Honeydew Granita (plus Yummy Supper Cookbook Giveaway!)

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Honey Dew Granita | www.acozykitchen.com

When I was a kid, softball practice might’ve been my favorite extracurricular activity ever. It mostly had to do with my love of gossiping with my friends, smacking a ball from time to time and using the $4 I begged from my mom to buy as much candy as possible before she picked me up.

I grew up in a household where everything awesome wasn’t allowed. No candy, no game consoles (this was such a big deal when I was a kid) and no junk food. This meant that when I went to the outside world I went ballistic. I made sure to play as many video games as I could and eat as much sugar as humanely possible. The concession stand was my heaven and a must-buy every time was a lemon-y Italian icy. Why this very American concession stand sold Italian icys, I’ll never know but I remember it being so ridiculously sweet and tasting faintly like fake-lemon. “Chemical lemon” is how I like to remember it.

Luckily I grew up and found real recipes for clean, fresh-tasting granitas, much like this one from Erin’s new book, Yummy Supper.

Honey Dew Granita | www.acozykitchen.com

Erin writes one of my favorite blogs on the internets. It’s full of beautiful photography, a friendly voice, someone who you’d hope would be your neighbor and friend, the type of friend who would share her best recipes with you. When I first visited Erin’s blog I didn’t even realize it was gluten-free.

The dishes that you’ll find in her book are ones that are naturally gluten-free; combining fresh food in smart and delicious ways. This dessert is no different. It’s refreshing, simple and ideal for the August heat.

Honey Dew Granita | www.acozykitchen.com

Today I’m giving away three copies of Yummy Supper! To enter do the following:

1. Leave a comment below answering the following question:

“What was the name of your first crush?”

Mine: Jake. I met him at the softball field and didn’t dare to ever speak to him!

Three winners will be chosen at random on Monday, August 25th at noon PST.

Honey Dew Granita | www.acozykitchen.com

Honey Dew Granita | www.acozykitchen.com

Honeydew Granita (plus Yummy Supper Cookbook Giveaway!)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours

Serving Size: 6 to 8

Honeydew Granita (plus Yummy Supper Cookbook Giveaway!)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 12 fresh mint leaves or lemon verbena leaves
  • 1 medium honeydew melon
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup superfine sugar

Directions

  1. Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the lemon verbena or mint leaves in a bowl. Cover and let steep for 20 to 30 minutes, then discard the leaves.
  2. Cut the melon open and scrape out the seeds, but don't discard the tender, pale flesh surrounding the seeds--it's so sweet and tasty. Remove the rinds and cut the melon into chunks. You want about 4 cups chopped melon.
  3. Using a standing blender or food processor, blend the verbena infusion, melon chunks, lime juice and sugar. (I like to do a couple of batches in my blender.) Pour the puree into a large bowl and give it a stir. Taste the pale green deliciousness and feel free to add a little more agave or sugar if your melon isn't super sweet, keeping in mind that sweetness diminishes with freezing. Your puree can be made up to 24 hours before you want to freeze it. I usually let it chill in the fridge overnight.
  4. Pour the puree into a shallow baking dish. Cover and freeze for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the dish from the freezer and stir with a fork to break up any frozen bits. Make sure to scrape the edges of the pan--this is where freezing begins. Continue to freeze in 45-minute intervals, interspersed with scraping and freezing again. After a few hours of freezing and scraping your granita should be ready to eat. (If you forget to stir and the granita solidifies, don't worry; you can use a fork to scrape frozen granita and the texture will still be fantastic.)
  5. The granita keeps in the freezer for 2 weeks.
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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 19, 2014 at 12:32 am

What a gorgeous looking book! And a honeydew granita sounds perfect!
Jason.

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Adrienne August 19, 2014 at 12:41 am

I love the idea of naturally GF foods instead of all those yucky alternatives

My first crush was Eric, he gave me a yellow marker that I cherished and always played tag with me.

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Mari August 19, 2014 at 12:49 am

My first crush ever was probably pizza. But if we’re sticking to humans his name was Joey, and he was not only very handsome but kind.

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Taja August 19, 2014 at 1:09 am

His name was Aspree. We got married twice at recess in Elementary School.

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Liz S. August 19, 2014 at 1:51 am

That granita is wonderful for summer (or anytime); and the cookbook sounds fantastic!

