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Yellow Watermelon Basil Sorbet & the Versatile Blogger Award

verstile-blogger-awardLast week was an incredible week … I was awarded the Versatile Blogger award FOUR times! I am so grateful to have such awesome foodie friends.

Three Rules come with this award:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself
  3. Send it along to 15 other Bloggers and let them know you have awarded them!

First a GREAT BIG HAPPY THANK YOU!

Thank you to my sweet sweet foodie friends for this award:
  1. Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish
  2. Serious Food for the Soul
  3. Newlyweds Blog
  4. A Healthy Jalapeno

As a special thank you, I made some delicious Yellow Watermelon Basil Sorbet! (made with yellow watermelon … and a bit of tequila) I SO wish we could all sit down and have some together.

Boozy Basil Watermelon Sorbet

Second, the 7 things about me:

  1. I have a black cat who I think secretly wants to keep me all to himself. He sits right next to me all day every day while I’m working, blogging or facebooking. He’s fat and he’s lazy but he loves me and I love him. Even if he is the stinkiest cat ever.
  2. I have two wonderful children. (Well okay, maybe that’s not such a secret.)
  3. I love trees.
  4. My favorite color is purple.
  5. Both my kids are now taller than me. And they really love that.
  6. My kids and I all do TaeKwonDo.
  7. I sing in a choir. It makes me happy.

And FINALLY: The Winners!

So now I get to honor 15 other awesome bloggers! The most wonderful thing about having a food blog is meeting such wonderful people along the way! Every day I meet more foodies and the whole community is just infused with joy and love and sharing.

I always have a hard time selecting awardees … there are SO many great foodies who deserve it. So yeah, I couldn’t quite stick within the limit (can’t follow a recipe either  …) On this list are great cooks, amazing people, fantastic photographers, and some health and nutrition experts. Eat well, live well, be well, my friends.

  1. The Southern Lady Cooks
  2. The Naptime Chef
  3. Dine & Dish
  4. The Spicy RD
  5. Mother Thyme
  6. Family Fresh Cooking 
  7. The Truffled Pig
  8. DeeDee’s Delights
  9. Linda’s Italian Table
  10. Thyme Square Garden
  11. Happyolks
  12. Reluctant Entertainer
  13. Barefeet in the Kitchen
  14. Debz Delicious Meals
  15. Sunday at the Giacomettis
  16. Yummy Mummy
  17. I Can Cook That

And I know you’ve all been waiting for the recipe for the Sorbet:

Basil Watermelon Sorbet

Basil Watermelon Sorbet

This is sort of a cross between a watermelon tequila slushie and a sorbet–if you want it to be more of a slushie beverage than a sorbet, add more alcohol. If you’re making it for the kiddos, leave out the booze! It’s very refreshing. You could probably substitute stevia or agave or honey for the sugar if you like.

The subtle basil taste with the watermelon is just heaven. I really love the added little bite from the tequila too.

  • 4 c. cubed, seeded watermelon. I used a yellow watermelon from my mom and dad’s garden. Have I mentioned I am a very very lucky girl?
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 c. tequila (Add extra watermelon flavor by using watermelon tequila in this recipe! Just fill a jar with watermelon cubes and fill with tequila. Store in the fridge for two weeks. Then use the watermelon and tequila as you like. It keeps in the fridge for a LOOOOONG time and it’s awesome in watermelon margaritas!)
  • 1/8 c. Cointreau

Directions:

  1. Put the watermelon in the blender and blend till the watermelon turns into juice. Strain through a strainer to catch any missed seeds and remove the excess pulp.
  2. In a small pan, boil the sugar and the water till the sugar dissolves. Add the basil and remove from heat, allowing the basil to steep in the syrup for about 5 minutes. Strain the syrup to remove the basil leaves. Cool the syrup before adding to the watermelon juice.
  3. Combine the watermelon juice, the syrup and liquors, then freeze in a ice cream freezer (I have one of those little Cuisinart jobbies and I just love it!) until it’s frozen.
  4. Enjoy immediately or freeze for later. If you make this without the liquor, you’re going to want to eat it right away because it will get too hard in the freezer.

Recipe adapted from Rosemary and the Goat

Basil Watermelon Sorbet

This is part of my series of 31 Days of Warmer Connections. Every day in October, I am blogging about connections through food.

This recipe was shared at Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursdays.

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10 responses

  1. Beautiful Recipe, I Love It! Congratulations on the Award. Visit my Blog…You have another Dear Friend! <3 and HUgs!

    http://www.recipesformyboys.com/2011/10/liebster-award-2-and-3.html

    October 24, 2011 at 7:37 am

  2. Thank you!! The sorbet sounds delicious. I love yellow and orange melons.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:28 am

  3. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    Aw, Thank you so much. I am so grateful, truly! You have an incredible list that I admire and so grateful that you choose me in that group of such talented people. You have made my day, thank you! I love this sorbet! It looks so light and refreshing. The perfect dessert to end a long day!

    October 24, 2011 at 8:49 am

  4. Thanks so much for passing along the Versatile Blogger award to me. I’m truly honored! Love this recipe too! My parents don’t have any yellow watermelons out in the yard, so I may just need to try it with a regular old watermelon…Sounds fabulous though!

    October 24, 2011 at 10:53 am

  5. Ann

    It would be just as tasty with a red watermelon! :)

    October 24, 2011 at 11:31 am

  6. well deserved! I love reading your blog. This looks yummy.

    October 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    • Ann

      I love your blog too Savory Simple! Your photography is stunning! :)

      October 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

  7. What a beautiful sorbet! Thank you for sharing the recipe. :)

    October 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

  8. Congratulations on your award! Your sorbet looks so delicious, we really enjoy a great sorbet. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    October 29, 2011 at 8:00 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Miz Helen! :)

      October 30, 2011 at 9:48 am

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