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Thumping Good! How to Pick a Watermelon

Guess we’re not the only ones enjoying the warmer weather . . . when David went on the deck earlier this week, there was a huge snake curled up next to the pond. From David’s description, it’s my opinion that the snake is the same one or at least, same kind – that I saw last year scooting across the deck and then disappearing off the deck edge. Neither one of us likes snakes and this one took quick refuge in the piles of ivy that grow around the pond. Needless to say, we’ve decided it’s time to do a little housekeeping around the pond and clear out a lot of the ivy. We’ll just have to be wary of encountering that snake!

Another pleasure associated with summer is a good watermelon. We both love watermelon – especially the seedless ones…less waste. But picking a good one that is sweet and crisp has not always been easy. Have to say, my current method of ‘watermelon thumping’ has resulted more times than not in our having a really good watermelon.

There are a lot of theories about picking a good watermelon, but for me, the best way is to pat it with an open hand. It should feel and sound like a large water balloon. The sound you’ll hear will seem to almost resonate. Have to say I get a lot of curious looks when searching the bins at the grocery for the perfect melon. But as long as it works – who cares. And if you want to attend the original ‘watermelon thump’ make plans to visit Luling, Texas. Get information on events at this link  (not exactly sure if it is in June or July) and find accommodations for the local  area here.

The blueberry bushes are loaded this year . . . thanks to the bird netting . . . so we enjoyed blueberry pancakes the other morning. Since the panini / grill was on the counter- cooling from last nights sandwiches – decided to try the griddle option to cook the pancakes just to see how it worked. Opened it flat and turned it to 350°. After the light went out, did the ‘water test’ to see if the surface would make the water sizzle…it sizzled a little so poured on the batter. But, my pancakes did not react or cook the same as when cooked in the skillets. They were flat and didn’t have any color. Maybe the griddle wasn’t hot enough? Turned up the heat to 425°!   Only then did they begin to get that nice brown color. Next time, I’ll make sure I turn the heat up to maximum – but don’t think I’ll be using the griddle unless the power goes out – somehow they just didn’t taste the same. However, the sandwiches we make using the panini option are the best ever.

PS- Went out to the barn over the weekend and found the piece of leaded glass I was looking for. Now just have to find a place to hang it!  You can see it’s pretty large and quite heavy.

 

 

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