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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Memorial Day is 10 days away and it's never too early to start planning you're menu.

We've got some great holiday ideas from Catering Creations Deanna Fleming.

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups frozen (or fresh) strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ice (or smallest cubes possible)
  • 1 1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 9 packets of sugar substitute or 6 Tablespoons of sugar (or to taste)
  • 3/4 cup water

Optional

- 1 Whole lemon, sliced, for garnish
- 2 Tablespoon of ginger, fresh or dried (finely chopped)
- A few mint leaves

DIRECTIONS

  • Allow frozen strawberries to thaw slightly.
  • Before placing ice cubes in blender, crush large chunks by sealing securely inside a ZiplocĀ® Brand Storage Bag and rolling over the bag firmly with a rolling pin.
  • Combine lemon juice, strawberries, sugar substitute or sugar, crushed ice and water in blender jar. If blades get stuck, add more water.
  • Blend on high with lid tightly secured until smooth and thick.
  • Pour into glasses and serve immediately. Garnish with a slice of lemon, if desired.

Watermelon Shark Carving

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • 1 oblong, seeded watermelon
  • 2 large cherries, blueberries, or red grapes, etc
  • Toothpicks or wooden skewers
  • Swedish fish candies for garnish
  • Dry erase marker
  • Paring knife (or use tip of vegetable peeler)
  • Smaller utility knife
  • Large knife
  • Large spoon

HOW TO MAKE IT

  • Wash and dry the watermelon
  • Cut off 1/3 of the watermelon at a diagonal angle
  • Stand the remaining 2/3 upright on your work surface and use a dry erase marker to draw the mouth line and eye sockets
  • Cut out the mouth. Trim the back a 1/2" line of the green part of the rind for the teeth area
  • Use a large spoon to scoop out the watermelon flesh, leaving 3" intact at the base
  • Cut out the teeth using a smaller utility knife
  • Use a melon baller to cut out the eye sockets that match the size of large marbles. Then use a paring knife to trim the green area around the eyes. Insert marbles.
  • Use a carved-out rind from the mouth to make the dorsal fin, attach using toothpicks
  • Fill the mouth with triangle shapes of watermelon, accented with Swedish fish

Recipe provided by the National Watermelon Promotion Board.

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