Summer is here, and although I am excited for the break in routine in my kids’ school schedules, I am a bit nervous about how I am going to balance everything the next couple of months. I started working again in March after only working for myself the last 4 years. I used to work full-time and then, part-time with my kids until my youngest was 4. Fast forward today! My personal circumstances have caused me to jumpstart my freelance business and take on clients other than myself! It’s exciting but scary all at the same time!! After an overwhelming three months, I am back to full-time hours. I am grateful that as a writer, I can do my work from home, but it is an enormous juggling act with the kids. I am finding my way and will have to get creative this summer. I usually plan lots of outings and activities to keep the team enriched and un-bored, but I am going to have to rethink things this time around.
One of my strategies has been to think about how I can get the kids involved with some of my cooking projects. I love being in the kitchen with my kids and so do they! They don’t even want me in there with them most of the time so they can just do their own thing!!! My oldest, Gaby, just asked me last week to show her how to use the juicer and has started making her own juices. My middle daughter, Alex, started making morning smoothies earlier this month. Proud mama! I love seeing them experimenting in the kitchen.
As I was thinking about what I wanted to share on the blog this month, I had my kids on my mind. I try to make all of my recipes family-friendly and kid approved, but I was especially inspired to come up with some ideas this month that they would have fun making themselves…which brings me to popsicles! These Strawberry Lemonade Pops are double the fun! Not only are they easy for the kids to blend up on their own, but they are also pretty to look at. I’m thinking popsicle party!!!
I kept things all natural in this recipe by juicing organic lemons and Granny Smith apples together. No sugar added! This flavor combo is sweet success. Sliced strawberries are not only pretty in these picturesque popsicles, but they also add some extra flavor and texture.
I also made a variation of these by sliced cherries and dropping those in the molds first instead of strawberries – equally delicious results! These Strawberry Lemonade Pops are a delicious frozen alternative to glasses of freshly squeezed lemonade at the neighborhood stand this summer. I hope you’ll try them and let me know what you think. Who else is making popsicles this month?
Strawberry Lemonade Pops
Granny Smith Apples
Juice the lemons and 4 apples. Taste for sweetness/tartness and juice additional apples as necessary to achieve your desired flavor.
Add 4 sliced strawberries into 10-12 popsicle molds.
Pour in the lemonade, leaving about an inch of free space at the top of each mold
Freeze for 5 hours.