“Pitcher This” as a Thank You Idea

While snapping pictures for another post, my cute neighbor, Sarah was working on a thank you gift for a woman who had helped her with a girl’s camp. She gave us a “Yoo hoo” and handed it over the fence. Ahhh! Pre-made post, no waiting. Thank you, Sarah and check back with me in a few weeks please. (I’ll be waiting by the fence with my arms open).

Maybe every month or so we should write an idea for a “thank you”.  It seems I’m always in someone’s debt and a good thank you idea is never a bad idea.

This darling “thank you” is a pitcher full of fresh lemons, a wooden spoon, a cute dish towel and a recipe for homemade lemonade.  Who could resist? I’m puckering.

       Homemade Lemonade:

  • 1 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice

In a small sauce pan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar.  Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate till chilled. Remove seeds from lemon juice but leave pulp.  In pitcher stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and the remaining 7 cups of water.




Dr. Oz’s Wrinkle-Fighting Smoothie



When I went to get a physical a few months ago, my Doctors, (yes, there were two) asked who my primary care physician was.  I told them Dr. Oz.  They both laughed, but I wasn’t kidding.  I refer to Dr. Oz for many health remedies. Not only is he a doctor of modern medicine, but most of his remedies are homeopathic.  Actually, most of his remedies are something you should be eating, not taking.  He wants people to truly be healthy and that includes happy.  What other Dr. tells you how to trim belly fat, reduce wrinkles and how to boost your metabolism?   I love Dr. Oz!  Every touchy, feely inch of him!   This recipe of Dr. Oz’s is a Wrinkle-Fighting Smoothie.  This smoothie tastes great and is all natural, and unlike many skin moisturizers, is Paraben free!  Click here to educate yourself on parabens and why you should avoid them.



Makes 2 servings

1 cup non-fat or low-fat chocolate milk

1/4 cup unsweetened green tea (I used naturally decaffeinated)

1 1/2 cups frozen mixed raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries



Pour chocolate milk, green tea and mixed berries into blender and blend until smoothie has reached desired consistency.

Pour smoothie into glass and serve cold.


Nutrition Facts

135 calories per serving

6 g protein

Courtesy of Sari Greaves, RD.


Kale Green Smoothie

Why is there a picture of my sweet girl drinking this smoothie?  Because if my little girl can drink it, you can too!  There are plenty of green smoothies recipes on the internet, but most of them use spinach.  I prefer kale.  After reading Anti Cancer A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, I promised myself that I would incorporate kale into my families meals.  According to the research done in this book, kale inhibits the cell growth in certain cancers.  Yes, you read that correctly.  It inhibits cancer cell growth.


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Kale was in the top 10 foods for colon, brain, lung, prostate and breast cancer.  And keep in mind you are eating it raw so no nutrients are being “cooked” away.

1 small bunch of kale (I used about 1/3 of the pre bundled shown)

1 banana

1 small apple (can substitute 1 cup red grapes)

1/2 to 1 cup greek plain yogurt

1 scoop whey protein (any flavor will do)

1 cup ice

Trim thick ends of kale so it’s not bitter, blend all ingredients in Vitamix or blender.  Enjoy.

Dr. Oz’s Tangerine “Weight-Orade” Recipe with a Lemon Twist

Dr. Oz's Tangerine Weight-Orade Ingredients

Dr. Oz’s Tangerine Weight-Orade Ingredients


I know that green tea has health benefits, but I don’t enjoy the flavor of it.  I have been drinking green tea for nearly 7 years now.  Here is how I get it done.  Ready?  I add green tea to my herbal tea. Tough, huh?  Dr. Oz has a  powerful metabolism-boosting drink, called Weight-Orade.  I have twisted the recipe, to my liking, by adding herbal tea and lemon. You can use any herbal tea you desire.  I love Celestial Seasoning’s Berry Zinger, but today I’m going with Lemon Zinger.  Per Dr. Oz’s website, green tea is shown to boost metabolism 12% by drinking just one cup.  The tangerine with a chemical composition that increases sensitivity to insulin and stimulates genes that help to BURN FAT.  The mint is a calorie-free flavor enhancer.  I have added the herbal tea and per The New Sonoma Diet to maximize the health benefits of citrus by pairing it with other nutrient rich ingredients.  For example adding lemon juice to green tea increases the staying power of the tea’s antioxidants and makes them even more available for the body to absorb.  So here we go on my caffeine free version.

In a large pitcher, combine:

Stir this delicious concoction up at night so all the flavors fuse together. Drink 1 pitcher daily for maximum metabolism-boosting results.  I use just two drops of Stevia to sweeten the flavor.

Dr. Oz's Tangerine Weight-Orade

Dr. Oz’s Tangerine Weight-Orade