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Let me explain everything in the order that it happened.
I received a citrus juicer as a wedding gift almost 44 years ago. It was great to use whenever I was gifted an over abundance of citrus. Last year, the motor of this beloved gift finally gave out.
My dear friend Anita, who happens to be my sons mother-in-law has a lemon tree and she gave my son's family a bunch of lemons from her tree. My son and daughter-in-law passed a large bag of these huge lemons on to me.
There I was with no citrus juicer.
I was not going to juice all of these lemons by hand, so I got on Amazon and ordered myself a new juicer. Not just a citrus juicer, but a centrifugal juicer that will juice all fruit and separate out the pulp, which you can use for other recipes as well. Here it is:
I began juicing the lemons with my new juicer and started to fill ice cube trays to freeze for whenever I needed lemon juice. Unfortunately, I do not own enough ice cube trays to hold all of the juice that these lemons were giving me. So, I broke out my Hot Cocoa Bomb molds and also smaller candy molds such as my owls and my mustaches (similar here). I had to find space for all of this lemon juice to freeze between my freezers. There was a lot.
Here are some of the shapes I ended up with:
So, I got to thinking about how we only make and drink Hot Cocoa Bombs in the winter months. Wouldn't it be great to have some kind of a summer drink like that? This lemon juice can be the answer, and a little more fun than mere ice cubes. I know that my grandkids will get a big kick out of them. Not only that, the bomb shapes will go much farther than one bomb per person. I can make a gallon of lemonade with just a couple of bombs and some sugar!
If you only need one glass of lemonade, here is the fun part that the kids will love!
In a 12 oz glass of water, put in 2-3 of the little owls or mustaches plus 2 Tbs. of sugar. Add cold water and stir to dissolve the sugar and lemon juice. Add ice and whatever other ingredients you would like. You can add cherries or strawberries if you like! Every kids could make their own flavor of lemonade! Cool, fun and refreshing!
Since this worked out so great with lemons, I can't wait to try other fruits and vegetables in my juicer! I'm getting lots of strawberries, I could add that to lemonade and it would probably be the best Strawberry Lemonade ever! And lets not forget my beets!
I haven't even started to try what I can do with the fruit and vegetable pulp. I'm thinking of dehydrating it into flour? Breads and cakes? I can't wait to experiment. If you have any ideas, please let me know in the comments! I always like to try new ideas.
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!