Monday, February 3, 2014

Watermelon Frog - 52 Que Art!!!

Internet famous empty nesters, Aunt Jackie and Wacky Uncle Dave had the nieces and nephew to ourselves for the weekend.  Very brave of their parents, and a chance for me to make some kid friendly dishes.  Also, ideally a chance to have the kids in the kitchen.

This Frog did the job nicely nicely.

Ages 7, 9 and 10, the youths are just the right age for watermelon art.  There are plenty of simple to make pieces out there, just google "Watermelon Art".  Some of them are incredibly complex.  This one is incredibly easy.  Only a few cuts and a few toothpicks and you are set.

It also has the advantage that you only need to fill the frog mouth a little over half of the way.  So no matter how much you suggest that no one eats any watermelon until you are done, well/// Let's just say deaf ears.

OK... as to the How to...

Figure out two things... Best way that the watermelon will stand on it's end.  Mine stood just fine, but you may need to do a little trimming so it stands flat.

Next, decide which side looks best... Even color and no funny dents from resting on the ground while growing.

OK... Time to cut.  Cut a BIG wedge out of the top hemisphere.  About half way from the top down and ending about 3/5ths of the way up the side.

That's the mouth.

And now, break out the melon baller.  Unfortunately we only had one baller.  The boy handled this like a pro.  The two girls improvised with a small spoon, and just dug out about 1/2 tsp size half balls.  A little rustic, but everyone worked together and it all came together fine.

The feet are cut from the wedge
The eyes were cut from  the feet.
Add a banana slice and grape halves for the eyeballs, everything held together with toothpicks and you are done!!!

It took almost an hour, no TV babysitter, no video games (when did 7 year olds learn how to work a tablet???), no fighting, no distractions... Just a fun hour with wacky Uncle Dave!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!


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