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A Red, White and Blue Treat – Patriotic Popsicles

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Like most kids, ours love popsicles and request them often in warm weather.  Since we appreciate real food, we usually choose to make our own from a wide assortment of whole fruits, 100% juices and miscellaneous other whole food ingredients.  I put together these red, white and blue treats a couple months ago for Memorial Day.  With July 4th coming up we might have them again soon.

What I used:

Red layer – 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries, cherry juice

White layer – 1 cup yogurt cheese**, honey

Blue layer – 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, water kefir

What I did:

I softened the strawberries and blueberries (in different bowls) but did not let them completely thaw.  I added a small amount of liquid and used an immersion blender to make a slushy consistency.  Yes, I splattered berry juice all over myself and the counter . . . try to keep the vents (holes) of the blender below the top of the berry mixture (a regular blender would contain the mess, but I don’t have one).  Add more liquid if necessary but try to keep it somewhat thick.

I added honey to the yogurt cheese, making it a little sweeter than I usually do since freezing seems to diminish sweetness.  In other words, I knew it wouldn’t seem as sweet once it was frozen.

I filled the popsicle molds with the strawberry mixture, then the yogurt mixture and finally the blueberry mixture.  The tricks to keeping the colors layered are, 1) keep the mixtures somewhat thick and 2) drop the yogurt in gently and don’t fiddle too much with smoothing it out.  I was able to fill 12 Tupperware molds (I think they are smaller than others available) and still have a little bit of each mixture leftover.

**See this post for yogurt cheese instructions (look at the end of the apple dip recipe) or use greek yogurt.

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What patriotic themed treats will your family enjoy for the 4th?

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Family Book Picks – June

Here’s what we’ve been reading, requesting or listening to lately.

Chasitie (age 3) – The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman  Mrs. Bird needs a new nest . . . or does she?

Piggies by Don and Audrey Wood  A rhyme for quieting little fingers.

Naomi (age 3) – I Love It When You Smile by Sam McBratney  Mama kangaroo will go to any length to cheer up her little one.

The Stray Dog by Marc Simont  How “Willie” finds a home (true story!)  I’m sure Naomi wishes this would happen to her.

Andrew (age 6) – Frog and Toad Treasury by Arnold Lobel  A humorous chronicle of the everyday adventures experienced in good friendship.

Samuel (age 9) – The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis  6th book in the Chronicles of Narnia series.

Jonathan (age 9) – He claims that he’s not read anything good this month.  I do know, though, that he has enjoyed our current read aloud, Five Children and It by E. Nesbit.  5 children discover an ancient Psammead (or Sand Fairy) while on summer vacation.   They discover that their dearest wishes aren’t quite what they expected!

MomThe Good Master by Kate Seredy  This wonderful story set on the plains of Hungary is a Newbery Honor book from 1935!

DadThe Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters by Albert Mohler