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Frigolo: a popsicle recipe by Mister M

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Frigolo: a popsicle recipe by Mister M

Mister M has been asking me to make Frigolos, so I finally asked him what they were and right there and then he told me step by step what needed to be done to make a strawberry lemonade popsicle. My second question was, where did he get the idea from and he answered from his favourite T.V. show called Toc Toc Toc. From watching that one episode he remembered every step and ingredient and I thought it would be fun to share it with you.

Every weekend we go to our fresh produce market for breakfast. Mister M insisted we buy strawberries, guess what he wanted to make? Popsicles of course! Strawberries are in season and look how bright red and delicious they are. The Quebec strawberries are small in shape and so yummy.

And so we had the first ingredient on our list to make our Ice Pops.

Next we needed lemonade- so we bought some lemons to make our own. And lucky me, just that day I came across Lacy's

Strawberry Lemonade recipe

and thought to myself how perfect!

Please notice Mister M's photo shoot styling :)

Basically, you need lots of strawberries, some lemons, a few cups of water and some sugar ( check

Lacy's recipe here

for exact quantities).

...STEP 1...

Cut your lemons in two and squeeze them to keep all the juice. 

Ask for a little help, 12 halves can be long and tiring!

...STEP 2...

cut your strawberries in two and remove the ends.

...STEP 3....

1- add your strawberries, 2- then lemon juice, 3- then sugar and 4- lastly your water into a blender.

...STEP 4...

Put the lid on and press on the button- blend until smooth. You are lemonade ready! 

Drink if you like... not all of it!

...STEP 5...

-Here we improvised a little- according to Mister M you needed to pour your lemonade into a popsicle mould.

We couldn't find ours, so instead we filled some small styrofoam cups, a little more than half way.

We had coffee stirrers which we used as sticks- although I recommend using popsicle sticks, they are a little sturdier.

In order for our sticks to stand straight, we cut some aluminum foil into small squares and cut a small slit in the centre, where we inserted our sticks.

-According to Mister M you should put your cups in the freezer at noon and the'll be ready for an afternoon snack the next day.

...STEP 6...

We removed our styrofoam cups- they simply popped out, to find a beautiful and delicious red popsicle... Enjoy your Frigolo! 

On a side note Frigo in french means fridge and rigolo means funny- so the two put together makes it frigolo!

It was so hot last weekend when I took these pictures, the popsicles were melting in front of our eyes. I kept telling the kids not to eat them- they just couldn't resist!

I hope you'll enjoy Mister M's recipe- I'll be honest I'm not sure the recipe is complete, but for a 5 year old I think he did quite fine and the result were amazing. Apparently all the cool kids are making their own popsicles this summer, you should totally check out this amazing

Watermelon Popsicle

created by cool kid Ellie over at

Classic Play

- YUM! 

If you have some kid friendly popsicle recipes we would love to try them... leave a comment let us know what your favourite ingredients are. 

Happy Summer!!!

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DIY... cookies + flowers = yummy bouquet

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DIY... cookies + flowers = yummy bouquet

 My kids have been asking me to bake some cookies for a little while and we finally did it! Sugar cookies are really easy to make and bake, perfect for the kids to get involved from mixing the flour to frosting and decorating.

So today I'm sharing my cookie bouquet tutorial with you. What's better than a flower bouquet you can eat!!! With the holiday season just around the corner, these are perfect little gift for when  you're invited for dinner, as a teacher gift or just for saying "Thank You" or "I Love You".

First we need to bake and frost (optional) some cookies...

Here is my cousin's secret recipe! Thank you Jess!

Just so you know, she is an amazing baker.

Ingredients for Sugar Cookies:

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 large egg

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Icing/Glaze for One Dozen Sugar Cookies:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon half n’ half (plus a few drops if needed for consistency) *** you can also use 3.25% milk

few drops vanilla (or other flavoring, optional)

few drops coloring (if desired)

Directions:

In an electric mixer cream butter and add sugar and salt. Add vanilla and egg. Add flour and mix. Dough will be sticky-ish. Like a stiff, yet sticky play-dough. Gather dough and pat smooth. Cover and allow dough to chill for 1/2 hour in the freezer or 1 hour in the refrigerator.

HINT:

 I had the kids mix it up with their hands for added fun!

Lightly flour board and rolling pin.

The less flour you use the more delicate your cookies will be.

Place dough on board. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes.

DON'T FORGET:

***

With a tooth-pick make a small hole at the top of your cookies, about 1/2 cm from the edge

***

Place cookies on baking sheet.

Bake in a preheated 325(f) oven for 13 minutes. Cookies will be pale on top and slightly golden on the bottom. Allow to cool before icing.

Frosting:

In a mixing bowl, run whisk through powdered sugar to remove lumps. Add half n’ half to powdered sugar. Whisk vigorously (no lumps!). Add coloring of choice, vanilla (if desired) and whisk again. Use the back of a spoon and carefully ice cookies.

Once your icing is dry (can take 24hrs) then you are ready to create your flower bouquet!

What you'll need: Floral Wire.

I found these at Walmart in the floral arrangement departement, sometimes it comes in roll as well, mine where pre-cut at 35 cm, but the lenght is really up to you.

1. Pass the wire from the top side of your cookie to the back.

2. Fold over the wire ( approx. 4cm long), keep it loose and be careful the cookie can brake if you make it too tight and you can damage your frosting.

3. Twist the wire gently, keeping some loose so the cookie can move a little.

4. Choose where you leaf will go and fold the wire as seen in photo above. I made my leaves aproximately half way.

5. Twist aproximately 3 times and straighten out your wire.

6. Repeat for all your cookies, make some leaves higher, some lower, some to the right and others to the left, creating a little variety.

I used the flower cookie cuter for these and plain white frosting.

Try different shapes, the hearts come out nicely too. I use a few drop of red and yellow frosting for these. The middle heart has no frosting, and makes for nice bouquet as well. 

I made this bouquet simple and plain, but let your kids have fun and make them in all different colors, let them do whatever, let their personalities show through...

For my bouquet, I took 7 cookies (for luck) and found this pink plastic (used for covering books) *** celophane will do just as well. Avoid using paper, the cookies are oily and will stain your paper easily.

Cut a square of your wrapping of choice. With the point of your wrapping going up, place your cookies, all at different hights. Overlap your cellophane and wrap it around your cookies,  add some ribbon and a cute card, your done! 

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