Yaayy, it’s popsicle season! It’s also peach season (-ish? Right? All I know is they are everywhere and so delish!) Now, I haven’t ever made my own popsicles at home. I’m really more of an ice cream kind of girl. But I’ve seen so many pictures of delicious looking popsicles everywhere, especially floating around pinterest (biggest time waster of my life–I’m obsessed) and I just knew that this summer I’d have to give it a try.

One small issue: I don’t own a popsicle mold. And given the teeny tiny kitchen we have and the even smaller amount of storage space (and the fact that our kitchen storage already overflows into the rest of our itsy-bitsy studio) buying some is kind of not realistic. Even if they’re small. And they would stay in the freezer. Man I really want some. On my first attempt at making these, I rigged up a little something with parchment paper and a beaker. Um. Don’t try it at home, folks. Learn from my mistakes. Shot glasses + ice cube trays = perfectly awesome popsicle molds.

Peaches and Cream Popsicles

I made a half recipe of these, and I’m going to go ahead and assume that normal folks own more than one shot glass and therefore would like to make more than one larger size pop and 12 teensy-tiny ice cube size pops. The recipe I’m giving you below would make 6-8 shot glass sized popsicles (depending on how big your shot glass is) or 26-30 ice cube sized popsicles.

giant popsicle!!! (just kidding!)

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized ripe peaches, cut up
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (the thicker the better; greek would be fabulous here)
  • 2-3 tbsp honey; divided.
  • popsicle molds, ice cube trays, shot glasses… you get the idea.
  • Sticks, such as popsicle sticks, toothpicks, or bamboo skewers, depending on size mold you choose.

Instructions

  1. In the small cup, put both of the peaches and one tbsp of honey.  As long as your peaches are ripe, they should blend right up using the cross blade. Blend until smooth and then set aside.
  2. In a tall cup, place one cup of yogurt and 1-2 tbsp of honey, depending on how sweet you like your yogurt. blend with the crossblade until honey is incorporated. No need to rinse the crossblade between the peaches and here. Woohoo! (P.S., you could totally use sweetened yogurt if you’d rather, we just always buy plain because it’s more delicious and you can regulate the amount and type of sweetener you use. But this would work well with vanilla yogurt, too if you like that, just skip adding honey and save yourself a cup! no need to blend!)
  3. In your popsicle-mold-of-choice, layer two spoonfuls of peaches, followed by a two spoonfuls of yogurt. The yogurt will be less dense than the peaches and will float on top. If you want to be adorable and make a cute pattern, stick this in the freezer for an hour or two and then repeat the layers again; peaches and then yogurt. (you could omit this and make only two layers; a bunch of peach on bottom followed by a bunch of yogurt on top, which is what you’ll do if you make ice cube size pops like me)  Freeze for another hour and then stick in your sticks and freeze until solid. To unmold, run under warm water for a few seconds and pop out using the stick.
  4. Eat and Enjoy! P.S.: if you notice, these pops are made of basically just peaches and yogurt. Which, if you’re wondering, makes them perfectly acceptable to eat for breakfast.
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Jul
23
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Key Lime Pie

Hi!

While I was in San Francisco visiting my parents, I made the most heavenly key lime pie with graham cracker crust. I used my Magic Bullet for both the crust and the filling. The Bullet crumbled the graham crackers, blended together all the key lime ingredients and basically made my life much easier.

This wondrous pie was quite possibly my proudest Magic Bullet creation. I was so pleased with the results that I kept asking my mom to take photos of me holding the pie. I was like, “Mom, now take a photo of me looking surprised with the pie!” The photo below is just one of (too) many pie shots.

I highly recommend making this little taste of heaven. It’s the perfect summery dessert to share with your family and friends. They will eat it up!

I hope you enjoy oh-so-much!

Kyle

Key Lime Pie

Magic Bullet Parts

  • Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades

Ingredients

  • 13 graham crackers
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 2 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons key lime

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Break up graham crackers into smaller pieces and add to tall cup.
  3. Pulse until fine.
  4. Transfer graham cracker crumble into mixing bowl.
  5. Add sugar and melted butter to crumble and combine.
  6. Press mixture onto 9-inch pie pan. Start with bottom of pan and work your way up to sides.
  1. Put graham cracker crust in oven for about 13 minutes.
  1. For filling, combine sweetened condensed milk, eggs and key lime to mixing bowl.
  2. Give ingredients a light mix, transfer half to tall cup and pulse a few times.
  3. Pour filling into pie crust and follow same steps for other half of filling.
  4. Bake in oven for 15 minutes and chill for at 5hrs.


