Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Ice Pops

When I was in the hospital last summer, where I underwent unexpected emergency brain surgery, I spent my days recovering ordering only pudding and popsicles from the hospital menu. Little did I know that everything that I was ordering was being tracked and recorded, which then led to a frantic nutritionist coming down to pay me a visit.

I laughed out loud.

My mother was actually making me gourmet meals so I was eating just fine. Pudding and popsicles were what kept me going. And in that instant, even when I had no idea if I was going to live or die, I still had these kind of moments.

What I call – the pudding and popsicle moments.

And for this Halloween, in ode to that time, I made these!

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

Jack-O-Lantern ice pops.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

I used frozen organic peaches, water and organic mango nectar. Organic apple slices for the eyes and mouth.

To make them, I used the Zoku ice pop maker.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

One of the best gifts I have ever received. I highly recommend. And fear not, you can buy it here.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

It also came with a cute little character making kit.

Just thinly slice an apple or a pear and cut out shapes like so. Then follow the directions they give you by soaking the apple cut outs in water and then placing them on to the green silicone stick. Slowly insert stick into the popsicle mold machine and press to the top and hold for 15 seconds. Once that’s done place the sticks in the molds and pour in the fruit puree. It takes about 10 minutes to freeze and then you just pop them out.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

Els snacked on these afterwards. Waste not, want not!

I even tried making Ghost pops with Greek yogurt, honey and chocolate.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

And here’s Els.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

And Bear sneaking a lick or two.

Jack-O-Lantern Ice pops

So delicious, healthy, refreshing and fun.

Peaches and Nectar Jack-O-lantern Ice Pops Recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup of organic frozen peaches
1/4 cup of organic mango nectar
1/4 cup of water

DIRECTIONS:
Blend in a blender until smooth. Pour into ice molds and remove when frozen. *Makes 3 ice pops.

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Pumpkin Play Date

During every season, there are certain items that I can never resist in buying. In the fall, pumpkins are one of them. Apparently, Els can’t either. (Resist them that is.) Every time we walk pass them, she needs them – for something or other. As do I…

Pumpkin Play date

Today, we decided to have a pumpkin play date.  Fun right?

Pumpkin Play date

I gathered up some glitter glue sticks, sticker gems and miscellaneous Halloween colored beads (leftovers from our bead/string favors), ribbons and mini erasers. Gotta use those mini erasers Els had to have somehow.

Pumpkin Play date

Just raided the craft supplies. And the Target dollar aisle, of course.

Pumpkin Play date

One medium sized pumpkin. One tiny pumpkin.

Pumpkin Play date

Oh, and I pulled out a couple of small mason jars from the cupboard, some gauze and googly eyes to try out the mummy jars I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest. And a LED candle to put inside. Purple, of course.

Pumpkin Play date

Same amount on each tray. So there would be no bickering, no fighting and no mess on the table. And can’t forget the snacks snacks snacks.

Pumpkin Play date

Hard at work.

Pumpkin Play date

Lots of gloppy glitter glue.

Pumpkin Play date

The mummy jars were a cinch. And they worked out okay, considering I had to scrounge up some googly eyes last minute, pulling them off old art work… Reuse, recycle right? We skipped the mod podge step and just wrapped gauze around the jar and used scotch tape at the end to secure.

Pumpkin Play date

Finished product. Hehe. I helped with the gauze, but Els put on the eyes herself.

Pumpkin Play date

So cute. And yay, we made use out of those tiny useless erasers!

Pumpkin Play date

Good times all around.

Oh, I’m going to miss fall…

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