Here are a few things I've discovered this week. #1 Don't be afraid of foods that are blue. Throw caution to the wind and try out that viral butterfly pea flower tea from Thailand. It's a dried flower that naturally turns foods a vibrant shade of bright blue with no yucky chemicals or added dyes! Available on Amazon here for only $3.55! Using just blueberries or blackberries as a base color for these popsicles just won't get you that "American flag" look that you are seeking for these fun patriotic pops. But butterfly pea flower tea does just the trick. If you can get over the fact that for a few minutes you'll feel like poor Bridget Jones when she accidentally turned her soup blue... Thank god we're not making soup!
#2 There's this amazing guy named Billy, and he writes this hilarious blog called Wit & Vinegar, and this week is Billy's annual #PopsicleWeek!
#3 It's just as easy to become enthralled by popsicles as it is by as ice cream, so proceed with caution.
#4 Pinterest can be a black hole of popsicle inspiration/envy/FOMO.
#5 But it's OK because Amazon Prime will deliver you a deluxe stainless steel popsicle mold in no time whatsoever so you too can join the poppy-party.
#6 Multi-layered popsicles look impressive, but are actually quite simple to make and don't take quite as long as you may think. Ok about 6 hours, but who's counting!?
#7 Best friends may be easily lured in to posing for ridiculous, yet fabulous, front porch photoshoots of vintage dresses when coaxed with the promise of frozen treats!
#8 Wearing red, white and blue dresses while eating red, white and blue popsicles is just as fun as it sounds.
#9 Vintage Hawaiian summer dresses are highly sought after on Etsy. So if you're planning on writing a post to feature such dresses, you must do so quickly, because one just might sell on the same morning you'd planned to publish said post!
#10 Running your own passion project is a lot of fun, but you'll always be learning on the go, so in the words of Ferris Bueller: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
oh... and popsicles melt really quickly in 100+ degree weather. Stay cool babes! Happy 4th of July weekend to you and yours!
Special thanks to my dear pals Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Courtney Collins for modeling and photographing for this shoot!
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BUTTERFLY MAXI - 1970s Bohemian Floor-Length
Blue Cotton Gown with Kimono Sleeves
MALIA OF HONOLULU - 1960s Red, White and Blue
Sleeveless Empire Waist A-Line Dress with Pocket
All Natural Red, White & Blue Layered Popsicles
yields 6 popsicles
3 cups canned organic coconut milk
3 tablespoons organic maple syrup, or more depending on how sweet you want your pops
1/2 cup organic blueberries (frozen is ok too)
1 tablespoon dried culinary butterfly pea flower tea (for natural blue food dye)
2 tablespoons organic shredded dried coconut (I used unsweetened out of preference)
1/2 cup organic strawberries (frozen is ok too)
1/2 cup organic dark sweet cherries (frozen is ok too)
Note: When I made these pops I was attempting to be pretty precise with my layers to try for an even distribution of each color. The Onyx Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds that I used each hold 6 tablespoons of liquid per individual popsicle. So if you measure out 2 tablespoons of each color per popsicle you should achieve pretty even layers. If you follow this recipe you'll actually get a little more liquid than you'll need for each color, but I did this on purpose just in case of spills or varying mold sizes. In something like this its better to have a little bit more than you need than not enough.
For the blue layer...
Evenly distribute the fresh blueberries into the bottom of your molds. I did about 6-7 blueberries per mold.
Measure out 1 cup of the coconut milk into a small saucepan, heat on the stove-top over low heat until just warmed up, but not simmering.
Add in the butterfly pea flower tea and steep in the warm coconut milk for around 8 - 10 minutes, or until the desired intensity of blue color is achieved. Remove from heat, strain out the flowers and discard the flowers.
Add in 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (or more if you like it sweet) stir into the coconut milk until fully incorporated. Allow the mixture to cool down to room temp.
Using a funnel if you have it, gently pour 2 tablespoons of blue liquid down into the bottom of each mold. Wipe away any drips with a damp paper towel. At this point you do not add in your popsicle sticks just yet. Place in freezer and chill for 30 minutes, or until the blue layer is firm on the top. (doesn't have to be frozen solid yet.)
For the white layer...
In a small bowl measure out 1 cup of the coconut milk.
Add in 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup (or more) and the shredded coconut. Stir well until full incorporated.
Remove your molds from the freezer and check to see if the blue layer looks somewhat hardened on the top. If so, it's safe to proceed with the white layer by repeating the technique of step 5 above. Gently pour 2 tablespoons of white liquid into the center of each mold. Wipe away and drips with a damp paper towel. At this point you still don't add in your popsicle sticks just yet. Place back in freezer and chill for another 30 minutes, or until the white layer is firm on the top
For the red layer...
Place the final 1 cup of coconut milk, and the final tablespoon of maple syrup into a blender. Add in the strawberries and cherries and blend on high until the mixture is a bright reddish-pink and totally smooth. Here you may choose to strain out any clumps or seeds through a fine mesh sieve if you'd like to be fancy, but this isn't absolutely necessary.
Remove your molds from the freezer and check to see if the white layer looks somewhat hardened on the top, if so it's safe to proceed with the final red layer. Gently pour 2 tablespoons of red liquid into the center of each mold. Wipe away any drips with a damp paper towel. Now you may slip your wooden popsicle sticks down into the center of each mold. The blue and white layers should be firm enough at this point to hold it in place. Or if you're using the handy Onyx mold it comes with a little cap that has a silicon seal to hold it right in place. Place the molds back in freezer and freeze until solid about 4-6 hours.
Serve and enjoy with friends! Happy #PopsicleWeek and 4th of July.