It's here! It's here! All the telltale signs of summer: there are melons in the grocery store that taste like melons should, the dogs are dramatically flopped in front of the fan, and it's time I start getting used to running in the heat. Obviously, I can't motivate myself to do that without the promise of an end-of-run treat.
That's where this delightful slushy, icy, creamy mix of watermelon, lime and creaminess comes in. It's simple, it's fast, it requires no oven or stove top and it'll be ready by the end of a longish, slow run to make the whole thing all that much more refreshing.
It's a universal rule of living out of town, that you're going to encounter a few odd ducks. Take for instance the man who since November has taken to posting tormentingly bizarre and abstract signs at the end of his driveway: Fire the Baker. Dreams Try First. Please tell me what these mean if you understand their secret code. I joke I'm going to put up new signs across the street that say things like Hire the Butler. or Failure tries harder.
However, for all the quirky people, I do love how nice people have been. I've been rescued multiple times from the dogs that jump their fence to chase me while I run and last weekend, a biker finished his bike ride home and waited at the end of his driveway with an icy water bottle for me to make my way past. Just so nice. Of course, even nicer was finishing my run to find this gem was one quick stir away from the perfect post-run refreshment.
Locke and I disagree on the perfect combo for this, so I'll share both options. I found the greek yogurt addition too smoothie-like and prefer the icy-slushness of using evaporated milk. Try them both. The pre-treat run is optional.
Watermelon Lime Cream Slush
3 C. Watermelon chunks
1 T Honey
1/3 C. Plain Greek Yogurt or Evaporated Milk
Juice from 1 Lime
Put all ingredients into the blender and blend quickly. It doesn't have to be perfectly smooth. Just a few quick bursts. Pour into 2 pint size glasses and place into the freezer. The lime will make the dairy separate, don't worry. Just stir it up every 15-20 minutes or so and eventually it will get slushy and stay together. It took about 75 minutes to get nicely icy. Enjoy!