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Red White and Blueberry Popsicles

Can you believe it’s already August?  As per usual, summer just seems to be flying by and the end of the year will be here before we know it.  It’s been quite hot and humid here in good ol’ SoCal, and I’ve found one of the best ways to cool off is with a frozen treat like these red white and blueberry popsicles I created a few weeks ago.

red white and blueberry popsiclesSince I am a member of Peanut Butter and Co.’s Yum Squad, there is never a shortage of delicious peanut butter in our house.  90% of the time the PB is used in some sort of baked treat or eaten straight out of the jar (I’m looking at you, Dark Chocolate Dreams), but this time I wanted to do something different, so popsicles it was.

I decided to use Peanut Butter and Co.’s White Chocolate Wonderful as my base, and added in frozen berries, strawberry jam, and a little almond milk to create my red white and blueberry popsicles.  I wasn’t completely sure that peanut butter would work as a base, but these turned out SO GOOD. It was basically like eating a delicious frozen pb&j on a stick.

red whilte and blueberry popsiclesIf white chocolate isn’t your thing, these popsicles would be great with just regular PB since the blueberries and jam already add so much flavor.  I think next time I’ll have to give these a try with frozen raspberries as well!

Red White and Blueberry Popsicles (makes 4-6 popsicles)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Peanut Butter and Co. White Chocolate Wonderful

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

2 tbsp Peanut Butter and Co. Seriously Strawberry Jam

1/4 cup almond milk

Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Mix all of your ingredients into a large bowl.  Pour mixture into popsicle molds.

red white and blueberry popsiclesFreeze for 3-4 hours or until popsicles are firm, then serve and enjoy!

What’s your favorite frozen summer treat?

Summer at Sidecar Doughnuts

It’s been quite some time since I wrote about Sidecar Doughnuts.  For those who aren’t familiar, Sidecar Doughnuts is a delightful doughnut shop in Costa Mesa that bakes fresh doughnuts daily made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives.  The Englishman and I pop in there every so often for a weekend treat, and when I heard about all the exciting things happening this summer at Sidecar Doughnuts, I knew I had to pop in and check it out.

Summer at Sidecar Doughnuts Summer nightsThis summer, Sidecar Doughnuts is introducing what they call “Sidecar Nights,” where the shop will be open on Fridays and Saturdays until 9pm!  Perfect for any time you have a doughnut craving after dinner.  And since the doughnuts are made fresh hourly, you won’t have to choose from the morning’s leftovers.  Psst – if you come in the morning keep your receipt for $2 off your doughnut later in the day!

Summer at Sidecar Doughnuts Forty WinksThe other exciting thing happening this summer at Sidecar Doughnuts is the introduction of their signature coffee, Forty Winks.  Admittedly the Englishman and I do not really drink coffee at all, but there’s something special about this blend.  Sidecar partnered with famed Stumptown Coffee to create their Forty Winks blend and it is good.  If you are a coffee enthusiast, I definitely recommend checking it out.

Summer at Sidecar Doughnuts Summer FlavorsOf course each month Sidecar Doughnuts introduces delicious new flavors and this month is no exception.  Some of the August flavors include a Malasada doughnut with strawberry jam, a Mid-Summer Garden Cake made with zucchini, a Buttermilk Old Fashioned, and Fig and Goat Cheese.  I’d like to think that the Buttermilk Old Fashioned was made in honor of my birthday month because it is that good.

Summer at Sidecar DoughnutsLazy weekend mornings with coffee and a doughnut.  Life doesn’t get much better than that.

Now who wants to go get a doughnut with me?

Bacon Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Summer has finally hit in Socal. Every year we make our way through May Gray and June Gloom and then somewhere in August, summer strikes in full force. The only difference this time is that we have the added bonus of humidity which has me wanting quick and easy meals that don’t involve a lot of heat.  Enter the Bacon Mozzarella Pasta Salad.

bacon mozzarella salad closeI like this pasta salad for a lot of reasons.  First, it requires minimal ingredients and minimal cleanup, second it has lots of fresh summer vegetables, and third it involves bacon.  Enough said.  It’s an easy summer dinner that’s perfect when you don’t feel like cooking, and would also be a great dish to take to a BBQ.  It also happens to pair really well with a crisp glass of pinot grigio.

bacon mozzarella salad with wineBacon Mozzarella Pasta Salad (serves 1-2)

Ingredients:

1 cup brown rice pasta (whole wheat works too)

2 cups arugula

1/2 cup chopped bacon

1 cup heirloom tomatoes

1/2 cup broccoli or any vegetable of your choice

1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Cook your pasta for 8-10 minutes or until al dente.  Remove pasta from water and place in fridge to cool.

In a large skillet saute your bacon until nice and crispy.  Set aside.

Place arugula and pasta in a small bowl and top with tomatoes, broccoli, mozzarella and bacon.  Lightly drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

bacon mozzarella saladOther great toppings for this salad include avocado, hard-boiled eggs and carrots.

Any other pasta salad dishes I should try?  What’s your favorite thing to eat when it’s hot out?

Coconut Rumsicles

Lately I’ve been obsessed with making popsicles.  It first started after I saw this amazing recipe from Joy the Baker, and then there was this exchange on twitter:

twitter pimms cup

Yes, I was tipped off to the fact that there was such a thing as Pimm’s Cup Popsicles(!) and immediately I started thinking of other booze-filled frozen treats, such as coconut rumsicles.

I kept this recipe pretty basic since it was my first foray into popsicle making thanks to these popsicle molds from Amazon (which work great btw) and just used three ingredients.  The rumsicles are definitely more “icy” than creamy, so if you are looking for a creamier frozen treat, I recommend adding some coconut cream as well.

These frozen treats are also made with dairy free chocolate chips, so they are perfect for anyone on a dairy-free or vegan diet as well.  The rum definitely adds a nice burst of flavor, but if rum isn’t your thing, feel free to omit.

I get the feeling that booze-filled frozen treats may become a summer trend in our house.

Coconut RumsiclesCoconut Rumsicles (makes 4 popsicles)

Ingredients:

2 cups coconut milk

2 tablespoons dark rum

1/4 cup chocolate chip (I used the Enjoy Life brand)

Directions:

In a small saucepan, melt your chocolate.

coconut rumsicles chocolateIn a mixing bowl blend your coconut milk and rum and slowly fold in the melted chocolate into the coconut milk and rum mixture.

coconut milk mixtureGently pour the mixture into your popsicle molds and place in the freezer.  If you want to make a booze-free version, just use coconut milk and chocolate.

coconut rumsiclesLet the popsicles freeze for 3-4 hours, then enjoy!

What should my next booze-filled popsicle treat be?