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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Everything's Bigger in Texas

 
And that includes lemons.
 
 
 
Yes, that tape measure says 16"!
These are Ponderosa Lemons.
First time I saw them, I was shocked.
 
When a neighbor dropped these off,
I could think of a half dozen delicious recipes to try.
Sweets, however, are being avoided in this household.
 
Instead, we made bath scrub with salt and with sugar,
using some recipes we found on Pinterest.
(Lemons are very cleansing and are widely used to alleviate acne.)
 
All of the ingredients were already in the cupboard!!
And, it only took a few minutes.
 
I love the fresh lemony scent in my morning shower,
 enjoy the gentle exfoliation, and appreciate the moisturizing oils
on my overdry, winter skin.
 
Here are the two recipes we've tried so far:
 
Lemon Scrub w/sea salt,
the recipe called for coarse salt, but we only had the more refined.
Worked great and is less abrasive.
 
Lemon Scrub w/sugar.
We added just a little food coloring to tint the scrub yellow
and some of the zest to add interest to the texture,
as well as a little more natural lemon scent. 
 
We intend to try more recipes, so we can choose our favorite.
There was plenty of juice and zest left over.
PLENTY!
 
Have a wonderful day!
karen
 
 


23 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

holy smokes! someone just mentioned these lemons and trying to get a tree start from a neighbor. i had no idea they were that BIG!

Vickie said...

wowzers that's big! Texas is a grand place isn't it.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

those are big! have never seen any like it.

Raewyn said...

Wow, that is huge!! I've just put the measure around one of my lemons and it said 10 1/2" ...phew

Fiona said...

Huge... and yummo... and the bath scrub sounds lovely....
Hugz

Michal Woodruff said...

I never knew they got that big there. What part of the state do you live in where you can grow lemons? Are you in the valley?

Montanagirl said...

Oh my goodness - those are huge! I had no idea they could be grown that big!

Maria said...

WOw they are big.....

Just Ramblin' said...

Wow! They certainly do grow things big in Texas. Thanks for sharing the scrubs. Will have to try them. Nola

Lynn said...

This gives new meaning to the phrase "when life gives you lemons ..."

Lesley said...

You continue to educate me! Who knew lemons could be so large! Enjoy!

Carrie P. said...

those are really big lemons. I am growing a Meyer lemon tree. Maybe one day I will actually get some lemons.

Tammy said...

Wow, those are some enormous lemons! The scrubs sound awesome...I love the refreshing smell of lemon as well:) Have a great weekend!

Rambling Woods said...

Wow...those are huge

Stephanie said...

Wowzer, those are huge. Thanks for the links. I love natural ingredients products for bath and body. :o) Lemons are such a wonderful scent and they make great cleaning products too. Ponderosa makes me think of Bonanza with Pa, Hoss, Little Joe, the other brother I can't think of his name and their housekeeper/cook Hop Sing!

Kathie Brown said...

Wow! That sounds like it will wake up your senses! I can almost smell the lemons from here!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Wow! I've never seen lemons that big before... you'd only need one for a whole pitcherful of lemonade! What an invigorating way to satrt the day with your lemon scrub, I love the smell of citrus. Thanks, Karen!

eileeninmd said...

I love the scent of lemons too..The scrub sounds wonderful. I have not heard of these Ponderosa lemons, they are huge. Have a happy day!

Karen said...

These are beautiful. How about a lemon pie? I have a great recipe for one.

Sheila said...

I heard everything is larger in Texas and you just proved it , wow. I never seen lemons this large , I bet they are yummy . Interesting ways to use them too!

Linda said...

My mother has several lemon trees, but not this variety. We were talking about these big lemons just yesterday! The bath scrub is a great idea for using them!

Sandi said...

I love all things lemon including the beautive colour. I've got a huge collection of recipes, lemon fabrics and lemon themed collectibles. But I have to admit I don't think I've seen such a large lemon in person.

FlourishingPalms said...

What an interesting lemon! I had no idea they grew this size. Love what you've done with them. I'll add that fresh lemon juice and baking soda make a good teeth-whitener. That's a Pinterest recipe I found.