Slushies and Tabouleh salad for a hot summer day

There's a couple recipes in this post, just scroll past my whining to find them.

I'm taking a blogging "break" (that's a joke since blogging is a break for me and everything else I'm dealing with right now is plain old work) but that doesn't mean I can't send out a little update from the wall.

It's hotter than the blazes here in Maine this week. I'm not complaining but if I had my choice we'd be going to the beach and picking blueberries. Instead the kids are watching a video while I paint our basement to get it ready for our yet-to-be-found new tenants. Sigh...

I'm also making emergency trips to the doctor's office and pharmacy to deal with the gash Brienne got on the bottom of her heal yesterday at the kid's last swimming lesson. Glass? In the lake?

Tonight I'll finish (cross my fingers) the kid's portfolios for their review tomorrow morning. Oh... and those 100 photos I got developed to show off all their cool projects and accomplishments? Nasty, the whole lot of them. I could have done a better job on my cheap little home printer. I used a reputable company so I won't bash them... yet until I give them a chance to follow through on their 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

Two small consolations today for having to deal with this barely contained chaos called my life was this lovely tabouleh salad Celine and I prepared for lunch. 

Click here for recipe download.

For dessert we slurped up this tasty red melon slushies.

Red Melon Slush

  • 1 lemon, juiced or 2 tbsps lemon juice and 1 tbsp water
  • 1/8th of a ripe, juicy, red medium large watermelon (chilled is best)
  • 2 large handfuls of frozen strawberries, about 2 cups

Blend it all up and serve with straws because drinks are simply funner to drink with straws. Makes enough for 4 glasses (the size in the photo above) and a bit. Add a little water if you need to get the blender moving, otherwise, blend up the watermelon first and then add the strawberries if your blender is whimpy. 

« Hitting the wall
love, marriage and a dinner out »
  • Sandy

    Sandy on Aug. 18, 2009, 8:47 p.m.

    The salad looks wonderful - and cool! Good luck with the painting, you are very ambitious in this hot weather. Just keep thinking--Cooler next week!

    I just got an ad from LL Beans for winter clothes. Sorry, not interested today.


    • renee

      renee on Aug. 18, 2009, 9:27 p.m.

      Ambitious? Well, I'm afraid I have no choice. We have a deadline that has to be met, hot weather or not. But yes, I'm fairly melting...


  • Jamie

    Jamie on Aug. 18, 2009, 11:09 p.m.

    mmm, blueberries. i just made 100% organic blueberry zucchini muffins last night with zucchinis from our garden and blueberries from a farm just 20 miles away. i think i'll have to blog the recipe later this week!

    good luck with the kids review tomorrow! i'm sure everything will go well.

    Jamie's last blog post... Brady & Lonna | In Love


    • renee

      renee on Aug. 18, 2009, 11:19 p.m.

      The review is one of my school-year highlights. It's a chance to show off my kids work to another homeschooling mom, who also happens to be a certified teacher and can verify that yes, they are learning something at home. She gives us a form letter that we then mail to the state. It's just the prep work that's time consuming.


  • kyndale

    kyndale on Aug. 18, 2009, 11:50 p.m.

    Sounds like you are getting some stuff done! Terrible heat. not fun. Painting.not fun. Homeschooling portfolio. fun. but not fun.

    The melon slushy on the other hand, and food made by your daughter sounds like a heck of a lot of fun.


  • Cori

    Cori on Aug. 19, 2009, 12:42 a.m.

    Sorry about Brienne's foot, but I have to laugh at where it happened. All the barefoot time the kids spend (which we are taught to think is dangerous) and then she gets a cut in the pond where nearly everyone goes without shoes! Figures :-) Time to go sit in front of the fan - again.

    Cori's last blog post... preparing for homebirth #4


    • renee

      renee on Aug. 19, 2009, 12:47 a.m.

      I know! My kids go barefoot on city sidewalks, at their father's encouragement, and then get hurt at the beach - of all places!


  • Kelena

    Kelena on Aug. 19, 2009, 2:48 a.m.

    Hey, I put black beans in my tabouleh too. YUM! also we live by watermelon popsicles. same deal as your slushies, but frozen on a stick! good luck finding fine friendly tenants. k


  • renee

    renee on Aug. 19, 2009, 12:46 p.m.

    Tabouleh (Tabouli?) salad recipe is now attached to this post. Please let me know if you have problems downloading it.


  • therese

    therese on Aug. 20, 2009, 10:08 a.m.

    mmm, you just inspired me to make tabouleh. haven't had that in ages. and to follow your link and read about marital challenges - we've put a lot of work and affort into our marriage too, and reading other's experieeces are always inspiring!


  • DotsonBETTE19

    DotsonBETTE19 on Sept. 7, 2011, 7:48 p.m.

    This article is really good! Once, term paper writing company assist me with writing research paper, which I was incompetent to polish off due to individual reasons. I recommend you dissertation service that will support you in your students life. All the best!


  • Mega Search

    Mega Search on Oct. 1, 2011, 9:03 a.m.

    Dollar diplomacy, a foreign policy of the government of United States of America saw the emergence of the USA by increasing its sphere of influence through economic means. Read more articles at, to know what dollar diplomacy means and who coined this term.

    Nikka Mega Search


You can subscribe to comments on this article using this form.

If you have already commented on this article, you do not need to do this, as you were automatically subscribed.