Berry Yogurt Popsicles

Popsicles seem to be a thing now, don’t you think? If you’re on Pinterest (follow me!) your feed has probably had some Popsicle “recipes” this summer because they are just SO easy to make. And you can fill them with whatever you want so they can even be – dare I say – healthy! I made a batch of Berry Yogurt Popsicles over the weekend for us to enjoy on hot summer nights after dinner on our back deck – sounds kind of idyllic, right? It’s time for you to make your own before the summer is over! Ps. We bought our mold at the Christmas Tree Shop.

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You will need 1 1/2C each of frozen blueberries and strawberries, 1 6oz container vanilla yogurt, 2 Tbs sugar, and Popsicle molds. Note – use whatever fruit you want. Also use whatever yogurt you want (low-fat, plain, Greek)! Use however much sugar you want (or don’t want as the case may be). This is based on Martha Stewart’s Firecracker Ice Pop recipe.

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Defrost your berries.

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Once defrosted blend strawberries with 1 Tbs sugar. Spoon into your Popsicle mold.

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Add about 1 Tbs of yogurt into each mold on top of the blended strawberries. Solicit your toddler for help, like I did!

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Repeat with blueberries and more yogurt. Put the top on your molds and freeze over night.

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ENJOY!

Mixed Fruit Crisp

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We had just a few strawberries left from our pick-your-own adventure so I thought it would be nice to mix the remaining strawberries with some other fruit to create a Mixed Fruit Crisp. Let’s be honest, you can make a crisp from just about any fruit out there – peaches, blueberries, apples, blackberries, rhubarb, etc… so why not mix a bunch together? Here’s what I did…

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Cut your fruit into bite size pieces, here I have blueberries I tossed in whole and strawberries.  And then I added…

 

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Bananas!

 

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Add about a teaspoon or 2 of corn starch to your fruit mixture to make sure the juices thicken when you bake.

 

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Mix your crumble (Ina and Martha both have great recipes for the topping).

 

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Top the fruit with the crumble.

 

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Bake according to your crumble recipe and enjoy while still warm!

Strawberry Mojitos

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I mentioned last week that I’d have a couple strawberry recipes for you this week, so here is your first – a cocktail! I just love mojitos – I think they’re the perfect summer beverage. In fact, we had blueberry mojitos as the signature cocktail at our wedding! I thought I’d share with you today the recipe to make your own strawberry mojito from scratch and since it’s right in the middle of strawberry season I suggest you make these now!

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You will need: Club soda, a muddler, white rum, strawberries, fresh mint leaves, lime, white sugar, and ice (not pictured).

 

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First, muddle strawberries (I used 3 since mine were so small) and about 10 mint leaves in a tall glass.

 

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Add 2 Tbs of sugar (more or less depending on your taste) and 1 more strawberry (or 2 of they’re small, like mine were) and continue muddling.

 

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Fill your glass with ice, pour 1 1/2 oz of white rum over the ice and then fill glass with club soda.

 

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Stir well! Garnish with a lime and a couple mint leaves. Enjoy!

Strawberry Picking

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For Father’s Day this year, we decided to go strawberry picking! We were down in Newport, RI and swung by Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, RI to pick our strawberries and have a little lunch. We had a blast so I had share our day with you!

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We walked to the strawberry patch…

 

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…and walked some more…

 

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Then Z took control of the picking right away, until we had a quality control issue.

 

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So Daddy took her to eat some strawberries instead – they made it into an all-you-can-eat strawberry buffet…

 

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…and I was left to do all the picking!

 

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We got a great haul of strawberries…

 

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…but we wondered if they would notice we ate as many as we picked?!

 

Stay tuned for some strawberry recipes next week!