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
- 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
- 1 Whole lemon, sliced, for garnish
- 2 Tablespoon of ginger, fresh or dried (finely chopped)
- A few mint leaves
- Allow frozen strawberries to thaw slightly.
- Before placing ice cubes in blender, crush large chunks by sealing securely inside a Ziploc® 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.