I promised a fabulous recipe to use that butternut squash puree, didn’t I? Well, a girl must deliver. So if you are looking for something that tastes even more like fall, and will make your whole house smell like what I imagine heaven probably smells like, then look no further. These muffins are ridiculous. Seriously, they are the perfect breakfast treat that tastes like it must be bad for you, but really is pretty healthy as far as baked goods go. And I think that’s a definite plus in my book, especially when it comes to the breakfast department. So, without further ado, I give you:

Butternut Squash Muffins

(adapted from My Baking Addiction, who clearly, is one of my addictions.)

The original recipe called for using only all-purpose flour, but when I made these, I used part whole wheat flour and part all-purpose. If I made them again, I would use all whole wheat and skip the all-purpose entirely. The flavor is so awesome that it  just begs for something a little bit heartier, you could even add in some rolled oats I bet it would be delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butternut squash puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour * (see note above)
  •  3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line a 12-cup capacity muffin tin with paper liners. ( If you have one of those giant muffin tins, these would hold up well as larger muffins. Or you could make a loaf of bread if you’re not feeling the muffin thing.)
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Set aside. In a larger bowl, stir together the puree, eggs, oil, white and brown sugars. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in three batches. Stir until just combined, don’t overmix the batter.
  3. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins (an ice cream scoop is the perfect size for this job) and bake until tops are springy and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20-30 minutes.  (Check your muffins early, my oven is wonky so they make take less time or they may take more time.)
  4. Set on a rack to cool. Muffins will keep up to one week in a covered container at room temperature. Or, you could eat them warm slathered in butter. Or make some of this frosting and plop that on top. You’ll be glad you did. Eat and Enjoy!!
Jul
9
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Mini Oatmeal Muffins

Hi! Hi! Hi!

Ever since I made mint brownies with my Magic Bullet, I can’t stop baking with the thing! While visiting my parents in San Francisco,  my mom and I made a dozen mini oatmeal muffins. Sweet, hearty and oh-so-easy to make. It’ll take you no time at all and will leave you and your kitchen in a pleasant state afterwards.

Also, these muffins taste amazing. The combo of  brown sugar and syrup adds a nice maple flavor, which can’t be beat. Much healthier than most muffins around town, they require absolutely no butter or shortening. Plus, check out the size of these muffins. Adorable size, that’s what I think.

Mini Oatmeal Muffins


Magic Bullet Parts 

  • Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades

 Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup pancake syrup
  • 1 eggs
  • ¾ cup mix of whole wheat and all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cups rolled oats

 Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease miniature muffin tins.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add all ingredients: cream, syrup, egg, mix of whole wheat and all purpose flour, brown sugar, salt baking powder and rolled oats.
  3. Give muffin batter a light whisk before transferring to tall cup.
  4. Pulse a few times and then begin filling muffin tins three-quarters full.
  5. Bake for about 12 minutes. Lightly tap the top of muffin to see if it’s fully baked. If the muffin top springs back, then it’s done!
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If you’re feeling extra crazy, top off your muffins with a dollop of homemade whipped cream! Looks like you’ve got a pretty sweet dessert on your hands.
Enjoy, boys and girls!
The Muffin Woman,
Kyle



Oh yes, folks. I did. Well actually, I haven’t yet. But let me now: there are black beans in these brownies. WAIT! Don’t leave! Don’t be like I was and say “Seriously, why would you go and try to make brownies healthier? That’s blasphemous. Plus it sounds disgusting.” Because that’s what I said for several weeks until I broke down and had to try it, and people, those were several weeks that I could have been eating double the brownies that I normally eat because, helloooo? Black beans?! How freakin’ healthy can you get?!?

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Jun
26
2

Frothy Coffee Drink

Sometimes, we all have those days. You know the ones I mean.

umm.. yeah. so that's our pile of junk in the corner of our house.. please ignore it.