The name of my first crush was Jeremy.

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Sandy August 19, 2014 at 2:40 am

Thank you for such a nice giveaway. Looks like a beautiful cookbook. My first crush was Edward. My Dad. Nothing inappropriate here. Just an innocent little girl thinking her Daddy was the best guy there is.

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Medeja August 19, 2014 at 3:49 am

I can imagine that the flavor must have been really lovely!

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Lori August 19, 2014 at 4:30 am

My first crush or should I say crushes were two identical twin brothers (Matt and Mike) in kindergarten. I could never tell them apart but they always shared their crayon box with me, which was a plus in my book!

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Cindy M August 19, 2014 at 4:50 am

Wonderful featured recipe, and thanks for the offer! I think Joe? :-)

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Kelsey @ Badger Kitchen August 19, 2014 at 4:52 am

The earliest crush I can remember was in kindergarden and his name is Andy :)

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Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming August 19, 2014 at 4:58 am

Ryan!

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Molly @ Yes to Yolks August 19, 2014 at 5:01 am

I adore honeydew anything, and this granita looks awesome! I feel your pain…I also grew up in a household without sugar and video games (even TV was off limits!).

Brendan.

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Gal F. August 19, 2014 at 5:24 am

Can’t quite remember his name, I think it was Connor. I just moved to the US and couldn’t even speak English!

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Christy August 19, 2014 at 5:38 am

The name of my first crush was George. I was recently telling my brother how I can’t hear the song “Oh Sherrie” (by Steve Perry) and not think of the time that I called George on the phone for the first time. I wanted the vibe to be just right when I called him so I put on the 45 of that song so that he could hear it playing in the background and know how cool I was. I was nine.

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Jen @ Baked by an Introvert August 19, 2014 at 5:38 am

I’m loving this granita!

My first crush was when I six, his name was Lucky. His mom was best friends with my mom so he came over to play a lot. I last saw him when we were about nine, after I moved. I sometimes wonder how he’s been, hoping life has been kind to him.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan August 19, 2014 at 6:09 am

Ok so mine was named Robin and he wore cardigans and turtlenecks…in kindergarten, haha!

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kristin August 19, 2014 at 6:10 am

such a pretty color!

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Stella August 19, 2014 at 6:39 am

Mine was Adam. He pulled my hair and kicked me under the desks to show he liked me back.

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Kristen Tourne August 19, 2014 at 6:46 am

Honeydew Granita sounds so refreshing to beat the heat!

My first crush was in kindergarten and his name was Ryan. We did the whole kindergarten wedding (including flower ring) and then divorced the next day cause he wanted to marry someone else. Haha

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Sophia August 19, 2014 at 7:13 am

My first crush was Sage, he was my big brother’s best friend and although I may have only liked him because I didn’t know many boys at 6, I thought he was the coolest cat on the playground. Unfortunately for me, this meant that he and my brother wanted absolutely nothing to do with me, especially when I tried to tag along on their long winded pirate treasure hunts or Lego wars.

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Suzi S. August 19, 2014 at 7:31 am

I LOVE natural gluten-free. I don’t want to have to buy a million ingredients.

My first crush was Mitchell. We “dated” in first grade and he gave me a necklace. Then he said that he had stole it from his sister and needed it back. Emily was wearing it the next day at school….

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Jen August 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

Mine was Jonas :)

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Abby August 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

Kevin. He had red hair. 2nd grade.

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Melle August 19, 2014 at 9:15 am

So delicious! Can’t wait to try – love love love honeydew!

First crush: Joseph. Kindergarten. We used to play in my mom’s classroom after school (our moms were both teachers) and I taught him how to flare his nostrils. It was love.

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Marcia August 19, 2014 at 9:17 am

First crush: Danny from my first summer at sleepaway camp. Wonder what ever happened to him……

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Mary August 19, 2014 at 9:21 am

my first crush: John Pharo, nicknamed Chipper. I was in 2nd grade. That was many decades ago!

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Kay August 19, 2014 at 9:24 am

Looks so fresh and delicious! My first crush was Kent.

