Just About the Cutest Most Delicious Darn Idea


Just spent some time in Wisconsin visiting my darling grandchildren Etta and Abbott.  It was so nice to meet my daughter’s new Wisconsin friends.  I enjoyed putting faces with names.  I also enjoyed their kind of fun!  Wednesday night is “Concert in the Park” in Green Lake.  These adorable families (adults, children, parents, grandparents, dogs) you name it, all bring food and beverages to share.  Everyone is so generous and amazingly creative.  Some good eats.  The kids play, everyone eats and oh yeah, there is some pretty good music going on too!

My new hero however, is my daughter Claire’s friend Alex.  She’s a full-time surgical nurse, newlywed (that’s anything under five years) with a beautiful home and three rambunctious dogs.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  All these young people are incredibly amazing.  They are all super involved in their parenting, jobs, community etc., but I could only pick one hero this week and it is Alex.  Why?  She show’s up at this picnic/concert thing like freaking Martha Stewart. Baskets laden with not only delicious but healthy food.  Then I hear the litany of food she brought the week before.  Quite impressive.

So what was I so impressed with on this week’s menu?  Alex made a lime, mint and watermelon salad that was fabulous.  The cutest darn thing is she served it in pint sized mason jars with handles and lids.  Individual!  You could grab one and go.  The adults and kids both loved them.  Tasty and fun.




Etta and Izzy — just two of the delightful children there — really enjoyed them as you can see                                                   Image




  1. 8 cups seedless watermelon chunks cut into about 1 inch
  2. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  3. Pinch of cayenne pepper
  4. 1/2 cup mint leaves, torn
  5. Salt
You can make this the night before but don’t put the pint leaves into the mix until just before you serve.
It was sure nice to see what great people my daughter and her family hang out with.  Thank you all for making me feel so welcome.