“Winter” and Watermelon


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Today has been the ideal “winter day” because it’s been like summer.

In early April.

Blue Sky and Palm Trees

The flowers are blooming, it was 82F, sunny, and bountiful blue skies.

Just a stunning day in San Diego.

Pink flowers with yellow insides

Ironically, I was at the grocery store a couple days ago and mini-watermelons were on sale for two dollars each.

“Mini” is all I need at one time. They still provide plenty of melon, days worth for the entire family, but not so much that I have refrigerator space and storage issues.

Watermelon half

I have no idea how or why watermelons came into season in the late winter nd they weren’t grown locally, but since I love watermelon and hadn’t had any since last summer, I jumped at the juicy chance.

Little did I know how perfect this would be on today’s hot and sunny day.

Watermelon half with slices in the background

It’s not summer, it’s not watermelon season, but we had both today.

And I loved them both equally.

Flower field

When it’s warm and sunny, I am all about juicy fruit and smoothies like a Peach Banana Colada (virgin)

Peach Banana Colada

Or a non-virgin juicy beverage

Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch

Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch

If you’re making an Easter brunch tomorrow, Spicy Baked Eggs and Hash Brown Casserole is a cinch.

I also make this on busy weeknights for dinner because it’s a one-baking dish, easy meal. Eggs and potatoes are my husband’s idea of comfort food.

Spicy Baked Eggs and Hash Brown Casserole

Don’t forget to leave a plate of cookies out for Santa a plate of Egg-in-a-Nest Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan, GF) out for the Easter Bunny tonight. Delivering all those Easter baskets is hard work and worthy of peanut butter cookie dough bites. Even if you don’t have the “egg” candies on hand, you can use M&M’s or just eat cookie dough, sans stuffage.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

Do you like watermelon?

Watermelon Half

I love it and this one was so juicy, firm (hate it when they are “mealy” inside), and eating it gave me spring fever.

I may go buy another one, clean it, and then freeze the chunks in a plastic container or baggie. Frozen watermelon makes for great “ice” cubes in smoothies without watering them down, or “ice” cubes in punch bowls, or just to snack on. Frozen watermelon or frozen grapes always hit the spot for me.

Do you have Easter or Passover plans if you’re celebrating?

We have no formal plans. It’s supposed to be gorgeous again on Sunday so I plan to spend as much time outside with my family as possible.

That is, after we “discover” what the Easter Bunny brought for Skylar. The bunny isn’t bringing anything too big, but a couple little things to keep the magic alive. You’re only 5 years old once. May as well embrace the magic.

I hope you all have a Happy Easter or Passover if you’re celebrating.

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  1. Mmmmm watermelon! We’re still a few months away from the good stuff I think, but I’m totally craving it looking at your pics. As always, jealous of your beautiful SoCal weather!

  2. Hi Averie … your Fudgy Nutella Brownies were a hit! I posted some pics … sorry not as pretty as yours but too much to coordinate today! I did not have time to do the cream cheese frosting, but next time I am going for the full effect! :) Hope you had a great Sunday! They were just delicious!

  3. My youngest son loves watermelon, but me, not so much. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just not the thing I go for. Glad you found some since you love it so much! The weather here was just like SD. Gorgeous and sunny…can’t wait for summer! :-)

  4. Yum,your watermelon looks good! I spent my Easter cleaning the yard,than spending 6 hours cleaning the kitchen. I rearranged all my cupboards and realized I have to many appliances and no space for them! Happy Easter to you!!

    1. 6 hours cleaning…great “holiday”. I can see you rested up :) Hope you’re done now for awhile with a project like that!

  5. Easter in Az was a bit warmer than San Diego, not quite A/C warm but close. Watermelon would have been wonderful with Easter dinner but alas we haven’t seen them yet. Looking forward to them for sure. Happy Easter Averie, hope it was perfect.

  6. in the phils, we have milkteas that has a flavor called wintermelon–maybe it has something to do with that or not :)