A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (29)A

As the weather warms up, the food we choose gets colder.  There’s nothing quite like a slice of melon at the end of a warm spring day.  It’s still a little early for the best melons, but I’m starting to see a few more varieties at my local market.  When I was a kid, my daddy grew many types of melon in his garden.  The best tasting melon in the world is one that you raised yourself.

Pepino
Pepino

Pepino is a great source of vitamin B.  If you can imagine a taste between a cucumber and a honeydew melon, that is what a pepino tastes like.  It compliments a fruit salad nicely.

Crenshaw
Crenshaw

Crenshaw melons are known by their yellow skin and oblong shape.  They make a great sorbet:  Puree flesh until smooth and pour into a metal baking dish.  Freeze, scraping and fluffing with a fork every 30 minutes, for 2-3 hours.

Canteloupe
Cantaloupe

This is a Kansas spring and summer staple food!  Some people make smoothies and other things, but in our family, we cut cantaloupe in half, scrape the seeds out and grab a spoon.  It’s chock full of vitamin A – more than a day’s worth!

Honeydew
Honeydew

Honeydew is not my favorite melon, but it is a good source of vitamin C.  According to Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet, you can make a dessert soup by mixing honeydew puree’ with unsweetened almond milk, honey and lime juice.

Canary
Canary

The canary melon, also known as Spanish melon or Juan Canary, pairs well with citrus or ginger flavors and makes a refreshing cold soup or drink. Like other melons, the canary melon is a healthy addition to your diet, offering a number of benefits. Not only does this melon help you keep a lid on calories, but it’s also a good source of nutrients that help you fight off disease.

Watermelon
Watermelon

Watermelon has lycopene, which may protect against cancer and heart disease.  There are seedless varieties, which I prefer, but the melons with seeds provide hours of entertainment for those of us who engage in seed-spitting contests.  Wink!  😉

 

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WATERMELON DAY

TL 8-3 WATERMELON DAY

Ah!  The joys of summer…  swimming, biking, walking, painting the house, playing in the dirt anytime I want to.  And there are certain foods that just go with summer like strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and of course, watermelon!

Today is WATERMELON DAY!!!  I have to be very careful about portion control with watermelon since it is very high in natural sugar!  I keep asking God if He would please make a watermelon just for me with Splenda in it – I haven’t heard back yet – I’ll keep you posted.

In my family it’s the little things that bring happiness.  We like watermelon, but the fun part is the seed spitting contests.  You have to be careful not to inhale with that seed in your mouth.  Don’t ask me how I know that.  :-/

Is it just me, or did some of that instructional video seem like TMI???  Uh…  whatever.

Finding happiness is a lost art. People today feel as though other people owe them happiness and that’s not necessarily the right attitude to have. Happiness must be pursued – not expected. It will not just drop in your lap and certainly no one will just hand it to you. Your happiness will not be a gift from anyone but you. It is inside you – but you have to want it and make it happen. Happiness is not magic and will not just “poof” appear to you. It is not an accident waiting to happen, but a choice that you will either make, or you won’t.

I am determined to be happy in my life and make the most of every moment I’m given. Life is short and I’d rather spend my time laughing and smiling than crying and frowning. It is a choice – a purposeful decision I make every single day – and no one will stand in the way.

Now – if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for dessert.  I think we will have some small slices of watermelon!  🙂