Homemade Popsicle to Beat the Summer Heat

It’s summer still and so my mommy duty, ie. how to keep the cool of the kids around (we’re having a big number this time, by the way) continues.

Homemade Popsicle in different flavors is one of their favorites and I’m glad because apart from being cost-effective considering that I have to prepare for many every time, it is also easy to do as long as you keep that blender in handy.

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Just like amplified PA’s I also amplify the preparation of these Popsicle to keep it fresh, healthy and good tasting. Most of the time I use fresh fruits (ie, mango, avocado, watermelon, coconut meat, etc.) but I don’t keep chocolate out of the way as it also appeals to the kids once in a while.

What I do to come up with my desired texture and taste is to blend all the ingredients together using crashed ice just like making fruit shakes. I use a can of  both condensed and evaporated milk and a pack of cream for a 3 – litter mixture. That’s about two preparations or two rounds of blending. Then simply fill the popsicle molders up and let them sit on the freezer for hours and voila! I usually do it at night so the following day is going to be a happy day for the kids and the kids at heart. :D

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Summer is Just Around the Corner

Summer break is already official in a week time…

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Summer is just around the corner, indeed. I can’t wait till I’m officially off from work not only because of the planned and promised getaway but also because I am excited to start getting things done in my “summer to-do” list. I promised to be productive still even if I’m away from work so I carefully considered things that would make me one.

LEARNING HOW TO BAKE/IMPROVING MY COOKING SKILL

I enjoy cooking for my family especially during weekends. I hop from one site to another every now and then for new recipes. But I must admit, my cooking skill is still a work in progress. I specifically want to learn how to bake this time using the available tutorials online.

LEARNING HOW TO SEW

I received a portable electric sewing machine for a birthday gift last month. It is precious specially that I love needlework as well so I want to make use of it. I’ve started familiarizing its parts and made a few stitching practice already. I can’t wait to make patterns, begin making clothes and see how it turns out.

CROSS-STITCHING

Call it old school but I love this very relaxing and fulfilling hobby since it dawned on me during my college years. Yes, my interest is back after I came across with this awesome site that offers free downloadable and printable patterns. My first summer project happens to be the Great Wall of China! I have already gathered the materials and actually itching to start but that needs to wait till work is over.

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Turon de Banana

This incomparable pinoy favorite is simply made of banana, jackfruit and sugar.

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We dine in fancy restaurants on special occasions. We also treat our families, friends and loved ones to famous steak and barbecue houses . Sometimes we take the drive-thru on our way to have a bite of popular meals from our favorite fast food chains. But there’s nothing like being home and sharing something you and your family enjoy of having for a snack together.

Turon, as we Filipinos call it is basically made of banana, a slice of jackfruit, wrapped and deep fried  the way we do spring rolls. It is dusted with brown sugar so it will look the way it is. This and other  “kakanin” (native sweet delicacies) makes a perfect snack for a Filipino family especially on weekends where each member is present. It can also make an ideal alternative to burgers and sandwiches while having a picnic or a day in a beach. Young and old, everyone will love this not only healthy but also cost-effective treat. I will definitely have this again later when I make my review for mothers rings from joyjewelers.com.

Apart from bananas, sweet potatoes or cassava can also be used in making turon. I like banana better, though.

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