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.

 

 

Weekend Links – Reluctant/Resistant Readers, Book recommendations and more

I woke up the other day thinking about our homeschool plans for next year. Of the two students I’m still homeschooling, one is a reluctant reader and one is resistant.

Since I love books and reading, it makes me a little sad that I haven’t been able to instill that same love in my kids. So, I started thinking about how to renew my efforts. Learning to read was a bit of a chore for both of them, so it stands to reason that reading for pleasure might not be high on their list.

They do like being read to. I read to our kids, even when they are in middle school and high school. Yes, they read to themselves too, but we love a good read-aloud. I love this article about the benefits of reading to older kids.  But I also want them to grow up to be readers.  Maybe not nose-in-a-book-all-the-time type readers, but hopefully, several books in a year.

That led me to google something like “making readers out of kids who hate to read”.  And that led me to several interesting articles.   [Read more…]

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