I’m sure you’ve heard on the news about the heat wave that is occurring here in the Midwest. Here is proof of the immense heat and lack of water:
This poor tree is located right in front of my porch. It looks like it’s fall with all those leaves dead and falling to the ground!! And the yellow, dry grass... I wish there was something I could do for it….. :(
(Hey, there's our apartment!)It’s so funny… Anytime anyone goes anywhere where they have to be outside for more than 3 minutes and then enters an air conditioned area, there is a sigh of relief “aaahhhhhh” from the heat. That’s what I do every time I come home. And then I go straight to the freezer where I keep myself well stocked with homemade popsicles and other icy treats. Here are my favorites:
- Frozen Hot Chocolate/Fudgsicles (Mark’s family doesn’t pronounce the “s” in there for some reason, so it’s just “Fudg-i-cles”. It’s kinda catchy)
- Frozen Lemonade
- Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles
- Any fruit blended with yogurt and put into popsicle molds (popsicle molds for $1 at Target was my best purchase EVER)
- Milkshakes - Go big or go home, yes?
Now I will provide you with the recipies:
Lemon Blueberry Yogurt pops1 Cup vanilla greek yogurt (Okios)
3 T Honey (the amount depends on how much sugar is in the yogurt. Okios has low sugar AND is fat free, so it's basically like you're eating nothing if you use that brand :). So just taste it.)
A bunch of fresh/frozen blueberries - leave them whole or blend them in
A few drops of Lemon Extract
Mix everything together, put in molds, freeze, and partake. Can add lemon juice :)
Me, ulgly. It's probably past midnight
“Fudgicles” or Frozen Hot Chocolate
- 1 C soy milk
- 2 T cocoa powder
- 1 t or so sweetener (honey, agave, sugar, stevia…)
- A dash of salt
Heat everything on the stove to melt the cocoa in & whisk it really well. The hard part is getting the cocoa dissolved. Then put it in molds and freeze.
Just mix one of those concentrated frozen lemonade containters with a ton of ice and a touch of water and BAM you’ve got yourself a dessert for 6 that cost you $1.50!
Any other popsicles: just blend together your favorite fruit with yogurt and you’re done! You might want to add some sweetness though, because it’s summer and there’s no holding back! Other add ins might include but are not limited to: lemon extract, lemon juice, pinch of salt, honey, fresh grated ginger, etc.
- Chocolate Revel Ice Cream (That's just a vanilla and chocolate swirl type flavor)
- Marshmallow Creme
Blend whatever amounts of the ingredients that meet your liking, then top with toasted coconut and chocolate chips, if you dare!
Thank you, Maren, for modeling :)