Fresh Lemon Ideas from the Kitchen

Fresh Lemon Ideas from the Kitchen…last year I shared a Mint Lemonade recipe (if you can call it that…it was three ingredients!) that everyone seemed to like. It’s thirst-quenching and has almost zero calories. Not too long ago I picked up some strawberry sparkling water thinking I would love it…but I didn’t really. A little too sweet and it left sort of a nasty after taste. I had a carton of Minute Maid Light Lemonade so I decided to add it to the strawberry sparkling water. 

Oh my goodness. 

It is so wonderful and if you add a few mint leaves it is downright delicious. 

Fresh Lemon Ideas from the Kitchen | Ways to use fresh lemons in recipes, flower arrangements and even a sugar scrub! Includes links to all the sources.

Fresh Lemon Ideas

Just combine equal parts (or as close as you can get) of strawberry sparkling water and Minute Maid Light Lemonade. If you make it in a big pitcher, you can add lemon slices and fresh, sliced strawberries…plus that mint I was talking about. It is such a welcome change from plain water…and it puts quite a dent in the fresh mint growing on my deck. 

Lemons and Flowers

While you are slicing your lemons, set a few aside to make this fresh lemon and garden flower arrangement.

diy lemon flower arrangement on table

Combine your fresh garden flowers with over-flowing herbs to make a one-of-a-kind arrangement. 

Lemon Desserts

Now on to some yummy dessert recipes. A couple of years ago I gathered up all the lemon recipes that were on my blog at the time. You can find that post here: Easy Lemon Desserts

Since then, I have added more and you can find them by clicking the images below. I would like to tell you which one is my favorite but it’s incredibly hard to pick. I actually have two faves. They are the Lavender Lemon Bread and Lemon Shortbread Cookies. When I make the cookies I have to give at least half of them away or I will eat every single one myself. They just melt in your mouth. 


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Favorite Lemon Zester

I looked high and low for a lemon zester that would grate the lemon peel very finely. There is nothing worse than taking a bite of a cookie and getting a bitter chunk of rind. I finally purchased one from Pampered Chef and it does a beautiful job. If you are interested, HERE is the link. (No…it’s not an affiliate link. I just love the product so thought I would share.)

So that’s it for fresh lemon ideas…at least for now. I hope you found something you liked. Thank you for visiting with me today…I truly value your time and know I am blessed that you chose to stop by!


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  1. Judy Bogié says:

    Oooohhhh, Ann! I LOVE this Lemon post, a fave! Thank you sooooo much!

  2. Love all the lemon ideas! Great post!

  3. I’ve a sucker for anything lemon. I used to eat the old fashioned lemon drops with my dad when I was young. I can’t wait to try the lemonade recipe!

  4. EllieandElizabeth says:

    I absolutely love anything lemon!! The shortbread bars are my next recipe to try. Everything sounds fab! Thanks for sharing!

  5. The lemonade Ice Box Cake looks delicious. I have made several of this type of recipe (including your strawberry recipe and also a clocolate eclair I found recently) but they don’t cut well. The filling does not cut smoothly and collapses when cut and the gaham crackers break while cutting. I’m not sure why yours cuts like a cake. Would you share how you cut yours please!

    1. I use a very sharp, large knife. Usually my chef’s knife. It really helps to run the knife blade under very hot water before you make a pass. Just set your cake pan by the sink and leave the hot water run while you are slicing. (Dry the knife before you cut.) I just made another ice box cake that I will be sharing soon and this trick worked like a charm. Hope this helps!

  6. Lynda Wise says:

    Good morning Miss Ann. I always enjoy the beauty and gentle spirit of your posts.

    I am just curious….when you use mint in food or drinks, is it spearmint or peppermint? Some friends and I were casually discussing it and didn’t arrive at any conclusion. I was surprised to see that one person said there was no difference in mint. It certainly not as important in this world as the many other things our world needs the Lord’s help with. I would appreciate your take on it.

    Be well,
    Lynda Wise

    1. This year I have spearmint because when I shopped for herbs it’s all I could find. I have planted peppermint in years past and the honest truth is that I can’t tell the difference! That’s probably not much help though. :) Maybe next year I will plant a few different varieties and see what happens.

  7. I love anything lemon flavored – everything looks so refreshing on these hot, muggy days!
    Heading out to buy a mint plant to add to my collection of potted herbs….
    And I have a question about printables that are on a black background- maybe everyone knows this but me- do you use black printer paper so that a lot of black ink isn’t used up? Thank you for sharing the print included in the mint lemonade post- can’t wait to try it!

    1. Even if you use black paper to print the chalkboard printables you will still print the black background. I hope that makes sense. The chalkboard background is on the printable so it will transfer no matter what color paper you use. It doesn’t use as much ink as you would think. Hope this helps!

      1. Ann, when I have any printables with the black chalkboard background I download to a thumb drive and take to Office Max or Office Depot, someplace that can run the copies and it is very reasonable and can be adjusted to any size and saves the home printer ink. Some of the ink or toner cartridges are spendy. Some of your readers might like that idea.

  8. I was just going to ask what the sweetener was in the “Light” lemonade. I am in favor of just a little bit of sugar rather than artificial sweeteners…. This does sound like a good combinations for favors though.