Archive for July 7th, 2008

This started out as baby food and grew from there. While it is still baby food, you can add yogurt and/or banana to it for a thick smoothie….or drink it as is. You can also pour it into popsicle molds for a cool summer treat (Hailey loves homemade popsicles!). It is also delicious mixed in with plain yogurt, oatmeal or over ice cream!

Watermelon Refresher

2 cups – diced watermelon
1/2 cup – cut up peeled kiwi (approximately 1)
1/2 cup – sliced strawberries
1 tbsp – lime juice

In blender combine everything and puree until smooth. You can add more strawberries for more of a berry taste or more watermelon will make it taste more like melon. I usually have to double the recipe to make enough to last!

So I said to myself, self why not take this one step further and try it in a martini?!! So I experimented tonight with orange/mandarin vodka and some watermelon refresher and came up with Baker’s Refreshtini or Belizini!! Ya I know it sounds silly but it sure tasted yummy! And although we didn’t have any raspberry vodka…I suspect it would taste equally as tasty!

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I grew up eating cucumbers and tomatoes (grown in the garden) by the truck loads. So we eat alot of them now and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare them. This is a very refreshing and crisp salad that goes great with any BBQ fare.

Cucumber Salad

2 – cucumbers (I prefer long english)
1/2 cup – cilantro
3 – green onions, sliced
1/2 – spanish onion, sliced

Dressing (rough estimates only – I never measure):
2-3 tbsp – oil
1 tbsp – lemon
1 tbsp – white wine vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

Peel and quarter cucumbers. You can seed them if you wish, but I never bother. Chop and place in bowl. Coarsely chop cilantro adding to bowl along with green and spanish onions.

Mix all dressing ingredients together and pour over salad tossing to combine. Refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

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