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Sadly that means jacked up prices on hotels and entertainment during the summer time and other school breaks. Those places just love to gouge us families, don’t they?
Oh, little Billy is out of school. Let’s bump up the price 3 times because we know they will pay it. They have to otherwise they’ll just be sitting on their couches all day. Ha ha! Yay for us!
I say boo to that!
For others the last day of summer is Labor Day. Again not the real last day of summer but a good reason to celebrate and BBQ nonetheless. And make some yummy festive red, white, and blue treats. This year the last day of summer is in a few days. September 22nd. Wow.
Despite summer almost being over that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy favorite summer treats like Strawberry Lemonade or Ice Pops. I was lucky to receive Sunsella Mighty Pops to make summer last a little bit longer in my house.
Sunsella Mighty Pops are a set of 6 colorful silicone ice molds that don’t leak. I even tested them by filling them with water, snapping the lid on, and turning them upside down. Not one drop came out!
Strawberry Lemonade Recipe
To test out these molds I made Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles. I just made regular strawberry lemonade but left bigger chunks of strawberries for the popsicles. They are SO refreshing! And with the leftover strawberry lemonade ice pop mix I pureed the strawberry chunks to enjoy the classic strawberry lemonade drink. Yum!
- 1 pint of strawberries
- 1.5 cups white sugar
- 5 lemons
- 6 cups water
In a food processor, puree the strawberries, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 cup of water until the strawberries are in little chunks (something that probably could be sucked up a straw sized or bigger if you wish!).
Meanwhile, squeeze the lemons using a citrus juicer if your lucky enough to have one. I searched for one in a couple stores and had no luck besides a pricey one that I refused to buy. Instead I just microwaved the lemons for 15-20 seconds, rolled on the counter, cut lengthwise, and squeezed till my hearts content. The juices were flowing! Add in the remaining sugar and water and stir. Once the sugar is dissolved add in the strawberry mixture and stir until well blended.
Pour the chunky strawberry lemonade into your Sunsella Mighty Pop Molds. Be sure to leave about an inch of space at the top of each silicone mold for ice expansion. And cover with their airtight like lids and freeze.
You can freeze these by laying them down in the freezer as they do not leak but I choose to set mine upright in a container (a pitcher) to freeze. This way the popsicles push out like a full circle instead of a half one. It’s prettier this way and not any harder to do.
The best thing about these silicone ice pop molds is that if you’re child decides halfway through it he rather be playing Minecraft or gets in trouble you can just snap the lids back on and place in the freezer for another day. Plus they are dishwasher safe so no hard cleanup!
Sunsella Mighty Pop Molds can also be used in place of plastic snack bags for kids lunches. I love items that make school lunches more green. Fill them with raisins, grapes, nuts, trail mix, cheerios, jello, pudding – the list could go on and on.
Sunsella Mighty Pop Molds are great! Durable, BPA free, kid friendly, and oh so easy to use. Highly recommend!
What is your favorite summertime treat?
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.