#pinkdrink popsicles for #popsicleweek // strawberry + green tea + coconut milk + white chocolate

#PinkDrink Popsicles for #popsicleweek! // strawberry + green tea + coconut milk + white chocolate (via thepigandquill.com)

#PinkDrink Popsicles for #popsicleweek! // strawberry + green tea + coconut milk + white chocolate (via thepigandquill.com)
A reader once suggested that the journey to motherhood is akin to walking a labyrinth: a challenging 9-month route to the center, over the course of which that sweet babe grows in your belly, and an equally (if not more) challenging 9 month navigation back to the edge, or maybe more aptly the surface, where you can once again gulp the sweet air of independence and re-assimilate into the society you slowly retreated from, now a full 18 months later.

But the thing is, at 18 months (or rather, 9 months out), I still wasn’t quite there. The air still seemed a little thin. Most mornings were clouded yet by a film of anxiety over what the day might bring. That distinct meness I craved with such fervor was still only just out of reach, tickling my fingertips — ghostly wisps of my former self waiting to be reabsorbed back into my modified being. And I let it linger there, in the ether, taking immense comfort in its proximity and romanticising the day when we’d be one again.

Lana turned 14 months yesterday, and I can tell you: I think I’m finally there. Whole and happy and me. And not just me as in the new me, the mom me that I’ve talked about being before, but me as in the old me, too. The cynical, snarky, energetic, hungry me that Chris could probably sometimes do without. She’s come round again. And you know what did it? A birthday.

Earlier this month, Chris put a whopping 33 candles on my cake. It took him a full five minutes and 11 matches to set that thing afire, but he did it without singeing a single eyebrow and then triumphantly set it before me while Lana clapped along in a fiery trance. (It was a literal hot mess.) That morning, Chris had surprised me with several decadent hours at the spa, followed by a little family walk to get sandwiches downtown. For dinner, we ordered-in more sushi than we could possibly eat (which I impossibly ate), and as I sat there, bathed in the violent flicker of my diminishing youth, I realized: I feel pretty friggin’ great.

Somewhere in the past month or so, that underlying utterance of How’s this gonna go… kinda just turned into Here we go! and, lo and behold, the house hasn’t burned down. (Melted, maybe, because we’re sans A/C and it’s been all kinds of hotttttt around here, but no literal fires. I mean, aside from the birthday torch. And if that wasn’t gonna do it…) We drove down to Santa Barbara for a wedding last weekend, and despite Lana’s still undeveloped affinity for long-distance car travel, it was fine. More than fine. Almost pleasant. We kept her up past bedtime so she could eat mini kobe beef sliders and feed the giraffes (it was at the Santa Barbara Zoo — how freaking cool is that?) and she was no worse for the wear. To the contrary, she took it upon herself to start taking steps all by herself this weekend, as if to say, I, too can throw caution to the wind.

We’re doing ok, guys.

#PinkDrink Popsicles for #popsicleweek! // strawberry + green tea + coconut milk + white chocolate (via thepigandquill.com)
Oh, and then there’s the whole It’s Officially Summer thing, which it better damn well be, because — as I mentioned above — it’s hot as shit around here. For those of us still nursing a (now rather large) baby, that equals all the boob sweat, plus all the crook-of-the-arm sweat where you support their (also) sweaty little head. It’s neither pretty nor fun and all but requires immediate application of something cool and icy to the face upon completion. Like a popsicle, mehbes.

This year marks Billy’s Fourth Annual #PopsicleWeek bruhaha, and partygoers are bringing some serious game. I’m already feeling kinda sad about the fact that I didn’t go the way of a rainbow pop like Joyce or Jessica, both of whom are clearly cooler than me. Instead, in true millennial-on-the-old-side-of-millennials fashion, I took a trending hashtag and turned it into a popsicle. Does that make me despy? Maybe a little. Do you hate the word despy? Probs.

But bottom line: these pops are tops.

If you’re not familiar with the #pinkdrink moment that’s happening, it’s this thing where you order a Strawberry Acai Refresher from SBeezy’s with coconut milk instead of water, and it tastes like a liquefied Skittle. These pops, I promise you, do not taste like liquefied Skittles — or even like liquefied and frozen Skittles, because I know that’s what you were thinking. They do taste, however, like faintly sweetened (with maple syrup!) strawberries and coconut and they’re infused with just enough green tea to keep things light and lightly caffeinated and they’re generously drizzled with white chocolate and topped with more strawberries and more coconut because duh.

I mean, life is pretty good with one of these in your mouth.
But like I said, we’re doing aiight here, popsicles or not. 😉

Stay cool out there, friends!
xo,
Em

p.s. Check out the full #popsicleweek rundown over on Wit & Vinegar. (Be sure to pop back often as new stuff is added every day!)
p.p.s. From the #popsicleweek archives: vegan PB&J pops, mexican mocha fudge pops, strawberry basil-mic ice pops!
p.p.p.s. a very (belated) Happy Father’s Day to all the pops out there, most notably my own Dad and Lana’s fave Daddy Bug!

