This blog has been a hard earned back and forth for me. Over the past 2 years of emotional-healing, it’s been hard to point my finger at any clear accomplishments when people ask me what’s new, or what I’ve been up to. Ever since my years in high school journalism, I’ve lived by one rule: show, don’t tell. It’s been a surreal experience to have been doing so much truly hard emotional and mental prep work, and to have nothing to point to.
Who I am, the artist and more confident woman I’ve become, she doesn’t live anywhere visible yet. She’s been slowly working up the courage and preparing a solid foundation in her head and in her tight circle, to step back out into the world. There have been glimpses sure, but most of me is still hiding below the surface. Sometimes it’s really hard to see others making strides so tangibly and visibly, and not feel like I am wasting my time, or am a failure in comparison.
I simply forget to reflect on how far I’ve really come even if nobody else can see it yet. When I feel this way I watch THIS VIDEO and I remind myself that so much of the most important growth, happens where nobody can see it. What I’m really doing, is putting down roots. An important step before you break the surface and keep growing above ground. I’ve been thinking about this blog and turning it over and working it out in my head for two years now…so if anyone is still out there waiting for a bloom with baited breath, you won’t be disappointed. I’ve just been working on the roots, I promise.
OKAY, on to the popsicles.
Anyone who knows me knows two things: my ringback tone is still the theme from Titanic (no it’s not 2008, and yes I am the only person who still uses a ringback tone) and that I am a huge fan of all things Harry Potter. In case you didn’t know…tomorrow is an important day in the HP nerd world. It’s Harry Potter’s birthday.
To celebrate, I’ll be marathoning the films, and enjoying these delicious 4-ingredient Pumpkin Juice Popsicles, that somehow taste like fall in a cold summer treat. (It’s like apple pie in a popsicle, I adapted the recipe from HERE). I know it’s sorta a travesty to make pumpkin juice without pumpkins, but I used butternut squash as it’s more accessible and affordable this time of year.
I totally recommend picking up THIS POPSICLE MOLD on Amazon, seriously, I’ve been a popsicle making fool this summer, and this is hands down the best and most efficient popsicle mold I’ve ever used. I bought it for $18 and haven’t regretted it once, and it’s less than $13 right now. I love the final shape and I can make up a bunch of popsicles and store them in the freezer for snacking on later.
PRO TIP: When you are ready to remove your popsicles from the mold, fill your sink with hot water place the popsicle mold in the water for 10-15 seconds and remove. The popsicles will slide right out, it’s way easier than running them under hot water.
PUMPKIN JUICE POPSICLES
What You’ll Need:
1/2 Butternut squash cubed (or one package pre-cut from TJ’s)
2 Cups Water
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Apricot Nectar (or Apple Juice or Apple Cider)
- Steam (in a steamer) or roast (in the oven at 355 Degrees for approx 45 minutes with a bit of water on the bottom of the pan) butternut squash until tender.
- Blend tender squash with water & remaining ingredients.
- Place mixture in a pot over low heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before pouring into popsicle molds.
- Freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight.
- Remove popsicles from mold and press play on Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. <3
HAPPEE BIRTHDAE HARRY, WE LOVE YOU.