancer and heart disease. Lemons are great for killing germs and can be used as a gargle for sore throats. Lemons also have antifungal properties.


Picking Lemons:

You can pick lemons yourself at Sunset Ridge Mandarins. We love the idea of picking organic fruits or veggies ourselves. It sure is a fun hands on experience for everyone. You can pick Meyer lemons, navel oranges, mandarins, and blood oranges here.

Located: 7825 Fox Hill Lane, Newcastle CA, 95658 (916) 663-9158


Lemon Preserve:

What you need: 1/2 cups of honey, 1-2 lemons, 2/3 tablespoon of thyme, 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, and jar. Cut up both of your lemons. Put some honey in your jar then add six lemon slices in jar and place more honey, cinnamon, a slice of ginger, and thyme leaves.  Keep repeating this process until the jar is full. When you have reached the top of the jar add 1/8 cup of honey. Shake the jar well and place in the fridge up to three days. Everyday shake the jar twice. You want to use up your lemon preserve within five days because if you don’t the preserve will become too sour.



Meyer Lemon Cornmeal Upside-down Cake:

I’m not sure about you but our family loves Lemon anything especially a delicious dessert.

What you need:

3/4 cup softened butter

Cooking spray

3/4 brown sugar

3 whole Meyer lemons (or preserved lemons)

2 lemons for lemon zest

1 cup of granulated sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

1 cup flour

3/4 cornmeal

1/4 tap. salt

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

You first want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut a circle parchment paper and line your pan with parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking oil. Bring 1/4 cup of butter and brown sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour the butter and sugar mixture into the pan evenly. Line lemons onto the pan next. Mix 1/2 cup butter, graduated sugar, and lemon zest together for 3 to 4 minutes. Add 1 egg at a time. In another bowl whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. Combine milk and vanilla. Add the flour mixture slowly to the butter mixture. Then add the milk mixture. Pour batter into the pan evenly. Place in the oven for 50 to 55 minutes. Let it cool for 1 hour. Use a knife to release rim. Place a plate over the pan and invert cake onto a plate.



Esther and I figured out how to make your lemonade even more juicer. We did some lemonade juggling. I think I have a new appreciation for those that can juggle. 🙂 Next time your not having a great day try tossing some lemons up in the air and then make yourself some lemonade because it sure will make you feel better.

What you need:

8 lemons (1 sliced up and put in freezer)

1 cup of sugar

5 cups of hot water

1 cup of cold water


You want to first cut up one lemon and place it in the freezer. The other 7 lemons you want to get as much juice as you can. Add sugar, water, and lemon juice together. Place frozen lemons and ice in cup and pour in the lemons. Enjoy.

Also another way to put a smile on your face is to wear a bright, long dress with pockets. 🙂 I love this fun and comfortable dress that I received from Bella Ella Boutique.


Beauty with Lemons

Body Scrub:

What you need: 1/2 lemon juice, 2 tablespoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 8 cups of sugar. Mix all ingredients together. Wet the area with warm water before you apply the scrub. Apply using a clean brush and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Then simply rise off.


Whitening Teeth with Lemons:

You only need two ingredients for this: baking soda and lemons. You can make a paste with lemon juice and baking soda. Place the paste onto your toothbrush and leave on your teeth for 1 minute and then rinse.


Lemon Facemask:

What you need is 1/2 cups of oatmeal, 4 tablespoons of honey, and 1 whole lemon juice. You want to grind the oatmeal into powder and then mix all the ingredients together. Wet your face and apply the facemask. Leave facemask for 10 minutes and then rinse it off.




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What do you like to do with lemons?




32 Responses

  1. Picking fresh lemons sounds awesome and fun. The cake would be delicious! You’re right that lemons are great in winter.

  2. Wow I wish that I lived close enough to a farm that I would be able to pick my own lemons. Thank you for sharing the Lemon preserve recipe,I can’t wait to make this.

