I was told to bring a watermelon and some grapes to Mothers Day. Well that is definitely an easy task but I didn’t want to just show up with an uncut watermelon and some washed grapes. I figured no better time then the present to try my first watermelon bowl. It was surprisingly easier then I thought (the knife slid way easier then a pumpkin, not sure why I thought they would be as hard :/ .) This will be something that I do all summer long because it’s so easy, so cute and you don’t have to worry about leaving a bowl at someones house!
1 watermelon (mine was 10 1/2 lbs)
1-2 pounds grapes
Any fruit you desire: cantaloupe, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi…
pen or marker
melon scoop or ice cream scoop
Find a side of your watermelon that is flat, so the watermelon isn’t rolling around with all the fruit in it.
Draw a horizontal line, about 3/4 up the side, 1/4 from the top.
With your sharp knife cut on your line.
Scoop your watermelon out of the shelf, either with a melon scoop or ice cream scoop. Set aside.
Then draw your little points around the top and cut. You can do the same with the small top chunk that you cut off.
Now fill your bowl with your fruit.
Next time I will add more kinds of fruit. I will add a new picture with what I choose to add
My best friend brought this over and it was too delicious to not share with all of you. 2 ingredients and couldn’t be simpler or better. We dipped raspberries, oranges and kiwi but next time I’ll add apples and strawberries because it would be so tasty with those. I hope you all enjoy and bring this to your next girls get together!
1 jar marshmallow fluff
1 8oz block of cream cheese
Mix together in a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer until smooth and serve with your favorite fruit.
Homemade fruit roll-ups at home have never been simpler. Only a couple ingredients, a blender, an oven and a few hours of patience and you have a healthy snack for your little one, or in my case husband and little one. Some may say this is time consuming but you are creating a healthy alternative to store bought preservative packed fruit leather.
Some may think that fruit leather is a weird sounding name, but that is what it technically is called but if that’s the case call them fruit roll-ups. Either way you will enjoy snacking on these because they are yummy in your tummy, that is what my daughter says.
Homemade Strawberry Fruit Roll-ups (fruit leather)
This recipe for homemade fruit roll-ups is delicious and children love it. Make this healthy snack for your little one. FrenchToasty.com has lots of kid friendly snack food.
4 cups strawberries
1/4 lemon (peeled)
sugar to taste
Preheat oven to it's lowest temperature. My lowest temperature was 170 degrees F.
Throw your strawberries and lemon into a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth, you may need to add a little water. You want it thin but still sort of thick, if that makes sense. Mine only took 1-2 minutes but my blender pulverizes things.
Once smooth taste to see if you want it sweeter, I did not add any sugar, I felt the strawberries were more then sweet enough.
Line baking sheets with plastic wrap, this will shrink a bit in the oven so make sure to have a little extra around the edges.
Pour your strawberry puree onto plastic wrap. It should be thin enough to pour but thick enough to stay where it's poured. Use a spatula to spread into a thin even layer.
Bake for 6-12 hours, all oven times vary. I started mine in the evening, shut my oven off when I went to bed and then turned it back on in the morning. I would say total mine took close to 12 hours, but keep a close eye on yours to make sure it doesn't burn.
You will know it's done when it's tacky to the touch. Let it cool and then cut into strips and enjoy your healthy homemade fruit leather.
Once they are cooked and cooled I like to peel them off the plastic wrap and lay it on parchment paper. Then I will cut them into 2″ strips and roll them like fruit by the foot. It’s a fun way to pack them in your kids lunch or toss them into a mason jar on the counter for easy accessibility.
My blender filled to the brim with as many strawberries as I could fit and a wedge of lemon.
Baking in oven, I can fit 4 cookie sheets in at a time, and I recommend fitting as many as you can fit, just swap them every 2 hours for even cooking.
My daughter patiently waiting for them to bake! Don’t mind the smudges all over the oven…living with an almost 2 year old
Here is another smoothie recipe brought to you thanks to my daughter. We just back from Montana and it was a blistering 90 degrees everyday. With extreme heat I crave fruit smoothies and I’ve passed that on to my daughter. She wanted one the whole weekend but It’s a little difficult when you are camping in the middle of a field with a rented motor home…but hey that’s the beauty of being at home, all the amenities you grow a custom to, like smoothies when ever you want. I hope you enjoy this triple berry smoothie with a citrus twist, Enjoy!
Right now across the US everyone is experiencing extreme heat, so this smoothie recipe is coming in the nick of time. Drink this to help keep hydrated and cool off.
Triple Berry with Citrus Twist Smoothie
yield 1 16 oz smoothie
1/2 cup frozen raspberries, strawberries and blackberries mix
1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt
1 orange, peeled
1/2 cup ice
1 cup water
Blend all ingredients in blender until you have reached the desired consistency and enjoy!
Summer time is the perfect time to enjoy different flavors of smoothies. As I am packing for Montana my daughter is asking for a smoothie and since I need to use up all of the fruit in my kitchen before we leave I thought let try something new. This turned out to be an incredible addition to our day so I’m glad she asked for it. She loved this smoothie because it was the perfect mixture of sweet and fruity, and who doesn’t love a smoothie packed with fruit. I would love to know what your favorite fruit smoothies are because I’m always wanting to try new concoctions. Enjoy!
Purple Passion Smoothie
Yields: 2 16oz smoothies
Time: 5 minutes
1/2-1 cup frozen blueberries
a few strawberries
1 cup ice
1 cup water (you can add additional water to make smoother)
I am home from Maui and with all the fresh fruit smoothies we enjoyed there, I knew I needed to make one. It was beautiful and sunny today, so I got some frozen fruit out and blended up a creamy smoothie for my daughter and I to enjoy. I love raspberries and love yogurt, so I took a bag of frozen triple berries and blended it with my favorite Greek yogurt and this was delicious. You can substitute any of your favorite berries into this or enjoy just as I did.
Triple Berry Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen Raspberries, Strawberries and Blackberries
1/2 cup Greek honey yogurt (or plain Greek)
1/2 cup ice
1 cup water
Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth, Enjoy