Saturday, July 27, 2013
Are you enjoying your summer so far? I hope you’re having a blast like we do. My Kids are off from school since the end of June and we’ve been spending lots of fun time together. Celebrated Baby Girl’s Birthday, taking swimming classes for the very first time, visiting the parks to meet up with friends, and my hubby’s BIG birthday will be coming up soon as well. My original plan was to keep a schedule and daily routine with the Kids so we don’t mess up our sleeping, reading, learning, and outdoor activities too much. Oh well, my plan and schedule was an awesome idea and it’s my bad that we haven’t been following any of it, at all!!! But what can I say, we did have fun. So, I think when it comes to August, I better follow through with it so we don’t struggle too much when we have to wake up extra early when school starts again.
One of the fun activities my Kids and I love to do in the Summer is to create these popsicles together. My Kids love their pops with fresh fruits in them and that’s totally approved by me. Still remember the Meyer Lemonade recipe here? That recipe became a staple in my fridge this summer and I used them to make these Popsicle this time. It’s so refreshing! The sweet and tartness compliment the fresh fruit nicely in these pops. Of course, you can also use fruit juice as well. I tried them with mango nectar, orange juice, apple juice, pineapple juice, and coconut water before and they are all wonderful. I love using the Meyer Lemonade because the liquid is pretty much clear and you can see the different colors from the fresh fruit in the pops, which is quite pretty. Don’t you think?
One of the fruits we love inside the popsicles is kiwi fruit. Here’s a quick and easy way to peel and slice them. First, wash and pad dry the skin of the kiwi. I always do so with any kinds of fruit to make sure the skin is clean when you cut through it. Slice the top and bottom of the kiwi, as shown in the picture below.
With a pairing knife, go around the kiwi and cut off the skin vertically as shown in the picture below. Try not to cut off too much flesh, if possible. Be careful of your fingers, the kiwi fruit could be a little slippery when the skin is peeled.
Then, turn the kiwi to the side and you can slice it to the thickness you like. Make sure the knife is sharp so you can cut through the flesh easily.
And now, I have a confession to make. I've been making my Popsicle with my Zoku Quick Pop Maker that I've won from a fellow blogger’s giveaway (thank you again, Yvette). It’s probably the easiest and fastest way to make popsicles, and they are ready in as little as 7 minutes! Again, you can make these pops with the traditional popsicle molds such as these. My Little Boy loves this Zoku maker because it’s amazing how fast the pops are ready. My Little Boy is also my little time keeper when we make popsicles. It’s a great way for him to learn how to tell the time and practice on addition. Of course, he’s also the one picking out different fruit to add into these pops as well. I was a little surprised that he requested to add the kumquat that I got from my In-Law’s garden. I was going to make candied kumquat instead but haven’t had a chance to do that just yet. I’m so happy for his suggestion. Not only the kumquats add some lovely orange color to these pops, they were really tasty as well. They compliment the citrus flavor from the lemonade perfectly. We also added raspberries in this batch. But really, you can use any fruit that you love, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, grapes etc.
So, what are the fun activities that you've been enjoying this summer? For me, hanging out with my Kiddos and enjoying some colorful popsicles definitely top my list. Do you have some fun and educational activities for kids that you want to share? Please do so in the comment below. I would love to hear from you because keeping my Kids brains busy is one of my priorities as well. Stay cool and have fun!
Zoku Quick Pop Maker (Click here for more information)
Lemonade Popsicles with Mixed Fruits: (Printable Recipe)
Makes: 6 popscicles
1 Kiwi, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup raspberries, cut in half
6 kumquat, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cup Meyer Lemonade (or you can use any fruit juice of your choice)
For Zoku Maker: Place the Zoku maker in the freezer overnight. When ready to make the Popsicles, place fruits in Zoku maker, put the plastic sticks in place before adding lemonade or fruit juice. Wait for 7 minutes before removing pops from mold. (Please follow manufacturer instructions for the Zoku maker).
For traditional mold, add fruit and lemonade in plastic mold, add the sticks and place in freezer until popsicles are frozen. (Please follow your pop maker’s manufacturer instructions.)