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.

 

 

Ingredient Spotlight: Tea (and Spiced Chai Tea Muffin recipe)

I love tea.  My very, very favorite is Bigelow Constant Comment.  But lately, I’ve also been loving the Spiced Chai and Vanilla Chai from Bigelow.

My afternoon snack almost always includes a cup of tea.  My tea basket is always on the counter, ready for me to choose the flavor of the day.

But did you know you can also bake with tea?

I chose the Spiced Chai to make these muffins.  They remind me a bit of coffee cake (tea cake?), but with more flavor.  I topped them with cinnamon streusel.  And of course, they’re perfect with a cup of tea.

The recipe and a photo of the ingredients is near the bottom of the post.  But I wanted to give you a chance to share your recipes that are perfect for pairing with tea.

Link up any recipe you like that you love enjoying with your favorite cup of tea.  If you’ve got a recipe that uses tea as an ingredient, we’d love to see that too!  And if you have a post about Bigelow Tea, be sure to link that up as well.  We’ll be pinning your posts on the Bigelow Tea Board and Recipes to Enjoy with Tea board.  You can follow Bigelow Tea on  TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.


Here’s what you’ll need to make Spiced Chai Tea Muffins:

 

Spiced Chai Tea Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Serves: 1 dozen muffins

Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup strong brewed Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
For the topping
  • 5 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 5 Tbs. flour
Instructions
  1. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix butter, sugar and eggs.
  3. Add brewed tea, milk and vanilla to wet ingredients and mix till well blended.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir gently till well combined.
  5. Divide evenly between 12 muffin tins.
  6. Using a fork, combine all ingredients for topping until you have crumbs.
  7. Sprinkle on top of muffins.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes.
Notes
To make the strong, brewed tea use 1 or 2 tea bags and ¼ cup boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes.

Disclosure:  I have been compensated for my time and provided with samples from Bigelow Tea.  All tea loving opinions are my own.

Related Posts with Thumbnails