Summer is upon us! I don’t know about your children, but mine could be outside all day long if I let them. If we are home, we are likely outside riding bikes, playing with water, tending to the gardening, or creating sidewalk art with chalk or paints. When the girls play in the backyard, I can work in the kitchen or sit at the table and work on something. We often have the windows open, weather permitting, and I love the idea of having the door open to see and hear them and allowing them to come in and out, but hate the thought of bugs getting in. I had the opportunity to review this Mega Mesh Premium Magnetic Screen Door and it has lived up to its expectations. It took minutes to install with no tools. The door so easily my 4 year old, 1.5 year old and large dog figured it out quickly and it even closes itself. I like that the mesh is fine enough to keep even the smallest bugs out but I can still clearly see through it and it lets air and sunshine in. It even comes with a 12 month money back guarantee so that gives me confidence that it will hold up against my children and animals. I will say that I wish it was a little wider as I think I have an average door and it fit perfectly into the inside frame. I also would enjoy if it had magnets or some other weight along the bottom as my cat quickly figured out to slide out under it. All that playing outside gets my girls wanting something cold to enjoy. If you aren’t making popsicles at home, you are missing out on one of the easiest and healthiest dessert and snack options around. Even in the winter, I’ll make them with leftover smoothie so they’ll be ready to enjoy. Molds come in all shapes and sizes but I personally like molds with a little drip catcher and straw like this Ice Pop Maker Mold Set.
My 4 year old is still stuck on the “winter” setting and after playing outside for a while one morning she asked for hot chocolate. I decided to come up with a Frozen Hot Chocolate popsicle instead. They have a very creamy texture but still has that “hot cocoa” taste to it. These are definitely a dessert, but so yummy!
- Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Stir 1 Tablespoon Hershey’s cocoa powder, 1/2 cup white sugar together on the stove. Add 1/4 cup milk, and bring to a boil over medium high heat until smooth.
- Lower heat then stir in an individual container of vanilla yogurt, 1 packet of hot cocoa mix, and 1/2 cup of milk.
- Once it is smooth, pour into into molds and freeze.
Did you buy a little too much produce? Did you make a little too much of that last smoothie or puree? Using a few other simple ingredients, you can turn them into a delicious snack that keeps you in control of the ingredients.
- Watermelon Cucumber – This was the result of too much seedless watermelon and too little time to eat it. We also had a portion of a huge cucumber left. I blended these together with a splash of vanilla simple syrup and splash of lime juice.
- Iced Coffee – We had half a pot of good coffee left over that I really didn’t want to just pour down the drain. Thankfully, I also had some empty molds so I stirred in some milk and homemade vanilla syrup and poured it straight into the molds. These will be a nice pick-me-up for my husband and I on a hot afternoon.
- Strawberry Yogurt – We had some strawberries on hand and my daughter recently starting requesting strawberry yogurt. This was about 2 cups of cut strawberries, 1 individual container of strawberry Greek yogurt, and a splash of berry blend juice combined in the blender until smooth. Yogurt in a popsicle is a great way to get kids that don’t usually like yogurt to eat it without a fuss and gives your popsicle a creamy, instead of icy, texture.
The great thing is that you don’t have to get fancy or even exact with recipes. Check out how happy popsicles make this little girl! *I was provided with a free product through Tomoson in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.