3 Things That Work in the Kitchen – What I’m listening to and more

3 Things that work in the kitchen

Grocery Pick Up is the best

Last week I ordered groceries online for pick up on Saturday morning. This week I’m going to order on Friday for pick up on Sunday afternoon. We’ve got an out of town soccer tournament and will be gone Friday afternoon through late Saturday. That leaves Sunday for groceries, but I don’t want to spend the afternoon in the store. I love being able to order and not even have to go in! And this week I’m determined to remember the toilet paper in the order. Ha!

I’ve tried both Walmart and Kroger pick up. Both are great. Kroger gives more options for leaving notes about things in their online ordering system. However, last week I called Walmart after placing my order because I wanted to have the deli ham shaved very thin. They made a note of it and it was exactly as I requested when I picked it up the next day.

Kroger gives you three free pickups, plus sends other free pick up or free item offers. Walmart doesn’t charge for pickup. In fact, you can use this code to get $10 off your order. That’s my affiliate code. They’ll give you one too, so you can share with friends. I will say, I never could get the code from my friend to work. I tried several times, so maybe it will work for you and maybe not. Ten bucks is worth a try though.

2. Individual Naan Pizzas

I wish I had pictures for you, but I didn’t think about it the other night. I’d been painting Mia’s room (good bye little-girl purple paint and hello white walls!) and making an elaborate dinner wasn’t something I was interested in. Of course, I very rarely make an elaborate dinner anyway!

We’ve been using naan to make pizza for a while now. I browned Italian sausage and sliced red onion for the toppings. We raided the garden for basil. Everyone made their own pizza the way they liked. Minimal work and a wonderful dinner!

3. Podcast listening

Do you listen to podcasts while you cook or do dishes? I do if I’m alone, which is rare around dinner time. I usually listen in the car and while I walk. But I have some good ones I wanted to share with you.
If you love books and reading, you’ll love What Should I Read Next from Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy. I got to be a guest on the latest WSIRN podcast! Anne and I talk about comfort reading, books with great food scenes and more. I shared three books I love and one I hate, then Anne recommended three books for me to read.

Sorta Awesome is my favorite way to start every Friday morning. Megan and her co-hosts are fun, informative and make you feel like you’re having coffee with a friend.

The Healthy Moving Podcast from Jen Hoffman is short and always thought provoking and helpful. You can hear me as a guest on episode 41. I talk about my favorite Healthy Moving exercise for headaches. I also really appreciated episode 38 on how to talk about body image with kids.

This week a new podcast launched called The Smartest Person in the Room with Laura Tremaine. The first episode is an interview with Phil Johnston, who is one of the creators of Zootopia and Wreck It Ralph.

Another short podcast I’ve been enjoying lately is That’s the Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs fame). His podcast reminds me a lot of the old Paul Harvey radio shows that my mom used to listen to. The storytelling is very similar to those Rest of the Story shows.

What’s working in your kitchen this week and what are you listening to?

Puff Pastry Waffles with Nutella and Strawberries

Puff pastry meets waffle iron

That picture says it all!  Puff pastry.  Waffle iron.  Nutella and Strawberries.  Go make it!

Even though no more words are necessary, I’ll add a few anyway.  Puff pastry cooked in a waffle iron is like a waffle-croissant.  Wafflesant.  Croiwaffle.

Basically, it’s flaky perfection!  Crisp, thin layers on the outside and tender inside.

This dessert couldn’t be easier.  Place squares of thawed puff pastry dough on the hot waffle iron and cook, just like you’re making a waffle.

Spread thick layers of Nutella on the Wafflesants, stack and top with strawberries.

Take a bite and love yourself forever for making such an easy, amazing dessert!

Puff pastry waffles with Nutella and Strawberries

Eat at Home Tonight! Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe and Quick Shopping List

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These are designed for those days when you look up and it’s 4:00 or 5:00pm and you have no idea what to fix for dinner.  Print off the recipe and list.  Hit the store on the way home from work (or grab the items from your pantry – they’re all common ingredients) and have dinner on the table in short order.

