Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Its Summer Time! Watermelon Fruit boat- Sun and Bug remedies

Watermelon Fruit Boat - Perfect for the 4th of July!

My dad made this every 4th when we were growing up and we all looked forward to this sweet-quenching colorful desert after hot sun swimming - boating - volleyball fun.   Easy, easy but you need to reserve a little time and garner little hands to help you -- kids love making melon balls.

Health Benefits: 
Rich in flavonoids - super-antioxidants, which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risks of age-related illnesses. You will get lots of fiber too, which helps reduce inflammation and cholesterol keeping your digestive system running smoothly.

You will need:
One large Watermelon cut in half.  Save half for later or do two!
A sharp knife if you want to carve sides --
A melon ball utensil - 2 sizes - one on each end
A pint each of different fruits - ones you love.  I recommend those that will not fall apart or overwhelm: Blueberries, blackberries, grapes, strawberries.
1/2 of a cantaloupe,  1/2 honeydew melon and 1 orange

1)  Start with your half watermelon.. using the melon ball utensil, keep making balls, big and small and put them in another bowl until you have gotten as much as you need.
2) Scrape out the half melon as you would when carving a pumpkin and then carve a design in the edge or just do an easy zig-zag  design.
3) Your bowl is now ready to fill with colorful healthy fruit.  Keep making melon balls and adding the other washed and ready fruit until you fill the boat. I always have some extra ready to refill if it goes too fast and you have lots of people to please.   Happy 4th!


Too much sun?  I found a recipe which really feels refreshing and healing at the same time.. and so easy too.  I have been sharing this with folks at the farmer's market with great feedback.  Prevent burning though.. use an all natural great sunscreen, I use sesame oil and it works great.. I also try to stay out of the sun between noon and two pm.

Soothing Aloe Spray
1) Get 1 - 8 oz spay bottle
2) Fill 1/2 or little less with aloe vera gel
3) Add 8 drops each of Essential oils of
 Peppermint and Lavendar and
4) Top the bottle up with distilled water.

Can't stand the chemical bug sprays?  Make your own! 

For keeping ticks at bay.. use a mixture of distilled water and 8 drops of geranium essential oil.
For mosquitos and flies, I use a spray bottle with distilled water and essential oils of citronella and lavendar, seems to work just fine so far!  Let me know if these easy remedies work for you.

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