Watermelon & Cheese Snacks

Here is an easy appetizer or mid-day snack for Watermelon Day. Cut  some watermelon into cubes. Then take whatever mild cheese you have and cut into cubes also. I used Swiss cheese but Baby Bel or Monterey Jack would also work. The next choice is what type of skewers to use. You can use the long bamboo or metal skewers. I used some small cocktail sword skewers for small bite size snacks.You will notice that I placed some extra watermelon cubes in the center of my plate since I had some extra watermelon cut.

Eat Your Jello Day

 

For today I have made watermelon jello. Pretty easy to do. Mac thought I should be making jello shots.  HaHa   ;-p  Take some watermelon chunks and put in a blender. You will need 1 cup of pureed watermelon for each envelope (¼ of an ounce) unflavored gelatin.

 

 

 

Pour watermelon juice into saucepan and heat up. When it is at the point of boiling, pour in gelatin. Stir until gelatin has dissolved.

 

 

Place in a serving dish and refrigerate until set.

 

I served with some whipped cream and a piece of fresh watermelon. Very yummy!

NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY

I really enjoy watermelon so today is a great day.  I actually have a quarter of a watermelon in my fridge today.  I will cut it up and take it with us when we get in our truck for a snack.
Here is a recipe for a Watermelon Slushie that serves 6.  Hope you enjoy!

watermelon slushie

 

2 c. seedless watermelon, cubed (add’l for garnish)
1/3 c. light Agave Nectar
¼ c. lemon juice
2 c. fresh strawberries, quartered (add’l for garnish
3-4 c. ice cubes

 

In a blender, add watermelon, agave nectar & lemon juice. Cover and process on high speed for one minute. Add strawberries and process on high for an additional minute. Add ice cubes, one at a time, processing on high for 1 to 2 minutes after each addition of ice, until ice mix is completely chopped and drink is slushy. Garnish with watermelon and strawberry slices. Serve immediately.

NOTE: You can add 2 cups of rum to give this drink a kick. Before adding the ice, pour half of the watermelon & strawberry mixture into a pitcher. Add 1 cup of rum to blender then follow instructions to add ice. When this batch is done, repeat and make the second half.

 

 

watermelon face*  Watermelon is the perfect fruit to enjoy on August 3rd.  It is also National Watermelon Day. Enjoyed by many, it is a favorite at summertime events such as picnics and fairs.  Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp). Pepos are derived from an inferior ovary and are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white).

The fruit was likely first cultivated for its ability to hold plentiful water in a desert landscape, especially since the wild melon was bitter or tasteless.  Seeds and art found in tombs of Pharaohs are substantial evidence of the watermelon’s value. Cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today.

Watermelons can grow enormous, and you will find competitions across the country which award prizes each year for the largest one.  The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

 

 

*   http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-watermelon-day-august-3/

Memorial Day Food

Yesterday I told you we would be having hot dogs with toppings, Blue Cheese Burgers and Watermelon Salad.  This is what our plates looked like when we got ready to eat:

Memorial Day 2016 (2)

 

Here is the recipe for the Watermelon Salad:

Watermelon Salad (1)3 c. 3/4” cubed watermelon
½ c. sliced sweet cherries
1 tsp. Grated lemon rind
1 Tbsp. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Chopped fresh mint
2 Tbsp. Light oil
2 tsp. Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Honey
2-3 Tbsp. Crumbled feta cheese

Watermelon Salad with Feta

 

Add watermelon, cherries, lemon rind, sugar and mint to a bowl. Toss! Chill 2 hours. Drain.

Blend oil, vinegar and honey together. Spoon dressing over top of watermelon mixture. Garnish with feta.

Memorial Day

Today we will be having hot dogs with special toppings, blue cheese burgers, watermelon salad and pineapple with bacon and pork shoulder. What will you be having?

Memorial dayMemorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

What Do People Do?

It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half staff from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is combined with Jefferson Davis’ Birthday in Mississippi.

Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. This day is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season for cultural events. For the fashion conscious, it is seen as acceptable to wear white clothing, particularly shoes from Memorial Day until Labor Day. However, fewer and fewer people follow this rule and many wear white clothing throughout the year.

Public Life

Memorial Day is a federal holiday. All non-essential Government offices are closed, as are schools, businesses and other organizations. Most public transit systems do not run on their regular schedule. Many people see Memorial Day weekend as an opportunity to go on a short vacation or visit family or friends. This can cause some congestion on highways and at airports.

Background

Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date.

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/memorial-day