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.”
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:
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!