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Emmaline Walden August 19, 2014 at 9:34 am

This looks delicious! I have also been meaning to get Erin’s book! Love it. And my first crushs name was Cody, in elementary school :)

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Jasmine August 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

Mine was Jake too! I met him when I was 4 and just moved into my childhood house. Our parents played tennis together and I thought he was dreamy!

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Sandy August 19, 2014 at 9:51 am

His name was Chris and we were in first grade.

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Patricia Scarpin August 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

My first crush was Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, does that count? 😉

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Shelly August 19, 2014 at 9:58 am

First crush was in kindergarten. His name was Gene. He introduced me to Doritos.

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Lori Hart August 19, 2014 at 10:05 am

This looks perfect for summer!! This recipe came over on my Bloglovin feed and I’d love it if you would share it at my Tuesday link party, Tickle My Tastebuds . Here is the link http://bit.ly/1kRX8Tm
Cheers,
Lori

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Lori Hart August 19, 2014 at 10:06 am

My first crush was Don Morris in Jr. High.

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Lauren August 19, 2014 at 10:27 am

My first crush was named Cory. He was sort of the elementary school heartthrob and every girl I knew thought he was dreamy with his dirty blond bowl cut.

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Nury August 19, 2014 at 10:34 am

My first crush was in Kindergarten, his name was Fernando. He was so cute, but he never really knew lol.

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Ashley Nathalie August 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

Love this post and the giveaway question! So many giggles right now haha. I think my first crush was Tom (I think bc I was boy crazy). And I got to play his betrothed in the third grade class play… I thought I was going to die of excitement!

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katy August 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

Gordon! HA! That granita looks uh-mazing!

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Nicole August 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

River Phoenix in Stand By Me. I was obsessed!

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Marie August 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

My first crush was Leon, that was in grade school. I really enjoy your posts, and recipes, Looking forward to many more posts with interesting recipes and stories. I enjoy making new recipes. And adding them to my collection for later use.

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Allison August 19, 2014 at 10:55 am

My first crush was named Kyle. He was in accelerated classes with me, so I knew he was into smart girls…I don’t think he was so in to pretending to be a horse as I was, however.

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Afton S August 19, 2014 at 11:01 am

Mine was Drew in Kindergarten!

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Hilary August 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

Mine was Max and it was kindergarten. Half way through the school year my family moved across country and he gave me his school picture to remember him by.

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cori August 19, 2014 at 11:25 am

i think mine was someone named Pete!

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Eileen August 19, 2014 at 11:25 am

The name of my first crush was ice cream, ha ha. :) No, but seriously. Ice cream! this granita sounds like such a great way to enjoy the best fruits of summer. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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Mandy August 19, 2014 at 11:26 am

The name of my first crush was Johnny, and it was during kindergarten. I liked him because he was the best looking boy in the class, haha, but I don’t think he even knew I existed!

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Christine [from–The Lion's Den] August 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

I’m 100% making this
from – The Lion’s Den

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Lydia W. August 19, 2014 at 11:38 am

My first crush was Patrick Nicoll. I flirted by staring at him with an uncomfortable amount of eye contact for two years. Ah, third grade…

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Tonya August 19, 2014 at 11:50 am

I’m intrigued by the cookbook. It sounds fun. I can’t remember the name of my first crush; I called him “blue-eyes” because he had the most beautiful blue eyes and gorgeous curly blonde hair.

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April August 19, 2014 at 11:54 am

Jake.

A cousin of my best friend who I never had the guts to tell :)

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Chie August 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm

He was Rokkou. He was my first dog. ( feel not pet ) Every spring season we’re sat down under cheerry blossum trees. watching “right pink folling flowers” still remenber him.

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Justine August 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

That cookbook sounds awesome.
Nathaniel. All through Elementary school!

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Emily August 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Mine was Michael :)

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Rachel Brown August 19, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Evan. So very cute and joined my grade 7 class late in the year, moving from Montreal to Toronto. Easy to say, every girl was swooning over him.

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Lisa August 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

This looks like a beautiful book! Jimmy – third grade. Wow

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Stacey Roberson August 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Oh my goodness! My first crush? His name was Marshall. I was in 4th grade, he was in 6th.

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Sam August 19, 2014 at 12:39 pm

My first crush was Austin…must of been in elementary school.

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erin {yummy supper} August 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Adrianna! Your granita looks so darned pretty! Swoon.
I’m so damned honored to see my recipes happenin’ in your kitchen.
xoxoxo
E

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Katie August 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Had to be Nicholas in 3rd grade!

