When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Strawberry Watermelon Slushies

It's absolutely beautiful outside, summer has officially arrived as of today, and local strawberries are now in season:  three good reasons to find time this weekend to enjoy some fun in the sun with family and friends (and fruity drinks, of course!)

Today I'm sharing a recipe for strawberry watermelon slushies, a great alternative to the convenience store slushy drinks that kids seem to love so much (and that are loaded with sugar and artificial colours and flavours).  These homemade frosty drinks contain only fruit, ice, and a splash of sparkling water, and they're a breeze to whip up quickly in a blender.  They're refreshingly delicious for everyone!

Strawberry Watermelon Slushies

6 ice cubes
2 cups watermelon, cut into one-inch cubes and frozen
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
a splash of sparkling water

Crush the ice cubes in a blender.  Add the frozen watermelon cubes and fresh strawberries and pulse until a slushy mixture results.  (There should be no large chunks of fruit remaining.  If your blender has a hard time with the frozen watermelon chunks, you may need to pause every so often and stir things around with a long-handled spoon.)

Pour the fruit and ice mixture into glasses.  Add a splash of sparkling water and stir gently. Serve and enjoy!

I am now keeping a full container of watermelon pieces ready in my freezer, so that I can easily make fun, naturally sweet drinks for my family anytime throughout the hot summer months.  I bet other berries and fruits as they come into season would be delicious in watermelon slushies, too.

Cheers to summer!


  1. These look delish! One of my least favorite things is those yucky slushies ~ and the resultant sugar crashes in my kids when my husband takes them out for one. They will love these, and I can't wait to try them.

    1. I hear you about the yucky slushies -- there is something unsettling about those crazy neon colours they come in! ;) Thanks for stopping by, surrogal! I hope your kids do love these watermelon ones. :)