It’s been a week of popsicles for Mikaius and I! We hadn’t actually planned on making these summer treats, but I’m so glad we did. Frozen juice plus chunks of fruit that you can carry around is one of the best and tastiest ways to beat this humidity.
Last Tuesday, he and I were walking around our local WalMart checking out bike and helmet sizes for me. Mikaius is determined to teach me how to bike, so he wants to get me one that’s my size, plus a helmet and training wheels if necessary. We found that I would be using a 20 (frame) – and he has not stopped making fun of me for having a head that fits into a size 8 kid’s helmet.
As we were on our way out of the store, I saw mason jar jugs. Pretty, pretty, glass jugs with a spigot. I have a weakness for glass jars. The moment I laid eyes on those, I knew I had to get them because (a) they were pretty, and (b) they would be functional. Theoretically, the jug would be parked on his bedside table filled with juice or whatnot for when we’re gaming/working/vegging out. At the very least, the presence of a jug full of liquid would be a visual reminder for us to stay hydrated, and that’s never a bad thing. However, the jug was juuuuust a little too big to justify buying it for the use of only two people. As we dawdled between getting and not getting the jug, we saw these adorable little $3 popsicle moulds instead! Mikaius and I decided to get those instead because, as he put it, “We’ll still be able to find you mason jar jugs next week if we really want them. These, I’m not too sure will be around because there’s only a couple left.” He’s right though, these popsicle moulds really were too cute to pass up.
I’m pretty happy with the choice: we’ve been using them nonstop for a little over a week now. For our first batch we filled them only with liquids: apple juice, sprite, cranberry juice, and water. We wanted to check if the moulds would leak or if there would be problems loosening the popsicles from the mould. Turns out, they work perfectly!
Next time I came over, I brought watermelon with me and we put a few watermelon chunks inside the moulds before topping them up with juice. You know what’s wonderful on a humid spring day, when the sun is out and the wind is blowing? That’s right, a watermelon popsicle. For the batch after that, Mikaius opened up a can of preserved fruit cocktail and we put that in before topping up with liquid. At this point it was pretty obvious that we preferred juice over soda, apple for me, cranberry for him. The resulting popsicles were absolutely gorgeous (see first photo in this post), and we discovered that while I love fruit chunks in mine, he would prefer puree in his. Didn’t matter, we still ate those wonderful, cold treats.
What I’m saying is, you need to get yourself a popsicle right now. And then grab a friend and take a long meandering walk through your neighbourhood. Doesn’t matter if you’re going somewhere, or just walking around. Treats are always better when there’s somebody to share it with.
Where I was and what was playing: Home sweet home, and Bamboo’s cover of Adele’s Someone Like You