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Pamela August 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm

OMG I was in forth grade his name was Andres! He was my best friend’s cousin.

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Jen Jones August 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm

My first crush was Jacob…the good ole days :)

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Jen @ Fresh From The... August 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm

My first crush that I really remember was from first grade… Brad. Yep, even in first grade, hahaha!

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Lindsey August 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Ryan: we were in 4th grade and our parents allowed us to go roller skating (where we snuck holing hands) 😉

Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love how these look, the natural green and especially that they are chemical free!

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sara August 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Craig, my best friend and I both had a crush on him and he couldn’t have cared less about either of us!

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Rachel August 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Pasquale, he was my neighbor.

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Emily August 19, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Looks incredible! First crush was Robby. Also my first slow dance in the 6th grade…makes me miss butterfly clips and glittery Hard Candy nail polish!

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Kim Henrichs August 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm

My first crush was named Ryan in the fourth grade. He just moved into our little town from a big city! I was in awe.

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Sarah August 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Ryan in 3rd grade! Although now I think I have a bigger crush on these granitas…

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Kasey August 19, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Ben- we were like 4 yrs old and our moms were good friends

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April @badgerkitchen August 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Oh boy, my first crush was Andrew. I’ve been wanting to make a granita all summer, this might be the one!

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Maggie August 19, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Ryan was my first grade through 7th grade crush. I could never bring myself to talk to him. Love a granita anytime,these look so refreshing!

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Sheila August 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Definitely Kevin, from my kindergarten class. He was the first person in the grade to master the art of reading.

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Jayne August 19, 2014 at 8:55 pm

oooh… His name was KP. I was about 6. He’d be sweet to me then mean the next moment. Boys!

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Kaity August 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Johnny in kindergarten; we rode the bus together and I told my father we were going to date. He said we had to wait until we turned 16!

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Bethany August 19, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Joshua was my first crush in the third grade, and he was the class clown. That seems to be a pattern for me, now that I think about it!

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Millie l Add A Little August 19, 2014 at 11:33 pm

The cookbook looks fabulous! My first crush was called Tiger! Oh the young days haha 😛

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T.R. August 20, 2014 at 12:10 am

Oh my goodness, I’ve had so many. I love crushes. Tony in 5th grade.

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Debbie D August 20, 2014 at 12:15 am

Paul. Kindergarten. Still think of him many, many years later and wish him well. Facebook friends now. Current sweetie? Paul. I seem to have a fondness for the name.

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Angie August 20, 2014 at 4:10 am

The photography is so pretty in this post!

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Rebecca August 20, 2014 at 4:27 am

It was Michael for several years in elementary school. I am prett.y sure he knew

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ali August 20, 2014 at 4:45 am

Alan. He had a 67 mustang and was in high school and i was like 10 :)

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Maria M August 20, 2014 at 5:16 am

my first crush was Simon – i was 9 years old and he was in my sisters form 2 years above me. I used to draw him cards during playtime (it rained a lot). Years later his mom told me she had a stack of loveletters i had sent to him!!!

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Marie D. August 20, 2014 at 6:04 am

Bo Duke from the Dukes of Hazzard when I was in 4th grade. Thank goodness I got past my fascination with blond-haired, blue eyed men while I was still in grade school.

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Meredith August 20, 2014 at 6:44 am

These look great and need to be made immediately! First crush was Eric. We were in the 5th grade and he asked me to go to taco bell and my mom wouldn’t let me!!

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Brenda in Tyler August 20, 2014 at 7:16 am

Jeffrey. 1st grade. I got caught kissing him in line to wash hands before lunch. :)

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Rocio August 20, 2014 at 8:20 am

Julio, 7th grade math class. Ah, such an intense crush.

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Ellie August 20, 2014 at 9:11 am

His name was Ross and we were six. We held hands at play lunch :)

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Heather S August 20, 2014 at 9:36 am

Sol :)

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Sarah H.P. August 20, 2014 at 10:03 am

My first crush was a boy named Skyler!

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Kim August 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

His name is Michael and we were in preschool. He was Aladdin for halloween and I was Jasmine!

