Yay! The school year is over. Finally!!! It was a rough one for us and right now I’m just glad summer vacation is here.
And it’s hot here, people, am I right? Not blisteringly hot, not sweltering Midwest hot and sticky, just hot enough that the grass around us is starting to dry out and lose it’s emerald green quality for the summer, hot enough that when Jasper sprays me with his squirt gun it feels great, perfectly hot enough for popsicles!!
We have had so many strawberries this year, like bowls full every morning for weeks. I almost can’t keep up, it’s almost too many! It seems absolutely crazy to say this, but we are getting tired of eating them. I guess it’s like anything we eat too much of, like that early spring asparagus, at first I can’t get enough, roasted or grilled then drizzled with olive oil. By June I’m so done with asparagus, I can’t imagine ever liking it again. Luckily, eventually I do.
Anyway, back to the strawberries. We are still picking them, and counting them, and measuring them, and playing with them.
I’ve already frozen so many bags that I don’t have room in my freezer for anymore. In my dream kitchen some day I’ll have an extra freezer, but for now it’s just the regular refrigerator freezer and it’s tiny! I’m saving some of those frozen ones to make mixed berry jam later this summer when the raspberries and tayberries are ripe, and I’ll throw them in my smoothies in the morning, but one thing that’s perfect for summer vacation is popsicles. And these strawberry lemonade popsicles hit the spot on a lazy sunny day.
These are super easy, the kids love them and they aren’t too unhealthy. Lily savors hers the way I savor something tasty, by appreciating each bite, critiquing the flavors, the smells, the textures, thinking of ways to make it different, better.
Jasper gobbles his down so fast it’s like he never had one in the first place.
And I love how he has to get in costume first before he can come outside into the 75 degree heat to eat his popsicle.
Cheers to summer vacation and I hope it’s hot enough wherever you are to enjoy some yummy strawberry lemonade popsicles.
- 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 cups of strawberries, rinsed, hulled and halved
- 1 cup lemonade
- 1 heaping tablespoon sugar, optional
- Place strawberries, lemonade and sugar in blender together and blend on high until completely blended and no large chunks remain, roughly 2 minutes.
- Pour into popsicle containers and freeze for 5-6 hours until completely frozen.
- This amount usually makes 8-12 small popsicles or 6-8 larger ones. We have so many popsicle containers that I usually mix it up a bit with the small and large ones.
- Also, this mixture is thick enough that if you are using wooden popsicle sticks, you can just stick them right in, you don't have to freeze them for an hour or two first.