June is winding down, and July is almost here. What are you doing for
Independence day? If you are like many people in the United States, you
will likely be celebrating with family or friends. Maybe you will be
hosting or attending a party. Why not make a unique and easy punch bowl
that is sure to be a crowd pleaser? And, while you are at it, enter our
Recipe Contest for a chance to win a free product!
Seven Easy Steps to Make Your Watermelon Punch Bowl
a "D" shape across the top and down the sides with a marker or pen.Cut
along the line with a carving knife to remove the top. This will cut
off about 2/3 of the top of the watermelon. Save this rind for later.
With the top removed, use the scoop to take out the melon flesh. When scooping out the melon, try to leave it in large pieces so that they can be reused in ball shapes or as wedges later. Also, leave a thin layer over the rind to add some flavor to your punch. Save this melon for later.
Coil the pipe cleaner to create the tail. Tightly wrap the end of the tail around a toothpick and pierce the watermelon with the toothpick. This will anchor the toothpick in place. Cut two ear shapes out of the pink felt sheet. Slightly fold the inside of the ear and put a toothpick through to hold in place.
Cut out three round pieces from the left over rind for the button eyes and nose to be mounted on. Add these to the pig's face using the toothpicks. Next cut out four legs from this rind piece with a small triangle shape cut out of the bottom to make the hooves. Attach the hooves with toothpicks.
With the inside of the melon removed, you are now ready to add the spigot. The best location is in the bottom third, right under the nose. Use the pen or marker to draw a circle for the spigot stem. Next, use either a knife (or a drill) to make the hole for the spigot. It’s better to cut the hole too small and make adjustments as the spigot is fitted in, than to make it too big. Now add the spigot.
Make sure the spigot is secure and installed correctly. A tight fit will prevent any leaks. Time to fill it up! Put your watermelon keg on a flat secure surface. Pour the punch into the large hollow; then place the lid back on the top. Enjoy!
(For more help, visit our website. We have an automated presentation for use while you carve.)
Now you need something to put in your punch bowl! Here's a recipe from us. Share one of your favorite punch recipes with us and enter our contest. You can post the recipe in the blog comments, on our Facebook or Google + page, or share it on Twitter. Share it with us by midnight on July 4. We will pick one person at random who will win a Free Tomlinson spigot for his or her own watermelon punch bowl. (That's a $4.86 value with FREE shipping!)
Watermelon Mojito Punch (non-alcoholic)
Leftover watermelon flesh, with seeds removed, cut into small sections and frozen
8-10 fresh mint leaves, cut in thin strips (add more or less to taste)
1 2L lemon-lime soda or ginger-ale
1 cup of filtered water or orange juice
2 tblsp. lime juice
Watermelon Sorbet: To prepare the watermelon sorbet, place pieces of frozen watermelon in blender or food processor. Add lime juice. Slowly add water while blending, until the mixture resembles a sorbet consistency.
Add about half of the watermelon sorbet back into your punch bowl. (You will want to have enough room for the soda.)
Add mint leaves on top of the watermelon sorbet.
Pour lemon-lime soda or ginger-ale slowly into the punch bowl, over the watermelon sorbet. Fill the punch bowl. For an added touch, you can float frozen melon balls in the bowl. Enjoy!
Additions: Substitute orange juice for water in the sorbet for a citrusy flavor.
Recently our office and warehouse encountered some “hiccups.” One afternoon this week, our office was clipping along. Customer Service Agents were answering phones; the warehouse staff was busy boxing up purchases, and it seemed like a pretty normal (though typically busy day). Then, suddenly, around 3pm, the internet cut out. For some offices this type of outage merely signals an inconvenience, but for us here at Fresh Water Systems, everything seemed to grind to a stop. Without the internet we were not able to print packaging details or register packages with FedEx or UPS, which would delay the package’s progress to our customers.
After checking all of our own equipment, we discovered that a construction crew had accidentally cut the fiber-optic cable. This affected several other companies in our area as well; all of us were now without the internet until the cable could be repaired.
We were determined that this would not delay shipments to our waiting customers who had been promised same day shipping.
After some thinking and brainstorming, we came up with a solution. One of our employees had recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy S4. Using the Android app PdaNet+, our tech department was able to tether the warehouse computer to his smart phone. We were able to connect to the internet just in time to meet our 5pm deadline for ground shipping!
