On Monday, I spent the whole day shopping for food. So, how can it be, that on Wednesday I find myself at the grocery store once again? It happens, I guess. We have had such high humidity mixed with hot temperatures that buying milk in town (about 15 minutes away) almost turns to cream or yogurt on the trip home. Our local grocery store is a few minutes from my house. Monday I passed on the milk and by Wednesday my kids were in full rebellion. How could I not buy MILK? We like our whole milk in this house. In the mean time, I had already compiled a small list and decided to just DO IT (yes, NIKE I learned a lot from you) and I grabbed the 4 yo and we hit the road to the store.
Have you ever shopped with a 4yo who has no concept of how much anything cost? Our little princess just loves helping me shop for this, and that, and OH we need this and OH we need that...it never ends. Before I know it, we are having Pop Tarts, Cereal, Marshmallows, Chocolate Milk and Ho HO's for every meal...LOL I have to make a decision here. Do I cave or do I come up with plan B for her shopping experience. After all, she sees me cooking and shopping most of the week. She is just doing what Mom does, copying my actions is a huge bit of flattery, but she needs to learn that those things can be eaten in moderation, they taste so much better made from scratch and some shopping trips are short and sweet (like here.) SO, I opt to put a few things back and get the popsicle holders. I explain that she can HELP me make her popsicles, they will be healthier and she will feel so good about making something from SCRATCH at 4 (OK, maybe she doesn't care..LOL) but I do.
Let me just say, I love cooking with my kids. There is something about being in the kitchen with them that makes me smile. Isabella held those popsicle holders all the way home, ran and got her apron and wanted to start right away...forget the fish, meat and milk in the bags..LOL When your 4, life is so in the moment...LOVE IT! You know me, I grab what I have and start adding things left and right. Pray with a lot of faith that it's going to set (freeze into a popsicle) and that it will taste good. How can you go wrong with OJ, Cream and fruit...well, you can't. We ate everyone of those popsicles and she was so proud of herself that she "cooked" with Mommy. The hardest part: WAITING the 4 hours for them to be done, remember she is only 4. They may have finished earlier, if it were not for the fact that the freezer door was opened every 10 minutes.."are they done yet". She must get that from me...LOL
Orange and Banana Popsicles
1 Banana, peeled
1 15 oz. can Mandarin Oranges, drained
1/2 cup of OJ
1/4 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
1 tsp. honey (optional)
1. I used my blender to combine all of the ingredients. I blended it all together very well until smooth. If you use a banana, you may have dark specks in your blended fruit/juice mix. I had just enough to fill an 8 slotted popsicle container.
2. Freeze until the popsicles are hard and easily removed. If they don't remove, you can run the underside of the popsicle container in water. This helped with our popsicles. ENJOY!