Thursday, July 16, 2015

Food for Thought : July is National Watermelon Month

Watermelon is what most of us consider the official fruit of summer . No summer gathering is complete without one of these juicy and tasty fruits .
Watermelon is quite healthy food . It is a good source of vitamins A and C . They also cohntain lycopene , fiber and potassium . They also mostly water , about 90 percent , so they can help you stay hydrated on hot summer days . Here are a few tips to help you enjoy watermelon this month .

1 .  Start with a good one :
Pick it up . It should feel heavy  for it's size . They should have a creamy yellow spot from where they rested on the ground . When it is ripe it will be creamy yellow . Also , give it a thump . It sould have a deep hollow sound ,

2 .  Think outside the box when preparing watermelonn :
Use watermelon in fruit salads or pair with shrimp on a skewer.Use watermelon juice for glaze for meats .

3 .  Cook watermelons in different ways :
Caramelize watermelon slices on the grill .Then drizzle with honey ,lemon ,lime and a pinch of salt . Blend up watermelon with some ice for a drink after summer exercise.

Watermelon-Strawberry Agua Fresca 
SERVINGS: Makes 8 drinks       make-ahead

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 mint sprigs, plus more for garnish
One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
Pinch of salt
2 cups seedless watermelon cubes
2 cups hulled strawberries
Ice and chilled sparkling water, for serving

1 .  In a small saucepan, combine the water with the sugar. Simmer over moderate heat until the sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the 2 mint sprigs, ginger and salt and let stand for 10 minutes. 
2 .  Strain the syrup into a blender. Add the watermelon and strawberries and puree until smooth. 
3 .  Fill 8 glasses with ice. Pour the agua fresca into the glasses and top off with sparkling water. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve. 

Words of Wisdom

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.

A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met.

A proud Grand-poppa        G .


  1. Poppa , the watermelon drink is so good you know we make them all the tin ,put it wine glasses and play grownup , it is fun , we make them if we do not have strawberries .
    Sometime we use peaches , plums or grapes and some time we use them all and drink like a smoothie .

    Daddy is a good cook and he help mama , we love him because he is always there to help his family .Poppa we are ready to go , all packed , daddy and uncle Chris would not buy us the bikinis , they are scared of mama and aunt Anita . They are so funny .
    We will talk on daddy cooking post , mama is taking her laptop with her .
    We love you poppa.
    Wrote by Sha

    1. Hello my dear sweet grands ,
      I know all of you make all types of fruit drinks ,
      Your daddy is a good cook , your mama and daddy is a team , they work well together as long as your daddy remember your mama is the boss (laughing my butt off).
      Your daddy and Chris know what their bread is buttered on .

      Yes , leave your daddy some comments so he will know you care , if only just to say hi .
      We will be on the road soon and what a good time we will have ,
      Love all of you more than words can say .
      Wrote by Poppa

  2. G.
    Mae , Susan and Sal is on there may , Sal told the lady she could scan him if she return the favor . She said of course 'Sir,' and Sal said you first my lady . She scan Mae and Susan and let Sal through .
    Your post hit home , especially your last quote , keep up the good work . Gil said you have your others ready , but he don't think you will be doing The Roving Reporter until you get back . Everyone is ready , I hear Jean and Harvey is riding with Mac and he is driving the Limo with an extra driver ,
    Eloise is riding wit Nee and the girls , Jerry and Paul is riding with Chris ,Anita and the boys , I am pleased they each have an extra driver , Mac's wife is going , they are coming early tomorrow so Jean and I can stock the Limo .
    Much needed post .

    1. Hello my dear Lady ,
      They arrived safely this morning , all arrived safe and sound.
      Yes , everyone has their seating arrangements . I almost wet my pants when I saw her with her backpack that Nee made .
      Joanna , don't forget the meats ' I want 2 pies , pecan and peach , Anita and Nee will have cookies and cakes and a lot of stuff.
      I told Mac to bring his wife ,there was plenty of room and she deserves a vacation .
      The extra drivers is great and we will make better time .. Yes , including you and that makes 7 people and 10 people can ride comfortable .

      Everyone know where to put their things .
      Joanna , all my posts are much needed (laughing my butt off)

  3. G.
    Ready to hit the road , fun and relaxation .
    Watermelons are so delicious and good for you , never knew there was so many different ways to serve them . Now I know why Chris grow so many , he put them in a cool shed and they last , I wondered where Harvey got a watermelon in January that tasted fresh pick .
    Harvey said Chris told him pine straw was the key , Jon , Lance and Gerald do the same and some of Gerald boys help .
    I am ready to hit the road . I have cooked all Gil's dishes , that boy couldn't boil water before he got married ,but good golly Miss. Molly look at him now .

    1. Jean and Harvey ,
      Love watermelons . All of them grow lots of vegetables and fruit . I like the way they stick together , they do the apples , sweet potatoes the same way , they have them year round .
      You are right Jean , Gil could not boil water , he is a very smart man , but you need more than book learning to get along in this world , just look at Harvey and I .
      Gil greatest achievement is being a husband and father and that makes me proud and I can say Rosa and I did our job well.
      Lets go


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