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Alyson August 20, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Adam: He was in my first grade class, and I acted like a tomboy just so I could hang out with him. :)

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Kim G. August 20, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Goodness … I don’t remember my first crush! I do know my last though :)

Question: is that really 12 cups of freshly squeezed lime juice??? Holy smokes that is a whole lot of limes!

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Adrianna Adarme August 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm

OMG that’s a good catch. No way. It’s supposed to be 1/2 cup. Fixing now!

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Kim G. August 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

Thanks so much! The granita looks amazing! I’ll be making it this weekend!

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Holly H. August 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm

His name was Doug. I met him in second grade.

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jacquie August 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm

to be honest i have no idea what the name of my first crush was.

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Candi August 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Theo.. I wonder what he’s doing now…

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Rebecca August 21, 2014 at 2:40 am

Andrew! It was grade one.

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Helena August 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

His name as Chritophe, we were ten years old and went in the same class at school….
Thank you for this nice recipe and this lovely giveaway!

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julianne August 21, 2014 at 8:07 am

jason.

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Francesca August 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

Michael. After that, it was a few more Michaels :)

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Bunny SE August 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Ben. 3rd grade! I ran away from home, he told my parents where I was hiding out [the grocery store of all places] because he thought I wasn’t going to come back to school, LoL

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Bec M August 21, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Probably one of the Hanson brothers, lol!

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Effie August 21, 2014 at 7:16 pm

His name was Josh. He was blond and looked like River Pheonix.

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margaret August 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm

jeff

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Soona August 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm

This looks amazing!!! I’m totally in love with Rockmelons at the moment.

Do you think this could work with Rockmelon?

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Adrianna Adarme August 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Yes I think they would work!

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Alana | Fix Feast Flair August 21, 2014 at 9:57 pm

First crush (and first boyfriend) Tyler. It was the fifth grade and we held hands, which seemed like the biggest deal in the whole world at the time.

The recipe for this granita sounds amazing and you’ve made everything look incredible as well–I’m sure the rest of the book is awesome!

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Emilie in MN August 22, 2014 at 5:02 am

Eric

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Allison August 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

Steve- we rode the bus together throughout elementary school and I thought he was the coolest person on earth.

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Judith M. August 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

Paul (nickname Skip).

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Rachel August 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Mine was Keeton, we were best friends :)

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Jess August 23, 2014 at 5:03 am

O’Bryant. We were in the same grade school class, and he was so cute and could speak Spanish. That was pretty exotic and interesting to 7 year-old me!

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Sarah P. August 23, 2014 at 9:05 am

Yum, this looks so refreshing! My first crush was Mark, in Kindergarden!

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Peggy Wright August 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

jimmy in the 5th grade.

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jessica August 23, 2014 at 11:25 am

Everyone in kindergarten liked this boy, Jamie. I tagged him on the playground but never kissed him. Unrequited love!

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Jade Sheldon-Burnsed August 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Steven. He was the first boy to ever ask me out but I was so nervous around him that I totally shot him down!

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M'lissa Morgan August 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Kevin, but I was the new kid and it was middle school. Two very big reasons that it went nowhere, haha :)

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clairine August 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

christopher but it didn’t work out because he turn out to be a super playboy

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Adrienne K August 24, 2014 at 5:25 am

His name was Mark. 5 years older than me, the son of friends of my parents, so cute. Once he showed up at my house to ask me to go on his motorcycle. I was too afraid of him to say yes. Saw him the other day. He’s about 300 pounds now.

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Adrianna Adarme August 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

This comment made my day. Thank you.

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Sarah C August 24, 2014 at 9:58 am

Justin–he was the most popular boy in kindergarten!

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Lauren August 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Russell.

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Christy Spurlock August 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Andrew. I was the new transfer girl and he gave me a glass elephant necklace. Still remain friends even though we are both are married to other people.

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Kate August 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm

3rd grade; Riley. Shorter than me and fire-red hair. Haven’t thought about that for a long time!! :)

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Amy | Salt and Honey August 25, 2014 at 6:24 am

Scott. He was my dad’s best friend’s son. I was prob 4 and he was 18. I was trouble from a VERY young age…

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ATasteOfMadness August 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm

This looks so good! I’ve got to admit though, I have never heard about granita until this year (apparently my spell check has never heard of it either) but I would definitely want to try it!

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