Hey there! Im baaack! Well I hope so anyway. Its been a busy year and was challenging to find time to work on my blog. During my last post, my daughter decided she was protesting nap time (the only time I could cook and photograph for the blog) so that put a big damper on things 🙁 She fought those for quite awhile and hasn’t taken scheduled naps since.
Since then we have also welcomed our second baby Owen into the family! He is such a ball of cuteness and we are beyond blessed to have him in our lives. 🙂
I’ve been wanting to get back on here again so I quickly attempted to photograph these mouth watering Strawberry Lemonade Pops I have been making this summer. We all LOVE taking them out by the pool with us, and are absolutely necessary in 100+ degrees!
They are super easy to make and the kids will love helping. All you need is water, sugar, lemon juice and strawberries (or any fruit you prefer!). Just stir the water and sugar together then add in the lemon juice and strawberries. Puree together with an immersion hand blender or regular blender. Pour into your popsicle molds according to the directions or place molds into the freezer until completely frozen. We use our Zoku popsicle maker and love it!! They are done in less than 10 min.
I didn’t add much sugar to these since the fruit brings out its natural sweetness which compliment the tart lemonade. They truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family. Enjoy!
Strawberry Lemonade Pops
These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.
The recipe I am sharing today was thrown together real quick after a failure on my attempt to make PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Popsicles in my Zoku popsicle maker. It was an error in my part because I accidentally over filled the popsicle maker… so they were completely stuck in it and wouldn’t remove 🙁 No worries though, because A) I promise I will re-do and share some super delicious, healthy popsicle recipes soon and B) This yogurt parfait is equally as scrumptious! Besides, the PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Parfait has basically the same ingredients as the popsicles I had in mind, but in parfait form!!
So what is PB2? If you haven’t tried it before, it’s basically powdered peanut butter. I saw it at Costco a few months ago for a really good deal and thought I’d give it a try (like $5-6 for 16 oz). The concept of it intrigued me. The packaging says its made from “superior quality peanuts that are first slow roasted then pressed to remove 85% of the fat and oil”. It suggests to add some to yogurt, shakes or vegetable stir fry for some extra with 85% less fat calories than traditional peanut butter. You can also just add 1 tbsp. of water to 2 tbsp. PB2 to create instant peanut butter.
What better way to start celebrating fall then enjoying a cozy bowl of Savory Butternut Squash Soup? And then top if off with the most amazing delicious homemade croutons! Yeah, I’m still pretending we’re having fall weather over here in Arizona (it’s still 100 degrees). But a girl can dream right? It was actually the perfect day for soup when I made this because we were having a cooler rainy day. Hence the light looking rainy-ish in my photos. Maybe it worked out in my favor though?
This soup has such an amazing flavor. With the onion, garlic, vegetables and herbs it has more of a bold and savory taste vs. a sweeter apple or pear butternut soup. Plus, the added chopped vegetables heighten the flavor and give it a little more texture.
Happy Labor Day! We are enjoying our weekend so far just relaxing around the house, visiting with family, playing outside in the pool and eating lots of yummy food. I love to cook on the weekends, especially big breakfasts. This morning we had whole-wheat pumpkin pancakes. (yes I’m already getting my pumpkin fix- hah) Mmmm.
For dinner last night I made Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa. We’ve had this meal plenty of times not only because it’s tasty and healthy, but also I can usually get little Noelle to eat it! It’s always a win when I can find a healthy vegetable dish she likes. It has just enough homemade cheese sauce and crunchy toasted breadcrumbs on top to make this a mouth watering yet nutritious comfort food.
I had my first taste of hummus about 10 years ago when my brother-in-law took us to this small Middle Eastern restaurant in Tempe called Haji-Baba. I was hesitant. Dipping pita bread in this light brown paste did not look appetizing. But then I had my first taste and I was surprised how flavorful and amazing it was! Besides just eating it with pita bread, it is delicious as a spread in a sandwich or wrap, on pizza, or served with fresh or grilled vegetables. This is also a fun dip for kids and a great way to sneak in some veggies 😉