The summer of 2014 is shaping up to be a very busy one for us because, after more than seven years in our apartment…
…we’re buying our first house!
Earlier this spring we began looking at houses to get an idea of what was available, and then a house fell into our laps.
We are so blessed to have been given an incredible offer that we simply couldn’t refuse. For the last month or so, despite any other plans we may have had in mind, we’ve spent nearly every free evening and weekend roaming the aisles of Home Depot, picking out new flooring, doors, paint, kitchen cabinets, countertops, backsplash, appliances, vanities, windows, and the list goes on. I’m overwhelmed with all the options but incredibly excited.
There is so much I am looking forward to, such as having a driveway and garage (no more parking three buildings away when I get home after 9 pm) and designing a kitchen that has ample counter space and room for more than one person (though our shoebox kitchen has served us well, I am not sad to leave it behind).
By this fall, I should be bringing you new recipes from our new kitchen — and I can’t wait! Until then, so that we can focus on the transition and remodel, we are going to be all about quick and satisfying meals, snacks and desserts.
Lately I’ve been obsessed with homemade popsicles. When it’s warm, you can’t beat a cool treat that only takes a couple minutes to prep. I’ve been whipping up batch after batch of various popsicles the past few weeks (I love my BPA-free popsicle mold by Norpro). Some batches have been better than others, but, hey, that’s what experimenting is for.
These Berry Basil Pops have been the tops. Bursting with berry goodness and a little basil twist, they’re a delightful summer treat. Choose your berries — blackberry and raspberry are shown above — and your level of sweetness. And if you feel so inclined, add a little vodka to the mix for fun Boozy Berry Basil Pops.
Stay cool, and enjoy!
Any tips for a soon-to-be new homeowner? :)
What are you looking forward to the most this summer?
- 4-4½ cups fresh berries, such as blackberries or raspberries
- 1 cup water
- 2-4 tbsp agave nectar, to taste
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Handful of loosely-packed basil leaves, to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Do a taste test, and if you want to add any additional sweetner or basil, add it and then blend again until smooth.
- Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove most of the grainy pieces (if they don't bother you, skip this step).
- Pour the strained mixture into your popsicle mold, then cover and insert the popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least a few hours, preferably overnight.
- When ready to eat, remove the popsicles from the freezer and let them thaw for about 10 minutes, then wiggle each one out of the mold. Alternatively, you can place the base of the popsicle mold under hot water for a couple of seconds.