Life handed me a bushel of lemons this week. Things really do have a way of overturning overnight, don’t you think? Stressful change doesn’t seem to happen in stages. It’s Murphy’s Law; juuust when I really start enjoying my routine, there Life is, knocking at my door and throwing lemons at me. It’s been a very stressful, nail biting-filled week.
It’s funny how people react to stressful situations.
Day One: receive said news.
Day One & Two: immense stress. Lots of nail biting.
Day Three: Anger. I have to deal with this and now I don’t have any fingernails?
Day Four: Serene calm. It is what it is. I can’t change it, so let’s try to remedy it.
Day Five: Make lemonade with all those lemons life threw at you.
Make lemonade, like the adage says. Unexpected things happen, and the only way to deal with them is just to, well, deal with them. Suck in your gut, hold your head up high, and deal. It’s terrible cliche, but making lemonade really is the best way to cope.
Like, really. Make lemonade. I’m not even speaking metaphorically! There’s something very calming about squeezing a bunch of lemons. Really all you need for lemonade is lemon juice, sugar, and water, so it’s also relatively budget-friendly (bonus!).
Plus, it’s a summertime staple. Sunny patio sipping at its finest.
Freeze that lemonade and you have a wonderful, zingy treat! To make these popsicles, whip up a simple homemade lemonade, then blend with a strawberry or two to get that pretty pink hue. You could also use raspberries, or perhaps a dash of cranberry juice. The chunks of strawberries inside the pops are optional, but they really make them fun to eat!
So when life hands you those lemons, as it will eventually do, make some lemonade popsicles!
|Strawberry Pink Lemonade Popsicles|| |
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- ¼ cup granulated sugar, or to taste*
- 2 cups water
- 6-7 fresh strawberries
- In a food processor or blender, combine lemon juice, zest, sugar, and water. Add a strawberry and blend until smooth, adding more strawberries for a deeper pink hue, if preferred.
- Pour the lemonade into popsicle molds, and freeze until somewhat firm, about 1 hour.
- Slice the remaining strawberries and insert slices into popsicle molds, using a knife to push them into the popsicles. The lemonade should be somewhat frozen to allow the strawberries to stay put, rather than float to the top.
- Freeze until sold, about 6 hours.