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Watermelon Banana Split

Watermelon is a favourite fruit in our house. My kids can go through a whole one in a day. That said, you can imagine the excitement when the National Watermelon Promotion Board sent along a watermelon with some great watermelon teat ideas. To be honest I didn’t even realize there was such as thing as the National Watermelon Promotion Board until I came across their site while looking for watermelon carvings (an idea we talked about when hosting a tiki party).

We’ve always loved watermelon. It’s inexpensive and a tasty treat my kids love. It also consists of 92 percent water which makes it a great way to keep the kids hydrated. I was also surprised to read that watermelon is a great source of Vitamin C, Thiamine (vitamin B1), vitamin B6 and vitamin A. And here I just thought it was a tasty fruit.

Usually when we have watermelon we just slice it up and eat it but the National Watermelon Promotion Board has some unique snack ideas, like Watermelon Popsicles, or Snow Capped Watermelon Mountains and loads of other ideas for kids. They even have some tasty drink ideas, like the Watermelon Martini, which I had at Martha Stewart’s Blogger Night Out Cocktail party in New York City. Delicious!

Well who doesn’t love a banana split so my 8-year old took a turn in the kitchen to make one of these Watermelon Banana Splits for herself and her younger siblings.

These were a big hit and there was lots of watermelon leftover to try something else.

Wednesday is for Crockpots

I find now that two of my three are in school, fitting in outside activities and clubs is difficult. We’ve agreed to Beavers and Brownies as well as swimming lessons. In my mind there are three things all kids should learn: swimming, skating and riding a bike. If I look back on my younger days (way, way back) I can remember much of my free time or time with my friends rotating around these three things. My husband never learned how to skate and feels he missed out. He’s actually thinking of taking lessons now.

So that said, you would think swimming registration would have been on the top of my mind, since that’s the only activity the kids are doing this fall. Ha, nope. Turns out I only remembered two days after swimming registration, which of course meant I couldn’t get into the pool I wanted. I like to book all three kids for their lessons Saturday morning. It may take a chunk out of our Saturday, but it’s easier than trying to squeeze it in around other things.

So now I was left with booking what was available. My oldest I was able to get in on Saturday but my son I had to book lessons after school. Wednesday was the first lesson. I realized at the time I would have to drive to school and pick all the kids up and then drive them to the pool for my son’s lesson. If I wanted to try and keep us on our night time routine, I knew I had to look into alternative dinner arrangements. So online I went looking for quick and easy crockpot recipes. 

I don’t use my crockpot that often, but when I have I usually find it so convenient. So on Wednesday I planned on making a new and untried recipe I found online for Italian Sausage and Peppers. I actually had sasauges and peppers so that’s where my search started and I was fortunate enough to have everything else needed in the recipe, including the red wine.

Crockpot Italian Sausage and Peppers

Cockpot Italian Sausage and Peppers

Even though my kids loved this I don’t think I could convince them to eat it every Wednesday. I guess I’ll have to build my recipe box. Any suggestions?

Foto Friday: Food Fixes Everything

Happy Foto Friday

I’m participating again in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (jump over to her blog to see other participants). Our Canada Day didn’t end up like we planned, which brings me to today’s photo:

Strawberry Tarts for Canada Day

Strawberry Tarts for Canada Day

Food Fixes Everything: We usually visit my sister and her family at their farm. Well they don’t really live on a farm, but when you’re from the city any house that has corn fields surrounding it is called a farm in my book. So we were suppose to go up to the farm for some games and BBQ. Well I got hit with a bug and seemed to transfer it to my sister over the phone so we agreed it would be better to postpone our visit until the August long weekend.

Of course I had to play the Bad Mommy role and break the news to my kids. No matter how many times I hear ‘You’re so unfair‘ it hurts. So I wanted to do something so our Canada Day wouldn’t seem like a complete downer. My husband did some grocery shopping for me and picked-up a batch of strawberries. Now I love baking, but I’m not a great baker (more a great eater), so when I found this recipe for Strawberry Tarts it looked easy enough for even me.

Easy Strawberry Tart

– 9-inch frozen pie crust (I used 12 mini tarts)
– 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 2 tablespoons milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 3 cups whole strawberries, washed and hulled

1. Bake the piecrust/tart shells according to the package directions and set it aside to cool.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Spoon the filling into the cooled piecrust/tart shells, spreading it evenly in the shell. Arrange the strawberries, bottoms up, on top of the filling.

Chill for 1 hour before serving.

The results: happy children and maybe a not so terrible Canada Day (Because we all know food fixes everything)

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