Lime, honey, and a pinch of salt pureed with melon; the perfect Cantaloupe Honey Shaved Ice summertime snack or dessert. Defrost, shave, and serve!

Cantaloupe Honey Shaved Ice

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Last week I had the best conversation with a long-time sweet blogging friend, while out on a walk with Haggis. We talked about real life now, living in a new town, forging new connections, the blessing of old friends, sharing moments in a new space, adventures, and simply exploring life.

Real life is just where we are. It looks different for each of us, and even though life so rarely unfolds according to our plan, it’s about living in the moment – where we are today!

My friend and I talked about small moments and big moments. It’s easy to write about the big moments – the places we go, adventures, our travels—the big stuff. But quite honestly, there are more small moments in life than big moments.

We’ve had our share of big moments in recent years, with 3 kids graduating high school, two from college, and our big (for me, living in the same town for 52 years) move. We’ve also traveled, adventured, and explored. We’ve also helped celebrate many of our friends’ big moments, which brings so much joy!

Cantaloupe Honey Shaved Ice

Last weekend we hiked Green Lakes trailhead with some of our best friends from back “home.”

It was splendid, indeed.

Cantaloupe Honey Shaved Ice

A 10-mile hike, one of the most glorious hikes I have ever been on.

We sat and ate lunch together, with the lake on the left (a soft gray), in the middle (a piercing blue), and on the right (a vibrant green).

Cantaloupe Honey Shaved Ice

We sat in the meadow, enjoyed the creek, took a peek into the campsites (if we ever want to backpack in for a few nights), and saw a zillion dogs on the trial. Seriously, I’ve never seen so many awesome animals; I think a record was 4 Bernese Mountain dogs!

The big moments of a lovely weekend–and all the fun and laughter and good food that goes along with it–had to come to an end, as we said our goodbyes on Sunday morning.

Big is good, but just like any ordinary person, life goes back to living out the small moments.

Back to walking Haggis in the early morning, talking on the phone (actually talking, not texting) to my friends back home.

Small moments are good. And they make up most of our days.

Cantaloupe Honey Shaved Ice

Because we LOVE cantaloupe season, I tried a new recipe this week, a Cantaloupe Honey Shaved Ice.

Cantaloupe, honey, lime, salt, and water. I bet you have these ingredients in your kitchen!

Follow my recipe, freeze and shave (or scrape with an ice cream scoop), and enjoy with a friend!

Happy Monday, Friends!

Cantaloupe Honey Shaved Ice

Cantaloupe Honey Shaved Ice
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Cantaloupe Honey Shaved Ice

Makes about 1 quart.
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  • 4 cups ripe cubed cantaloupe, from a 3–4 pound melon
  • ¼ cup honey, plus more to taste
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Combine all ingredients with ¾ cup water in a blender and purée until smooth. Add more honey to taste.
  • Prepare a large loaf pan or 8×8 pan; line with parchment paper. Pour the mixture in and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  • After frozen hard, scrape off the top (or shave with a spoon), which will be icy. Serve in a small dish; garnish with mint (optional).
  • The shaved ice will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.
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Cantaloupe Honey Shaved Ice