Watermelon Mint Juice

I've been doing a lot of experimenting with herb + fruit combos. What have I learned? The herb flavor definitely gets the backseat. Not in a bad way, it just seems like when you add herbs with fruit it compliments it in a way that makes the fruit flavor stronger, with a little something extra, that can be hard to place. 

So, if you're interested in trying something new, try herbs + fruit. It's a pretty safe bet. This watermelon mint combo is especially refreshing. I've been trying to squeeze the most out the last bit of warm weather with lots of sitting outdoors, doing nothing in particular and eating (or in this case drinking) summery foods. 

Fun fact about mint: It works as a natural stimulant. So, it's good for when you get the blues. Maybe I'll test that this winter, while I'm taking my Vitamin D. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 10 large mint leaves
  • 1 small watermelon - I used the mini round variety. Cut it up in pieces that will fit in your blended. Here's a cool tutorial on cutting a watermelon. I wish I'd seen this beforehand. 
  • 1 cup of ice

Serves: 2

 

Directions:

  • Cut your watermelon into slices that will be easy to blend. 
  • Place watermelon and mint in the blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Add ice and blend one more time. 
  • There may be tiny bits of watermelon. In this case you can strain it through a cheesecloth of just blend it one more time. 

Serve chilled

Things I Love Thursday

Wouldn't it be fun to get a bunch of those cork stools and paint the tops different pastel colors? 

Isn't that collage cool? I think it's a lot better than the other Things I Love Thursday features. I'm pretty satisfied with my own progress. Then look at the gallery below to see the full size. Again, very satisfied with myself. Hope you like it, too!

Keep Cilantro And Other Herbs Fresher For Longer With This Tip

I used to always hurry to use up cilantro. If I didn't it would just be a big soggy mess in my fridge, and just kind of an all around bummer. I really don't like waste, and I love cilantro. So you can imagine how it would be a problem.

I learned this tip from an old roommate I had once. She used to put her celery in water to keep it crunchier. That works too, by the way. Cut off the stems and the ends of celery and put it in some water. This tip is also perfect for growing fresh herbs at home. Since sometimes my herbs need to be pruned before I have any use for them. This is a good way to keep the cuttings and the plant healthy. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • A jar
  • Water
  • Herbs - I have rosemary, basil, and cilantro

Directions:

  • Place your herbs in a jar about half way full of water.
  • Just like flowers, you want to keep the leaves from getting wet. Just the stems should be in the water. 

I've noticed my cilantro needs to have the water changed every few days. The basil and rosemary can go much longer, up to a week. I also haven't put any of them in the fridge. The basil and rosemary can deal with sunlight. The cilantro will yellow a bit from too much sun. So, I put that one in a shadier spot.