8 Amazing Watermelon Recipes

We love summer and we love watermelon. Sticky sweet watermelon dripping down chins and fingers is the stuff of summertime dreams in this house. After a long hard winter we have been even more excited for watermelon season. We’re working on our third watermelon in a month and I don’t see us getting tired of it anytime soon. However, I have been experimenting with new recipes to keep it from getting old. Here are 8 watermelon recipes we are trying this summer.

8 watermelon recipes

The other week I shared an easy 2 ingredient watermelon recipe over at A Life in Balance. Watermelon Cream is easy, it’s light, and it is amazing on fresh fruit or stuffed inside a crepe.

Check out this awesome and easy watermelon cream recipe.

watermelon cream at a life in balance

Watermelon recipes on your mind too?

Sweet and Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho Mary

Watermelon Refreshers

Blackberry Melon Lemonade

Asian Watermelon Salad | Feeding Big

Watermelon Granita | Flour on My Face

Thyme and Lemon Watermelon Canapes | An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Watermelon Salad Stuffed Peppers with Feta and Bacon | Souffle Bombay

25 Yummy and Easy Watermelon Recipes from 3 Boys and a Dog

Did you know…

…watermelon is 92% water, which makes it super hydrating?

…watermelon needs sun, bees, and water to grow?

…watermelon must be handpicked? Hard work!

…the first recorded watermelon harvest was 5,000 years ago in Egypt?

…watermelon is grown in 44 states?

…National Drink Watermelon Day is July 24th?

Check out more fun watermelon facts at watermelon.org

How DO seedless watermelons grow? We answer that question over on No Classroom Walls.

National Drink Watermelon Day July 24


Fabulously Frugal Thursday #77

Hello Fabulously Frugal friends. What’s your frugal for this week? Mine is seeing just how far a 6.6 pound zucchini will take me. The adventure starts tomorrow. Here are our frugal features from last week. Take a peek then add your own frugal recipes and tips.

fabulously frugal thursday 77 featured images A life in Balance, How I pinch a Penny, and Real The Kitchen and Beyond


1. Apple Mint Jelly Made with Fresh Mint | Brown Thumb Mama

2. Watermelon Rind Pickles | Living at My Farm House

3. Scrap 2×4 Flag | Wilker Dos

4. How To Save Money On Homeschool Curriculum | Fruitful Families

5. Buying Healthy at Costco | My Sister’s Pantry

6. Feed Your Family Healthy Meals for $70 Per Week | Midget Momma

Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies and The Spice House Giveaway

***Disclosure: I was given a gift card to order spices as compensation for this post, however as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.***

Ever wonder why your spices don’t always “spice things up” the same way every time? A little secret – sometimes spices sit on store shelves a bit too long and lose their potency. If you saw my spice cabinet you would see I’m a spice addict and that I am a little particular about my spices. I was introduced to The Spice House through a subscription box and fell in love. The spices are top quality and fresh, so when my friend Colleen at Souffle Bombay asked me to be part of a gigantic giveaway I was all in. You need to try these spices. You know, tasting is believing, and you’ll definitely believe it with these knock out Chocolate Cherry Pies made finger food ready.

The Spice House Giveaway and Chocolate Cherry Pie Recipe

The Spice House History

The Spice House opened its doors back in 1957, and today has both a robust online business as well as 5 locations throughout Chicago and Milwaukee. With over 600 products from at least 50 different countries, including pure spices and herbs, spice blends, salts, and extracts, their taking the cooking world by storm, from home cooks to top chefs such as some of my favorites, Alton Brown and Julia Child!

Tom & Patty Erd took over Patty’s parents’ business back in 1993 and have built The Spice House into what it is today—a resource for incredible spices and seasonings, as fresh as you can get them at an affordable price. They scour the world for the best ingredients and spices. From large farm collaboratives in exotic countries to boutique farmers who specialize in items not commercially produced, like one special connection they have with a friend’s mother who just so happens to own a vanilla plantation in Tahiti, where only a limited amount of beans are produced and they’re very expensive. “We have a really great connection with that farm, and we’ll get maybe 20 pounds of Tahitian vanilla beans each month”.

The things I love about The Spice House are the things they are known for—the most important is fresh spices. To bring you the freshest ingredients possible, The Spice House grinds and blends their spices and seasonings in small batches right in their stores which is why as you approach a store and walk through its doors you are greeted with an intoxicating aroma!

The second reason I love The Spice House is that they not only offer quality but affordability. Many of their spices come in pretty glass jars, however you can also order many varieties in bags (as well as in salt-free versions), and they have awesome pricing. On top of that, you aren’t stuck ordering and waiting forever to get your order. They are prompt and quick with delivery. Once you try The Spice House you are sure to fall in love with their quality, pricing, and friendly service!

Chocolate Cherry Pie Recipe

A Recipe Using The Spice House Spices

Chocolate and cherry—a love affair. Have you ever had a Black Forest Cake? It’s my favorite cake of all time when done well. The rich bite of dark chocolate mixed with sweet cherries makes my heart sing. A few weeks ago I ordered some spices from The Spice House to get ready for the giveaway at the end of this post, and came across cocoa nibs. Chocolate is the best so why not try a new form of it? I opened the package, took a taste, and instantly thought of my favorite cake. I wanted to make it party friendly so I decided to take those flavors and make little Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies.

