Best Technique for Making a Vodka Watermelon


This is a post out of necessity. A couple of weeks ago I was faced with a dilemma. I was on a fishing trip and I wanted to make a vodka-infused watermelon. My friend insisted that we needed to use a watermelon with seeds or it wouldn’t work. This seemed ridiculous to me so I conducted a quick Google search to see if this was indeed true. Surprisingly, there wasn’t any information that said to use either a seeded or seedless watermelon, or if one worked better than the other. I am here to clear that up.

The store we stopped at only had seedless with is far too common these days. People don’t want to deal with seeds, and I cant really blame them. So we bought the seedless and cut a hole and left the bottle in for a couple of days. After two whole days it only had  drained about 3/4 of the way, which according to my friend was pretty good for a seedless, but not great. He was correct– seeded watermelons work a million times better.

Here is why: the seeds when they grow have little air pockets around them inside of the watermelon. This means that there is more air which allows for the vodka to permeate quickly and spread out evenly throughout the juicy parts of the watermelon. The seedless watermelons do not have these. Those small, white seeds in seedless watermelons have thin membranes around them that do not allow liquid to seep in, so the vodka cannot soak into the watermelon very easily. Because watermelons have lots of air pockets naturally the seedless will get some vodka into it, but it is not nearly as good.

The more you know!

My Whatever-I-Have-Already-Cause-I’m-Too-Lazy-To-Go-To-The-Store Middle Eastern-ish Dip


Middle Eastern Dip

So I just took a ton of stuff from my cupboard and put it in a blender cause I didn’t want to go to the store. This is chickpeas, avocado, almonds, dried apricots, and tuna. There’s some pepper and paprika in there too for taste. I threw in the edamame at the end cause I had those too but it would have been fine with out it. It kinda turned out to be a Middle Eastern-ish dip thing. It was good with crackers, and I think relatively healthy?

Apple Stuff (Fall time)


Ingredients before cooking

This was super easy because all I did was put the ingredients in the slow cooker and then turn it on. I put in peeled apples, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, a tiny bit of flour, and walnuts. You can leave pretty much any of those out if you don’t like them.

Final edition of the Apple Cobbler

About 5-6 hours later in the slow cooker everything had mixed together and cooked. It was warm and gooey like an apple cobbler with the topping mixed in. Might try this again with some pumpkin in there.

Breakfast Pizza and Classy Pizza


Two Pizzas

I made two mini pizzas from scratch.

The dough is just water and flour with a little bit of salt. I didn't use yeast, but you can do that if you want more of a "bread" crust.

The dough is just water and flour with a little bit of salt. I didn’t use yeast, but you can do that if you want more of a “bread” crust.

The sauce was really good because I got fresh tomatoes from the market. I cooked it over the stove for a really long time and then threw it in the blender so that the chunks of tomato and onion would get chopped up.

The sauce was really good because I got fresh tomatoes from the market. I cooked it over the stove for a really long time and then threw it in the blender so that the chunks of tomato and onion would get chopped up.

This is the egg, bacon, and avocado pizza.

This is the egg, bacon, and avocado pizza.

This one has mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh basil. The heirloom tomatoes look cool and are a little bit sweeter slash less acidic.

This one has mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh basil. The heirloom tomatoes look cool and are a little bit sweeter slash less acidic.

They were really good and I even had left overs.

They were really good and I even had left overs.

Summer BBQ


Summer BBQ plate

This was a summer BBQ meal–without an actual barbeque. Starting from the top left and going clockwise we have roasted vegetables done in the oven (see previous posts). The corn was just boiled in a pot of water, although I definitely prefer it grilled. Next is a salmon burger with a big slice of avocado on pita bread. Then some roasted brussel sprouts that go with the other veggies. The last thing is crab cakes, which I bought premade (¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

Bacon wrapped Figs with Goat Cheese Stuffing


Bacon wrapped stuffed figs

For these just cut open the fig, put a little goat cheese inside of it, and then wrap the uncooked bacon around it. Just put these in the oven and flip them over about half way through. Cooked for like 15-20 minutes.

Goat cheese stuffed figs with bacon

The side on the pan cooks faster in the grease so that why you have to flip them. Obviously you can cook them longer if you like crunchier bacon.