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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Strawberry cheesecake popsicles



 
 
Last night I skyped with my sister. We had a bad connection and we couldn't hear each other, so after trying to connect over and over we just resorted to making silly faces at each other, laughing with no sound and then hung up. That made me feel closer to her than a thousand words. There are not many people in the world you can do that with after the age of 7.  
 
When my new favorite workout song came on during my run early this morning, I felt elated and pushed a little harder, my legs burning, feet thumping to the quick beat of the tune.
 
My daughter woke up earlier than usual this morning and sat in the bathroom watching me put on make up. When I finished using the blush brush, she smelled it and said: "oooh, that smells soooooo good. It smells.... (pause to think), it smells just like you Mommy!"
 
After I hugged F good bye before I rushed off to work and he to the airport to catch a flight, I felt closer to him than I sometimes even feel when we are in the same room.
 
These are little things that make a day, a life, special. Especially today, especially when I think of families in Oklahoma. I am so fortunate. I send thoughts and prayers to them.
 
Make these creamy, slightly tangy popsicles and share with your family on a warm summer's day.
 
Adapted from here.
 
Ingredients (makes about 8, depending on mold size)
8 ounces/225gr cream cheese (I used a 200gr tub)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
about 6-8 strawberries
4-6 standard sized graham crackers or Digestives
1 tbs melted butter
 

In a food processor add the cream cheese, powdered sugar  and milk, process until well combined and then add the strawberries. Pulse to combine.
 
Pour mixture into popsicle molds, leaving about 1 inch of the top empty for the crust and tap the molds to remove air bubbles.
 
Melt the butter. In a food processor add the graham crackers/Digestives and pulse until they are fine crumbs and add the melted butter while it is running. The mixture should be the texture of wet sand.
 
Divide the crumbs evenly between the popsicles and press down to compact. Insert the popsicle sticks and freeze.
 
The crumbs will loosen while eating, so I suggest eating over a plate and dipping the popsicle in the crumbs as you go along. Soooo good!
 
A few notes: this is more of a guideline than a recipe. You can use more or less strawberries and sub frozen ones for fresh ones. You can use any kind of milk or sugar, although you may have to play around with quantities. Also, if your strawberries are sweet and ripe, you will probably need less sugar. I used a little less. We don't get graham crackers over here, but Digestives work fine.
 


6 comments:

  1. Your popsicles are so pretty. What a beautiful colour. Yes, what happened in Oklahoma is beyond tragic. I love your daughter's comment regarding your blush brush - so cute xx

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  2. Your happiness is infectious, this made me smile and feel all warm inside - I love those moments. On a separate note, it's sad that terrible events like Oklahoma make us think about what we value most, but they do.

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    1. I know, I try to remind myself every day, but these tragedies really make you appreciate every moment you have.

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  3. I love that story about you and your sister. Words aren't always necessary are they?

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  4. Isn't skype annoying when it doesn't work? But the funny faces? Yes. My best friend is in Miami and we often send eachother photos on our phones of funny faces. No matter what kind of mood i'm in, this always makes me laugh. These pops looks delicious by the way. As do all of your posts!!

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  5. This made me smile, it is a great feeling to be happy with your loved ones. Also our thoughts and prayers to Oklahoma families. And your strawberry Popsicle looks delightful.

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