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Lips and Love Basket

1 to 2 long, oval-shaped seedless watermelons
Cutting board
Green dry erase marker
Kitchen and paring knives
Melon baller
Assorted cookie cutters (X, O, and heart shapes), if desired
Wooden skewers
Toothpicks
Strawberries
Fruits to make fruit salad filling
Large bowl and spoon

Wash watermelon under cool running water and pat dry. On cutting board, place watermelon on its side and cut off 1/4- to 1/2-inch from stem end being careful not to cut too deep into white part of rind to provide sturdy base. With marker, draw scalloped line around width of middle of watermelon. Use paring knife to cut along marker line, then separate the two halves. Use melon baller to scoop out watermelon for your base. Cut top half of watermelon in half and use dry erase marker to draw large set of lips on one half. Use paring knife to cut out lips. Once you have a general shape, carefully carve away rind. Use paring knife to shape lips into a more finished look. Cut remaining 1/4-inch-thick slices and cut hearts, X’s, O’s, or other shapes, discarding rind. Attach lips to top of base using wooden skewers and toothpicks. Slice strawberries lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, keeping strawberry tops on for decoration, if desired. Attach slice of strawberry with green top to center of each scallop using toothpick. Use rest of strawberry slices in fruit salad for fruit bowl. Place fruit bowl on serving platter, fill with fruit salad, and garnish with slices of fruit cut into hearts, X’s, and O’s, if desired.

 

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