Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fruit & Cream Pops


One more popsicle recipe before summer is over, mmmmk? 

Kentucky is in the middle of a heat wave, so even though it's September and I've already switched out all my summer decor for fall, I want to share one more summer recipe. I'm going to miss summer and my freezer full of ready-made popsicles. At one point this summer, I had Raspberry Kiwi, Strawberry ChocolateRaspberry Jam Pops, and these Fruit and Cream Pops all in the freezer at the same time. Such variety! It was like going to an ice cream shop. Or a popsicle shop. Hey, why aren't there popsicle shops??


Am I just crazy here or is that a good idea? There's as many different types of popsicles as there are ice creams, and in general popsicles are healthier than ice cream. Why shouldn't there be a popsicle shop?


Something for Jessica to ponder this bright and sunny Wednesday.


At any rate, you should totally use your leftover summer harvests of fruit and berries, and try these popsicles. You could really interchange the strawberries and peaches for whatever kind of fruit you wanted to use-

Blackberry Cream Pops
Raspberry Cream Pops
Blueberry Cream Pops
Nectarine Cream Pops
Pineapple Cream Pops
Kiwi Cream Pops (that sounds unusual, but I bet it would be good)


I had overripe strawberries and peaches to use, so that's what ended up in my popsicles. 


These are pretty easy to make. The cream portion is a mixture of Greek yogurt and simple syrup. The fruit is simply diced. Combine them all together, and you have delicious popsicles. Recipes can get easier, but not by much.



The hubby and I had a fairly eventful Tuesday. We had our family Labor Day cookout on Tuesday this year instead of the actual holiday, due to the nature of the very busy weekend for the whole family. We usually have our family cookouts at my sister-in-law's, who lives in Grayson, KY. 

Does that town name sound familiar? I'm sure you've heard the big hub-a-baloo over the Kentucky clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses? Well, she was being jailed in Grayson. 1/2 mile away from my sister-in-law's. Not only that, but they had a huge rally yesterday. There were cars jam packed from the jail to a mile past my sister-in-law's. Church buses filled the street, emptying out people carrying signs I found extremely inappropriate for children to see. It. was. insanity. My nieces and nephew's school was cancelled, since the school is practically across the street form the detention center. Mail wasn't able to run because people had parked everywhere, not carrying if they were blocking people's mailboxes. My brother-in-law couldn't make it home from work with all the traffic. He had to park his car on the side of the road and walk home. Grayson is a teeny, tiny town so needless to say, I've never seen it like that before.


My positive take-away? My sister-in-law's dog had the best day of his life. He was in heaven as he ran up and down, up and down the fence line, barking his head off at everyone who walked by the house. By the time the rally was over and all the cars had finally dissipated, that dog collapsed in a heap on the porch, exhausted. I guarantee he slept like a pup last night :)

On that note, I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend! Happy Wednesday friends!


Ingredients (makes 10 popsicles):

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
12 oz plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup strawberries, diced
1/2 cup peaches, diced

Directions:

1. Make the simple syrup- in a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Stir constantly until the water starts to boil and all the sugar has been dissolved. Remove from heat, set aside. Allow the syrup to cool for 15 minutes.
2. Combine yogurt and syrup. Stir to mix. Divide into 2 bowls. In one bowl, add strawberries to yogurt. In separate bowl, add peaches to yogurt.
3. Fill popsicles molds with yogurt mixtures. Place in freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from freezer and insert popsicle sticks. Place back in freezer, and freeze for 6 hours or overnight. Run popsicle molds under hot water for a few minutes to remove from molds. Store popsicles in air-tight freezer bag for up to 2 weeks.


Recipe adapted from Smashed Peas and Carrots.

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2 comments:

  1. Wow... I'll bet that was something to watch. People are freakin' nuts LOL

    The pops look good! I don't know why there isn't popsicle shops... I think there should be :)

    xo

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    1. Yeah, it was pretty crazy and hard to watch. I just hope that her 15 minutes of fame is up soon, she has received way too much attention for her stunt.

      I mentioned to the husband that I wanted to open a popsicle shop and I got his standard "the wife is crazy" look. Oh well! :)

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