I’m all about making that wow dessert that is secretly so unbelievably easy you won’t, well, believe it. These Chocolate Cherry Pies have surprising ingredients with just a little bit of sugar added and the rich filling goes beautifully with my buttery flaky pie crust recipe.  I am so in love with cocoa nibs because with my tree nut allergy I can’t have nuts. Cocoa nibs add that nutty texture I’ve been missing. They’re kinda good to eat alone too, I must admit.

Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies Recipe

Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies
Yields 12
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  1. 1 pie crust dough
  2. 3 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted and mashed
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 1/8 cup sugar
  5. 2 tablespoons cocoa nibs
  6. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  7. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  8. 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  9. 1 egg, beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Heat cherries, cocoa nibs, balsamic vinegar, and sugar until bubbling.
  3. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to pan.
  4. Stir frequently until thick.
  5. Stir in unsweetened chocolate until melted.
  6. Roll and cut out pie dough into 3 inch rounds.
  7. Brush dough circles with beaten egg.
  8. Add a small spoonful of chocolate cherry filling to center of one dough round.
  9. Top with second dough round, crimp edges closed and cut slit in middle of pie top.
  10. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden on top. If you don't brush top with egg it will not brown.)
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The Spice House Giveaway Prizes and pictures

 The Spice House Giveaway

  • 1st Prize – $250.00 in spices, which includes Grill & BBQ Deluxe Gift Box Set, Bakers Spices Gift Box Set, Vanilla Bean Sugar, Chicago Old Town Premium Sugar, Vulcan’s Fire Salt, Chai Spices with Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Dutched Cocoa Powder, Aleppo Pepper, AND a $100.00 gift card to The Spice House to find your favorites not on this list or try some new ones!
  • 2nd Prize – The Signature Selection Gift Box Set, Chicago Old Town Premium Sugar, Fancy Onion Salt, Fancy Garlic Salt, Vanilla Bean Sugar, Tellicherry Black Peppercorns and a $50.00 gift card to The Spice House to find your favorites not on this list or try some new ones!

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More Great Recipes from The Spice House Giveaway

Lime Water Ice by Souffle Bombay

Grilled Steaks with Thyme Mushrooms by Girl Carnivore

Dark Chocolate, Sunflower Seed & Grey Sea Salt Cookies by Little Kitchie

Cinnamon Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche Swirl by Mind over Batter

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quesadillas with Vulcan Fire Salt Guacamole by Giggles, Gobbles & Gulps

Low-Carb Chicken Gyros with Tangy Tatziki Sauce by Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies by Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

Pear Lavender Lemon Drop Martini by Kelly Bakes

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza by We’re Parents!?

Homemade Italian Balsamic Vinaigrette with Heirloom Tomato Salad by Courtney’s Sweets

Iced Lavender Shortbread Cookies by The Vintage Mom

Old Fashioned Blueberry Coffee Cake by It’s a Keeper

Jarlsberg Minis: 5 Quick and Easy Snack Ideas

***Disclosure: This post is created in partnership with Jarlsberg minis. I received some of my favorite cheese in exchange for sharing some of my favorite ways to snack with it. ***

Who doesn’t know that I love Jarlsberg cheese? If you’re new to Real: The Kitchen and Beyond, now you do. I am a cheese addict. Our cheese drawer is usually full of  5+ cheeses at any time. My newest favorite snack are the Jarlsberg Minis. At 70 calories each, they are perfect to grab for a quick and healthier snack that helps keep me running.  Today I am sharing 5 Jarlsberg Mini snack ideas that are easy and delicious.

It also just so happens that I am part of a Jarlsberg mini promotion on Facebook. Will you be the winner?  Jump on over to Facebook and enter the giveaway before it ends on THURSDAY. It’s even quicker and easier than these snack ideas.

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Jarlsberg Mini Snack Ideas

  • Spicy Jarlsberg Mini Watermelon Squares ~ Cut watermelon into 2 inch squares, approximately 1/2 inch thick, sandwich 1/3 a Jarlsberg mini in between, and top with Vulcan Fire Salt. Perfection.
  • Jarlsberg mini, handful of cherries, and wasabi peas ~ I love this combination. Creamy nutty Jarlsberg pairs with sweet cherries and zesty wasabi beautifully.
  • Tuna Melts ~ Slice a Jarlsberg mini in thirds, scoop tuna salad on a slice of baguette, top with 1/3 Jarlsberg mini and melt under the broiler a few minutes. This is one of my favorite powerhouse snacks.
  • Jarlsberg mini pepperoni melt with pretzels ~ Wrap a Jarlsberg mini in 2 slices of deli pepperoni and broil for 2-3 minutes. Serve with pretzels. This is a favorite for my son and I, plus it’s still a quick and easy snack idea that’s outside the box a bit.
  • Jarlsberg mini, chicken, and lettuce stacker ~ This is a perfect snack the day after you’ve had roast chicken. Cut that Jarlsberg mini in 4 and layer with chicken and lettuce. Upscale that simple snack into a mini stacker that’s still quick and easy.

These are my favorite ways to use Jarlsberg minis. What are yours?