Friday, June 25, 2010

Juicy Watermelon and Strawberries, OH MY!!!

Some foods just scream Summer,
even if you get them earlier in the year.
Foods like Corn on the Cob,
ANYTHING grilled,
drippy ice cream cones...
and WATERMELON


and STRAWBERRIES!!!



These juicy red fruits are so yummy!
I once was asked what food I would like if I were stranded on desert island...
I know, chocolate was a thought,
so was pizza...
but I went with watermelon...
because it even quenches thirst!:)

I mean, come on...
Who doesn't LOVE watermelon???


So, for a little watermelon love...
how about a few kid-friendly ideas?

You already know lots of recipes for these fruits
that are gorgeous AND delicious,
so how about these twists...

Fruit kabobs...

But use a star cookie cutter for the 4th of July...
how refreshing...

And Starry, Starry Watermelon...


And since we've covered the "healthy" way to eat fruit...
how about these watermelon cookies...

I saw them at the grocery store and theirs were flavored with watermelon.
I don't know about you, but I want my cookie and frosting to
LOOK like melon...
but TASTE like SUGAR!
hahahahahah
Make these by using your favorite recipe for soft sugar cookies
or the bought kind. Tint the dough green...
and the frosting red.
Top with chocolate sprinkles...
and VOILA!!!

Or, how about Watermelon cupcakes...

same thing...food coloring and chocolate chips in the batter...

...or these vanilla cupcakes and white frosting,
dipped in red sprinkles,
with green frosting piped around the edge.



Or, Watermelon cake...

how juicy good does this slice look???


Or watermelon ice cream cake...


(from Martha Stewart.com...where else?)

Then we have strawberries...
which are good plain.
or dipped in powdered sugar,
creme fraiche,
in pies...shortcake...on ice cream.

But when I was a little girl,
my Mom made us strawberries on toast for breakfast.
Seriously good!!!!
You mash the strawberries and sweeten them as you would for
strawberry shortcake...
make toast...
butter it..
and put the strawberries over it.


Maybe this is one of those things you like if you grew up with it...
like I did...
and now my girls LOVE it!
Who wouldn't love strawberry shortcake for breakfast...
except it's on toast instead.

We also LOVE Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad...

and sometimes we change it up and remove poppy seeds and add a bit of
feta cheese.
Anyway, you Slice it...
it's dee-licious!

Directions...

~one bag rinsed and trimmed spinach (or romaine)
~1 pt. sliced strawberries
~one small sweet onion, chopped
~optional..garnish with slivered almonds or candied pecan pieces
(we leave out and it is still good)
Dressing:
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. white vinegar
1/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. milk
2 tbsp. poppy seeds
(Be sure to chill the dressing before serving)

That's it for me...
I know there are fabulous recipes out there...
but I thought I would leave those to the expert cooks and bakers...
and share some kid-friendly treats...
since I have yet to grow up!:)

One more thing...
I need a blog button...
and a signature if possible.
I was going to get a whole blog makeover...
but I'm happy changing my header title and picture as I like...
so can anyone tell me how to do this?
PLEASE??????
Thank you!!!
HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!
Suzanne

3 comments:

  1. Sweet Girl!
    If you EVER want to meet someone that is a complete WATERMELON addict...well then MEET ME!!!!
    Omgoodness!
    Watermelon!
    Watermelon!
    I could eat it allll day...every day!
    And love me some watermelon with course sea salt!
    Oh yeah!
    I just adore watermelon!!!!!!
    Shhhh!
    Don't tell anyone!
    But sometime I cut a watermelon!
    Wrap half of it up with a kitchen towel...sprinkle it with sea salt...and cuddle up and watch tv eating the watermelon right out of the rind...in my lap!
    Love it!!!!!
    xoxoxoxox

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  2. Are you ready for this??? I don't like watermelon or strawberries. Yes, I know, I'm weird! I like the way they look, but not taste. I do like watermelon gum. Does that count? :)

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  3. Hahaha...
    Love the sea salt idea...and of course watermelon gum counts!!!
    So funny...

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