White After Labor Day, (The Best) Rose Water Popsicles, Freelancing

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Who's responsible for "no white after Labor Day?" I've got some words for you. I mean, it doesn't even make sense, should we cut out all pastels, too? I felt so passionate about it yesterday that I dug out a white dress that has been hiding in my closet all summer, proudly put it on, and of course, the first person who saw me at work called me out — white? After Labor Day? But summer's not over, folks! I just nailed the best popsicle recipe, so that sun better keep shining. 

When my sister and I were in Nashville in April, I had a rose water popsicle, and it was so refreshing and sweet — and since rose water is my favorite flavor and scent — I've been thinking to recreate it since. And here it is! It's not as good as Nashville's Las Paletas (but what is?). On the plus side, my popsicles seem to always have (charming) crooked sticks, which you certainly don't get there.

And one last thing before the recipe! Today I wrapped up a freelance assignment for the Chicago Sun-Times, which I felt very lucky for the opportunity to do, and was a check off the old 25 at 25 list. I'm even more in awe of those who have the determination and will to full-time freelance now (especially when Netflix is right there and the bed is also right there), and those who freelance, blog and support their kiddos, too. Kudos to you. 

And now, the best popsicle you'll ever have (after Las Paletas, of course):

Ingredients (makes 10 pops):
1 1/2 cup raspberries
1 banana
300 ml coconut milk (I used full fat)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon rose water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend 1 cup of raspberries with 1 banana until smooth. Set aside. 

Whisk together the coconut milk, rose water, maple syrup and vanilla.

Prepare the popsicle molds: Pour the raspberry layer first. Cover with the coconut milk mixture. Pop in two or three whole raspberries. 

Continue until you run out of ingredients. Freeze 3-4 hours.

P.S. Another vegan popsicle recipe

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