It has been absolutely crazy hot outside. So hot that you could bake cookies in your car (very possible).
A wall of humidity and suffocating heat hits you the moment you crack the door open.
But I really should not complain.
Summer is Summer. And Summer is oh-so-glorious.
Popsicles are oh-so-glorious. Especially when it's melt-your-face-off type of weather.
Whether they're rocket ships, original fruit flavored (choose grape, orange, or red -what flavor is that anyways), creamsicles, or push ups, popsicles are the quintessential summer food.
One perk of summer -besides the obvious lack of school- is the abundance of fresh fruit! And in this crazy heat, a couple of friends and I went raspberry picking!
Picking all sorts of things is definitely a perk of living in the middle of nowhere.
Smelling manure while driving by a farm? Not so much.
Back to the raspberry picking! I had never been raspberry picking before and was advised to pull gently on the berries and if they're ripe, they'll pretty much just pop off!
Besides making popsicles, I added the raspberries to my breakfast of yogurt and granola...
Em and I, not wanting to crank the oven on, decided to make some popsicles to cool off. We literally just mashed the raspberries, mixed it with orange juice concentrate and water, and filled the mold. A few hours later, a nice cold popsicle!
While the popsicles were a little tart and had seeds, they were a great way to stave off the heat in a rather healthy way. Next time, we might try just plain orange popsicles or add a spoonful of sugar to increase the sweetness.
1 cup raspberries
1/3 cup orange juice concentrate
1/4 cup water
Smush or place raspberries in blender. Strain if you don't want any seeds.
Mix the raspberries, orange juice, and water together.
Pour into molds.
On another note, Em and I recently made some green tea cupcakes to take to a family friend's house. We got a teeny bit fancy and decorated with flowers and with red beans to make them truly Asian!
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