No. 341: Watermelon Popsicles (Summer is here!)

What a whirlwind the last few months have been as we wrapped up Spring and shifted full speed into Summer.

Easter and our first egg hunt were a delight. So was making our front room a dedicated kid space.

But the real highlight was the Mini McCs turning two in mid-May. How has time flown so quickly?! We celebrated with grandparents, friends, cheese, lots of wine and cupcakes. It was a blast.

The occasion was also an excuse for Mom to get some professional photos taken;)

Kiddos hugging

Flowers

As the weekends warm up and we start exploring we are finding the Asheville brewery scene to be perfect for families. Most of the newer spots outside of downtown have big open grassy areas and games for kids.

Toddler hand holding

A recent favorite has been Salvage Station which is the ultimate in toddler roaming with lots of fun mulch, hammocks and beautiful river views. We also tend to gravitate to the corn hole and food trucks at New Belgium as well.

Watermelon Popsicles

For Memorial Day we hosted a big barbecue complete with Mr. McC's delicious baby back ribs and our Southern peach crumble.

We wanted a refreshing addition to counter the humid conditions - and what is more refreshing than watermelon!?

Ingredients

1 pound watermelon
2 tablespoons sugar (or you can use honey, agave, any alternative sweetener)
2 tablespoons lime juice

To make

Cut the watermelon into small chunks (discarding the rind), and put them in a blender with the sugar and lime juice.

Popsicle molds

Process until smooth, adding enough water (or fruit juice) so that the mixture liquefies. Pour into popsicle molds, and freeze 6 hours or until solid.

The results

Um, could this be easier? It took five minutes to blend up all the ingredients and pour into the molds.

And these are delicious. Fresh, fruity, not too sweet. The lime juice is a fantastic addition.

We had enough mixture for exactly 6 popsicles in our mold (pictured above). There was no need for additional liquid, it was the perfect texture.

Make these! Your kids (and you) will love this little summer treat.

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