What do you think of when you hear the word "Minnesota?" Nice people? Probably. Great baseball team? Probably not (although we did have that run in the late 80s and early 90s!) But the thing you probably think of most often is snow and cold weather. So. Much. Snow.
It's the end of January, and it is insanely depressing to think that we are only about half way through this thing we call winter. Sure, mother nature throws in a random 50 degree day here and there to mess with us, and even though we know better we fall for it every time. It's 50 degree in January!?! Spring is close, I can smell it! Where did I put those flip flops? But just like always, we are brought back to reality with more snow, more ice, and temperatures that have you sometimes questioning your sanity for living here. Sigh......
There are times when it's overwhelming, and your every waking dream consists of warmer weather. Today was one of those days at our house. We had a warm week and I swear I saw a blade of grass......and then bam! Got me again! Shoveling the driveway every 2 hours is now today's workout.
Warming up by the fire after my second shoveling workout this morning, I decided we were going to have a "vacation" day! Done. And what goes hand in hand with vacation? A tropical drink. Now, please understand that having fresh fruit in MN during the winter is our definition of "tropical." I know you might be thinking ooooooh...pineapple, mango, papaya. But you would be wrong. Because what I have is watermelon. So that's now our tropical fruit. Work with me here. I was actually pretty impressed with myself that I had watermelon.
I started digging around and also found some oranges and a lime. Watermelon and citrus are friends, right? Well they are today. Get along guys.
I cut up half of a small personal watermelon which I eyeballed to be around 3 cups. Threw it in my Vitamix (thanks mom, best Christmas gift EVER!), added an equal amount of ice, squeezed the juice from half an orange and the juice from an entire lime over the top and gave it a whirl!
And how do you like that fancy little watermelon and orange ode to Valentine's Day? Thanks Pinterest for making sure I know that my skills max out at projects that use cookie cutters. I'm aware...:) Well I did make it, so you're at least getting a picture!
These really did turn out great! My 3 year old agrees, and got her watermelon quota today. Even though we can only dream of warmer weather right now, you can bet we'll be breaking these out again when summer actually arrives. Only one million days to go......:)