Happy Birthday Malcolm!

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Happy Birthday to my amazing son!!!
 

Today my son Malcolm turns 11, and I am gonna have him join me in the kitchen for todays scope. This summer among all the other things he’s doing, he asked if I would teach him how to cook. In our house cooking is a part of everyday life. And that doesn’t exclude the kids. So today we are gonna make one of his favorite summer recipes and I’m going to have him share some things he’s learning about taking care of himself. 

It’s so cool as a parent to see that your kids are beginning to understand that their health is really important, and also that it’s not really anyone else job to take care of…well maybe except Mom’s! One thing that I enjoy about cooking with Malcolm is the conversations. We have a chance to talk about all the issues that are on his heart, and who new there could be so many things on the heart of a 10…excuse me, an 11 year old. ???? 

The word tells us in Psalms 127:3-4 "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of ones youth." I am so grateful for this little boy, and it makes me so thankful to be his mom every time he reminds me that we are supposed to be as kind to our neighbors as we are to ourselves! I sometimes wonder if I am really setting a good example of being kind enough to myself. But I pray that through it all he sees that my heart is to honor God with my life, and in the way I care for myself, my family, friends, and loved ones. 

So as you decide on wether you make this sweet and savory recipe, just remember, that  by taking care of our bodies, and teaching our kiddos to, we are honoring God. We have a responsibility to care for the temples that God has given us, and it is a blessing that can be passed down though our kids! 

Lastly, I don't want to finish this post without sharing why this salad is amazingly beneficial for the summer months. Quite simply, its because of Watermelons hyper-hydrating properties. In ancient culture the world over, watermelon juice was offered to weary travelers to aid in restoring hydration. It is also a diuretic, and helps to clear the body of heat, dampness and mucous. Our ancestors may not have known some of the new scientific evidence on watermelon, but they saw the changes in their body, and in my book, thats the best science there is!


So as I mentioned, today is all about Malcolm, and one of his favorite summer salads is...

Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Salad with feta

• 8 cups 1 1/4-inch chunks organic watermelon (about 6 pounds)
• 3 pounds organic ripe tomatoes preferably heirloom in assorted colors. Cut into 1 1/4-inch chunks (about 6 cups)
• 1 teaspoon course himalayan pink salt, or fleur de sel
• 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
• 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, and mint
• 6 cups fresh arugula leaves or small spinach leaves
• 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 5 ounces)
• 1/2 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted

Directions

Combine the tomatoes and watermelon in a large, nonreactive bowl and toss gently to combine. Add salt and let stand 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare the dressing.

Whisk together the oil and vinegar and seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the cheese to the tomatoes and watermelon, then the dressing, and toss gently to combine. 

Serve on a bed of greens and enjoy with some little people you really, really like!