A Cool Summer Treat (or use that extra watermelon)

9 Aug

My parents came up last weekend for a baby shower, which was awesome. While all the ladies (me, my sister Rachel, my mom, and my grammy) all enjoyed the fun at the shower, my dad painted the guest/baby bathroom. Valiant of him, no?

Well, confession time… we didn’t come straight home from the shower. We passed the farmer’s market, and my mom had this look on her face that said “oh! the farmer’s market! please someone else say that they want to go to the farmer’s market! i want peaches and tomatoes and blueberries and squash and zucchini! i want to go to the farmer’s market!”

So naturally, I said, “Hey, anyone want to go to the farmer’s market?”

And so we did. And in addition to the peaches, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, etc., we also came home with a large watermelon.

And then my family left (after some car drama – transmission died in the driveway. awesome.), leaving behind a giant watermelon in my kitchen. So I started looking for recipes for watermelon things, because as I am the only one who eats fruit in this house (hoping that baby girl will change that eventually), I could not possibly down an entire watermelon myself. And I found this. It looked heavenly, considering my current and constant desire for all things frozen and fruity and just generally cold, so I tried it.

Watermelon Cooler Slushy

* 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
* 10 ice cubes
* 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
* 1/4 cup white sugar
* 1/8 teaspoon salt

Seriously, the easiest thing ever. Just stick it all in the blender and blend it up. And it’s amazing. It definitely makes enough for at least 2 slushies, so make sure you have something to do with the rest. I had to toss mine, because it didn’t look like it would keep well as a slushy.

If you are a genius, like my friend Heather though, you would think to put it into a popsicle machine or molds or an ice tray and freeze it to eat later… or even just to cool off a fun fruity drink.

Also, if you’re not pregnant and can enjoy adult beverages without feeling guilty about it, you could add in something like citrus vodka or ooh even vanilla vodka and enjoy it at a great hot summer day’s cookout or something. Yum.

So anyway, you should just try it. I promise it’s delicious!

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