Watermelon Mint Popsicles

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It is hot outside! I love summertime and the opportunity to spend many long hours outside in the nice weather. Keeping cool and refreshed is the best way to enjoy the hot temperatures longer. My mother-in-law made us the sweetest, most refreshing summer treats last week and I had to share them with you.

Popsicles are a summer staple. These ones are the easiest to make, require only three ingredients and will cool you off in no time so you can get back outside. They are the perfect bedtime snack or can settle a sweet tooth craving in an instant. Three cheers for popsicles that are healthy and delicious!

Fresh Mint Leaves

How to:    
1. Cube your watermelon and put it in the freezer.
2. Cut your mint leaves into fine pieces.
3. Once the watermelon is frozen, put the watermelon and fine mint pieces in a blender.
4. Cut a lime in half and squeeze both sides into the blender.
5. Blend on high until smooth.
6. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
7. Enjoy your popsicles!

What is your favorite flavor of popsicles?
How do you stay refreshed in the summer?

Week's End Wrap-Up

Monday, June 29, 2015

Follow all the summer adventures on Instagram

1. My mother-in-law has thee most beautiful garden. Their home overlooks a pond and is overflowing with all sorts of greens and flowers. This week we caught a little raccoon that kept climbing up the bird feeder. He was so cute, but a pesky little guy!

2. I am making a list of all the plants I want for our new apartment. Unfortunately, my container veggie garden was sacrificed in our move from Iowa. It was pretty devastating, but I am looking forward to adding lots of house plants to brighten up our small space.

3. Summer calls for fresh everything, including fruits and veggies. This salad is one of the simplest ways to eat healthy and enjoy seasonal foods. Throw together some spinach, romaine lettuce, fresh strawberries, blueberries, nuts and top it off with a bit of raspberry vinaigrette. Hello yum!

4. Speaking of fresh fruit, we went strawberry picking this weekend! It was an absolute blast and the most perfect weather to be outside. We picked a wopping 27 pounds of strawberry and made an enormous amount of jam. We joked about starting our own business.

Catch Up to Speed:
The Guys Behind the Blog | June Edition
Summer Hat Style

-Tips for curating a stationary collection
-How to make your summer floral arrangements last longer
-I am all about this ladder look for our apartment
-Jon Foreman on Relevant podcast - yes please

How was your week?
What plans do you have for the 4th of July?

The Guys Behind the Blog | June Edition

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Welcome to one of the most anticipated posts of each month - Jacob's takeover of According to Laura Jean. Each month Betsy, of Heavens to Betsy, and I co-host The Guys Behind the Blog link-up. Together we hope to provide a fun experience for your boyfriends, fiances, and husbands to takeover your blog and share a bit about themselves. Catch last month's post here for the questions. Add your post to the linkup below and visit some other blogs to make new friends! Without further ado, here is my handsome husband who loves Taco Bell way too much, Jacob.

What is the best vacation you have ever been on?
The best vacation I have ever been on would be the family trip to Yellowstone. It was a two week nature extravaganza. We did all the stops - Wall Drug, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse, Big Horn Mountains, and Needles Highway, I could go on for weeks. Basically it combined just about everything that is great in the world into one trip.

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
This questions doesn't even seem fair, there are absolutely so many places in the world. I do not know if this would be considered a vacation, but I have always wanted to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, so I think that we could make a fun vacation out of it. Who knows, maybe the Tasmanian Devil could be our guide.

Are there any summer traditions that you have or would like to start? (think things like big picnics, summer activities, bonfires, or day trips for example)
I think I have come to realize that I am not much of a traditions kind of guy. That being said, I would love a tradition of picking a random state park, or campground, from a list and making an awesome long weekend camping trip. Surprises are fun and it would allow us to go somewhere we might otherwise not go to.

The 4th of July is coming up - what is a must-have picnic or BBQ food for you?
Is it bad that I immediately thought of nachos? How would that even work as a picnic food? It would be an absolute mess and it does not really pair well with that "traditional" picnic food. Well, I stand by it, no picnic is complete without nacho cheese and chips.

Think of your ideal vacation. Are you in a cozy cabin, camping in a tent or hanging in a hotel?
If you have not picked up on it yet, my ideal vacation definitely involves some sort of camping. This would preferably look like a secluded campsite that requires a mile long hike to access. It would also simultaneously be next to mountains, the ocean, and incredible river bluffs. I know, I think of the impossible.

And there you have June's edition of The Guys Behind the Blog. Give a round of applause to Jacob! I hope you will consider joining us for this month's link-up and sharing your significant other with us. July's Guys Behind the Blog is all about food! Yum, what guy wouldn't be on board for that? It is scheduled for Thursday, July 30th and will stay open through Friday, August 7th. If you want to get a head start, here are the questions for next month.

1 | What is your all time favorite food?
2 | Who is the cook between you and your significant other?
3 | What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
4 | Are there any foods that you absolutely detest?
5 | What is your favorite local, little-known, or hole in the wall place to eat?

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