Little Things Make A Big Difference – Little Things, Big Stuff

by Sherry Riter in Lessons of Life,Self-Development  

I always enjoy putting fresh, peeled and cut organic fruit in bite-sized pieces into a mason jar. Not only does the mason jar serve the purpose of holding a large serving of fruit, but it is also a pretty presentation of all the colors and fruit textures. All the fruit wouldn’t stay looking great and would turn brown quite quickly if it weren’t for one little thing.

Can you guess what that little thing might be?

ball jar mason jar fruit filled

Lemon juice.

Yep. A little bit of lemon juice poured over the fruit in the mason jar prevents fruits such as nectarines, peaches, pears and apples from turning brown on the cut edges.

Lemon juice is effective against browning because the pH is in the proper range to halt the process. An enzyme called polyphenol oxidase is released from the cells of the cut fruit and when it reacts with the oxygen in the air, the fruit browns.

It only takes a small amount of lemon juice to put a very thin layer on all the cut edges of the fruit in the mason jar.

lemon juice fruit in mason jar

Little things make a big difference in:

cut fruit



The lemon juice of marital relationships include things like saying, “thank you” or “you’re welcome” at appropriate times.

Even more than that, it is thinking of the person when they aren’t around and doing things for them without being asked.

With other relationships, little things make a big difference too. Unselfishness lies behind doing things for those people we love and care about. Unselfish giving of our time, talent and effort makes a relationship grow stronger and weather storms.

Obviously little things make a big difference because little things are actually big stuff.

fruit in ball jar

Relationships are powerful unions.

People who care about you provide a safe place to fall during the hard times and welcoming smiles to celebrate our successes. Finding people that are of like mind is the real challenge, but once you do, the relationship is the sweetness of life.

Recognizing the little things as big stuff, makes your relationships more successful. It’s like putting cherries on top of ice cream or fresh fruit.

Life is a little sweeter with cherries on top.

cherries fruit in mason jar

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Joan August 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

Agreed! “Life is a little sweeter with cherries on top” but as my aunt has always said, “When you have a lemon make lemonade.” Loved your pictures! They sure were pretty. I’m going to have to get some mason jars and fill them up with fruit. Of course, I won’t forget to add the lemon juice. Little things do make a big difference. 😉


2 Sherry Riter August 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I love my mason jars. Not only do they hold as much as I usually need, but they have lids that don’t leak. The side benefit is that they make whatever is inside look really pretty or delicious or both. 😀


3 Joan August 21, 2013 at 11:42 am

Was that a wink I made instead of a smile? I must know something! 😉


4 Sherry Riter August 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

What do you know?


5 Joan August 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

I know nothing, nothing, nothing! Wild horses cannot drag it out of me what I know! 😉


6 Sherry Riter August 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

You’re winking about a mason jar? Do you know mason? LOL


7 Joan August 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

😉 😉 😉 😉 😉


8 Joan August 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

Okay, seriously now, I’ll tell you why I’m winking. I woke up with an eyelash stuck in my eye and I haven’t been able to get it out. Honestly, honestly, honestly that’s why I’m winking! 😉


9 Sherry Riter August 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Seriously, Mom woke up with a piece of her contact in her eye and had to go to the eye doc today so he could get it out. I’m not sure if it scratched her eye, but I always wonder how she does this wacky stuff with her contacts. Is it really THAT hard to keep a contact in one piece?


10 Joan August 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

So, tell me, do you have a sure fire method for getting an eyelash out of your eye? And don’t tell me to use a little lemon juice! 🙂


11 Sherry Riter August 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Ouch! No lemon juice! Do you have an eyewash? I always keep one on hand, but now that I think about it, we used the last one so I need to go buy another one. Anyway, they work great!


12 Joan August 21, 2013 at 11:51 am

Ohhh, I got the eyelash out! Did you notice I am smiling again? 🙂


13 Sherry Riter August 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

You goof! I should have read your last comments first! LOL


14 Joan August 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

Don’t even bother to reply to my comments. I already know what you’re going to say. “LOL LOL LOL. You’re so silly.” Isn’t that what you were going to say? 🙂


15 Sherry Riter August 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

LOL As a matter of fact, I didn’t LOL as much I usually do. 😛


16 Joan August 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

OMG, I shock myself! I’ve made nine comments and said nothing! See, I told you wild horses couldn’t drag it out of me. 😉


17 Sherry Riter August 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

You can say that again…

but don’t. LOL 😀


18 Philip Bond August 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

All the fruits in my breakfast, yum.


19 Sherry Riter August 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm

🙂 I love, love, love fruit! 😀


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