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Hot Water & Lemon Benefits
I’m switching things up a bit for this latest Thirsty Thursday post. Instead of sharing the usual decadent drink recipe (like the Orange Creamsicle Milkshake from a couple weeks back, or this Honey-Banana Milkshake from way way back), I thought I’d take a break and go the complete opposite direction by sharing why hot water and lemon are now part of my morning routine. The short version of the story: it’s good for you. The longer version goes something like this:

Keeping it Regular
Sorry, I went there, but this way we get the unpleasantness out of the way early. Not only is hot water great for the aforementioned reason, it helps with digestion, detoxing the body, and has been shown to break down fats. Amen to that. 

Speeds up Metabolism
On that same note, a glass of hot water and lemon in the morning helps jump start your metabolism for the rest of the day. I can use all the help I can get in that department. 

Clears Skin
Hydration is key to good, clear skin, but more than that hot water and lemon help bring down any redness or inflammation. 

Vitamin C
Likely the most obvious of the citrus water’s benefits, but it’s not to be overlooked. Vitamin C does good things for your immune system, so do what you can to get your fill. 

Easy as Can Be
This last reason is perhaps the most crucial. Good habits can be hard to pick up, so when an easy one comes along, I feel like I have no choice but to adopt it. Hot water and lemon is about as easy as it gets. Get the kettle going as soon as you wake up, get your hot water from the break room at work, and use juice from a real lemon slice or a bottle. Mix it all up, let it cool a bit before gulping it down, and you’re done.

As you can see, there are quite a few reasons why I now swear by this stuff every morning. After reading this, I hope you’ll consider doing the same, swapping your first-thing-in-the-morning cup of coffee for some best-thing hot water and lemon. Cheers, friends!

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German Radler - Beer and Lemon Soda
The Germany life lessons didn’t end with World War II or the Berlin Wall, the learning applied to beer-drinking too! 

As you know, I’m not a fan of alcohol, so when I learned that Germans, major beer brewers, like to mix theirs with lemon soda in a drink they call a Radler, I knew life would never be the same. Sure, I still don’t love beer, but I now have a much more palatable beer option for the rare moments where drinking the stuff is unavoidable, and I have to say it’s pretty good. The easy recipe for beer lovers and tolerators alike is after the jump. Prost! That’s “cheers” in German.

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Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes

It’s looking more and more like fall around here as I anxiously await four separate shipments of sweaters. I love everything about this time of year, but have felt a little conflicted after enjoying last weekend’s 90-degree weather so much. 

That inner turmoil is the reason behind my sharing this unmistakably summer recipe for today’s throwback* post.

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Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies | Fortune Goodies

After sort of complaining about how difficult it was to make these sugar cookies with royal icing yesterday, I thought I’d share these more traditional drop sugar cookies for this week’s throwback.* Traditional with a twist. Lemon twist.

Give these a try if you like your cookies zesty, soft and easy. Recipe after the jump. 

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Lemon Supreme Pie

This past weekend was a particularly difficult one. Time that I would have liked to spend at the pool and in the kitchen were spent sitting at a desk working on a never-ending class project for my upcoming trip to China. As always, I went into the weekend full of ambition thinking I could do it all. Hours and hours of homework? No problem! Baking for the blog too? You bet! Man, was I wrong. 

Something had to give and this time the homework beat out the baking. So to make up for it I’m leaving you with this delicious recipe from the vault*: lemon supreme pie.

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Lemon Coconut Cupcake

What? How can you not like lemon? What do you have against coconut? 

I was so full of questions when one too many coworkers turned down these lemon-coconut confections last Friday. I couldn’t comprehend how the same people who literally run at the first sight of sub-par leftover catering, could say no to free dessert made by theirs truly. Lemon, cream cheese frosting and shredded coconut, what’s not to like? I never got a satisfying answer.

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