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Friday, August 7, 2015

Cherry Buttermilk Popsicles

Cherry Buttermilk Popsicles
Did you know that there is actually an "official" time period for the dog days of summer? I've always considered them to be the hottest, stickiest days of the season and for the most part, I was right. But according to infoplease:

"Dog Days is the name for the most sultry period of summer, from about July 3 to Aug. 11. Named in early times by observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period was reckoned as extending from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the dog star) and the sun."

Kinda cool, right? It also says that the days can vary a bit due to a difference in latitude since the movement of the equinoxes changes gradually over long periods of time. So, give or take. I always feel like they extend well into August in these parts.

When I was growing up, we didn't go back to school until after Labor Day, but my kids will be donning uniforms and backpacks in just over a week. That means two weeks of August heat to squirm through.

Therefore, while the world around me seems to be concentrating on healthy back-to-school treats, I'm still lost in popsicle land. When my kids walk in the door and peel off their sticky polos, I'll be there with frozen treats in hand.

Cherry Buttermilk Popsicles
Four simple ingredients are all it takes to make these refreshing cherry buttermilk popsicles.
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Cherry Buttermilk Popsicles
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 15 minutes + time to freeze
Keywords: dessert snack vegetarian nut-free soy-free cherries buttermilk frozen popsicles summer

Ingredients (serves 8)
  • 1 pound sweet cherries, pitted
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Combine half of the cherries in the jar of a blender with buttermilk, honey, and vanilla bean paste; pulse to combine.

Chop the remaining cherries into small bits, then divide among popsicle molds. Divide the liquid mixture evenly amongst the popsicle molds.

Freeze until solid, adding popsicle sticks at the right time for your molds, 4-6 hours.
Cherry Buttermilk Popsicles

Cherry Buttermilk Popsicles