You press snooze one too many times. You stub your toe on the way out the door, and realize you forgot to put on deodorant. You rush to work with sleep still in your eyes and your hair matted to the side of your face. It’s not going to be a good day. And then someone says it, why, you have no idea, but it happens every time: “Wow, did you get enough sleep? You look super tired today.” …seriously? Everyone knows that’s code for ‘You look like crap, what the hell happened?’ Ugh. The day just keeps getting better, right?

Well, this is for those days. The days when you need something to make it better. To make your coworkers disappear for a while and create a nice little island of calm where you can sit for a while and wake up. Then you can fix your hair. And punch out your coworker. Or.. whatever. I don’t advocate violence. Just sayin’.

Frothy Coffee Drink 

Sorry guys, no measurements on this one. Use each ingredient according to your taste. If you use hot coffee, use less of it and use more milk and ice. Cold coffee, you can use more coffee and less milk and ice. Or however you like it. I like a ton of milk and sugar. My boyfriend likes a ton of coffee with just a little sugar and milk. To each his or her own!

P.S. You know you can grind coffee in your bullet, right? Just throw a tablespoon or two (or three) into the short cup, pop on the flat blade and pulse a few times. Whoo! Whole bean coffee keeps its freshness much better than pre-ground (it lasts especially long if you keep it in the freezer), so now you can buy whole bean coffee and grind it at home!

Ingredients

  • coffee (If you want to plan ahead and make this extra yummy, I have a recipe here for cold pressed coffee. It’s fab. Make it and keep it in the fridge and use a bit as you go. If you use this, you don’t need a lot as it’s super strong. Otherwise, just make coffee straight into your bullet party cup. It’ll do.)
  • milk
  • chocolate syrup (or cocoa powder and sugar)
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Put it all in your party mug and blend-a-rooskies.

Difficult, right? If you’re feeling crazy, I think it’d be delish to add some caramel (here’s my own personal fav. recipe) or whatever other flavors you like. Syrups will blend better than powders/granulated sugar if you are using cold pressed coffee. If you start with hot coffee, put the sugar and chocolate powder at the bottom of the cup before you pour in the coffee. It’ll dissolve right away. Drink and Enjoy!!

one of those days..

Yeah. That’s right. All those words. At one time. Is your mouth watering yet?

Because mine sure was the first time I heard about this. Did you know you can make ice cream in about 20 seconds in your blender?!? You don’t even need an ice cream maker!! Seriously!

Okay, well not entirely seriously. It’s not exactly ice cream. But it sure is as  close as you can get without actually owning an ice cream maker. And if you, like me, are 100 percent obsessed with ice cream and dream of one day being able to make it fresh in your very own home if only ice cream makers weren’t so expensive and entirely ridiculous to own when your entire house is smaller than a two car garage (I kid you not, but that is a story for another day)..I digress. Did I mention about the ice cream? With the chocolate and the peanut butter? Here’s how it goes:

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Jun
13
0

Milk Punch

Milk Punch. Milk. Punch. Punch. With Milk. Milk. That packs a Punch.

Hmmm.. Think about it. Say the words a few times in your head. Mull it over. Mull.. Mulled wine. Game of Thrones. No. Wine. Mmm.. Wine.. Drink. Milk. Punch? Milk Punch? Milk Punch! Does it still sound weird to you? It still sounds weird to me. But to my boyfriend, it just sounded delicious. Right away. No mulling required. So we decided to make it. In fact, we decided to make it for a very special occasion.

I was taking the MCAT. Heard of it? No? It’s just this one test that can decide whether or not a person gets to do the thing they want to do for the rest of their life. No big deal or anything. You know, just the kind of test you study for for four hours a day for three months with no breaks and no fun. Minor stuff, really. So. I was going to take it. And it was going to take all day. And afterward, I was going to need a drink. Stat. Like a doctor needs a stethescope. And a police officer needs your drivers license number. Am I rambling? Let’s have a drink. 

Drained it!

Be forewarned, however. Even though this was supposed to be my celebratory drink, the night I was supposed to have many and more drinks, I drank only this one. Then I, erm.. well I fell asleep. So it’s a good kind of drink. Just not the party kind of drink. Try it. You’ll see what I mean. It packs a punch.