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Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice Large Family Size

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1-2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 TBS soy sauce (plus extra to taste)
  • 20 oz can pineapple tidbits, drained and reserve juice
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
  2. Cook the onion and garlic in oil in a large skillet till soft.
  3. Add the ham, 2 Tbs. soy sauce, 1 Tbs. pineapple juice.
  4. Cook for several minutes till the ham is hot.
  5. Pour the eggs into the skillet and cook, stirring frequently.
  6. Add the peas and carrots and heat through.
  7. Stir in the drained pineapple.
  8. Add the cooked rice, stirring to combine.
  9. Add soy sauce, pineapple juice, salt and pepper to taste.

Eat at Home Tonight! Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe and Quick Shopping List

Serves: 3-4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 cups white rice
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 cups diced ham
  • 1 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 TBS soy sauce (plus extra to taste)
  • 8 oz can pineapple tidbits, drained and reserve juice
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
  2. Cook the onion and garlic in oil in a large skillet till soft.
  3. Add the ham, 1 Tbs. soy sauce, ½ Tbs. pineapple juice.
  4. Cook for several minutes till the ham is hot.
  5. Pour the eggs into the skillet and cook, stirring frequently.
  6. Add the peas and carrots and heat through.
  7. Stir in the drained pineapple.
  8. Add the cooked rice, stirring to combine.
  9. Add soy sauce, pineapple juice, salt and pepper to taste.

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3 Things That Work in the Kitchen – I waffled something new!

3 Things that work in the kitchen

1.  We finally got a new cabinet!

We’ve been living without a cabinet and dishwasher since the end of June.  This was due to a terrible dishwasher leak that ruined the cabinet next to it.  It took a while for the replacement cabinet to come in, but it finally did and Jim installed it.

It’s not a perfect match, but it’s so close to the others that I don’t think anyone would notice the difference.

utility dishwasher box

Next up is to get a new dishwasher.  Of course, that means parting with this excellent water jug storage system, which is actually pretty handy.

The arrow in the photo is pointing to an electric (I think) box that is installed in a very inconvenient spot.  Because of the placement of that box, we have to buy a dishwasher based on how it’s made in the back.  Some dishwashers are built all the way to the ground in the back, but those won’t work in this spot.

I know this, because the last time we bought a dishwasher it had to be returned.  I’d chosen a Bosch that I was so excited about, but it couldn’t be installed.  Instead, I went back to the store and picked out the Maytag that ended up leaking all over the place after only a couple years.

If you have suggestions for a great dishwasher, let me know!

2.  My favorite cooking spoon is missing

While we were in Paris, my oldest daughter and her husband stayed at our house to hold down the fort.  When I came back, I couldn’t find my favorite cooking spoon.  (Please say you have a favorite spoon to cook with too!)

It turns out, she had taken the spoon to a potluck and it didn’t make it back home.  I’m pretty sure it’s in the utensil drawer at church.  I just need to remember to check.  This spoon is not a nice looking spoon.  No one would recognize its value. It was a wedding gift that has been cooked with nearly every day for the last 28 years.  Even when it was brand new, it was nothing special.  I just love the way it feels and the way it’s shaped.

Security spoon, anyone?

3.  Puff pastry is great in a waffle iron!

waffled puff pastry

I’ve got a post planned on this for later in the week, but what you see is what you get.  Place squares of puff pastry in a hot waffle iron. Slather with Nutella and top with sliced strawberries.

No regrets!

What’s working in your kitchen this week?

 

Last Day to Get Weekly Meal Plans at a Great Price!

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Paris Trip – What We Ate and More

Paris us in front of love wall

Jim and I recently got to take a trip to Paris together.  It was our first time to go to Europe and the longest trip we’ve ever taken with just the two of us.  It was wonderful!

I wrote about my apprehensions about taking the trip in this post.  Like so many of the things we worry about, it all turned out fine.  More than fine, actually!  We are so grateful that we booked the trip and went, even when there were many reasons to keep us at home.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about a memory making trip or another event, but something is stopping you.  I know that there are times it just doesn’t make sense to follow through, but often we put things off for small reasons.  We hold ourselves back, making up excuses to not follow through, building up false barriers.  If that sounds familiar to you, let this post be your encouragement to follow through!  You’ll be so glad you did.

