Ah, summer! Grab one of these Lemon Blueberry Popsicles and enjoy the warm sunshine in the backyard!
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What are the scents and sounds of summer in your house? Is it the smell of freshly cut grass. Or is it kids splashing in the pool? Maybe the sound of friends chatting on the porch at the end of a hot day? Or perhaps it’s the smell of burgers and hot dogs sizzling on the grill?
One of my favorite smells of summer is actually the smell of rain. Yup, rain does indeed have a smell. You know what I’m talking about, right? There’s an earthy smell in the air after a late afternoon thunderstorm. For me, that smell goes hand-in-hand with summer. (And for the record, that smell has a name. I just googled it because I was curious. Petrichor is the smell produced when rain falls on dry soil. So there ya go. Fun facts to know and share with your friends…but only the nerdy ones.)
Back when I was a kid, my sister and I would spend weeks on end at my grandparents’ house in upstate South Carolina. They had a ton of land, an old barn, an unused chicken coop and a swimming pool. In short, it was pretty much a kid’s dreamland. It was impossible to get bored at Grandma’s house!
One of my favorite things about Grandma’s? Popsicles. My grandparents had an extra full-size freezer back in the laundry room…and they kept it fully stocked with popsicles for our visits. I’m pretty sure I remember my sister eating popsicles for breakfast on more than one occasion. And since we were little kids, we inevitably ended up covered in popsicle. That’s when we’d take off running to the pool. And then we’d rinse and repeat. Literally.
While we don’t keep a freezer full of popsicles here, I do enjoy having them a couple times each summer. The memories take me back to the good ole days of romping around Grandma’s house without a care in the world! For these Lemon Blueberry Popsicles, I kept it pretty simple. I used vanilla Greek yogurt as the base and added fresh lemon juice and fresh blueberries for flavoring. A touch of honey for additional sweetness and then these bad boys went into the freezer overnight.
I was sorely tempted to eat one of these Lemon Blueberry Popsicles for breakfast. You know, for old times’ sake. I mean we often eat vanilla Greek yogurt for breakfast, so why not just eat it frozen?
So as the weather gets warmer, let’s make some popsicles! And then let’s sit back and enjoy the smell of the rain after a good summer thunderstorm. Cheers!
Lemon Blueberry Popsicles
For the Blueberry Layers
- Place blueberries in a food processor or a mini chopper. Pulse several times until well-chopped.
- Using a spatula, scrape the chopped blueberries in a large bowl. Add yogurt and honey; stir until well blended.
For the Lemon Layer
- Place all ingredients in a medium bowl; stir until well blended.
- Divide half of the Blueberry mixture evenly into 8 popsicle molds. Divide all of the Lemon mixture evenly into the molds on top of the first Blueberry portion. Finish by dividing the remaining Blueberry mixture on top of the Lemon portion.
- Place molds in freezer for 3-4 hours, or until completely frozen. (Tip: To remove popsicles from molds, run hot water over outside of mold for ~30-60 seconds.)