I love the freedom of summer.
I purposely left our lives as unscheduled as possible this summer so that the girls and I could get into hijinx. We wouldn’t be limited by start times and end times – we could take on a project and see it through the day.
We were sent a package from GreenWorks, created especially for “Glorious Mess Makers” like us. If you could imagine what two children would look like if they suddenly turned into jumpy cocker spaniels, then that’s what Lila and Lucy are like when our Mess-Maker parcel shows up at the door.
Tucked into the corners of the box, among various activities, are GreenWorks cleaners, ready to to tidy up after our adventures. I’m very intrigued by their compostable wipes – you can chuck them into your compost bin!
I let the girls choose what our first activity would be. They were unanimous in their decision: popsicles!
We made Strawberries and Cream popsicles using the recipe from Cesar and Nadia Roden’s recipe book Ice Pops!
I loved that this recipe was made with whole food. Summer treats can be chock full of bad stuff, and this recipe is simple, easy, and full of ingredients I know.
The kids were in charge of the creation of the popsicles.
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 cups strawberries, rinsed, hulled and cut in half
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 8 tsp heavy cream
- Put 1/2 cup of sugar and water in saucepan and simmer until sugar has dissolved
- Blend strawberries, sugar syrup, and lemon juice in food processor until pureed
- Stir 2 tbsp sugar into cream and divide cream among ice pop molds
- Pour strawberry mixture on top and then add popsicle sticks
- Freeze and then enjoy!
Because we had to wait overnight for the popsicles to freeze, I decided to let the girls have their taste of instant gratification, and we used the remaining cream to make vanilla ice cream.
Nothing finishes an ice cream sundae off like heart-shaped sprinkles…
… and nothing signifies a job well done in the kitchen like a sink full of dirty dishes. I do love that GreenWorks makes eco-friendly dishwasher detergent. It’s not as easy to find, and regular dishwasher detergent can be full of harsh soaps.
Our sugar-high quickly turned into full-force crafting. Birdhouses and glitter?
Oh yes. I think we have some Liberace birds lurking in our backyard.
And while glitter is known as the craft supply that keeps on giving (in the form of rogue shiny bits on my face while I’m trying to run errands), I’ve got the supplies to clean this up!
Keep your house clean and green with the line-up of GreenWorks products! And don’t be afraid to make a mess this summer! Head to GreenWork’s #GloriousMess page to learn how your summer adventures could be featured on their website! It’s about having fun and worrying about the clean up at the end!
I love anything with strawberries! This child friendly recipe is wonderful and those bird houses are sure to attract some wonderful new feathered friends. I invite you to share at my Thursday Favorite Things blog hop Hugs! P.S. you can link up now until Saturday at midnight
Cristina @ I Say Nomato
These are so gorgeous! There have been so many beautiful popsicle recipes this year, I need to get me some popsicle moulds and give them a shot! (p.s. I’m glad I’ve found you! your blog is beautiful and so funny!)
These popsicles look amaaaazing! I am always looking for more fun ideas with fruit. Thank you!
I didn’t really think about using fresh fruit in popsicles until this, and now I’m hooked!
Those popsicles look so amazing. I can’t wait to try it sometime.
They’re pretty tasty! I ate mine embarrassingly fast!