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Local Lovelies: Persimmons

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Second only to peaches, persimmons are my favorite local fruit.  Find them at farm stands or CSA boxes in the fall.

local texas persimmon greenling.comLittle Sister devoured more than her allotment!  Big Brother was on the fence but liked the few slices he tried.  You can taste the sunshine in these orbs, slightly sweet with a hint of diluted apricot.  I’ll be hunting for persimmon trees (if I can manage to keep it alive long enough to bear fruit!).

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My father has always told me to get my vitamins by eating the rainbow.  The most colorful foods (naturally occurring that is) are the best ones to eat.  And don’t forget dark leafies!

A plate of fresh fruit is a common occurrence around here.  The little ones peck at the mounds of their favorites all morning.  This gives me time to write my blog, watch some FN, or read a book!

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Since reading more about High Fructose Cornsyrup, I’ve slowed down consumption of pop.  A health-conscience choice to treat my body with more natural foods and less chemicals and altered ingredients.  If I buy juice boxes for lunches and excursions for the kids, I’m looking at the ingredient list searching for those with no HFC and 100% fruit or vegetable juice.  Manufacturers are listening to consumers, or rather watching what smart consumers, um well, consume.

I know IZZE has been around for a while (2002), but I just noticed the box at Costco today.  It reminded me of Koala sparkling juices from my childhood, the best thing since homemade root beer.  I can’t find Koala drinks down here.  After careful inspection, no HFC, I took a case home.  The kids loved it, and the cans are small (8.4 fl oz) so it’s a nice little treat.  The treat was really for me and my nostalgia.

While trying to take this picture, little hands were just out of view.  It’s hard to keep these guys a secret for long.   “These are for Mommy!”.  They know I will share no matter how much I protest.

Sigh.  Yes, I am a sucker for bright shiny packaging.  However, if you have a look at IZZE.com to see what the company is doing, you will feel even better than having a craving fix for sweet fizz.  IZZE is partnered with Global Education Fund sending children to school who could otherwise not afford to.  I think this is just fantastic!

What products have you found and love who partner up with charity?

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1/2 cantaloupe melon, peeled and seeded

1/2 pineapple, peeled and cored

1 cup diced papaya

couple scoops orange sherbet

Blend the fruit until smooth.  Add sherbet and pulse until incorporated.  Serve immediately and chill remaining smoothie until ready to devour.

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This should be something served at those ritzy spas while you receive a manipedi.  Simply blend and strain to catch the thick pulp and chunks of seed from the melon.

2 cups seedless watermelon, diced

1/2 cucumber, peeled and seeded

1 tsp minced ginger root

juice of 1 lime

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