Mint-Watermelon Pops

You might have seen me post this recipe on The Chicklets Facebook page late last week.Mint-Watermelon Pops

I promised to put my new popsicle mold to good use by testing it out and reporting back. Well, here’s my report.

Turns out, watermelon-mint is not my favorite flavor combination.

I’m a little surprised. You see so many folks online raving about the watermelon-mint-feta cheese combo that I figured it’d be a natural winner.

Not for me.

The recipe itself couldn’t have been much easier. I halved it right from the start, because it seemed to me that 4 cups of watermelon would make way too much puree for my mold. (I won’t keep y’all in suspense: I was vindicated when it came time to fill the molds.)

I diced the watermelon and mint leaves. Figuring the blender would chop the mint into even smaller pieces, I didn’t chop it too finely. (That may have been a mistake. There were some too-large chunks of mint in my finished popsicles.)

I subbed Splenda for the sugar the recipe calls for. I think should have left it out altogether — the end result was way too sweet for me.

After several hours in the freezer, they were ready to enjoy.

I’ve already eaten two of the four popsicles. They’re OK, but not OMG delicious.

The semi-failure of watermelon-mint pops hasn’t stopped me from dreaming up other fruit-pop combinations, though. I picked up bags of frozen blueberries and cherries during my biweekly shopping trip — and I still have peaches, pineapple and mango in the freezer.

I bet flat-out pureed mangoes would be excellent in popsicle form. Oooh — how about Banana Ice Cream, flavored with cocoa powder and maybe peanut butter?

And in the non-fruit arena, how about root beer mixed with a little milk or cream? Black Cow, anyone? (Those used to be my favorite milkshake at Arby’s.)

I also have my eye on these Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles (using strawberries, not raspberries, because I don’t like raspberry seeds). They’re beautiful to look at … although with my rocket pop mold, they’d look more like an AstroPop than the American flag.

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Greek goodness

There’s no shortage of Greek things to appreciate.

Like gyros, tzatziki and, of course …

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John Stamos!

I swear that man only gets better with age. Or maybe my tastes are just changing as I age. Either way, it’s nice to have a little eye candy with your morning coffee and blog reading, right?

The Greek thing I’m most into at the moment? No, not Uncle Jesse all grown up.

It’s Greek yogurt.

(Don’t think it escaped me that John Stamos has been in ads for Dannon Oikos, one of the Big 3 Greek yogurt brands, along with Fage and Chobani. I saw an Oikos commercial recently with two women in a kitchen, madly eating Oikos so their dorky husbands would turn into John Stamos. It made me laugh.) Continue reading

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Guest Chick Monday: Kensington Teen Author Erica O’Rourke

Torn by YA novelist Erica O'Rourke  | Chicklets in the KitchenI’m so excited about today’s guest, Erica O’Rourke and not just because she makes a mean pie crust.  She lives outside Chicago with her family, including two very bad cats. She is the winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for Best Young Adult Manuscript. The first novel of her YA paranormal trilogy, TORN, is available now. To find out more about Erica, you can visit her blog at ericaorourke.typepad.com, or follow her on twitter: @erica_orourke.

Take it away, Erica! Continue reading

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And she has a book released this month, who-hoo!  Meddling With a Millionaire was given FOUR STARS by Romantic Times.  You can read more about Cat here. Continue reading

Gluten-Free Chick Vs. The Brownie Pie

I have small children, two in fact. And they love sweets,
almost as much as I do. But being a gluten-free mommy makes buying things like cupcakes, brownies and cookies a challenge. I’m constantly refining recipes to make them tasty and yes, gluten-free.

Today, I’m going to talk about a favorite for my boys, Caramel Chocolate Brownies. Before I do, I want to explain a bit about my gluten substitute. Continue reading

Guest Chick Monday – Finales d’or de Coeur Aislinn Macnamara

First a shout out to our men and woman in uniform, past and present, this Memorial Day. This Chick’s thoughts are with you today.

And okay, my online translator says my title means Golden Heart Finalist.  I don’t think I believe it.  Regardless, please help me welcome Aislinn Macnamara, a historical romance author who considers writing her mid-life crisis. She reckons it’s a lot less trouble than buying a sports car, getting plastic surgery or turning her husband in for a younger model. Her manuscript A TALE OF TWO SISTERS is a finalist in the Regency category of the 2011 Golden Heart contest. You can find her at her website: http://aislinnmacnamara.net/.

Qui prend mari prend pays. Continue reading