Refreshing Watermelon juice

Summer brings many things to Texas. Scorching hot days, tubing down a river, hurricanes, ripe Fredericksburg peaches, and sweet, crisp watermelon. To me, watermelon is the fruit of summer. I have strong memories of eating ice cold watermelon after a long day of swimming and playing. There isn’t any other fruit like it. Sweet, crisp and refreshing. I was given a few watermelons from a friend and decided to try something new with them.  I immediately thought of a drink you can get from the snack shack at Zilker Park here in Austin. Its a cold, and slightly sweet watermelon juice made from fresh watermelons. And that sounded easy and delicious, which is right up my alley! Now, let me say that I usually alter my own recipes as I see fit. Not sweet enough? I add more sugar. Needs more salt? I add it. Don’t be afraid to change up any recipe you come across. Cooking is about making something fit your taste, and if you need to alter measurements, please do! Next time I make this juice, I might try and make a simple syrup with fresh mint in it. Life is too short to not try new things!

Refreshing Watermelon Juice

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Ingredients: 2 Servings

2 cups cubed, seedless watermelon

2 cups cold, filtered water

2 tablespoons sugar (or Ideal Brand sugar substitute)

juice of 1/2 lime 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender. Replace lid and blend until smooth.
  2. Place small, mesh strainer over a large mason jar or glass. 
  3. Pour watermelon puree through strainer. This removes any watermelon pulp from the juice.
  4. Serve over ice or place in the refrigerator until cold. 
  5. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a first for everything!

So I have to admit. I wasn’t planning on starting a blog but after some…okay a lot of encouragement, I have decided to give it a go! Which is great! Here I get to share some of my tried and true recipes as well as share my experiments. Some might go well and others will surely be a fail! But that’s all in the fun! What is life, if we don’t take a few chances here and there? And in the kitchen, a mistake can quickly turn into a huge success! Let me start off by telling you a little about myself!

My name is Crystal and I am a true to heart Texas girl. Born and raised right here! I have a degree in Elementary Education but life never seems to take us where we think it will.Instead of working in a classroom, I had the pleasure of becoming a nanny after the daycare I worked for went out of business  I have been a nanny for 5 years now and I love it more than I ever could have thought! Not only do I get to use my degree in teaching my kiddos how to identify letters, write their names, learn colors, and how to read but I also get to spoil them with my delicious desserts! And I am proud to say that I try to include the kids in baking with me as much as possible! It is a fun, bonding experience, but it also gives me a chance to reinforce counting and help them with following directions. I LOVE to bake. And to cook. Plain and simple!

I hope you enjoy my delicious adventures whether it be cookies or a delicious and easy dinner!

 

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