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Sweet + Spicy Watermelon

What is it about shower routines?  I find them so odd.  Nearly nothing else in my life is as organized as my routine in the shower.  The time of day varies but the order of events do not.

Is this a little too personal?

Well, what I don't understand is when you have an off day.  Please tell me you know what I'm talking about.

The day when you wash your body before you shampoo your hair, or when you condition before you shampoo, or when you forget to wash your face.  When I finally realize what I'm doing I feel so thrown off.  It makes me want to shower again to get the order right.  Don't worry, that never happens.

Is this a sign for something??

Am I losing my mind?

I blame it on...

A] the heat

B] living in a maze of boxes

C] lack of sleep 

I've come to the conclusion that it's impossible to move from one place to another and not have some amount of chaotic, hair-pulling, craziness.  If you've had a move that was 100% smooth sailing you are my hero.  I want to be you.  

One of the things helping me through the crazy is FOOD.

Bet you couldn't guess that.

And more specifically, watermelon.  Buckets of watermelon.  I would say that 50% of my summer hydration comes from watermelon.  It would be interesting [or scary!] to find out exactly how many pounds of this ruby-red fruit I've consumed in the past month.  And in case you're looking for a little something to jazz up said watermelon I have just the thing.

As you see in the photo above I attempted grilled watermelon.  Cube after cube I tried to enjoy it but just couldn't.  Grilled pineapple?  YES.  Grilled peaches?  Grilled watermelon?  Nope.  It actually seemed to lose it's sweetness in the process.  I was about to throw this recipe right out the window, but then I took a bite of the fresh watermelon sitting in the marinade.  And then I ate another 1/2-pound. 

Sweet, juicy, smokey, and spicy, this just made watermelon even more addicting.

Print this!

inspired + lightly adapted from: the first mess 

Sweet + Spicy Watermelon 

  • ~8 cups cubed watermelon
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle adobo sauce
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon spicy chipotle seasoning, or other smokey-spicy blend
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 lime zested, to top
  1. Place cubed watermelon in a bowl.
  2. Shake the juice, honey, adobo sauce, seasoning, and salt in a jar until fully combined.  Taste and add more seasoning for a spicier kick.
  3. Pour over the watermelon and toss to coat. 
  4. Let sit in the fridge for 10-15min before serving.  
  5. Toss again + top with fresh lime zest and a sprinkle of salt.  Serve immediately.

Now, please reassure me that I'm not alone in my...

A] watermelon consumption

B] shower routine

C] moving anxiousness 


Reader Comments (28)

My shower routine is the same too!! Haha. I guess you're not so alone in this. For your watermelon consumption, I'm afraid I'm not your partner in crime. LOL
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterisabellmiao
All I can think about now is watermelon and how we don't have any in the house which I'm going to fix asap. This recipe has to happen! p.s. I'm with you on A, B, & C...
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArt & Lemons
My show routine is the same every time., but I have those weird days when I do something out of order. It's weird!
This is some of the yummiest looking watermelon. I love the sweet and spicy!! Oh and I am with you, grilled watermelon is not good. I love it just the way it is!
Good luck with all the packing, boxes and craziness!
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
Did I miss a post? Where are you moving to? Hope it goes smoothly!
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
You're so NOT alone with the shower routine. It's always a specific shampoo/wash/etc. order, and I hate if the routine gets messed up!
Anyway, this watermelon sounds great. It's certainly one of my favorite summer fruits & I love mixing it with new flavors!
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine
This sounds amazing. I've been really into watermelon with balsamic, mint, and feta. I love how salt brings out the watermelon's sweetness.
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeva
@Michelle - It was at the end of this post! :) Thanks so much!
July 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I love sweet and spicy mango - but have never had sweet and spicy watermelon - thank you for sharing - definitely worth trying this one out!
Beautiful pictures
I am seriously obsessed with the idea of combining chipotle with watermelon after seeing and reading this!
I'm so glad I brought watermelon for lunch today because you just sparked a major craving! No, you're not alone in your shower routine. Sometimes it is so routine that I don't even remember if I did one of the steps and I end up doing it twice.
My shower routine isn't as set in stone as my morning waking up routine. If I make coffee before feeding the dogs everything is thrown off for the rest of the day. This sounds so good! My garden has several little watermelons and I'm excited to come up with ways to eat them since I'm hoping there will be so many I won't know what to do with all the delicious red fruit! <a href="">Chiropractic adjustment Chattanooga</a>
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaney
@Janey - Now that you mention it, I also have a pretty strict morning routine as well! Dog feeding + coffee included. :)
July 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
HAH! Totally with you on the shower routine - mine is extremely regimented! And then I'm so confused on the days I mix it up. Too funny. This watermelon looks amazingly juicy and flavorful!
I saw a salad recently that was tomatoes, watermelon, red onion and feta cheese. Never would have thought that up on my own!
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTami@NutmegNotebook
I normally only eat watermelon plain, but this looks so good! What a creative idea, I would have never thought to spice it up like this!
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Oh heavens. There is NOTHING that as stressful as moving for me. Jobs, babies, death...seriously, moving flips my life and turns me into a crazy person like moving does. Thank goodness for watermelon!
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Hahaha! Oh, I have totally had those off days. Usually I forget to wash my hair or I start washing it but never rinse it. So weird!
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJade Sheldon-Burnsed
Oh, sweet Ashley, you are not alone on 1, 2, OR 3. Watermelon has been my ABSOLUTE, FAVORITE food this summer. (My love for it seems to cycle: 2-3 years on, 1 year off.) I'm just finishing off one now and have a big, juicy one ready and waiting for me to try this out! Is there anything chipotle DOESN'T make taste better?? (Lime, chipotle, cumin and cilantro are a bewitching quartet and make magic happen when combined.)

And how is it that so many of us have the SAME shower routine? (Are guys like that, too? The one on my end doesn't have one. . .)

Before you know it, your move will be over and just be a MEMORY. Hold on to that. :)
July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Sweet and spicy watermelon? Wow. HA HA. This sounds new to me but I definitely want to taste it. This is such a creative idea. :)
July 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Wagner
A) - I adore watermelon. At this time of year I can't get enough - with savoury or sweet. I'm a bit of a chilli wimp though, so I'm not sure about making it spicy. I spent some time in Hong Kong - fresh watermelon and dragon fruit for breakfast every day - heaven.
B - Completely with you. I once got in the shower with my bra on. Really threw me off whack, because how did that even happen????
C - Moving is horrid. But the horridness is only temporary. You'll get there.
July 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten
I can definitely tell you that it's the same for me when it comes to summer and watermelon consumption. I can't get enough of watermelon when it's in season and when it's so hot. I always have a few cubes or slices of it chilling in my fridge.
You are completely normal! or you have a lot of people who are just as crazy around you.
I like this idea! will try this for sure. I have a giant watermelon in my fridge right now.
All you watermelon eaters are lucky! Watermelon is not ready to harvest yet in Illinois so I still have to wait a couple weeks, but I am definitely trying this recipe. It sounds so yummy!
July 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke
My CRAZY husband is not a fan, so I just cut the top of the watermelon, and dig in with a spoon. I go through 1-2 watermelons a week by myself!
July 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
@Colleen - That is the best method everrrr!!! :)
July 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Watermelon - the most delicious and satisfying dish of them all - any climate, any time of day and with almost any meal. It's my only substitute now I've given up beer and wine!
July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKeithR
Made it today - loved it.
July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
@Julie - Thanks for letting me know!
August 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley

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