It feels like summer in Northern California, and for the first time since we lived in the Bay area, we have a backyard. So I packed the boys in the truck and off we went to Target to pick out their very first water sprinkler.
I was talking it up on the drive home… “You get to jump into water that is spraying everywhere and its so much fun!”. My oldest, who is 4, was beyond excited, he held the sprinkler box in the car so he could look at the pictures on it, all while asking me a million questions.
Got home, got the boys dressed in their swim trunks. My oldest was running around wearing his new water goggles strapped to his eyes. His nose was all crinkled up because he couldn’t see well wearing them.
The sun was warm and shining, it was supposed to be the perfect afternoon. I wasn’t counting on the fact that the water sprayer would be stuck in the water hose. Seriously? My hands were in pain from trying to twist it out. 10 minutes… 15 minutes… pliers… 20 minutes…. a wrench… 30. No budging. Ugh! It wasn’t going to happen.
Of course the whining coming from my son at this point was pretty intense, I couldn’t see his eyes through the fogged up goggles anymore. I felt so horrible.
Good thing I had a back up plan. Popsicle anyone? Yay!
This is a great recipe if you like creamy popsicles but don’t want that heavy yogurt taste. Using just yogurt is much quicker than this method, but I don’t care for the taste so much. Using the whip cream folded into the yogurt made a huge difference.
Recipe: Creamy Berry Popsicles
Summary: adapted from Eat Good 4 Life
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup plain yogurt (I use full fat because of the boys, but low fat works)
- 1/4 cup sugar (honey will also work) to taste.
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- The original recipes say to blend the fruit in a blender, but I softened the strawberries by heating them in a pot until they could be smushed with a fork. Either way should be fine. The same goes for the blueberries. Just keep them separate if you to layer.
- Using an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream and sugar with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Fold in the yogurt.
- To make the layers, keep the fruit in separate bowls, fold in the desired amount of whip mixture for each.
- My layers were:
1. Strawberries & little cream mixture 2. Blueberries & lots of cream mixture 3. Blueberries & little cream mixture
- Fill your popsicles molds with your desired layers. Add your popsicle sticks, the thick mixture will hold your sticks without the need for pre-freezing.
- Freeze a few hours before serving. To easily remove the popsicle, run hot water on the outside of the mold.
Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 2 hours
Number of servings (yield): 8