Our Tour Group

Instead of going it alone, we decided to take a Rick Steves Tour.  I never would have considered a tour, if not for this post from Amy at MomAdvice on the tour they took in Italy.  We loved being part of the tour group.  Our guide was phenomenal.  On the first day, she taught us all how to use the metro and equipped us with metro tickets just like the locals use.  We rode the metro all over the city by ourselves and never felt uncomfortable about it, thanks to her instructions.

The tour gave us plenty of time to explore the city on our own in addition to group times.  We also had local guides at the Louvre, Versailles and in the Marais district.  These guides were fantastic in helping us really understand what we were seeing.

As for our times together as a group, we really enjoyed that as well.  We met a lot of interesting people and had a great time getting to know them.  We toured together in the mornings and also had three dinners together.  The rest of the time was ours to spend in any way we liked.

Sainte Chappelle

It’s impossible to pick a favorite out of everything we saw, but Sainte Chappelle would at or near the top for me.  We toured here one morning with the group and had to leave far too soon.  Lucky for us though, there was a violin concert that night and our guide offered to arrange tickets for us.  Jim and I took her up on the offer, used the metro to get back to the oldest part of the city where Sainte Chappelle is located and paid for our tickets at the table our guide told us about.  We chose the cheap seats at the back, which was perfect because could see all the windows during the concert.  What an amazing experience to listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in that beautiful place!

The Food

Rue Cler fruit market

Food in Paris is everywhere and it’s all so good!  Fruit and vegetable stands line the streets, there are boulangeries on every corner and most restaurants have seating outside.  Often the chairs face the street at these cafes.  I guess French people take their people watching seriously.

I had put a number of things on my Paris food bucket list before we left:

A picnic style meal

We had an unintentional picnic on a bench near the Abbesses Metro Station in Montmartre.  We saw tables at the place we chose to eat and also a line to get food to go. We got in line and chose our food, then realized that since we’d gotten it to go, we couldn’t sit at the tables.  Had we sat down to begin with, we could have ordered food brought to us.  For some reason this concept threw us a couple of times.  It turned out fine though, because we found a place to sit on a nearby bench, the drizzly rain paused for a while and the warm baguette we bought was the best of the whole trip.  We also picnicked near Notre Dame with these eclairs for dessert:

Paris eclairs

  Onion Soup

This was served at our first group dinner and it was delicious!

Onion soup

 Macarons

I wanted to try macarons, because the only time I’d had them at home I wasn’t impressed.  We had macarons from a small bakery in Montmartre and again at the famous Laduree.

Laduree box

It was fun to go to Laduree on the Champs Elysees.  We chose a box of six macarons in six different flavors.

Laduree macarons

They are beautiful.  We liked them all except the Rose flavored one.  I thought that tasted like my grandma’s bathroom!  Overall though, macarons are not my thing.  There are so many, many other sweet treats to eat that are much better.  They’re very photogenic, but I’d rather feast on croissants, pain du chocolat, creme brulee, eclairs …

Fallafels in the Jewish Quarter

L'as du fallafel

I’d heard about this fallafel place and seen photos on Instagram.  I really hoped we’d get to eat here and we did!  If you look closely at the crates in the left of the photo, you can see they are full of eggplants.

This meal was fantastic.  We shared it with two people from our tour group.  It was fun to get to know them while we ate messy, delicious fallafels.

The best meal

The best meal I had was at our second group dinner at Bistro de Gaspard.  I had duck with potatoes and roasted onions.  The menu gave it a longer, more appetizing name, but I can’t remember that.  I only remember how amazing it tasted!  The picture doesn’t look like much, but trust me this was wonderful.

Paris duck dinner

The caramel dessert topped the meal perfectly.  Every spoonful carried the most intense caramel flavor without being too sweet.  Perfection!

Paris caramel dessert

The biggest surprise

At our first group meal, we were served coffee.  In France this means a shot of espresso.  I don’t care for espresso, but I decided to try it anyway.  Oh my!  Un cafe in Paris is not the same thing as an espresso in the States.  Instead, it’s an intense coffee flavor without any hint of bitterness or harshness.  I could have downed several of these a day easily.

