Nothing says summer like watermelon. I have fond childhood memories of sitting on the horse pasture fence spitting seeds and dripping with sweet juice, soon to be washed off in the pool. (And man was I sure to never swallow a seed, I really did think a watermelon would grow right in my stomach!) It's hard (impossible?) to improve on a perfect chilled slice of watermelon, but these popsicles burst with all that pure flavor, plus the added allure of icy refreshment.
Want to make your own? I'm not sure if this can be considered a recipe, as it really only calls for a single ingredient (watermelon) and takes just a few minutes to prepare. However, it's simplicity makes it very kid friendly, older children could complete the task alone, and younger ones can help at every step.
- Place large hunks of seedless (or de-seeded) watermelon in the blender.
- Taste. If your melon is super sweet, you are done. If not, a few pinches of sugar may be in order.
- Optional: add the juice of one lime.
- Pour into pop molds and freeze.
I have to share a sweet moment these popsicles prompted. Jude has been a handful and a half lately. So much so, that on certain days I find it difficult to connect. What I'm trying to say, in the nicest way possible, is that I'm living with a pint sized jerk at the moment. A moment that is sure to pass. Here's how I know: Yesterday after his brief nap, Jude requested a popsicle. I got him set up with it outside and went back in to grab my sunglasses. When I returned he said, "Mommy, you ate your popsicle already? You're not supposed to eat the stick!" To which I replied, "Oh no honey, I'm not going to have one today. There was only one left and I wanted you to have it." He looked at me with those big brown eyes and said, "Here mom, you can have some of mine. Not just a lick, you can bite it." See, not such a tiny jerk after all.
Wishing you and yours a beautiful weekend!