Making Popsicles

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It’s been a whole three weeks since my last post! Time flies sometimes, especially when you’re busy! I promised my self I’d blog more often but then I just think thats not interesting enough to share. Do you ever feel that way?

Well any who today I wanted to share to my adventures in popsicle making!

I’ve been obsessed the last week with popsicle making. I saw one pin on pinterest (lets be friends!-I’d love to see yours!) and went pin crazy! There are so many options! Not to mention gorgeous pictures! This only made things worse :S So my next step was to go to amazon and check out popsicle molds (of course). They start at about $12 and go up, and while $12 isn’t that expensive, I’m cheap. Period. I decided to hold out. I figured I could probably get them cheaper in town and I’m glad I did! Target pulled through. I got two sets for a whopping $1.50 each! For a $1.50 I can live with the jelly bean 😉

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So with molds acquired it was time to let popsicle making commence! Back at pintrest, I started really looking at recipes and started to get a bit overwhelmed. There were TOOO many options. Like with most recipes some were easy others were more involved. So after gandering around a bit I decided to wing it.

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The first popsicle batch I made were pineapple and lime! This was a great decision! If you like lime this is for you! They were nice a tangy and not to sweet.

Up front I have to admit to you that I didn’t use fresh pineapple. Its nearly impossible to get here in Dekalb. They turned out great anyway!

Here’s a rough recipe of you’re interested. The lovely thing about popsicles (in my opinion) are if the base tastes good you’re all set. Just raid the fruit you have on hand and get to work!

I used:

1/2 a can of pineapples and 1/2 the juice

1 whole lime

1 tablespoon of sugar (about)

a bit of water

*You’ll need a blender

I squeezed the lime straight into the blender added the sugar and pineapple/juice and blended until smooth. Then added a bit of water just to make the mixture a bit more runny. You can use more juice but I was going to use my pineapple for my second batch. The water worked fine. Then pour into your molds.

Now at this point I have to warn you: no matter how much you wish that your popsicles will freeze instantly they won’t. 😦 So now you just wait. and wait and wait. Then maybe you’ll forget about them (I didn’t) and tada! Popsicle time!

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The second batch I made was pineapple and peach.

For these I used:

1/4 can of pineapple/juice

1 medium peach

a bit of water.

Then I just followed the same process. Throw it all in the blender, blend, add a bit of water, pour in mold and wait!

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Yay for popsicles! Do you make popsicles? What are your favorite recipes?!!

Lemon Two Ways & A New Friend

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Well it seems that summer is finally here. It’s “hot” and muggy and it seems like it’s here to stay. I say “hot” because 80-90’s isn’t that bad. Back home in Tucson temps are reaching 112. *___* blech! The mugginess on the other hand is terrible.

With the warmer summerier (I think I just made up a word…) weather, I’m starting to crave “summer” foods. I picked up a lemon at our farmers market, not sure what I wanted to do with it but hey you can ALWAYS use  a lemon right? right.

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I saw a recipe for lemon cookies on pintrest and knew THIS is what my lemon was destined for (!) but when I went to the recipe it required a box of lemon cake mix. This was a problem, I didn’t have a box of lemon cake mix and I definitely didn’t want to acquire one. So after a bit of searching I finally found one that seemed up my alley and I had all the ingredients for. I went with this one from little bitty kitchen. This was my first time at this blog but I will definitely be back. Its very lovely ^__^

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Cookies all crinkly and ready for another dusting of sugar..

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My boyfriend *had* to taste test a few and taste testing just can’t wait!

I decided to use the rest of my lemon for iced tea! I have fond memories of my mom making suntea in a big glass tea jar. I loovvveee sun tea there’s just a little something special the sun adds. I don’t know if it gets hot enough here to make sun tea but it may be worth a try.

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Sun or no this lemony tea hit the spot and a mason jar made it all the better 🙂

Now I’m sure you’re wondering where does the new friend come it?

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Do you see him?

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I’d like to introduce you to Sir Bartholomew Finderdinks the second. Sir Bart the first (as dubbed by a good human friend) was a companion in the fall but sadly he stopped visiting. Then the other day this fellow showed up! I must say I’ve never seen a squirrel wag its tail a someone before. I hope to see more of him. We love to watch the squirrels running about and playing with each other. Its especially entertaining when the birds hang out and yell at them. The squirrels don’t seem to notice or mind.

What summer foods are you making this summer?