One of my favorite things about living on the East Coast during the summer, is the evening thunderstorms. I say this now, because as I'm writing this post a thunderstorm has just begun. There's something peaceful to me about a frantic day out and about in the heat, and then everyone retreating indoors quickly as the weather changes in the blink of an eye. Listening to the thunder and the rain pattering against the window sill is so soothing and it's my favorite thing to fall asleep to. Don't you agree?
Even though I've been out in the "real life" workforce for six years now, summer is such a time of nostalgia for me. I remember being a little kid and spending the summer days playing at the local pool, riding my bike in the street, and picking handfuls of wildflowers in a small grassy area that was down the street from our house and close to the park. To me, summer also means eating fresh wedges of watermelon, splashing around at the beach, driving with the windows down and the music blasting, sweet grass, and itchy skin from the sun. There's something so youthful and mindless about summer and I don't think that feeling will ever change for me!
It's that time of year again - Popsicle Week! Sometimes there's nothing better than coming in from a SUPER hot day and having a stash of popsicles in the freezer ready to enjoy. A couple weeks ago I was craving strawberry short cake and I thought, why can't I make these into popsicles? It's the best of both worlds in the summer - all the amazing flavor in strawberry short cake, but in frozen form. :-)
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Strawberry Shortcake Pops
(makes 6 pops)
In a medium metal bowl, whip together heavy cream, vanilla extract, and confectioner's sugar with a hand held mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
Blend together strawberries and turbinado sugar (adding a splash of water if that helps make it smoother) until smoothie consistency. It's okay if there are some chunks.
Using a funnel, layer the whipped cream mixture, strawberry mixture, and cookie crumbles in the popsicle molds as desired. If you want them to look more swirly, you can use a toothpick or a fork to mix it together. Freeze for about 30 minutes until set, and add in popsicle sticks to each one. Freeze for another 10 hours and enjoy!
- 1 large sugar cookie, crumbled
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. confectioner's sugar
- 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, quartered
- 1 tbsp. turbinado sugar