Patriotic Produce

We hope you are all enjoying your 4th of July! Yesterday we whipped up a little edible centerpiece in about fifteen minutes and couldn’t wait to eat it (and share the pics with you guys of course):

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We were at John’s parent’s house when his mom found the recipe in one of her favorite cookbooks (Pillsbury: The Best Of Classic Cookbooks) and thought it would be a fun little project for us to take on. So we snagged a watermelon along with some pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, blueberries, and strawberries and got down to business. The first step was cutting off the top third of the watermelon (tip: you may have to even out the edge a bit if your cut isn’t perfect from the get-go; also it’s best to pose like a serial killer):

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You may also have to cut a small slice off the bottom of the watermelon to ensure that it sits on the table without wobbling (we skipped that step because ours was miraculously a bit flat on one side). Then you cut out hunks of watermelon (eating a few as you go is mandatory) and hollow it out until it’s about two thirds empty. Here’s John making long criss-cross cuts:

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We also took care to thin the sides of the watermelon with a melon-baller for a clean and bowl-like effect, so once we dumped hunks of tasty fruit back in it would look like a little basket of goodies:

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Then came the detail work to create a quick little decorative star trio on the front edge. John’s mom happened to have a star-shaped cookie cutter on hand, so we used that along with a toothpick to pierce the watermelon in the five outer corners and four inner corners the of the star so we could remove the cookie cutter and use the holes as a guide to cut out three partial star shapes along the rim:

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Then we just filled our patriotic little watermelon back up with fruit for a deeelicious and delectable result.

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We also took the liberty of sticking a few small toothpic flags that John’s mom had laying around on the back rim for even more yay-USA flair. Here it is all set out on the middle of John’s parent’s table just waiting for lunch guests to dig in:

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John’s parents had some pretty fabulous company so our centerpiece wasn’t just for our enjoyment. My very best friend Cat (who married John’s cousin to become a bona fide family member- as seen here) came over with her hubby Travis and their new baby in tow! Born just five days earlier, Elsa Kelley is a doll. Happy 4th of July little Elsa! Sorry you couldn’t enjoy a bit of fruit with the rest of us.

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And our baby got into the 4th of July spirit too. Just look at him hanging out with his red, white, and blue buddy:

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Happy 4th to you and yours!

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