Showing posts with label watermelon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label watermelon. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Watermelon Pops!

I just love watermelon, don't you? When the watermelon is so perfectly kissed by the sun, that biting into a piece makes you close your eyes and say "mmmmm". Eating watermelon always reminds me of being a kid, when we were sent outside after dinner to eat our big, juicy slices in the backyard. To clean our hands and faces, we would squirt each other with the hose. Oh, my goodness, what fun, and what great memories!!      I hope these watermelon ice pops bring wonderful  memories to your house!
Watermelon Ice Pops
(from Cooks Country Magazine)
1/2 small Seedless Watermelon
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
1 pint Lime Sherbet, softened
12-3 oz disposable cups-paper or plastic will work
12 popsicle sticks of flat sticks
Scoop and measure out 5 cups of watermelon pulp.
Puree watermelon and sugar in batches in blender...
until smooth.  
The recipe reads that you should use a mesh strainer,
but I didn't have one, so I used cheesecloth. Throw
away anything that won't go through the cheesecloth.
In small batches, I strained the watermelon pulp into a bowl.
I covered the bowl, and put it in the freezer for 2-3 hours
until it got slightly slushy, but not frozen. 
Remove the bowl from the freezer, and stir.
Remove all the slush that may be on the sides of the bowl.
Add the mini chocolate chips and stir again.
The almost frozen state of the watermelon slush
makes it easy for the chips to suspend in the slush
 and not fall to the bottom. 

Place your disposable cups in a muffin tin. on a cookie sheet.
I started with a muffin tin, but it was unstable in the freezer,
and it refused to sit flat.
I used plastic cups, and they worked great.
Spoon watermelon puree to within a 
1/2" of the top of the cups.  
Place in the freezer until puree is solid, but not rock
hard-about 1-2 hours.
Spread softened sherbet on top of the puree
in each cup. Make the sherbet come to the top of the cup, 
and smooth it with the back of your spoon.
Cover each cup with plastic. 
Cut a slit in the top of the plastic. I did this with a 
sharp knife. I also made the slit deep for the sticks.
 Insert a popsicle stick or flat stick into the pop
so that the stick almost reaches the bottom of the cup.
Freeze until solid, about 5 hours and up to 2 days.
To unmold, let the pops sit at room temperature for 
1 minute, then gently pull out from the cup.
 If you used paper cups, peel the paper away.
I had a hard time getting mine to come loose, so I ran
cold water very carefully on the cup for just a few seconds.
They came off quickly.
I hope these make you say "mmmmm"!!

Thanks for joining me today!






Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Melon Bites-This Weeks Salad!

This week I wanted something cool and refreshing for our salad, and I think I found it. I chose watermelon, cantaloupe, and honey dew.
The watermelon is a personal size melon, the cantaloupe
smelled so heavenly, I could smell it as soon as I walked
into the produce department, and the honey dew is a
golden dewlicious grown in California.
Cut the watermelon in half....
cut the end off of the half....
cut the half in half then....
cut the new piece in half, and then cut it in 
long slices.
Trim the rind off of the melon, and then cube the piece.
Cut the cantaloupe in half....
scoop out the insides and them throw away.
 Cut the cantaloupe in half, cut slices from the half,
cut the rind off of the slice, and chop the slices.
Cut the golden dewlicious in half....
scoop out the seeds, and throw them away....
cut the half in half, and then cut it in slices.
The rind was rather thick on this melon, so you will
want to cut it out, as it tastes terrible.
Cut the slices into small bites.
Put melon bites into a cup. Top with decorative skewers,
like drink umbrellas. I used straws that have decorative
island designs on top. I cut the straws down to size,
and skewered them with fruit. This enables you to eat the entire 
cup of fruit with only the straw. The straw easily punctures the fruit,
and it becomes a spoon.

Enjoy!

Thank you for joining me today!

I hope you will join me tomorrow when we
will be making our entree~
Sirloin Steak with Blue Cheese Walnut Butter.

See you then!!