It’s heating up pretty much everywhere right now, and as one of the many without central air conditioning in their home, I’m looking for any way to cool down. Luckily, this method not only involves delicious frozen sweets, but it pretty much the easiest thing to make, ever. Just empty all the ingredients into a blender, run it for a few seconds, pour the mixture into popsicles molds, and let your freezer do all the work. It’s absolutely perfect for the heat-induced apathy of the summer months. You can also make these a little more ‘adult’ by adding a shot or two of rum, just be careful not to go overboard, as alcohol doesn’t freeze, so if you add too much the popsicles won’t solidify and you’ll be left with boozy blueberry n’ cream slushies. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing… – eva
By Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking
Makes about 10 popsicles
• 3 cups blueberries
• 2 cups milk
• 1/3 cup granulated sugar
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
• popsicle mold
• popsicle sticks
Empty all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Evenly distribute the filling between the popsicle molds. Insert the popsicle sticks into the center of the mold, using the cap of the mould to secure the sticks in place. Place the popsicle mould in the freezer and allow to freeze overnight.
To remove a popsicle from the mold, dip the mould in hot water up until the rim of the mold, but not any higher. Hold it there for 5 seconds, then try to pull the popsicle out. If it doesn’t come out, repeat the process again until it slides out. Enjoy!
recipe + photos by Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking for designlovefest– want more food posts? go here!
“the colors in this little lyric from wild thing are inspired by isa arfen’s colorblock jumpsuit.” –maddy
(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)
we do a ton of recipes on this blog, but how about something a little bit more practical and informative today? we are big trader joe’s fans in this office. i’m constantly making very simple meals at home with my staple ingredients, and joanie is always bringing a healthy lunch with her most recent favorite trader joe’s sauces. we keep our smeg fridge stocked with snacks and find that we spend the least amount of money when we shop for our essentials at trader joe’s. (and no, they aren’t sponsoring this, so you gotta trust us!)
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roasted coconut chips, fresh mozzarella cheese sticks, crunchy almond butter (on brown rice cakes), organic pomegranate seeds, we keep lots of sparkling mineral water in the fridge, fig & olive crisps with that goat cheese, edamame is quick and healthy, and we love roasted seaweed snacks (especially the wasabi ones!).
i love to get the vegetables that are conveniently cut up and packaged for me. i just notice that i always eat those more when i buy them and they don’t just go bad in my fridge. the brussels sprouts, brocollini, and fingerling potatoes are my favorite. i love trader joe’s frozen brown rice because it’s so easy to make, and joanie introduced me to that cauliflower rice which is my new jam. canned beans and corn are always in my cart. joanie loves the taco mix for the meats she makes, and erika puts it in a slow cooker with chicken stock and chicken for tacos. the asian stir fry makes a healthy meal happen very quickly.
the quinoa is a great side dish – cook it in veggie stock and add a bay leaf for more flavor. their coconut oil is very reasonably priced and joanie adds a tablespoon to her smoothies in the morning. you can also cook your chicken in it on the frying pan and throw it on top of a salad for work lunches, their red curry sauce is the bomb (we’ll get to that below), light coconut milk -use this to make ice cubes for your smoothies, pink Himalayan salt makes it okay to salt your food, you can use their flaxseed meal to make protein bites, cage free eggs – always eggs (on everything!), and we love their irish butter you can use the unsalted version to make bulletproof coffee!
i love very simple foods for lunch. nothing too saucy or filling. i end up making this bowl with either cauliflower rice (healthier option) or one of the packets of frozen brown rice (just 3 mins in the microwave) and i’m happy every time. a lot of the times i’ll add hot sauce on top. my friends tease me for how often i eat this meal!
bri’s lunch bowl
• half a packet of trader joe’s cauliflower rice
• 1/4 cup of black beans (no salt)
• 1/4 cup of canned corn
• 1 over medium egg on top
• malden salt
• hot sauce optional
this is almost a weekly meal at my house. (bri is currently screaming in the background “it’s SOOO GOOOD!!!”) you can easily add any veggies you have laying around, or just make it with chicken. and the best part is, it’s even better as leftovers. i almost don’t want to tell you how easy this is to make because it feels like my little hostess secret.
joanie’s lunch bowl
makes 6 servings
• 1 can lite coconut milk
• 1 package organic chicken, i like to use the small cutlets but the breast work well, too.
• 1 bottle thai red curry sauce
• 2 bags of trader joe’s frozen brown rice
• optional: add sweet potatoes, onions, bell peppers, potatoes…
i pour the coconut milk and curry sauce in a pan and add in the raw chicken, i like to cook it over a very low heat for about an hour. if you’re adding veggies throw them in about 20 minutes before it’s done. pull out the chicken and shred it with a fork and knife, return to the pan and serve over brown rice.
and then there’s the guilty pleasures. bri’s favorite is the vegetarian japanese style fried rice (it’s amazing!) or the frozen mandarin orange chicken. joanie loves the mochi ice cream and her favorite under $10 bottle of red wine is the pinot noir by black mountain (it’s actually $6.99 which is almost too good to be true!). if you are feeling especially splurgy, try the almond croissants, you let them rise over night and bake them in the morning, they are truly amazing. and the sea salt almonds are seriously addicting. for less indulgent evenings, try the ginger chews.
you can’t miss trader joe’s during peony season. an unusually low price of $5 will get you these beauties that are normally wayyy more expensive!
now tell us, what are the items you always buy at trader joe’s?
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rachel levit made some cooooool desktops for us this week! love the painted texture and funky shapes.
and this guy makes me smile…
i think my favorite are these leafy gals…
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good morning! i’ve completed week one and two and now i’m in my third week of the health challenge. there have been a few struggles, but also some good progress. read about it below!
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joanie: it was friday morning and bri and i were in strength yoga class, dripping in sweat and i couldn’t stop laughing thinking about all of the classes and workouts we’ve done together in the last two and a half weeks. i tell her she went from zero to hero because she has literally been game for anything and everything when it comes to working out. except fencing, she drew the line there. for me, weekly workouts are always mixed, i’m a long time classpass user and really appreciate that they allow you to try different classes with zero obligation. since you can only go to each place three times per month i mix in yoga, barre, and pilates. i’ve also been going to this fitness climbing class called rise nation which is so intense but it’s only 30 minutes, and i just keep telling myself i can do anything for 30 minutes. plus, you feel like a champion athlete when you’re done.
bri: this past week i have worked out 6 days (pats myself on the back for that one) and took sunday as a day of rest. i honestly never thought i could stick to it, but i’m really learning to like this workout thing. last week i also tried the walking/running again (it’s about 3.5 miles around the reservoir and back home) it was hot, not easy, and i can’t say i’m a huge fan still. maybe it will grow on me. i just enjoy the bar method and pop physique classes so much more, they keep me active and i can really feel my body working out those spots i want to work on. i also decided to give strength yoga a try and although it was quite challenging, i felt amazing afterwards! my flexibility in these short weeks has already improved so much and i find myself wanting to stretch all the time. classpass has me trying new things with friends and it’s kept things interesting. on monday, i went back to the hip hop dance class with my sister and it’s a fun tradition i’d love to have together. +twerk+
my favorite workout this week was the cardio bar method class i tried for the first time. my heart rate was up the whole time and i loved the fun music. each week i try a few more of the harder pose options presented in the class and it makes you feel really accomplished when you work through the pain!
i’m doing two different barre classes this week before i head to new orleans for a few days (i probably won’t work out there, but will try to walk a ton and maybe do sit ups at the hotel. my friend is going to make fun of me. ha)
ps i got these nike workout shoes and really like them!
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