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Watermelon Season

Since mentioning watermelon in the last two posts, it has really been on my mind! It's July, it's hot, and it's time to pick a watermelon from the vine.

Growing watermelon does not take a lot of effort, but it does take space. The vines go everywhere. There are several varieties of watermelon with varying sizes. Personally, I like the smaller melons like sugar baby. They seem sweeter to me, and it's easier to find a spot for them in the refrigerator. That's definitely a plus.

To keep your melons off the ground while they are ripening, use a cradle. The deer really appreciate you setting the table for their nightly dinner. Cradles are also great for pumpkins and cantaloupe as well.

Once you've picked the best melon, what is the best way to cut it? Do you serve as sticks, rounds, wedges, cookie cutter shapes, cubes, or melon balls?

All shapes are great to sprinkle with herb salt and eat; or for the adults, all shapes are great to infuse with alcohol! Tequila or Vodka are usually the choice alcohol for melons.

Soak melon balls in a mixture of one cup pineapple juice, one cup raspberry vodka, and one half cup triple sec. A mixture of watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew makes a pretty and delicious presentation.

Watermelon is just so refreshing and seems synonymous with summer, and we know summer also means as little cooking as possible.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt.

In a large serving bowl, combine 3 cups cubed seedless watermelon, 1 cup chopped cucumber, 1 cup crumbled feta, 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion, and 1/2 cup fresh chopped mint.

Before serving, pour dressing over watermelon mixture and toss to coat. Perfect as a side for grilled chicken or steak.

The scent of watermelon is even refreshing! This recipe for body oil is on my to-try list.

Watermelon is delicious and cute. I have watermelon seat cushions on my front porch, but look at the other ways to decorate with watermelon. Adorable.

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