Monday, August 24, 2015

Raspberry Jam Pops

I'm running out of summer time to post my summer fruit recipes, so today (much like many, many days this summer, ahem) is about raspberries. Lemonades, truffles, jams, smoothies- I've featured them all in raspberry this summer. What can I say? This is my life. And my life includes truckloads of raspberries. Seriously, open my fridge during the summer and what do you think you will find? Cartons of raspberries. 

I'm an addict. I'm not happy until my fingers are stained red and I've got seeds stuck between my teeth.

This isn't really a recipe. I had some leftover raspberry jam in the fridge, nearing the end of its lifespan, so I thought, what the heck? An experiment. 

Much like my garden this year. What happens when you plant not the best, not even the second best, but the scraggly leftovers of tomato starts? What happens when you plant zucchini on July 15th? What happens when your potato plants all die, but then mysteriously, come back? I'll have answers to those questions soon...

But seriously, what happens when you freeze raspberry jam in a popsicle mold?

Deliciousness. They taste like Raspberry Sorbet, and they are divine

I mean, it doesn't get any easier. You can use homemade jam. You could use store-bought jam. You could make jam specifically for these pops. You could just use up the end of a jar. Whatever works for you. Heck, whatever is easier for you!

Why does this picture always make me think of Joey eating Monica's jam with a spoon right out of the jar on "Friends"? Probably because I'm obsessed with everything "Friends" is what you are most likely thinking. Something tells me though that Joey would appreciate these popsicles...

So, those weekend plans? I got 1 of the 3 things on my list done. And it wasn't even a fun one! LOL. The lawn got mowed. No reading got done, and no cookies got made. I swear. I did work on other photography stuff for the blog, so it wasn't a total waste. And another accomplishment- I ran 2.85 miles! Continuously! I was going for 5k, but I needed that break of walking about a quarter of a mile. Still, prior to that run, I'd only run 1.5 miles continuously since the back injury. I feel heavy, awkward, and out of shape, but I'm getting back out there. Path to The Cure is next month, and I'm determined to run the whole thing. I'm finding this whole rehab after injury experience extremely frustrating, especially because at this time last year I was running 7 miles continuously. 

Ah, the limitations of the human body. It's a love/hate thing.

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and has an even better week!

Ingredients (makes 8 pops):

2 (4 hole) popsicle molds
8 popsicle sticks
~2 cups Raspberry Jam


1. Fill popsicle molds with Raspberry Jam. Place a popsicle stick in the middle of the mold. Place mold in freezer, freeze for 8 hours. 
2. Run molds under hot water for a couple of minutes, or until popsicles pop out of molds. Store in a Ziplock bag in the freezer. 

Looking for other raspberry recipes? Try these!

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