Watermelon Slush Recipe

Last week we had a strange wintery storm blow in which brought some low level snow and cold rain.  VERY unusual for June…not unheard of here in Utah…but strange none-the-less.  But a couple of days later the heat was soaring again in the upper 90′s.  So of course some cold and slushy drinks were in order.  I know you have heard me talk about my love for all things icy and slushy.  This time I thought I would try making a Watermelon Slush.  I have heard of them but had never tried one.  I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it was.  I thought it might be a little bland…but it really was so refreshing and good!

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I was a bit surprised that the kids liked them as much as they did.  The youngest, who doesn’t really eat anything other than quesadilla’s and string cheese wasn’t really a fan…but I knew she wouldn’t be.  She prefers to eat the watermelon “not all mushed up!”  These slushies melt REALLY fast so be sure to serve them up immediately.  I definitely liked them better when they were icier…but that may be a personal preference and a texture issue.

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Watermelon Slush Recipe

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon

  • 1/4 cup white sugar

Directions:

  1. Place watermelon and ice into a blender. Pour in lime juice, sugar, and salt. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.  Garnish with fresh mint leaves (optional).  Add additional flavorings if desired.

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So go ahead and make these up for your friends and family on a super hot day.  Serve them up for your next summer party or shower.  They are definitely cool and refreshing and worth a try.

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Watermelon slush not your thing? Check out these past Idea Room recipes!

Strawberry Lemonade Slush Recipe

Frozen Lemonade Recipe

Orange Julius Recipe

Coconut Lime Sorbet

Orange Sorbet

Fruit Popsicles

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Lemon Ice

Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Limeade Recipe



Pasta Salad Recipe

The BBQ season is here!  And that means warm summer nights and picnics with delicious food.  One of our favorite BBQ dishes is this Pasta Salad.  This is one of our favorite Pasta Salad Recipes, and is always a hit.  I thought I would take it up a notch and serve the Pasta Salad up in some small mason jars.

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I love that you can package this Pasta Salad up in these fun mason jars so that your company and guests can grab individual servings sized Pasta Salad in a Jar!  Might as well put this in a jar too right?

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I think this would make a great addition to any picnic or BBQ and ups the cuteness factor of your table setting too!  Another bonus is that you can make them before hand and store them in the fridge until you are ready to serve them so that they are nice and chilled when its time to eat.

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Here is the recipe…

Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta or bow tie pasta
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 pound provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 pound salami, cubed
  • 1/4 pound sliced pepperoni, halved
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 (10 ounce) can black olives, drained and sliced
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle Italian salad dressing

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. Drain, and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, combine pasta with tomatoes, cheese, salami, pepperoni, green pepper, & olives. Pour in salad dressing, and toss to coat.
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I thought these would also be fun for your Fourth of July BBQ too.  So I was sure to make the labels so that they could fit into your Fourth of July decor with the colors I chose.  Simply print out the free printables I am sharing today on regular white paper or cardstock and then trace the mason jar lid and cut out the labels so that they fit your jars perfectly.  Then just place the label on top of the lid and then screw the mason jar ring on.

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If you are looking to up the cuteness factor even more, attach a wooden or plastic fork to the jar so that the recipient can eat it straight from the jar.

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If you would like to download the Pasta in a Jar Labels, click on the link below:

{Pasta in a Jar Labels}

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What are some of your favorite BBQ foods?

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