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Watermelon Margaritas

One of my favorite things about summer (besides an excuse to make homemade ice cream, lazing around in the warm sun, and imbibing umbrella drinks) is the availability of so much wonderful fresh fruit.  Watermelon is one of our favorites.  You just can’t beat the sticky, juicy, mess it makes running down a toddler’s face. 

Or your own, for that matter.

The problem at our house is, it’s just my husband, me, and a 4-year old who can somehow sustain full-steam, wild and crazy energy on three grapes and half a hot dog.  So when we came home from Sam’s Club last weekend with a 20-pound watermelon (only a slight exaggeration), I knew I needed some additional ways to use this sucker up.

How can a person go wrong with fresh fruit margaritas?  What’s even better about this recipe is that it’s incredibly low in calories.  And, if you substitute diet lemon-lime soda for a non-alcoholic version, you might even be in the negative.  🙂

Watermelon Margaritas

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons sugar, separated
  • 3 1/2 cups watermelon
  • 1/2 cup tequila (or lemon-lime soda)
  • 1 tablespoon triple-sec, or other orange liqueur
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ice cubes

Preparation Instructions

Rub a lime around the rim of your drinking glasses, then dip in sugar.

In the jar of your blender, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and remaining ingredients.  Process until smooth, then add ice cubes and crush until desired consistency is reached. 

Garnish with slices of lime or melon balls.

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So, I sort of have this tendency to over-do things on a regular basis every now and then. I’m sort of like the Clark Griswold of the modern day family function. And let’s be real here, people. My family doesn’t care if we eat off of matching plates or on a properly set table with a festive centerpiece and candlelight.

If I plopped a spoon into the vat of mashed potatoes still in my Kitchen Aide mixer and served them that way, my hubby would think he’d gone to heaven. I can make some good mashed potatoes, peeps. But does he care if eat them off of my Grandmother’s china or on paper plates? That’s a Big. Fat. No.

Here’s the thing, though…I do.

I’m trying to remind myself, though, that not everything has to be such a big to-do. Entertaining isn’t about perfection, right? It’s about hospitality. Sharing. Giving. Love.

So, I decided I wasn’t going to go over the top for our annual Father’s Day cookout with my parents. This is a guy event, anyway, right? If there’s meat and beer, they’ll think it’s fab.

I set the table with my rust colored chargers, plain white dinner plates (a must-have, these are soooo versatile), pale blue salad plates, and paper napkins. Plastic drinking glasses since we’ll likely head outside after dinner. And the cutest bottles of Dad’s Root Beer I found at World Market.

The rest was easy-peasy.  I marinated chicken breasts in home-made teryiaki sauce  and cubed up some potatoes with red onion, olive oil and spices and placed those in a foil pack Saturday morning.  Threaded some fresh fruit on skewers:

Threw together a quick summer salad (more on this later):

And set out some crusty bread with ready-made artichoke spread:

The result?  For once, a stress-free meal for entertaining!

Teriyaki Sauce (printable recipe)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1/4 black pepper

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon cold water

Mix all ingredients except cornstarch and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Combine cornstarch and water and whisk into sauce mixture until thick.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

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