7 ways to rock out with watermelon (Six toddler friendly. One very adult friendly)

I was relieved to discover that seedless watermelon is a natural variety, not a GMO DNA BLA BLA BLA concoction. Even the square ones are just innocently grown in… squares…!

You just can’t hate watermelon. It can star in a cocktail, complete a BBQ, refresh a cold soup, cure a hangover, make a pretty awesome popsicle, and summer-up a salad.

1. Sculpt it. Kid friendly, right? Party idea for sure. 

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watermelon sculpture

This idea and many others, plus recipes, are from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. (who knew?)

2. Watermelon pops.

Watermelon Pops
Watermelon Pops

(Recipe from Martha Stewart)

3. Blend it into juice. (It’s addictive. So good) It also happens to be an amazing hangover cure.

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4. Cocktail.

Jason (hubbie/bartender/co-chef) says: Blend watermelon, dash of cayenne, and gin with club soda or sprite, a dash of lime and some agave… Add ice, garnish with mint and citrus. Oh yeah. Yes please. Okay.

Watermelon cocktail
Watermelon cocktail. I want one.

5. Watermelon gazpacho.

Watermelon Gazpacho


We had a spicy gazpacho like this at an amazing resort called La Samanna in St. Maarten and it was divine. If you’re thinking of a family friendly version, you could still try this Martha Stewart one, and potentially blend it, but leave out the jalapeno.

6. Watermelon, feta, and mint salad. This is one of my favorites ever. Delish!

Watermelon-Salad(Recipe from POPSUGAR MOMS)

7. Slice it up and eat it!

Watermelon

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Eat Local this summer: beginning with asparagus and strawberries

It’s almost asparagus and strawberry time in Ontario, the beginning of *hopefully* a long and prosperous growing season. My cousins run an incredible Organic farm and it’s amazing to be so close to the hard, hard work that goes into their CSA and production every year.

It’s given me a passion for eating locally, of course.

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The strawberry & asparagus festival in Toronto is June 2nd, 2013. 

Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of what’s in season when, because you really can’t tell the difference from going to the supermarket. So I’m here to remind you that May is Asparagus season in Ontario! (Why am I so excited about this??), followed closely be Strawberries in June!!!!

I can’t wait to take RZ to pick Organic fruits and vegetables! She’s been fascinated with the outdoors since birth, and LOVES plants, trees, and….food.

& also….

… the Asparagus and Strawberry Festival!

Date: June 2, 2010
Venue: Cedarvale Park – Children
Address: 433 Arlington Ave, Toronto, Ontario,M6C 3A2, Canada