Thursday Tidbits: Watermelon Popsicles
Happy Day-after-the-4th-of-July to all of you out there in scrapbooking land. This is Melissa T. bringing you your weekly Thursday Tidbit. Now, being that it is the day after the anniversary of the founding of our blessed nation, I am sure that you have your arms filled with scrumptious leftovers. Now, if there is one thing that this vegetarian has learned to do, then it is to take a bunch of produce and turn it into something your tastebuds will love. Being that this national holiday falls mid-week, I can forsee lots of moms with lots of screaming kids trying to cram down one more hotdog before naptime. Why not use this “down time” as a way to make a little special treat for both you and the kiddos? Watermelon popsicles are now an afternoon snack or an after-dinner treat! Either way, it is after the nap. I suggest making this concoction in two batches: one for the kids and a “special” one for the grown-ups.
Now after last year’s fiasco with trying to make homemade popsicles, I have to give you this forewarning: buy the popsicles that come individually in a stand instead of those that you simply pour the ingredients into, stick in a stick, and hope that they actually freeze and come out in solid form. Hence, the individual pops where each kid can be in charge of pulling off the mold and shoving it into a sink of warm water. Last month, I scored actual “bomb pop” molds at Michael’s in the clearance aisle for $1.50 for a 4-count. You can find similar ones on www.amazon.com. Spring for the good ones. Then, head over to Kohl’s and pick up a popsicle “cookbook” under Kohl’s Cares for a plethora of pops for all occasions.
Now for the recipe:
1. Take the leftover watermelon from the Fourth of July and scrape out the seeds.
2. Pulse 7 cups of the now seedless watermelon chunks, 1/2 cup sugar, and the juice of 1 lemon in a food processor until smooth.
3. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and allow to freeze for no less than 8 hours.
4. Remove the popsicles from the freezer and allow to thaw for approximately 10 minutes before serving.
Remember to make a memory today, and keep a camera on hand to capture it!