Because summer is busy and I’m rarely alone, I can hardly form a complete thought in my head, let alone get an entire article down on paper.
No complaints here, though. Our family’s summer has so far been GLORIOUS, and I’m enjoying every single minute before the kids have to go back to school.
So while I may not have any long,
boring articles to post, I can occasionally put together short, bullet-pointed lists!
Here are a few fun things that I wanted to share this week:
1. FAVORITE FOOD FIND OF 2012: LEMON DROP MELON
I discovered the Lemon Drop Melon at Meijer a couple weeks ago, and it has ruined me for all other melons. It seems that supplies are limited (the last two weeks at Meijer, there have been only 3 or 4 of them on the shelf), but if you find a good looking one in your grocery store you should try it! They’re $2.99 each at Meijer.
I also bought a regular cantaloupe this week, but it tasted so bland after eating the Lemon Drop. I didn’t have any lemons or lemon juice in the house, so I sprinkled it with a little bit of Crystal Light lemonade mix (just the powder, only about a teaspoon for the entire melon). Wow! Super yummy. Country Time lemonade mix would work just as well. I’m going to try this with watermelon, too!
2. WHO NEEDS A CHIP CLIP?
3. FREEZING ONIONS AND POTATOES
I don’t can vegetables, but I do some freezing. I currently have an abundance of Vidalia onions and tri-color Klondike potatoes that were such a great deal I couldn’t pass them up, but if I don’t preserve them somehow, they’ll certainly spoil before our family can eat them all.
Did you know you can freeze raw onion? Just peel and dice, place small portions of diced onion in snack bags or sandwich bags, then place the small bags in a quart size freezer bag for extra protection against freezer burn (squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing the bags). You’ll have diced onions all ready to toss in soups, stews, casseroles, and any other cooked dish that calls for chopped onions.
You can also freeze potatoes in a variety of different ways, depending how you plan to use them when they’re thawed. You can regularly find fresh potatoes (including red and gold varieties) on sale for 50 cents per pound, which is WAY less than you’ll pay for already prepared frozen potatoes in the grocery store. Find tips for freezing fresh potatoes at BestPotatoRecipes.com and PickYourOwn.org.