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Life is Sweet!

I set up a Mackenzie Child's look with watermelon accents in our family room.
Black and white seems to go with all colors.

Watermelon is so refreshing.  A summer time treat.   Have you ever tried making Gazpacho soup with watermelon?

Chilled gazpacho hits the spot on a hot summer day- Recipe courtesy of Nugget Markett


  • 1 PureHeart mini seedless watermelon, diced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ red onion
  • 10 sprigs cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided


In an non-reactive container, combine watermelon, cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro sprigs, balsamic, salt and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

Allow fruit and vegetables to macerate for at least 4 hours (up to overnight) in refrigerator.  

In a food processor, blend macerated mixture to desired consistency (can be made smooth, or process less for a chunkier soup). This can be done in batches, depending on the size of your food processor. Serve chilled with floating garnish of extra virgin olive oil.

How about watermelon popsicles?

I bought these cute watermelon cutters from Amazon.

It's been hot.  Some of you might have heard about the terrible fires in California.
The river  fire was about 30 minutes from us as we got an alert on our phones. It was started at a campground. It is pretty much contained now. I pray these terrible fires get stopped. So many people have suffered, in  addition to wildlife.  People have lost their homes. Such tragic news.

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  1. Oh my gosh love those watermelon popsicles. Everything is beautiful as always Linda. xoxo

  2. Cute as cute can be..fires are awful this year.glad you are safe!

  3. The watermelon popsicles are adorable - I love watermelon and could eat it daily! Your display of dishes looks fabulous!

  4. Those watermelon plates are so beautifully set off with the MKC checks. Gorgeous. And oh, the very thought of that watermelon gazpacho sounds so refreshing! Thanks, Linda!

  5. Your watermelons are screaming August.

    Happy you're safe from the fires.

  6. Linda, love your MC display, is so pretty. I have not tried watermelon in my gazpacho but I'm sure I would love it! I try to keep watermelon in the refrigerator all summer long. Hope you are having a great week.....

  7. Your display is just beautiful, Linda. I think those watermelon pops are adorable, too!

  8. Love your buffet all decked out in MacKenzie Childs decor, so beautiful! And of course, I love all things watermelon for sure :) We have been having terrible fires here too. I'm glad they got the fire out that was close by you. It is a worrisome time of year for us here. We had a fire 3 miles away from us. Thankfully it is now fully contained. We had an amazing team of people working on it. Many blessings to you, and stay safe :)

  9. The watermelon popsicles are so sweet, and Joe loves watermelon. Your display of dishes looks stunning. xo

  10. Wow Linda, how beautiful is your display! You're so right, black and white goes with all colors so well, and it's fabulous with your watermelon decor, so perfect for hot summer days! I love watermelon nibbling all summer long and the popsicles are too cute!
    I'm glad you're safe from the fires, so tragic...

  11. Love the display, Linda and I agree that black & white goes with everything. I am a huge watermelon fan but like seeded watermelons and they are harder to find now. The watermelon popsicles are such a great idea!

  12. Im so sorry about those fires, Linda. Stay safe!
    Your MC display is so cheerful. Yes, black and white goes with any color. Your popsicles are so cute.

  13. That's a cheerful display! I have made watermelon gazpacho, but your recipe sounds good, so I'll pin to try it!

  14. The gazpacho recipe sounds so refreshing for these dog days of summer. Thanks for sharing! Your watermelon and courtly check display is so cool. I love red with courtly check!

  15. Gorgeous display of your collection, Linda. I've not tried watermelon gazpacho but I know I would love it. The recipe reads pure deliciousness. I always think of you and other friends and family when reading and watching the news of these fires (and weather, in general). So glad that river fire was contained. It would be so traumatic to fear our homes being destroyed.

  16. Linda, your watermelon deccor is so cute and I love it with all the black and white. We have been eating a lot of watermelon but I haven't decorated with any, at least not yet..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  17. I love the watermelon plates! Super Sweet!

  18. Your effort and results are amazing! I’m lovin’ that watermelon cutter! How summery. And of course I loved the original artists that created the Mackenzie-Childs designs.

  19. WOW! I loved this post! Your gorgeous display of MKC with your watermelon dishes are amazing!
    I loved the visit! Happy Weekend to you!


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