Paris un cafe

If anyone knows how we can make coffee like this at home, please let me know.  I did try a Starbucks espresso when we got back and yuck!  Not the same at all.

What we brought home

I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in our group to bring home salt as a souvenir.

french sea salt

This type of salt is very expensive here in the States, but at the grocery store in Paris it was under three Euros a bag.  It adds a lot of flavor to recipes and it’s a fun way to remember the trip while doing an everyday task like cooking.

chocolate bars assorted

We also brought home a fantastic chocolate haul.  Visiting a chocolate shop was on my Paris bucket list, but I didn’t have a specific shop in mind.  One afternoon we asked the young lady working the desk at our hotel and she gave us the name of a great little shop on Rue Cler.

Chocolate with pistachio

This is the pistachio filled bar.  In the words of the young man who let us sample a bite in the chocolate shop, “it’s crazy”!  The color is reminiscent of guacamole, but the taste is pure pistachio.  So good!

Chocolate block stack

We also bought this stack of single origin chocolate.  We haven’t unwrapped these yet, but I’m looking forward to trying them all.

Paris was everything I imagined and more!  I’m so, so grateful Jim and I were able to go together.  To top it all off, we got bumped up to first class on the way home.  Those seats that fully recline to a bed are no joke.  That’s the way to travel!

New Motto – Take the Trip!

I hope reading about our trip has been an encouragement to you to follow through with your dreams.  Don’t let little worries get in the way of living life.  I’m not just talking about big trips to Europe.  There have been plenty of times in the past when I’ve let small worries get in the way of date nights, short get-aways, etc.

My new motto is “Take the trip!”  Whether it’s a small trip to take a walk in a new part of town or a larger opportunity, it’s worth it to stretch myself and do something new.

Delegating Dinner Planning (and a sale!)

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Once the calendar flips to August, I begin to feel the crush of the school and soccer schedules.  I work from home and we homeschool, so I don’t quite get the benefit of my work hours increasing.  Rather, the available hours for work decrease once school starts.

The schedule crush has me searching for ways to streamline tasks.  One way I do that is by using Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plans.  In fact, these are pretty much designed based on what I find helpful.  It turns out that a lot of other people find it helpful too!

Whether I use the grocery list for a shopping trip in the store, or order online (thanks, Kroger and Walmart for providing this great service!), it is so much easier to do the shopping when I know what I need.  And once I’ve shopped the list, the pantry is full.  I can make the meals on the menu or make something else.  I usually stick to the meals, because we make sure there’s at least one 15 minute meal and one slow cooker meal each week.  Fast and easy!

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Arnold Palmer Popsicles Plus What I’ve Been Reading This Summer

Arnold Palmer Popsicles

It’s hot outside!  The dog days of summer are upon us and all we want to do is have something icy while reading a book.  Preferably in a hammock or on a porch swing or on a floaty in a pool.

I know what you’re thinking.  I just shared some Whole Fruit Popsicles and then proclaimed how I could never replace ice cream with popsicles.  So why make more of them?

Good question.  These popsicles aren’t an attempt to deter me from ice cream like the last batch.  These ice pops are only meant to take iced tea up a notch, making it even colder.

Arnold Palmer is credited with making the tea/lemonade combo drink popular.  Great idea, Mr. Palmer!  The two ingredients work great as popsicles too.

Arnold Palmer Popsicles set up

I decided to use Earl Grey tea.  You can use any type of flavor you like.  Brew the tea stronger than you normally would.  Add a bit more lemonade mix to the water than it calls for too.  We like our ice pops full of flavor!

Arnold Palmer ingredients

Let’s talk about books and reading while we wait on the tea to get stronger.

I’ve been doing a lot more reading this summer than usual and it’s making me happy.  Most of the books are paper copies, checked out from the library.  Recently I downloaded a few on my old Kindle and I’m enjoying that way of reading too.  Here’s a list of some of the books I’ve enjoyed:

Belong To Me by Marisa de los Santos  – This is a sequel of sorts to Love Walked In (also really good).  Some of the same characters from Love Walked In show up in Belong To Me, along with a whole new set of people.  The story is compelling and the themes of the book invite you to think about what makes a family.  The books can be read in any order, but I do recommend reading Love Walked In first.

