Minted Honey Grapes
Since we bought a little mint plant for our herb garden, I've been racking my brain to find uses. The girls and I created this little medley.
- Green grapes (whole, or, sliced if you have time because the flavor infuses better)
- Honey, lime juice and crushed mint leaves. We use approximately 2 1/2 tablespoons of each per pound of grapes. I recently invested in a mortar and pestle which is fantastic to blend and crush the leaves.
- Combine all ingredients and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. I make a batch on Sunday nights and it keeps for about 2 days. You can freeze this as well and serve immediately in frozen state.
Homemade Snack Mix
Choose open pantry ingredients on hand and store in a plastic container. Suggestions for things to add are cereal (such as toasted oats or corn cereal), dried fruit, nuts, popcorn, carob chips, dark chocolate chips and pretzels. A little hint of cinnamon or the like is tasty too.
I use two methods.
- Premix everything myself and bring the entire container to the pool.
- Lay out all the open snacks, cereals on the counter. Give each kid a baggie and let them fill at will.
Dip and Tortilla Chips, Pretzels, Veggie Strips or Sliced Fruit
It doesn't have to be complicated to be good.
Dip Ideas: Since tomatoes are flourishing, we're all about homemade pico de gallo or a simple salsa (diced tomatoes, garlic, red onion, sea salt, pepper and a separate side of homegrown cilantro since not everyone in the Everhart fam loves it), hummus (Did you know that you can make a version out of soy beans?), light cream cheese, guacamole, bean dip, pimento cheese...
Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
These may not seem quick and easy at first, but, if you already have the ingredients on hand, they really are. Better yet, the kids like to do them on their own.
Skewer cheese cubes, olives, pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges...you get the idea. Throw the skewers in a plastic bag to place in cooler.
Since time IS money sometimes, Lowes Foods' Pick and Prep may add a little sanity to your life. You can hit the grocery store with the kids, let them select their kabob choices and shop while someone else chops it all up!
Order a Pizza
You deserve a break too. You don't have to pay full price. Check with your favorite deliverer for deals or consider sources such as the Attractions Dining and Value Guide which offers tons of ‘buy one get one free’ eating out opportunities. Just make sure that you get a few extra pieces because your kids will suddenly make a few drooling friends when the Italian pie arrives!
What's your favorite poolside snack?