Air shipping was another problem though. Our dedicated warehouse staff were not able to make the truck deadline before the internet cut out. After they were able to regain internet access through the Samsung Galaxy S4 and print all of the needed packaging and shipping details, one of our employees loaded up his personal truck and drove to the airport. He was able to get the packages on the plane by 8pm, making sure that customers who had paid for air shipping would indeed get that same day shipping.
Even if it takes some creative thinking
and alternative methods, we are determined to keep our customers happy
and our packages on time!
Father's Day is coming up on June 16. Just a little while left to get those gifts!
If you are like many people, you love your dad, but every Father's Day there's the same problem: What in the world do you get for Dad?
Socks? (Like he needs another pair?)
A tie? (Either he already has way too many or he hates them.)
Instead of the usual gifts of clothing or food, take a look at these water-themed gifts.
For the Active and Sporty Dad
If your dad enjoys fishing, check out this compact and versatile fishing tool: The Kombo Tool.
The Kombo Tool can be used in four ways. Functioning as a "fish bonker, filet knife, scooper, and sharpener," this seems like just the thing your fishing dad would love. It even floats, so he won't loose it by dropping it in the river!
If your dad is a swimmer, get him the Neptune. This underwater mp3 player can hold up to 4G of music as dad does his laps around the pool.
If your dad enjoys swimming, he might also need some tools to check the chemical levels in his pool. We've got some great promotions right now on pool supplies, including test kits and filters.
It is summertime. Its hot. Your dad will
probably be out mowing the lawn or fixing the car or just doing
dad-kinds of things. He'll probably get thirsty. So, why not get him
something he can use on a daily basis? Check out our water bottles that
are safe, refillable, and good for the Earth! We have several options
from BPA-free plastic to stainless steel bottles. We've got some great sales just in time for Father's Day.
For the Foodie Dad
Give Dad some ice cream with his name on it! That way he won't have to share. Yes, this is a list of gifts that are water-themed, but ice cream has water in it, right? So, here's an excuse to get your very own ice cream flavor blended and packaged just for dad. Check out eCreamery for more details.
For All Dads
Our final gift ideas aren't just for dad. These are gifts that keep giving, because they give to others too. Did you know that there are millions of people in the world who die each year because they don't have access to clean water? You can do something to help provide clean water while giving your dad a gift that will last.
Blood:Water Mission works in Africa to give access to clean water and help provide medical assistance to those with AIDS.
You can give a donation to their project on behalf of your dad, buy him a mug, or get him a cool t-shirt in their store.
Go ahead. He'll be proud.
(If you need some more ideas, check out our post from last year.)
World Environment Day is a day promoted by countries across the globe. This year’s theme is “Think, Eat, Save.”
This theme focuses on reducing food waste. Perhaps you (a little like myself), just read that and asked, “Wait? Foodwaste? What’s that?”
Foodwaste is the stuff that gets thrown away after the meal or the snack. So, it’s the red bell pepper that’s in the back of your fridge that needs to be thrown away (only it isn’t red anymore, it has morphed into some black fuzzy thing…..)
The husks that you throw away after you make corn on the cob on Memorial Day would also be considered “foodwaste.”
Those are things that we certainly wouldn’t want to eat. But, there are other things that we might throw away that become foodwaste, but could be eaten or composted instead.
For example, the leftovers on your plate at the restaurant you went to last week. Why not take them home, so you can have lunch the next day? In the kitchen of the restaurant, the workers are already creating foodwaste. In fact, 4-10% of food purchased from the restaurant is being thrown out before it even reaches your plate!
Its even bigger than just throwing away some leftover food. All of this growing foodwaste is having a bigger societal impact. Our country’s growing foodwaste problem may even be the cause of the growing pest control problem in cities. (Yes, that means rats and their roach friends.)
Most people don’t think about it, but when we waste food, we waste water. Gallons and Gallons of water are required to make all of the things that we enjoy eating. For example, throwing away the half-eaten hamburger at the diner means that you are throwing out 317 gallons of water! (It takes 634 gallons to make the whole thing!)
For World Environment Day, think about what you can do to reduce your foodwaste, and by extension, save water. You’ll help out the earth and save yourself some pennies in the process!