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon – This book is a must for Mitford fans.  It’s just a delight from beginning to end.  Comfort reading at it’s best.  This one will make you feel good about the world, and who couldn’t use that right now?

Tricky Twenty-Two, A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich – This is a fun, page-turner.  There’s nothing of substance here, but sometimes that’s the exact kind of book I need.

China Dolls by Lisa See – I enjoyed this book, but I will say that Lisa See’s writing is heart-wrenching in places.  China Dolls was not as good as her book, Shanghai Girls.

The Lost Choice by Andy Andrews – Anything by Andy Andrews is worth reading multiple times.  The Lost Choice is very good.  Also worth the read The Traveler’s Gift, The Noticer and The Noticer Returns.  Andy Andrews writes books that are life changing and I don’t say that lightly.

I know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam – I like Vanderkam’s writing because of the way she reframes how I think about time and time management.  In this book, she draws insight from interviews and time logs of women who have successful careers and families.

I’ve also started and not finished quite a few books.  I enjoyed them for a while, but they didn’t feel worth finishing to me.  I’ve got a copy of Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls fame checked out and I can’t wait to start it.  And I’ve got two books on hold at the library – The Boys in the Boat (I’ve heard great things about this book) and Hamilton: The Revolution (about the Broadway musical).

We better finish out the popsicles now.

Arnold Palmer Popsicles Plus What I've Been Reading This Summer

Serves: 8 popsicles

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups strong brewed tea, cooled
  • 1½ cups lemonade
Instructions
  1. Stir tea and lemonade together.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds.
  3. Freeze until firm, 3-4 hours.

 

 

3 Things that Work in the Kitchen – Hand Washing Dishes Tips and Tricks

3 Things that work in the kitchen

It’s been a while since I’ve done a 3 Things post.  We’ve been deep in the slower summer pace around here and I’ve let a few routines languish.  But let’s get back to it (or at least pretend to) and talk about some things that are working in the kitchen.

Specifically, let’s talk about washing dishes.  Our dishwasher had a terrible leak.  Actually, we think it had two different leaks based on the damage that was done.  You may remember that I thought I’d fixed it.  I was wrong.  So, so wrong.

Several weeks ago we noticed that the cabinet next to the dishwasher had some water damage.  It had been soaking up all the water that had been leaking, keeping us from realizing just how bad the leak was.  Let’s just say that water logged particle board will really smell after a while.  Yuck!

Once I realized how bad it was, I wanted that cabinet and dishwasher out fast!  Isaac was home that day, so he helped me get them both out.  Here’s what I mean by help – I told him which screws to unscrew to loosen the cabinet from the wall and he contorted his 17 year old body under the cabinet to do it.  We worked together to figure out how to unhook the dishwasher from the plumbing by sending text pictures back and forth to my dad.

The floor underneath the cabinet and dishwasher was nasty!  I cleaned it and then Jim bleached it that evening.  Here’s what we were left with:

Kitchen without dishwasher and cabinet

We still need to cut and patch the side of the sink cabinet.  It was also water damaged.  As I write this post, the kitchen still looks like this.  Three weeks and counting.  The weird thing is, it hasn’t really bothered me.

I unloaded the cabinet and put all of those dishes/serving trays in the dining room.  The silverware is in the tray on top of the counter, covered with a dish towel to keep it clean.  I’m sure that one of these days I’ll reach the point where I can’t take it anymore.  Hopefully, the new cabinet will be in before that happens.

For now, we’re hand washing the dishes.  I’m not sure when we’ll decide to replace the dishwasher.  Surprisingly, I don’t really miss the dishwasher.  The kitchen stays cleaner than it did when we had the dishwasher.  Everyone pitches in to help clean.  Overall, hand washing is working for us.  Here are three reasons why:

1.  A decent sized dish drainer

We’d been using a drying mat for the few hand washed things we did while using the dishwasher.  A drying mat doesn’t cut it when you’re hand washing everything though.  I bought the largest sized dish drainer I could find.  The store I shopped didn’t have a great selection though, but this one works.  I think dish drainers used to be designed better years ago.

dish drainer

I also prefer the kind with the drain board on the long side.  Those fit the space better I think.

