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Coffee Talk Monday…Red White and Blueberry Popsicles!

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 Makes 10 popsicles

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 heaping cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup vanilla flavored Greek yogurt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Using a small 4 cup food processor, or blender, puree the raspberries until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Do the same with the blueberries. (If your blueberries are super purple, add a little blue food coloring.)
  3. Put the yogurt and each of the berry purees in small measuring cups with spouts. The goal is to thin them just a bit so they are pourable. Use water for the yogurt and the raspberries, and, depending on the color of your blueberries, you can use water, or yogurt if you need to brighten up your ‘blue’. Keep these cups chilling in the refrigerator when you are not using them.
  4. To layer your pops, start by pouring a little of the blueberry in the bottom of each mold. The only tricky part to these popsicles is getting the layers in without too much spillage to mar your stripes. Use my photos as a rough guide for how much blue you want. Don’t get too fussy, it should look rustic!
  5. Put the mold in the freezer and freeze till firm, at least an hour, or more.
  6. Layer a little bit of yogurt into each mold for the next stripe. You will be able to see through the side of the mold to check your progress. At this point, cover the top of the mold with foil, and insert the popsicle sticks. Make sure to get the stick a little bit into the frozen layer so they will stand straight. Put back into the freezer until solid.
  7. Remove the foil at this stage, you won’t need it since the stick is in and you need to layer. Next comes your raspberry stripe, and so on until the molds are filled. Make sure to freeze each stripe until solid before adding the next. Don;t worry if the stripes are uneven, but do try to clean up any dribbles as you go. I used a popsicle stick to scrape down the insides of the mold after each stripe.
  8. Once filled and completely frozen solid, you can un-mold your pops. Fill the sink with hot water. Remove the foil, and immerse the mold just up to the lip, being careful not to let any water splash onto the top. Hold it for 30 seconds, remove, and try to pull the pops out. If they don’t slide out, immerse again for just a few seconds.
  9. I recommend keeping the popsicles in the mold until you are ready to serve, or, if you are working in batches, wrap each pop quickly in waxed paper or put into a baggie and put back in the freezer. I don’t recommend making these more than a day in advance.

Friday Wine Tasting…The Vegan Vine Red Wines!

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Wine of the week: 

The Vegan Vine Red Wines

$16.99

Winemakers Notes:

Aromas of dark red cherries, raspberries and blackberries. A hint of cedar and vanilla. Bright fruit flavors on the entry with a solid dose of acidity. Medium tannins round out this interesting blend of grapes. Enjoy with portabello mushroom risotto.

Blending Notes:

38% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Verdot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 10% Zinfandel, 2% Cinsaut, 1% Carignan, 1% Mouvedre

Inspiration from Anywhere…Monarch Workshop

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How perfect to be blogging about the Monarch Workshop this Inspiration from Anywhere because it is complete inspiration from the minute you arrive to the minute you leave.  Run by two of the most positive and creative girls in the industry, Jessica from The Confetti Bar and Madeline from Oh My Gemini, it’s filled to the brim with creative, motivational and fun events. Their activities include a variety of speakers, lessons, inspirations, crafts, and exercises for you to explore. Whatever your dreams may be, Monarch will provide a path and the tools to ensure they take flight.  Accented by the “dream team” to ignite your passion for creativity. So what’s stopping you from your dreams? Sign up! Registration is open! Monarch will be help on September 6th + 7th.

XO. klb

Wedding Wednesday…I’m a Mrs on Gilt City NY!

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via Gilt City 

After all the magic and sparkle of your wedding day is over there is still one more step left and it is never fun, the dreaded official name change. I’ve never met a newlywed Mrs. who hasn’t confirmed the horrors of this task.  Leave it to Gilt City to introduce us to “I’m a Mrs.”, a service that assists you in changing your name from everything government related to loyalty programs, never leaving you overwhelmed.  The best part is you can get this service 50% off until September 1! Loose the potential headache and scoop this deal up.

XO. klb

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