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5.30.2017

How to Cut A Watermelon...Easily

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

Normally after a long weekend I would be sharing all of our weekending details with you - and believe me, ours was busy, busy, busy! However, today's post discusses a wonderful strategy that is sure to be useful during the upcoming months.

One thing I love about summer is the wide variety of fruits and vegetables available in the grocery stores, farmer's markets, and sometimes in our own backyard. Summer eating can be so easy and simple, yet healthy at the same time.

One of my favorite things to do when the weather is nice is to host or attend a BBQ with friends. I love socializing over a crisp cocktail while trying different dishes that were lovingly prepared (or bought - I've been there too). Sometimes life gets in the way and you find yourself scrambling to bring something yummy that doesn't require a million ingredients or take hours of your time.

When I find myself in a situation described as above, I have the perfect solution - cut up a watermelon!


Watermelon is a healthy snack, perfect for those with specific eating requirements, it's sweet enough for kiddos to devour, and to me it just screams "SUMMER!" Add it to a salad or use it to inspire an adult beverage - the possibilities are practically endless.

In the past I've always stayed away from this fruit because I am HORRIBLE with a knife and felt that I was wasting so much of the melon whenever I attempted to cut one up. That changed when I learned to carve the flesh in a grid like pattern....and for some reason that reminded me of Dexter. Yikes.



Take your watermelon and use a knife to cut horizontal and vertical rows across the flesh. The more "lines" you slice, the smaller the pieces will be. Be sure to cut all the way through until you hit the rind.



Once your melon has been cut, simply pull the pieces out. As you get closer to the rind, you may need to slice them off if you did not cut all the way down.



This method is so easy and eliminates the hassle of eliminating the rind. It's also a relatively clean process - the juice sits in the melon and doesn't leak over your counters, floors, children....

I do not have a melon baller so I have no idea if this is a quicker process, but assume that it is. If you do not have a melon baller or have a fear of knives, use an ice cream scoop to carve that melon up!

Once all the pieces have been plucked, enjoy a piece (or five) for yourself.



If you choose to douse a few with vodka or tequila and store them in the freezer for a rainy day, I won't tell as long as you invite me over! Haha.

Have you tried this a different way? Do tell. E has been wanting to "cook" with me lately and I love that this is something we can do together.

Cheers to a short work week!


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5.22.2017

Weekending: It's Been a While

Hi!

Remember me?

I was the blogger who took a lovely three week hiatus from my little blog and left my MILLION (okay, at most like four) readers high and dry without any explanation. Oops...

Please accept my dearest apologies - the week of my last post was chaotic professionally and personally as I scrambled about trying to check off the neverending to-do list in preparation of our family trip. However, as I caught up on my favorite blogs I realized that many of you also took a break from the blogging world so I am glad I wasn't alone!

The next week was spent in full relaxation mode as my entire family bonded in Charleston, South Carolina.


You know how some people say they need a vacation? I never realized how badly I needed time away from work until we came home from our trip. It was amazing how much more rejuvenated and relaxed I was upon our return.

I truly have no excuse for last week except that I didn't want to just throw something at you so I decided to hold off until more thought could be put into my posts. I had high hopes of getting ahead of my blog schedule while on vacation, but aside from a few Instagram posts here and there, I boycotted the majority of technology. And, here we are.

Easing back into the swing of reality was more of an annoyance than anything...I kept making the comment that I was still mellow from my vacation to which my boss replied, "I was wondering what was going on. You've hardly talked since you've been back." Ha ha.

I rolled out of work on Friday and headed to pickup E from school. It turned into what is now dubbed "M&M" night (movies and mom) as J was venturing out to test his car at the dragstrip. E and I watered the garden, chowed down on leftover pizza and changed into our jammies. Moana was the chosen feature and we almost finished it before bedtime. J still wasn't home so I took full advantage of the alone time and caught up on Real Housewives of NY and the season finale of Grey's Anatomy. Grey's was nothing short of an anxiety filled hour - it was so good and reminded me of how suspenseful it was back in the day. I was also able to check in with one of my besties, which was long overdue.

I woke up on Saturday morning and headed out to join my run group since I had missed the first three meetings as we were out of town.


It's a good thing I dragged myself out of bed since I was one of two that showed! Regardless, I completed a rough two miles and hope to handle a three mile run in the next month or so.

I stopped by Starbucks and headed to meet J & E at Michaels. Have any of y'all tried their classes? I recently read about a Michaels birthday party on Smidge of This and decided to register E for a few of their kid classes.

At $2 per class I decided to give it a whirl and I am so glad that we did! The cost covered all the materials, a teacher who leads the craft, and it's in a classroom so there is no mess to clean up at your home.

I repeat, no mess at your house!

This week's craft was creating a terrarium so E was able to paint, mold, color, cut, and tape.



After our project was completed, she and I headed to a new after hours pediatrician at the urging of my mother. This past week, E had shown a couple of symptoms (lack of appetite, an accident in her sleep, and falling asleep in the car) that she previously displayed before being diagnosed with strep. Her T&A surgery had been done more than a month prior, but my mother suggested we go just to make sure she was okay.


Unfortunately, the test was positive and I literally felt like I had been punched in the gut.

She was placed on a stronger antibiotic and I will follow up with our pediatrician in a couple of weeks. We are also asking those around us to be tested for confirmation that they are or are not a carrier. Hopefully, someone is and it can be treated accordingly.

Following this news, the rest of our weekend was spent at the house watching lot of Moana, Sophia the First, and some weird pug show on Disney Junior. J and her were BFF on Sunday so I spent most of the day upstairs sorting laundry and catching up on blog things. This provided a ton of time for more TV watching so I could finally cross of Scandal, Blacklist and The Originals as well.

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend/last three weeks, ha ha, and that you all have a great upcoming week!


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