Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happy National Watermelon Day!

It's August 3rd - time to celebrate National Watermelon Day!

Here are a few suggestions for celebrating:

Try carving your watermelon. Craftjr has a great roundup of watermelon carving ideas,
including this cute watermelon smiley face.

image via Craft Gossip

When I was young, my grandma would make these watermelon popsicles - 
easy and delicious on a hot summer day. Learn how to from Family Fun.

One of our favorite recipes this summer has been Watermelon Sorbet.
You can find the recipe here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Celebrate Picnic Day

It's Picnic Day in Australia today.
 picnic basket available here.

Here are some great ways for you to celebrate:

How about a Popsicle Picnic?

 image and idea via design sponge

I love this meal in a jar from Giver's Log

image and idea via Giver's Log

This Indian Summer Celebration over at Cheeky Kitchen looks like fun,
and could be celebrated anytime during the summer. 

image and idea via Cheeky Kitchen

What are your favorite picnic ideas or places for picnics?

Walk Portland

Today we're going to be taking a field trip with Peter's Walking Tours. Former schoolteacher Peter Chausse has been leading  guided walking tours around Portland since 1995. He leads tours through Central Portland, the Pearl, a Twilight Bridge Tour and more. Today we'll be going on his Family Fountain Tour, which takes you to at least 5 of Portland's Fountains, with time for the kids to stop and play at each one, including our favorite at Jamison Square.

 image via Poshbaby
For more info, visit www.walkportland.com

Happy Ice Cream Sandwich Day

It's hard to believe that August is already upon us. Where has the summer gone?  Today we're celebrating National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.

We made these simply by sandwiching some vanilla ice cream between chocolate chip cookies and coating the edges with sprinkles.

Here are a few more easy recipes:

If it's too hot to bake today, just add some ice cream between Oreo Cookies like this:

 Idea and photo from One Charming Party via Gordon Gossip

Or try this recipe with toasted coconut.

And another version made with Rice Krispie Treats.

Here's a great way to dress up the store bought version.

Over at Amazon.com  you can buy these darling ice cream sandwich molds:

 Bon Appetit!