Freeform Friday – Watermelon cover blubbers and mini foodies

I’ve always liked watermelon, and I can eat a lot of it. When I was pregnant it was one of my things—in the first trimester with my daughter, I would eat a whole watermelon in a sitting. I blamed the preggo cravings, but truth be told, I might just do the very same thing now. It’s eyeing me from the counter…

We have a shared family cottage, so I’m also cutting watermelon for other people all the time. It’s the perfect snack for when whiney, sun-kissed kids start begging for food, in my opinion. Healthy, yet delicious. I bet I buy 20 watermelons a summer.

Here is something my niece wrote about me last year giving evidence that bringing watermelon is one of my “things.”

Virginia note

Translation: “My hero is my aunty. My aunty saved me from drowning. Loves me, looks after me. Keeps me healthy and gives me a hug. Helps me and cares. Responsible for me. She helps me when I get hurt. And she cuts up watermelon for me.”

I did actually save her from drowning at a barbecue once. I sacrificed my wine glass by smashing it as I ran, even. Very dramatic. That girl owes me. A wine glass (ha ha). I’m still quite proud of this little report she wrote. Moms have to clutch the spontaneous recognition tightly in our little paws, man! There are surprisingly few performance bonuses in our line of work. Be proud of the work you do, moms. Even if you don’t hear it all the time, something as simple as cutting watermelon makes a difference. PS Happy Father’s Day, we’re grateful for you too, guys; blog rant timing is everything, no?

Anyway, back to the watermelon itself. This is the longest lead-in ever to tell you about an invention I just discovered. And I’m not getting paid to drone on about it either—mostly because it seems to be my lot in life not to get paid for much of anything (I enjoy being a SAHM, honest!). But I think everyone who is a watermelon-lover like me needs to know about this invention, so I’m really just sharing it for the good of humanity.

Allow me to introduce you to the Cover Blubber:

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Found this little gem while browsing at Home Outfitters the other day. It’s basically a fruit prophylactic (and I wonder why they don’t pay me…) that stretches over your watermelon or other awkward fruit to keep it fresh when, unlike me, you aren’t able to finish your watermelon in one sitting. I used it for the first time last week, and when I took it off yesterday expecting to find a dehydrated or mushy mess, the watermelon was as though I had just freshly cut it. Shockingly good. It’s the little things… But don’t use it when it’s wet, because you will end up swearing your watermelon prophylactic up and down and inside out. I learned the hard way.

My other topic for Freeform Friday is Junior Foodies. My seven-year-old daughter had a friend over the other afternoon and they played restaurant, making me a multi-course meal out of “ingredients” found in our garden. I thought their presentation was pretty impressive, so here are some pictures. I think Charly just nominated herself to be in officially in charge of food staging for me from here on in, don’t you think? Happy Friday!

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    Marni
    June 13, 2014

    That contraption looks marvelous! “Cover blubber” is a perfect name.

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    Mike @ Gentleman Homestead
    June 13, 2014

    Aren’t you a little worried that by raising awareness of this thing there will be fewer and fewer baby watermelons each spring? If you want a watermelon baby boom for your cottage’s cutting board, you should promote Watermelon Abstinence only.

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      Ann Allchin
      June 13, 2014

      Oh don’t worry. When I say I like watermelon, I mean it, so I need the full-sized ones, not the wee sucky-baby ones. This is why I need the flubber blubber. I could always down a mini melon, but sometimes I need to save half a giant.

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      Ann Allchin
      June 15, 2014

      Know how long it took your joke to sink in for me? Like, 2+ days . Suddenly hit me, smack dab (daub? Stupid copy editing) in the middle of Father’s Day. Someone should really do a research project on my slowly-but-surely-neurons one of these days.

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      Ann Allchin
      June 13, 2014

      Kept slip sliding right off! I started to wonder if there was a hidden camera somewhere waiting to show people how long it would take for me to lose my (considerable) cool!

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    dvr
    June 15, 2014

    It keeps sliding off.

    Well, I guess we’ll just have to finish it then.

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    Trish
    June 16, 2014

    Beautiful pictures! I want one of those blubber things.

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      Ann Allchin
      June 16, 2014

      Thanks! I’m sure Charly will serve you up some backyard goodies next time you see her if the pics make you peckish

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    Trevor aka The Burger Nerd
    June 18, 2014

    That is about the coolest darn invention ever! The wife and I are huge watermelon fans too. She’s expecting in Nov. (our first mini burger) so maybe I should prepare for a watermelon craving attack by getting me one of these. As always, great post.

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      Ann Allchin
      June 18, 2014

      Awwww, a slider!! Huge congrats! You needed a bigger audience of burger tasters! I’ll do some voodoo magic to try to prevent you from ending up with a vegetarian, although I’ve seen a great veggie burger recipe from you too.

      That reminds me of one of my favourite stories. I have this friend I used to work with, John Holland, from Alberta. For those of you who don’t know, Alberta is cowboy country, so it’s famous for its high-quality beef. So anyway, John’s 20-something daughter said to him once, “Hey Dad, remember how when I told you I was a vegetarian, you asked whether I was gay too?[he was kidding]” He said, “Yeah.” She said, “Well what if I told you I was gay?” And John said, “I don’t care what you are, except that I’m still trying to get over the whole vegetarian thing. Can’t you just eat meat, for God’s sake?”

      Love John.

      And to all the vegetarians out there… It’s not for me. But not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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