Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Heavenly Honeydew

Honeydew is one heavenly melon. The sweetest of the common melons, it's also a great source of potassium and vitamin C...and the delicate pale green color of a ripe honeydew is amazingly beautiful as you'll see in these great honeydew green items!

This adorable Hug Me! Slug from elizabethruffing needs a name. Actually, all of her slugs need names - and that's just one fun part of purchasing  one of these unique handmade plushies. Another is seeing your little one's eyes light up as they return the friendly smile from their new best friend. (That is if YOU can bear to part with the adorable critter yourself!)

I love the scent of fresh fruit in any flavor, but melons are one of my favorites - so you can understand why one of the items featured here today is this yummy sounding Honeydew Melon 8 Ounce Hand Poured Soy Wax Candle from AuntieDis on Etsy.

NoWaterNeeded specializes in beautiful floral blooms created from recycled aluminum - and of course, no water is needed to maintain the beauty of these blossoms. This pale green flower is so sweet and lovely looking and the faux pearls adorning the center add the perfect touch of sophisticated elegance!

Lynsey from VerreEncore calls it Arctic Lichen Green - wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that honeydews are sometimes called winter melons. (Winter=cold=arctic, oh nevermind!) Whatever you call it, the subtle green is simply stunning against the copper in these dainty concave dish earrings.

This handbound journal is pale green perfection! From MyHandboundBooks, it features a smooth cowhide leather cover and 320 blank pages just waiting to be filled with your thoughts and dreams.

Your oak breakfast nook or rattan patio set is begging to be dressed up with a touch of springtime color. Make it a little cheerier with this set of Light Green Knitted Placemats from Etsy newcomer DinaMarieCrochet .

I opened this feature with one honeydew green plushie, so I thought it might be fun to close with another one with a little bit different personality. Meet frankenheart - an adorable crocheted plushie from another newcomer on Etsy, nokoro.

Honeydew, both the color and the fruit, is delicious - and I thought that you might just be interested in a not-so-run-of-the-mill way to incorporate this sweet and nutritious melon into your meal planning, so I'm ending with a favorite recipe for a honeydew salsa. It's got that icy-spicy-cool thing going and tastes wonderful with tortilla chips as an appetizer or snack or as a garnish for grilled chicken or seafood. (If you're really not a honeydew fan, you can also make this with cantaloupe!) Enjoy!

Honeydew Salsa
1 1/3 cups finely diced peeled seeded honeydew or other melon
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro plus 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
1 teaspoon finely chopped seeded serrano chile

Combine the diced melon, chopped cilantro, red onion, lime juice, olive oil, grated lime peel, and chopped serrano chile in medium bowl. (If you want a milder salsa with less heat, remove the seeds before you chop the serrano pepper) Toss lightly to blend flavors. You can add just a touch of salt and pepper to bring out the sweetness of the melon. Chill if desired and serve with chips or as a garnish for your favorite chicken or fish entree.



our home to yours said...

what a great color....and I definetly have to try this receipe.
- ourhometoyours

HeadpinWear said...

The SLUG, I just had to smile, it is soooo adorable!
and your recipe, we definitely LOVE salsa here. I may even try that over chicken!
Have a great day :)

Simply Smitten said...

That aluminum, recycled flower is pretty cool, and that slug is adorable! Thanks for sharing some great finds! :)

Your Daily Jewels said...

Guess who is making Salsa!? Thank you for the recipe, and the peek at all of the lovelies. Pale green is such a gorgeous pastel.
I always love your posts.

Elizabeth Ruffing said...

Thank you so much for featuring my Hug Me Slugs and for your very nice compliments! I appreciate it!

dinamariecrochet said...

Thank you for including my placemats. I love your blog!

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