summer Tag

This is no ordinary popsicle!  Homemade Frozen Berry & Yogurt Swirl Popsicles are simply a perfect blend of yogurt & fresh berries and a delicious way to start your morning or cool off during a hot summer's day.  

So, it's getting warmer out, and you (or your kids) are craving something cold. Mine are constantly asking for ice cream which isn't exactly a mid-day snack. It's definitely not breakfast approved either!  You know what is, though? Yogurt! Here's a simple & easy way to make allergy-friendly, frozen yogurt pops with almost no work whatsoever. May I present you with my Homemade Froyo Berry Swirl Popsicles!

After years of cooking corn,  I found a foolproof method that is incredibly easy, unique and simply delicious. Summer corn is sweeter when steamed within its own husks and grilled to perfection Moving around a lot has created an opportunity to try new things and to incorporate different flavors & methods then I had tried before. Take corn on the cob for example.  For most of my early years, I remember hanging out in the kitchen, shucking fresh corn with my mom and/or grandma and then adding the cobs to a pot of boiling, salted water.  I use to love watching the corn go from a pale yellow to a vibrant hue which signaled they were ready to be devoured.  I sure loved corn this way, especially with a big 'ol slab of butter. After moving to Maryland, a friend of mine cooked their corn on the grill and their special little twist, created the best Grilled Corn on the Cob I had ever tasted (Sorry MOM!). This is now my favorite way to make corn, especially when adding a little Sriracha for heat. 

Turning Spring's produce into wonderful, vibrant, Gazpacho soup is only a blender away.

I'm not a fan of rainy days, but today, I'm not going to complain.  It's actually been raining for several days now but its turning everything green and beautiful again. My office window faces out back, and although the sound of the rain  pouring down is quite loud, so is the sound of the birds out back.  The robins, doves, chickadees & cardinals are all busy, singing, chirping, flying around and eating from my bird feeder.  There is even a mamma bird who made its nest in my hanging garden and now her babies are finally popping their heads out and flying around.  So, so cute. Why am I telling you this?  Because it is 1 of the reasons why I love Spring.  This season is just full of life and color. Just like my Gazpacho Soup ....like my comparison?  Loaded with fresh veggies, raw, unprocessed, did I mention, fresh?  I mean, you can't get much better than this.  This soup is FULL of life-giving, nutrient rich veggies and vibrant color. 

Berry Popsicles Every time I walk through the frozen section of the grocery store, I catch a glimpse of the Popsicles and quickly re-live a moment in my childhood.  I use to love, love, love Popsicles.  It could be simplest of them all, you know the ones, liquid filled in a clear plastic tube only to be frozen until ready to have the top cut off.  Then there were those fun superhero ones, with multiple colors, flavors and shapes that looked like rockets most of the time.  Oh, and then there was those push-pops! My mom didn’t buy those often but when she did, oh my goodness!   It must be a kid thing, because my kids love Popsicles too.  We couldn’t really eat ice cream due to my son’s dairy (among other) allergies, so frozen fruit treats were the way to go.  Occasionally, I’d let them indulge in some sugary ones, but most of the time, the ones made from real fruit juice filled my freezer. Have you seen how expensive those are though? I can understand why,  100% organic berries and natural sweeteners would be more pricey than fruit flavored sugar-water. So, I started making my own, and I'm going to show how to make your own Popsicles, using only 4 ingredients. Of course you can always buy them, pre made,  but making them at home will save you money, let you create your own flavor combinations and provide your family with a treat that is actually good for them.

Banana Bread French Toast The end of Summer can go several ways.   a. Mom's and Dad's everywhere are numb to the sounds of arguing kids, tapped out of resources to go places to keep the kids busy, drive past the library instead of forcing them to go inside and find a good read,  and find delight in the hours of video game playing as long as you some "alone time".   b. Mom's and Dad's are savoring every last-minute with their kiddos, taking last-minute trips, swimming every chance they get and mentally preparing for the first day of school (cry now so you won't have to in front of the children). 

[caption id="attachment_1403" align="aligncenter" width="2030"]Homemade Dairy Free Ice cream popsicles Homemade Dairy Free Ice cream popsicles[/caption] Oh Summer Time how I love thee! Let me count the ways....... The heat on my skin when I'm out in the sun (I don't sweat, I sparkle) The color on my face from the rays' kisses (who needs anything but mascara by now)  The pool time and chill time with family (everything's a little more laid back) Wearing sundresses and flip flops (just throw on some jewelry and you just made it fancy) And the fresh fruits and veggies (chop some up and call it a meal).

Warm berries and mint are a delightful combination in this Skillet Pie Warm berries and mint are a delightful combination in this Skillet PieTrying a new recipe for the first time can go 1 of 2 ways.....either people love it and everyone asks for your recipe, OR, they quietly eat most of it and leave it at that.   I am famous for baking something new when guests are coming.  When else do you have a reason to put on a big production, make yet another dessert and get honest feedback? Obviously I would prefer to hear my friends rave about the creation set before them, but quiet honestly, that doesn't always happen.  Especially when baking allergy-free.