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Summer Drink

27 Jul


It’s that time of the year…when fruit languishes in the fridge, growing sad and lonely as it’s forgotten in the midst of summer activities. This recipe is here to help. It’s nothing crazy, just a mix of things I happened to have on hand when I was getting ready to go to the beach and wanted something sweet to drink. You can try a similar technique with pretty much any fruit–I just chose watermelon because it was super juicy and was on its way to the great fruit clouds in the sky.

Summer Drink
Serves 4-6

• A quarter of a small watermelon (roughly 4-5 cups of watermelon)
• 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
• Juice from two limes
• Mint leaves (to taste)
• 2 cups Sparkling Water (optional)

Scoop out chunks of the watermelon in to a pitcher. Add the ginger and the lime juice, and use an immersion blender to get everything nice and smooth (note: If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can blend the watermelon in batches in a regular blender, pour into a pitcher, and then add the ginger/lime juice). Add the mint leaves, stir well, and pour in two cups of sparkling water. Or lemonade, or whatever else you’d like!

If you want to get really fancy, you can serve with a mint sprig for garnish (and a slice of lime). Or, you can do what I did and pour it in your water bottle and enjoy al fresco, at the beach!


Real Food Wednesdays

Watermelon, Basil and Feta Summer Salad

8 Sep

We had a big Labor Day lunch with some friends, and my contribution was a watermelon. Always an easy fix for a last-minute lunch, especially during summer holidays. I had quite a bit left over that night, and I wanted something light for dinner (since we’d feasted on all kinds of hamburgers and ribs at lunch).

I went outside to water my overgrown basil plant and remembered a quick three-ingredient recipe I had read in Real Simple magazine a few months ago: watermelon, basil, and feta salad.

It took me about five minutes to make (including cutting up the leftover hunk of watermelon) and it was the perfect thing for a small, simple dinner.

simple and easy

Watermelon, Basil and Feta Summer Salad

Drizzle cut up watermelon with extra-virgin olive oil. Top with crumbled feta and sprinkle with torn basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper.

That’s it.

Although it is best to enjoy each bite while savoring the last bits of summer. So try to eat it outdoors, with your feet up, and a tall glass of something cool.

Real Food Wednesdays

Day Five – The August Break

6 Aug

At Community Dinner last night enjoying lots of delicious summer salads with friends.

No Friday Faves today–I’m taking full advantage of this first week of The August Break (since I’ve been super busy). Look for them next Friday. Happy Weekend to you!

Here Comes the Summer

2 Jun

Memorial Day Grilling

We had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend­, filled with friends, cookouts, the beach and lots of fun birthday activities for me on Saturday. It definitely feels like “the end of the year” the way it used to when I was in college—so many fun summer things to do bundled with friends visiting, flip flops and that slightly sun burnt feeling. The biggest reason, though, is that this is my last week at my current job. Our art department was cut earlier this month and Friday will be my last day.

Thankfully, I’ll be heading to a wonderful new job on Monday as a Web Designer / Front-End Developer at Wingard Creative. I’m really excited about it and it’s sure to bring lots of new experiences. It is located directly in historic 5 Points in Jacksonville, where I’ll be working just across the street from antique stores, quaint boutiques, a classic theater and some incredible restaurants.

One of the things I love about Wingard Creative is the focus they have on Jacksonville and local businesses. Developing and improving the local community is a big priority for them and it’s something I’ve always been passionate about. They have very diverse clients and I’m thrilled to be working with them.

Shaved Ice

So in the next few days, I’ll be packing up my cube, filling out lots of paper work, and getting ready for change. My blog posts may be a bit sparser in the coming weeks as I get settled in, but I will try to post when I can. I know I’ll be doing a lot of exploring this summer and have quite a few projects and recipe plans up my sleeve. Not to mention plans for many, many more cups of shaved ice!

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