Before I share with you this super yummy recipe (if you can even call it that, it’s so darn easy) can we have a quick coffee date/ girl talk sesh? That’d be awesome, because I feel like there’s been a lot of lemons this week and not so much lemonade. #reallife Our little town made national news because of a crazy rain storm and flash flooding. Since we’re in the middle of replacing our windows and hadn’t trimmed them out yet, our basement took a bath. So instead of framing last night, we were saving stacks of baseboards on sawhorses and tossing all the towels and blankets we own on the floor to try soak up the water. We were already behind schedule to get our suite done. Speaking of floods, our bathtub started leaking again tonight. And today our fridge stopped working… but it started again. But only after I spent two hours on the phone trying to get a service call on warranty. And I’ve spent three nights scrubbing the haze off our kitchen backsplash and am only about 1/3 of the way done. Top that off with not much sleep because my little man has been teething to the max? I don’t mean to be a downer but I’m feeling a bit worn down.
We’re also in the midst of some big changes. We’re moving churches for the first time since before Shane and I met- which is a great thing, it’s time for us- but it’s overwhelming. Plus I’ve got less than two months before I need to either go back to work or figure out some kind of income from home. Maternity leave is so close to being up. I’ve been a bit of a basket case. Having this little blog as an outlet to take my mind off things, and focus on the awesome crafty things I want to do with my spare time has been a huge help though. So thank you for reading and being so encouraging. Seriously, you rock.
Now, on with the sweet stuff! This watermelon looks like a cake (which every party needs), but is such a refreshing treat in the summer heat. I’d seen this recipe for a watermelon cake on Pinterest and was taken with the idea. When we decided we were going to do cakeballs for the Fiesta instead of a cake, I thought this is the perfect sub! The funny thing is everyone thought it was cake until I cut into it- it’s a tricky one. I followed the tutorial on how to cut my watermelon, but decided my ‘icing’ needed a bit of something something. That’s really what this post is about- I’m sure you can figure out the watermelon bit on your own. (Cut the ends off then cut the rind off like a cylinder. And as for process photos- I didn’t take any because I really hadn’t planned on posting this. I just had SO many favourable reviews on this ‘cake’ that I couldn’t keep it from you. So I hope you’ll forgive me once you try it out.
My sister-in-laws have been making this awesome fruit dip using just Cool Whip and Vanilla Pudding powder, so I started with that then added a twist- lime! I zested and juiced one lime into the Cool Whip mixture and it made the most delicious, creamy lime spread for the watermelon. I know I mentioned it in the Fiesta post, but I’ve never explained how to make something so many times. I must have shared the recipe 5 or 6 times at the Fiesta and then again at our church BBQ the next day when I brought the leftovers. It was such a hit!
- 1 Large Container Cool Whip
- 1 Package Vanilla Pudding Powder
- 1 Lime, Zest and Juice
That’s it. And no one will guess how little time it took you to whip this up! The most time consuming part of this was trying to get the mixture to stick to the watermelon. I’d recommend just using your fingers, and dampen them with a bit of water. the mixture is quite thick and fluffy so you need to press it into the watermelon. We garnished ours with limes and mint leaves… I’d dare to suggest you try adding some mint leaves to your icing and let me know how it turns out. Mint & Lime is a deadly combination.
If you haven’t already… check out the rest of our FIESTA! Baby shower here. Do you have any ridiculously simple recipes that are always a hit? I’d love for you to share! And, are you like me- do you think every party needs a cake (even if it’s a fake one)?