Sunday, July 22, 2012
Today was a typical Central Valley midsummer day: dry, still, 100plus-degree air. DH and I did not stain the fence like we'd planned. C did not go running. S opted out of a paintball game.
What we all did instead was cool off with popsicles. It would seem this is somewhat common around here. Popsicles are the perfect summer treat: cool, tasty and fun. I grew up in this very same valley with my mom's original milk popsicles. Though I never learned how to make them from her, I often blended up fruit and yogurt to make another version for the kids when they were small. Sometimes, like Jen, we started a particularly hot day with them.
You don't really need fancy molds for popsicles, and you definitely don't need recipes. Anything that tastes good in liquid form will make a good popsicle. This summer we've made:
strawberry-lime (a blenderful of strawberries, a splash of lime juice, a little sweetener)
berry mashup (blackberries, raspberries and grapes, if I remember correctly—no extra sweetener required)
and one night after a party, I poured the leftover sangria into molds and made:
It is DH's favorite on a day like today.
We tend to make popsicles with what we have on hand, but I wonder what else one might use. The kids' favorite Arnold Palmer concoctions? It's been done. A green smoothie for health? Check. Mint tea? Here it is.
Do you have any favorite popsicle combinations?