Thursday, May 26, 2011

When Life Gives You a (Not So Sweet) Watermelon ...

... don't give up!

I started by serving it cubed at lunch (our main meal) anyway.  The fact that it wasn't very sweet was remarked upon, but didn't stop anyone from eating it.

Next I blended the cubed watermelon with baker's sugar and Meyer lemon juice (my Vitamix pulverizes any white watermelon seeds), poured some of the mixture into ice pop molds, and poured the rest into my ice cream maker for watermelon sorbet.  Experience from the last time I made watermelon sorbet taught me that it isn't a sorbet that you can eat right away (too soft) but that it freezes beautifully and isn't too hard to scoop or eat.  I'm pretty sure it's because of the added sugar; when we make pear or peach sorbet from fruit canned in juice it is much firmer after the time in the ice cream maker and it gets very hard in the freezer.

I still had a huge bag of cubed watermelon (it was a big watermelon) so I decided to blend some of it with water, sugar, and lemon juice to make an agua fresca.  I put it into a pretty Pyrex juice carafe and will serve it later.

There is still enough cubed watermelon to serve as a snack this afternoon.

Here's hoping that the second watermelon I purchased is sweet sweet sweet.  Not that I mind eating watermelon in other forms, but nothing beats perfectly sweet watermelon just as it is.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Summer ~ Learning Without Schooling

Ah, the lazy days of summer are nearly upon us.  Now that I am a homeschooling parent I look forward to summer just as much as I did as a child.  It's not because homeschooling is hard or because we don't like what we're doing; we love homeschooling!  Rather, it's the opportunity to spend a few months with a slowed-down rhythm (even slower than during the homeschooling year) seeking deep relaxation and connection.

For three months or so I am their mama and not also their teacher; they are my boys and not also my students.  I can fully put aside all the worry that I try not to have during the academic year (but fail at erasing completely).  We fall into a different rhythm, one based around going to the pool daily, the weekly kids' movie, play dates, beach trips, and more.

Of course, I don't believe that children are ever not learning.  I don't think my summers off from school were wasted nor that I experienced any kind of brain drain.

My hunch is that kids who have grown up loving to learn and doing it in a natural and holistic manner can't help but learn over the summer; learning is that humans do!