#PinkDrink Popsicles for #popsicleweek! // strawberry + green tea + coconut milk + white chocolate (via thepigandquill.com)#PinkDrink Popsicles for #popsicleweek! // strawberry + green tea + coconut milk + white chocolate (via thepigandquill.com)

#pinkdrink popsicles // strawberry + green tea + coconut milk + white chocolate
 
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Makes: 8 popsicles
Ingredients
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup prepared green tea
  • 4 T maple syrup
  • 1¼ cups fresh strawberries, halved
  • ¼ cup diced fresh strawberries
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • crushed freeze-dried strawberries
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. To make pops: Combine coconut milk, green tea, maple syrup and halved strawberries in a blender and process until smooth. Scatter diced strawberries evenly among ice pop moulds (I use this one). Pour coconut milk mixture over top and freeze 30 mins; insert sticks. Continue to freeze until set, at least 6 hours or overnight.
  2. To top with white chocolate drizzle: Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove popsicles from moulds and arrange on sheet. Return to freezer while you prepare chocolate.
  3. Combine white chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler and heat until completely melted and smooth, stirring frequently. Using a fork, drizzle melted chocolate over popsicles and immediately scatter with crushed freeze-dried berries and coconut. Return to freezer to set drizzle, about 10 mins. Enjoy!
#PinkDrink Popsicles for #popsicleweek! // strawberry + green tea + coconut milk + white chocolate (via thepigandquill.com)

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27 Comments on “#pinkdrink popsicles for #popsicleweek // strawberry + green tea + coconut milk + white chocolate”

  1. Heck yeah! I do deserve to shove one of these in my face after all the boob sweat I’ve endured today! In fact, I think since I’m breastfeeding, I deserve two. These sound all kinds of yummy!

    1. Dude, breastfeeding burns all the calories. And breastfeeding WHILE sweating? Well – you can have the whole tray. You can even skip the pop part entirely and just bowl –> face the white chocolate drizzle. I won’t tell.

  2. somehow i still haven’t tried the pink drink (someone told me it tasted like strawberry calpico; why would i want to buy an expensive version of that?), but dang these sound good. i actually thought of popbar (expensive $5/6 popsicles with chocolate and toppings) first when i saw these, but they’re so much cooler.

    1. Heck yeah, deez are some fancy pops on a budget. Gotta love that! And can I admit that I kinda used to like all those ‘pico drinks? I think today they’d probably just make my teeth hurt, but I definitely remember getting pretty excited about Tampico + graham cracker snack breaks at day camp back in the day…

  3. Beautifully done! Kinda intrigued by that Mexican mocha fudge and that pop that tastes like Thai peanut sauce too.
    Personally imma fan of B&W’s so I don’t mind em back to back lol
    So glad life is treating you well, enjoi popsicle week and stay hydrated!

    1. Mexican mocha fudge pops are probably still my fave to this day, if only because I’m a huge sucker for fudgsicles. And hydrated — what’s that? You mean it doesn’t count that I’m just lapping up melted popsicle juice from the counter? 😉

  4. It’s so funny to hear you talk about breastfeeding. It’s been a long time since I’ve done it, but I remember how uncomfortable it was in the heat of summer. You are a good momma. These are the most creative popsicles ever. Love them!

    1. Thanks Karen! You’d think Lana would be kinda turned off by the whole sticking-together thing, but she seems to just roll with it. (Babies sure put up with a lot when you think about it!)

    1. YOU LIE. I still have dreams about your junky pops from last year. Just thinking about it makes me wanna do bad things to the secret stash of oreos I’ve got hiding out the in cupboard above the fridge with all our rejected teas and age old water bottles. Teach me your ways. <3

  5. The color makes me smile! And happy to read how well you’re doing in new mom life, gives me hope for my (far away) future hahaha

  6. All that white chocolate drizzle :O

    P.S. The search results for ‘what is despy’ mentioned something about Ru Paul’s Drag Race and then something rather unmentionable (courtesy of Urban Dictionary as always) so I think I’m still not sure what despy is…#clueless

    1. Oh god I didn’t even intend it to be dirty (for once) — just a shoddy abbreviation of desperate. But now I’m despy for an alternative to despy! #righttherewithyou

  7. I want the whole batch! Not only does the flavor combination sound amazing, but I adore the color!!! Part of summer fun is popsicle binges, right?!?

    1. YES – bring on the popsicle binges, Annie! Why is it that when foods are frozen I automatically think they’re better for me? Can we pretend it’s because we burn more calories warming up all that chilly food for digestion? (Is there even any truth to that at all?) Let’s just say yes and eat all the pops already. (PS – those pie pops of yours are too dang clever!)

    1. It was such a fun venue, Alice! Lana even got to see the elephants taking a little bath on the way out. Not to mention the ocean view. *thumbs up* And these pops — I can just tell you’d be all about ’em. 🙂

  8. YUSSS to pink drinks. I didn’t even know about the hashtag – how old does that make me??? But these sound so delish!!

  9. These look so refreshing and sound SO GOOD! Ok, so I’m going to be a breastfeeding hot mess soon?? I thought just walking around pregnant in 90+ degrees was already a hot mess, but I can’t wait to see how often my deodorant fails at this next phase, ha 🙂 Better stock up on pops like these!

    1. I’m so sorry, but yep — the hottest of breastfeeding messes. Unless you know something I don’t about keeping your cool with a piglet at your teat. Wait, do you have A/C? That could totally change the game. (Real talk: you’ll be fine. Slippery and sticky, but fine.)

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