Popsicles!

Seriously?!  I’ve posted nothing for almost two months…?  How does THAT happen??!  I have almost 25 drafts languishing in my posts file and have published nada.

How embarrassing. 

Really.

Please forgive me?  I’ll share my new favorite popsicles with yoooooou…Pretty please?

I swear I’ve been cooking and baking and bookmarking and trying new things–delicious things–and thinking every time “I’m totally going to write about this!”  I even take pictures and upload and edit them (occasionally…) and…never quite get around to writing about them.  That’s all about to change!

Those popsicles I mentioned?  Let’s get to ’em! 

I love making popsicles for my kids (and for us!).  They think the pops are such a treat. I love that I can control the ingredients and consequently feel good about giving them healthy, fruit-filled treats when they come begging for a snack 45 minutes before dinner.  Homemade popsicles take virtually no time and very little effort on the front end, but the smiles they inspire make you feel like you hung the moon! 🙂

A few weeks ago, I froze grapefruit lemonade (a perfect, sweet-tart combination:  lemonade from concentrate, plus the pulp and juice from one large grapefruit) in our popsicle molds.  That was a BIG hit with the kids! 

Shortly after that, I happened upon the mention of strawberry lime-ade pops and could not get the idea and the desperate wish to taste that combo out of my head!  Ali at gimme some oven offered a beautiful post about these fantastic little treats.

I had about half a box of strawberries and some plain yogurt hanging out in the fridge, along with some lime pieces leftover from taco night.  My popsicle molds are dinky (really, I should upgrade from these; though I also have these), so I halved Ali’s recipe.  I gave the handful of ingredients a quick spin with my immersion blender, though a blender or food processor would work just as well, and poured the concoction into the molds.  Later that afternoon, they were mostly solid…but our willpower was not. 

They were FANtastic!!  And gone in two days.

The strawberry lime-ade flavor might still be my favorite, though we’ve been inspired to try some new combinations.  A perennial favorite pairing is blueberries and bananas, either with plain yogurt or without.  I’m also reliving my youth with Orange Julius-inspired flavors:  banana, orange juice, and yogurt blended with either strawberries, peaches, or pineapple.  Bananas provide that almost-creamy base and provide a good, solid texture when pureed and frozen.

Any of these combinations are great as smoothies and are even better when frozen for a summer treat.  Popsicles for breakfast, anyone?!

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