This summer has been ridiculously warm here in the Pacific Northwest. There have been a few weeks when the temperature has peaked at 95 degrees, which is way too hot for a city with few air conditioners. If I had known that this summer was going to be this hot, I would have invested in a pool: inflatable, kiddie, above ground or all of the above. Instead, we’ve been making frequent trips to the various lakes and beaches that surround the city, trying to cool down with frequent splashes in the waves. And a lot of watermelon consumption.
Despite the hot temperatures and burnt grass, one good thing that has come out of this warm weather is the fruit. I still can’t believe how plentiful and delicious it is this year. Every time I make a trip to the market, I come back with arms full of as much fruit as I can carry. Inevitably, this has led to a whole lot of fruit smoothies, peach cobbler and crisps. Lately, I’ve been trying to come up with some other fruit recipes, ones that involve minimal effort and require less butter.
Between the frequent trips to the beach and all the watermelon eating, we’ve made a pretty good dent in the home renovations department. Our back porch is now safe, sturdy and ready to host some fun and festivities. We’re hoping to end this summer with a few barbecue cookouts and maybe a game or two of croquet. We might even invest in that inflatable pool we’ve been dreaming about.
With all of the entertaining I plan on doing in the next few weeks, I came up with a quick and easy way to serve all of that delicious fruit (especially melon) we’ve been spoiled with this year. These Fruit Kabobs with Creamy Lemon Dip are a simple and easy snack to pull together for a pool party, backyard barbecue or picnic, or as some really fun snacks for kids. I like the idea of having fruit neatly lined up on the skewer, ready to be easily popped into your mouth. No fuss, no mess. I also love a rich and creamy fruit dip to pair with the slight tartness of the fruit. These kabobs are so fun, and your guests will get a real kick out of them!