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Helllloooo! Just checking in between feeding sessions, diaper changes, snippets of sleep, and endless cuddles with my main squeeze, Casper.

I have plans to share some of my experience with this whole motherhood thing and some of how things went down labor/birth-wise (which ended up being not at all what I wanted/expected)…are you all interested in any of that? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

Anyhoo (yeah, I just wrote “anyhoo…”), here are a few recipes that went live recently on BettyCrocker.com. Lots of delish end-of-summer fare before we transition into fall (YAY)!!

I hope summer treated you well!!

XO, Cindy

Easy Strawberry Ice Cream Shortcake

Easy Ice Cream Strawberry Shortcake

Slow-Cooker Bacon Caprese Dip

Slow-Cooker Bacon Caprese Dip

Waffle Donuts

Waffle Donuts

Skillet Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chip Streusel

Skillet Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chip Streusel

Raspberry Mint Limeade

Raspberry Mint Limeade 

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Jalapeño Fruit Relish

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Jalapeño Fruit Relish

Cranberry Mint + Bourbon Ice Pops

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So, it maybe slush-snowed yesterday and maybe it’s been kind of freezing around here, but I made popsicles anyway…cause, why not? Especially when these pops combine a seasonal gem like cranberries, herbal mint, and a hit of warm bourbon for good measure. The pops freeze up with an almost sorbet-like texture and turn out the best jewel-toned berry hue. I mean, I’ll just pull on my f-ugg boots and add another layer in the form of a cardi coat to get my pop-tail on…weather be damned, I don’t even care.

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Print Recipe

Cranberry Mint + Bourbon Ice Pops

Makes about 10 servings.

As always, these pops are not SUPER boozey since alcohol inhibits freezing…meaning too much booze will result in slush…which isn’t really a bad thing, but it won’t result in a pop. Also, I use THIS ice pop mold. 

12 ounces of fresh or frozen cranberries

1/4 cup mint leaves

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups water, divided

1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) bourbon

In a saucepan combine the cranberries, mint, sugar, and 1/2 cup water. Heat until it comes to a boil, the sugar dissolves, and cranberries pop. Remove from the heat and press the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Whisk in the remaining water and the bourbon. Allow to cool to room temperature and pour into ice pop molds. Freeze 1 hour before inserting the stick, then continue to freeze for several hours until solid. [/recipe]

 

Maple Brown Derby Cocktail Pops

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Guys, I maybe made these while big, fluffy, frigid snowflakes drifted from the sky. I maybe wore shoes without socks that day too…my mind has been thinking spring, even if the elements are insisting it’s not time just yet. I couldn’t help it, I wanted to turn my favorite cocktail of the moment into an ice pop before citrus season ends. Enter the Maple Brown Derby Cocktail Pop!

A Brown Derby is a bourbon drink combined with grapefruit juice and honey syrup. I’ve been using maple syrup in my Brown Derby’s as of late, and I love the flavor–plus it’s already the perfect viscosity for cocktail mixing. I also like to add a few dashes of bitters for that extra little somethin’. These pops are sweet and almost smoky from the whiskey and maple, yet refreshing from the fresh ruby-red grapefruit juice. I may even love the color of these ice pops even more than I like eating them…I’ve been smitten with blushy/peachy/sunset colors. I think it has to do with these late-winter doldrums, but the next season is on the horizon and there warm-weather ice pops in our futures, friends.

Maple Brown Derby Cocktail Pops

Makes about 10 ice pops. I use THIS mold.

A traditional Brown Derby uses a syrup made of honey and water and doesn’t necessarily include bitters. I’ve tailored this recipe to my taste, so definitely do the same and make it your own…ratios are just a suggestion! However, upping the alcohol by too much will prevent the ice pops from freezing solid, so use a lighter hand and serve these with a shooter on the side if ya wanna get crazy.

2 1/2 cups fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice (about 4 medium grapefruits)

1/3-1/2 cup pure maple syrup (depending on how sweet your fruit is)

1 ounce bourbon

a few dashes of bitters (I did about 6)

In a mixing bowl whisk together all of the ingredients to combine. Divide the liquid between the 10 ice pop molds and freeze for 1 hour* before inserting popsicle sticks. Continue to freeze for several hours until frozen solid.

*You can soak/saturate the sticks in boiling water before making the pops, so you can insert the sticks immediately without waiting for the pops to set up. I always forget, though!