Summer Vegetable




Watermelon is everyone’s favorite summer fruit, or is it?

Did you know that the Watermelon isn’t even a fruit? Yeah, neither did I. Here are ten other interesting facts about Watermelon guaranteed to impress fellow picnic guests.

The Facts:

  1. Not only does it quench your thirst, it can also quench inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.
  2. Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.
  3. Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.
  4. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. These powerful antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing free radicals.
  5. Watermelon is a vegetable! It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  6. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
  7. Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.
  8. In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.
  9. In Israel and Egypt, the sweet taste of watermelon is often paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.
  10. Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.

What an amazing fru… vegetable!

The Color RED

The most emotionally intense color,

red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the

color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer

appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not

help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are

popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an

accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since

it will attract attention.

Kathleen Andrus quotes:

The bottom line is that I am responsible for my own

well-being, my own happiness. The choices and

decisions I make regarding my life directly influence

the quality of my days.

Variety in experiences is necessary for your continued
growth. Don't mistakenly think that the "untroubled" life
would be forever welcome. It's the deep waves of life that
teach us to be better swimmers.

Be willing to weather the storms that come your way.

They indeed are challenges, handpicked for you, designed to help you

become all that you need to be in this earthly life.

Respectful recognition of another's presence blesses them, ourselves

and God. And we help one another grow, in important ways, each time

we pay the compliment of acknowledgment.

The family has a red golf cart that they have fun in. The city made

golf carts street legal in certain MPH zones and with restrictions several

years ago. Here is my granddaughter Madison loving Summer & the golf cart.

Watermelon Cake

Savor the sweetest slice of watermelon you'll ever eat!

The chocolate seeds are a melt-in-your-mouth prize.

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for in cake mix directions
1 package (0.13 oz) cherry or other red-colored unsweetened soft drink mix
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting
Green and red food colors
2/3 cup green jelly beans

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of two 8- or 9-inch round pans with shortening or cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, egg whites and drink mix with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Pour into pans.
3. Bake 27 to 32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
4. In small bowl, stir 1 cup frosting with 10 to 12 drops green food color. Stir 10 to 12 drops red food color into remaining frosting. Cut cake rounds crosswise in half to make 4 halves. Frost uncut sides with green frosting; press green jelly beans into frosting. Frost top of cake with red frosting; press remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate chips into frosting for seeds. To serve, cut into wedges. Use mini chips to make sure there are lots of chips and that they stay distributed in the cake.





Hope you have enjoyed my red and the watermelon theme today. Red is

one of my favorite colors and I think that is because when I was younger, folks

used to comment how good it looked with my dark hair. That kinda stuck with

me over the years. Here is hoping you have a colorful day. Just GORGEOUS

weather here in Ohio today - finally cooled off. In the 70's, a Summer breeze

and nothing but sunshine! I love and appreciate it! Be safe and always be

aware of everything and everyone around you. Thanks for stopping by!


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