2.  Dishwashing wand

Dawn dishwashing wand

Everyone has been helping out with the dishes, largely because of this tool.  It’s easy for the kids to wash a plate and glass after a snack.  They’ll even wash their own plates after dinner.  That helps keep the dish duty to a reasonable level.

There are a number of brands that make a dishwashing tool like this.  I chose this because I liked the sponge on the end.  Some have scrubbies, but I didn’t want anything that rough.  I’m also a huge fan of Dawn dishwashing detergent.  The stuff just works better than anything else I’ve tried.  This isn’t sponsored at all, I just really like Dawn.

3.  Plenty of dishtowels and dish rags

I’ve always been in the habit of getting a clean towel and dish rag (or dishcloth for those who grew up more refined 😉  ) every morning, so I had a lot of them.  But hand washing sometimes requires more than one a day.

I haven’t found the perfect dish rag yet.  I do like microfiber, because it dries out quickly.  That keeps them from smelling bad.  As for towels, anything that’s 100% cotton is absorbent and works well.

How do you feel about hand washing dishes?  Are you devoted to a dishwasher or do you prefer hand washing?

Homemade Popsicles with Whole Fruit

Whole Fruit Pina Colada Popsicles

A few weeks ago, I got a bright idea.  I decided to make homemade popsicles with real fruit so we would always have a healthy snack around this summer.  This idea was so perfect!

There’s no end of flavors you can make and they’re all delicious.  (See the recipes below for Pina Colada Popsicles and Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles)

Whole fruit is good for you.

They’re quick and easy to make.

The molds were cheap to buy in the grocery store.

I was sure that I’d be able to resist my beloved ice cream once I had a freezer filled with homemade pops.

All of those things were true, but one.  I’ll let you guess which one.

I started by making Pina Colada Popsicles based on the recipe by Shutterbean.  I didn’t use real rum in mine, but went with imitation extract.  You can also leave out the rum flavor all together.  I also didn’t strain the popsicles before freezing.  I wasn’t concerned with making them perfectly smooth.

I really liked the Pina Colada Popsicles.  They taste like vacation and summertime.  So refreshing!

Homemade Popsicles with Whole Fruit

Serves: 10 popsicles

Ingredients
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut in cubes
  • ⅓ cup canned coconut milk, stirred well
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. rum extract
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend till smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds.
  3. Freeze until firm, 3-4 hours.

Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicle

For the Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles I used a bag of frozen triple variety cherries I bought at Costco.  I envisioned the vanilla yogurt being more swirled in these, but it turned out more blended.  Next time, I think I would just stir it all together and not worry about trying to make them look pretty.

The flavor of the Cherry Vanilla Yogurt pops is wonderful.  Very cherry with creamy, sweet yogurt.  This could be breakfast!

This recipe is based on this one from Steel House Kitchen. I used Greek style vanilla yogurt instead of plain and I skipped the honey.

Homemade Popsicles with Whole Fruit

Serves: 10 popsicles

Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen cherries, thawed
  • 1 cup Greek style vanilla yogurt
Instructions
  1. Place cherries in blender and blend till nearly smooth.
  2. Stir yogurt into cherries.
  3. Pour into popsicle molds.
  4. Freeze till firm, 3-4 hours.

As I said at the top of the post, all of the statements below are true except one.

There are more homemade popsicle variations than there are fruits.  So many to choose from!

Popsicles made with real fruit is healthy, especially if you include other healthy ingredients.

Freezer pops only take a few minutes of prep time.  Once they’re in the freezer it’s just a matter of waiting.

Decent popsicle molds are readily available and inexpensive.

For the statement that didn’t turn out to be true – Even with a freezer full of delicious, homemade popsicles I cannot give up the ice cream.  You guys, I love ice cream with a deep, deep love.  I can’t quit it!

 

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