Mobirise




Blogging since 2009, I'm a 1950s housewife to the bone and I love to share what I've learned with others. I'm a lifelong foodie, raised with Sunday dinners at my grandmother's and daily scratch cooking in my childhood kitchen. I'm a nerdy homeschooling mama of 3, and a wife of 17 years.

I drink tea when I knit and coffee when I do everything else.



From Memorial Day to Labor Day!
Day 1 - Skirt Steak w/ Chimichurri
Day 2 - Top Sirloin w/ Homemade Rub
Day 3 -
Rib Eye w/ Herbed Butter
Day 4 - Rosemary Chicken
Day 5 - Top Sirloin Gyros
Day 6 - Kansas City Style Pork Chops
Day 7 - Steak and Mushroom Kebabs
Day 8 - Dad's Hamurgers, 2.0
Day 9 - Top Sirloin w/ Mushrooms
Day 10 - Kid's Lunch
Day 11 - Chicken Souvlaki
Day 12 - S'mores Cones
Day 13 - Short Ribs



Kitchen & Sewing Skills!
Intro - Syllabus
Lesson 1 - Running & Whipstitch
Lesson 2 - Cookies

Nutella Ice Pops

California, Domestic, Kids

The short week after a holiday weekend is usually pretty laid back, but I’m hyped for Friday anyway. This week started off really slow, spending Monday with my husband and our littles in our new backyard plotting what we want to plant and what else we want to do with the space. Tuesday my homie Jillian and I packed up our littles and hit the thrift shop. I swear on a stack of Teen Vogues that when we got in her car, this song was playing. Obvy, the universe wanted us to go thrifting. It was an excellent trip! Wee One #2 got 3 dresses and a pair of pink camo pj pants and Wee One #3 found 4 adorable dresses (2 even had sparkles). We also ended up with a hysterical purple piggy bank that I hope we keep forever (read: Dear Wee One #3, please don’t break this epic find), some cute glasses and a crazy noisy car toy they both love. Of course they love it. Why wouldn’t they? I was a little bummed to not find any sweet ironic tshirts for Wee One #1 and though I did find some really silly sleepwear to scare my husband with, in the end closet space for clothes I will actually wear won and I didn’t buy it – though I did get a photie of it! It’s a pink zebra adult sized onesie! There are even little hearts on it! Look!! Now that I see it on the blog, it looks like the girl version of the Batman onesie in the Macklemore / Ryan Lewis video and I regret not buying it, if not for me then for my girl Vanessa. If you’re reading this Nessa, I’m going back for it! <3

Nutella Ice Pops

Wednesday we ditched our plans to go out in favor of hanging out at the pool and making these ice pops (and a few other recipes we froze and ate in record time thanks to my Fastpop Popsicle Maker). It’s so rad. I just store it in my freezer, so when I want to use it, it’s ready for me. Usually, ice pops are ready in less than 10 minutes with this, but dairy-based ice pops take a bit longer, which is kind of a no brainer if you’ve ever made ice pops before.

Nutella Ice Pops

This recipe isn’t even a recipe really. It was just 1 cup of milk and 1/3 cup Nutella. Blend till totally combined and pour into your ice pop molds. Or you can even use Dixie cups and just peel the paper off when they’re frozen and ready to serve.

Another variation we had luck with was 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup Cool Whip and 1/3 cup Nutella. Equally amazing.

Nutella Ice Pops

After we devoured these, we made a bunch of fruity ones! I will post last day of school pictures of all of them next week even though technically today was Wee One #1′s last day. Today was also officially the last dance class for the Tiny Tots team for their month-long summer break and my girls were pretty hyped about it. I mean Wee One #3 was rocking 3 ponytails and one stemmed from a french braid. During class today, she was hilariously distracted and really highlighted her kitten-like attention span. I found myself saying things like ‘you have to listen to Miss Alex, come on point your toes / spin / open your arms’ etc. So I asked her if she wanted to come back to the class and she said she just wanted to watch her sister or go home and be with Daddy. Ok so, this is when I step back and remember that no matter how adorable she is in a tutu, she’s 4 years old and that if she isn’t into it, she isn’t into it and I will not push her to do something just because it’s cute. Truthfully, she’s into dancing around in her outfit and she likes the studio because the music is loud and there is so much more space – she’s just not big on the whole ‘class’ aspect of it. ;) I think we’ll take a break for six months and see what happens.

Nutella Ice Pops

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Homemade Ice Pops

Healthy

Today I’m participating in Social Sunday at The Bewitchin’ Kitchen, Sharing Time Sunday at Raising Memories, and Social Sunday at Quick Tattletails.

As I write this there is about a foot of snow in my backyard and maybe 3 feet or so in the drifts on the side of the house. Ice Pops are not necessarily on the minds of my neighbors, I know but I? Am always thinking of summer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a stellar Canadian and I love the snow and all the ridic things that we as a culture do in the snow, aside from the average fare like snowmen and forts and snowball fights we as a family are big on riding the quad through the snow, going even further north to my husband’s parent’s house to go sledding and snowshoeing and abuse their snow machines. Way fun. Almost 18 months ago, we moved to the ‘snow belt’ of Ontario and holy shitballs living in snow valley can really make playing in the snow get old pretty fast. So I will make ice pops and think of the beach, thankyouverymuch.

There are so many different ice pops recipes and then almost endless variations on those recipes, they can really be whatever you want them to be. Martha has a good basic recipe to use as a jumping point like I did with these babies. This recipe is heavy on the yogurt and light on the fruit which is the opposite of how I made mine, but again you can just adjust for your own taste.

The two I made here are mango and strawberry. Both times, I used about 2 cups of chopped fruit, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of yogurt. The sugar isn’t for taste, you need it to help with the freezing. If you leave out the sugar your ice pops will harden like, well, like ice. Not so fun to eat. If you add the sugar, the ice pops stay softish and turn out way better! This is especially good when you’re serving them to kids because you don’t want them to bite into a rock hard ice pop, plus they’re full of fresh fruit and yogurt so that’s a healthy win!



ice pops

2 cups chopped fruit
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup yogurt

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Blend the fruit in a food processor until it’s as smooth as possible. Not pictured, whisk the sugar and the yogurt together.
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Fill your ice pop mold about 1/3 of the way (or however you want the ice pop to look).
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Then add a layer of the sugar/yogurt.
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Mango Ice Pops!
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