Are you taking any fun trips this summer?
This is the casual question that gets thrown around this time of year, and for a couple of reasons, my answer this summer is, "No."
This is the summer of once-in-a-lifetime adventures for my husband, and for keeping-everyone-alive-at-home adventures for me. We are both in support of these events, and we see our roles clearly, but the traveling is not in my lane this summer.
My husband took our two oldest children with him on church-building trip to Africa. They had an incredible trip and arrived safely home this past Tuesday. Everyone recovered from jet lag, did a bunch of laundry, and geared up for the next adventure.
Yesterday, my husband and son departed for yet another memorable trip. They are going with Jake's Boy Scout troop to Philmont for a two week hiking endeavor. They will be roughing it on the trail together with other fathers and sons, no showers, no internet, sleeping under the stars and carrying everything on their backs.
Meanwhile, the girls and I are home alone for two weeks, doing our best to enjoy a relaxed pace and stay out of the heat. Our at-home adventure will include trips to the grocery store, plenty of internet access, daily hot showers, and sleeping under the glorious hum of a ceiling fan.
I don't have a recipe for watermelon. I could tell you to make some sort of salad with watermelon and feta, but instead, I am going to be super honest. Watermelon is made to be eaten as is. The only "recipe" for watermelon is to make sure it's cold, make sure it's ripe, and decide if you're a salt or no salt person.
Do any of you remember this post from last summer where I shared with you my favorite new watermelon beverage? If not, here is the link to Salted Watermelon Juice. Sure, sure, you can make watermelon margaritas or watermelon mojitos or watermelon sangria, but for my money, in the middle of the summer, skip the alcohol and hydrate your socks off, watermelon style.
Watermelon Fun Facts
Watermelon is 92% water.
A good watermelon will have a yellow spot on one of its side where it sat in the soil and ripened in the sun.
Watermelons take 90 days to grow.
The world's biggest watermelon weighed 350 pounds!
100% of a watermelon is edible, including the rind and the seeds.