Milk Punch

(adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

Ingredients

  •  1/2  cup heavy cream
  • 2  cups milk (you can use 1 cup of half and half and 1 1/2 cups of milk if you like. use whichever you have on hand. but the more creamy the better..)
  • 3/4 cup burbon
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted (or if you’re lazy like me, skip it. Makes no difference and means less dishes! whoo!)
  • nutmeg for garnish

Instructions

  1. In the large blender attachment for your bullet, mix together all ingredients except nutmeg.
  2. Pulse a few times to mix thoroughly.
  3. Pop the whole thing in the freezer and let it freeze for several hours or up to one day if you’re a planner and are making this in advance.
  4. When you’re ready to serve, take it out of the freezer and give it a few pulses on the bullet.
  5. Pour into 2 glasses and sprinkle on some nutmeg for garnish. Note: if you are going to let it freeze all day or overnight, let the blender defrost for 10 minutes before blending.
  6. Drink and Enjoy! (And then sleep oh so well…)
Jun
11
0

Cocoa Mint Brownies

Hello again!

Yesterday afternoon, my friend Mandee (sensing that I was sinking really “sweet ‘n low”) suggested that we make mint brownies. We got to baking almost immediately and in a little over an hour, we had ourselves a plate of warm cocoa mint brownies.

I was happily surprised by how well the Magic Bullet worked. It evenly mixed all of the brownie ingredients and left us with virtually no mess to clean up. (I hate cleaning up so this came as a humongo relief.)

Lastly, it was Mandee’s genius idea to use fresh mint, instead of pure mint extract, in the brownie mixture. So you can thank her, when you have a taste of these divine fresh minty brownies. You’ll  travel straight to heaven.

I hope you enjoy them so much!

XO,
Kyle

Cocoa Mint Brownies

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Magic Bullet Parts

  • Magic Bullet tall cup with cross blades

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ sticks butter melted (6 ounces)
  • ¾ cups cocoa
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Soft butter
  • Flour

Instructions

*Try blending before and after you add ingredients. Also, use a spatula to make sure all ingredients are being properly blended.

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Generously butter and flour 8×8 pan or two 5 ½ x 3 pans.
  2. To tall cup add 2 large eggs and blend until fluffy and light yellow color.
  3. Add ½ cup sugar and ½ brown sugar to tall cup.
  4. Blend ingredients.
  5. Add melted butter (1 ½ sticks or 6 ounces) and ¾ cup cocoa to tall cup.
  6. Blend ingredients.
  7. Add 1-teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ cup flour to tall cup.
  8. Blend ingredients.
  9. Add 1/8 cup chopped fresh mint leaves.
  10. Pour batter into pan or pans and bake for 55 minutes. *Insert toothpick in center of pan. If toothpick comes out clean, then the brownies are ready!

browniechop

I’m sorry, WHAT?!?! Why the heck would I want to eat that? Well you might not, but if you had a baby child who was young enough to still be tricked into liking green veggies well then, you might wanna give this a shot!


My son Theo is currently 16 months old and obsessed with popsicles. All day long he begs me to drag the freezer open so he can get his little paws in there and muck about with the assorted frozen wonderments lurking in the cold. It started with ice cubes. Ice cubes are just fantastic to a 1 year old. And of course he loves all kinds of fruit, so I started making him popsicles. The first batch was some bright red combo of mixed berries. I quickly discovered my folly after he destroyed several T-shirts with macabre red stains, so I switched to making peach pops. Then I thought well why not mix something tart and sweet like pineapple with a fairly bland veggie like spinach. It’s super healthy for him, and I can’t lie, it makes me feel like a good mommy. Of course, it is REALLY green…

Pineapple Spinach Popsicles

Ingredients

  • A few chunks of pineapple
  • A handful of frozen spinach
  • A few glugs of juice – I used unfiltered organic apple juice

 

Fill up your cup, fit the cross blade on and blend for about 30 seconds, until it’s pretty darn smooth.

Here’s it is!  So, so very green.

I gave Theo some of the ‘smoothie’ to taste test before freezing it.

I dunno about this mom…

What did you say was in this stuff?

Cuz it’s delicious!

Popsicle molds are pretty easy to find, especially this time of year.  This one is from Smart & Final.

I even solved the problem of the stained shirt – just match the clothing to the popsicle color!