  3. We’ve tried picking apples last fall. Lemon picking looks so much fun too. I’m going to have to see if there’s anywhere near us where we can do this.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  4. I love lemon! These recipes sound amazing, especially the upside down cake! Looks like you guys had so much fun!

  5. I always drink more OJ during the winter months to up my vitamin C intake but I’ve never thought about adding more lemons into my life! I love the recipes, especially the body scrub – I’m going to be giving that one a try soon!

  6. Julie Porter

    I would love to be able to pick fresh lemons, but alas we don’t have lemon trees in MN! I start my days with warm lemon water so I so use a lot of lemons. All of your recipes look wonderful, especially that upside down cake!

  7. I am in love with fresh lemons. My friend moved to Arizona and sends me some from time to time.

  8. I literally make lemon water every week during the cold winter months. I swear by it’s Vitamin C. BUT I have never made it for beauty like a mask. Love this idea and it is something I have bookmarked to make next week. Can’t wait to see how it feels

  9. Megan mccoig

    Ooh I love lemon desserts and also love the idea of picking them fresh from a garden. Would love to give this recipe a try 🙂

  10. Veronica

    I love everything lemon and your lemon dress is so beautiful!
    I recently visited Israel and lemons grow everywhere in the streets.

  11. After reading this I’m off to find the nearest lemon farm! Thank you for sharing all these great ideas 🙂

  12. Lemons are so good in so many ways. I really love a good glass of lemonade myself. Not too tart, not too sweet, but just right!

  13. Fresh lemons – – amazing! I would love to have a lemon tree in my yard – – so jealous!

  14. Love this! You have so many great posts for uses of lemons. I wish I could go somewhere to pick my lemons! It looks fun!

  15. Love love love this post. I drink lemon water every morning. I really loved your beauty ideas.

  16. Reesa Lewandowski

    What a great post!!! I love using lemons for all sorts of things. I want to try that lemon preserve recipe!

  17. Lemons are perfect for this time of year because like you said we all get bunged up. I would love to get fresh lemons!

  18. Mmmm I love fresh lemon. I love the look of the lemon cake cake recipe. Very nice post xx

  19. Jody Smith

    That is a fun bunch of ways to get lemons in! Beautiful girls and I cant wait to try your preserved lemons recipe!

  20. Fantastic ideas, love getting to watch the youtube videos of your family!

  21. I cherish the time I spend in the kitchen with my almost-four-year-old and watching your video just made me think of that. I think it’s so special that you are teaching your daughter about the value of good homecooked foods. Plus this recipe sounds amazing. Now I want some lemons – and who knew they were so great for you?!?

  22. I love lemons! The scent and the flavor. I wished that we had a lemon tree in our yard.

  23. Although my body never ‘craves’ lemons, I do begin each morning with lemon added to a warm glass of water. Just a good habit I formed years ago to help my body to acheive an alkaline state.

  24. I love lemon anything! That lemon cake looks absolutely divine. This makes me want to plant a lemon tree at my house!

  25. Robin Rue

    This is such a cute post! I would love to take my kids to pick some lemons that were fresh.

  26. There are so many uses for lemons! I love that you can do so much with it, plus it’s healthy as well. I like the idea of making preserves, I’d love to make that as well! Thanks for all the awesome ideas!

  27. I love the taste of lemons. That upside down cake looks so great.

  28. Brittany

    Oh yum! All of these recipes look delicious! One of my favorite dishes using lemons is Dutch babies! It’s so tasty!

  29. I love your yellow dress! Thanks for a great post with some new recipes I can try. I’m dying to try that upside down cake!

  30. CourtneyLynne

    Oooo yum!!!!! Nothing better than growing your own fruits and veggies!!!! When I lived in FL I had a banana tree!

  31. Very creative uses for lemons and I love the pictures. My husband loves lemons and I love lemonade.

  32. I love the pictures it looks like your family had a great time with the lemons. I don’t ever make any lemon anything because it’s pretty hard to get fresh lemons where I live (they all get shipped from other areas) & they are quite expensive but i’m definitely going to bookmark this just incase I ever do decide to do some lemon reciepes

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