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Orange-Banana Smoothie Pops in Canelé Molds

baking tin popsicles

baking tin popsicles

These orange-banana smoothie pops will be great for a summer brunch. You can improvise with your favorite fruit combinations. These fruit pops deliver a twist on a popular drink.

No need for popsicle molds to make stylish ice pops, simply grab a set of individual baking molds. The cannele mold pop create the best effects. I suggest that you get a silicone canelé mold because it will be easier to remove your popsicles when they are ready to eat. By the way, the right spelling for canelé is one n, not two.

+ World Cuisine Non-Stick Silicone Canele Mold $20 USD at [affiliate link]
+ Orange-Banana Smoothie Pop recipe
+ photo by Tina Rupp – as seen on Country Living
+ via The Kitchn


Yummy Strawberry Prosecco Sorbet and Watermelon Sake Popsicles

Prosecco Sorbet and watermelon sake popsicles :: recipes on Imbibe magazine

Prosecco Sorbet and watermelon sake popsicles :: recipes on Imbibe magazine

More delicious desserts to beat the heat. This time, I browsed the food, mixers and garnish recipes on Imbibe magazine. You can declined the Strawberry Prosecco Sorbet into a granita, if you prefer.  Ellen Jackson saiys that the delicate balance of strawberries and sugar is the key to playing up the frizzante, Prosecco’s lightly sparkling quality, in this delicious sorbet. You only need 5 ingredients to make this sorbet.

For a pool party, the Watermelon Saké Popsicles will be a hit. Ellen said that the popsicles are best made the morning of the day they’re going to be eaten. Her recipe makes 8 to 10 popsicles. So make sure you have enough pop molds.

+ Strawberry Prosecco Sorbet by Ellen Jackson for Imbibe – photo by Stephen Jackson
+ Watermelon Saké Popsicles by Ellen Jackson for Imbibe – photo by Stephen Jackson


Campari Citrus Ice Pops and Sorbet

campari sorbet recipe by Liz Vidyarthi for mowielicious

campari with grapefruit or orange icepops

I was in awe when I saw those grown up pops. I love Campari. And with the hot weather – it will be another 35ºC (94°F) today – everyone is craving for ice pops. I will definitely make my batch of Campari Citrus Ice Pops for a BBQ. You will find on Zested the recipe for Campari ‘n Grapefruit pops and for Campari ‘n Orange Pops.

campari sorbet recipe by Liz Vidyarthi for mowielicious

And then, I saw another recipe by Liz Vidyarthi of Zested. This time, she made a Campari sorbet. She did not stop there, she fashioned them as orange for an ultimate chic look. Divine!

+ Campari ice pop recipes – photos by Liz Vidyarthi for Zested
+ Campari sorbet recipe – photos by by Liz Vidyarthi for Mowielicious


A Few Summer Entertaining Ideas

gift packets by simply seleta

homemade raspberry basil ice pops by la famiglia

I stopped doing quick links post and instead, I put more links on my Facebook page or share links on Twitter. I will continue to do it but I think that I should highlight some of the top stories on my editorial page (i.e. my blog). Let’s see how it goes before I declare the revival of that column. For now, I wish to share three design ideas that you could use this summer for entertaining.

+ Since the thermometer raises today to a new high, it seems like a good idea to make your own ice pops. Monica of La Famiglia was inspired by the artisanal pops in NY and LA when she decided to make her own Raspberry-Basil Ice Pops. I want some!

gift packets by simply seleta

+ Selena of Simply Selena assembled those gift packets for Teacher Appreciation week. They are awesome. It would be easy to repurpose her concept by changing a few items to convert it either into a way to serve beverage and utensils at a picnic or to become a country picnic favor that your guests could savor on their way back home. The possibilities are endless. Via Party Perfect

make your own martini bar station designed sunday suppers

+ It may be too warm today for having the classic martini but when you see something that good, you need to pass the information along. Sunday Suppers designed a stylish make your own Martini bar station for a rustic Italian event. As always, they shared the best places in New York city to reproduce their signature look. You can apply the same principle to serve a more summery drink like a margarita or a Tom Collins.


Artisanal Ice Pop Shops in New York and Los Angeles

gourmet ice pops in a range of innovative flavors at the popshop

popGelato, popSorbetto and popYogourt at popbar in New York

It was only a matter of time before people reinvent another childhood classic with gourmet ice pops. Ice pop molds have entered our houses a while ago but it tool longer to see artisanal shops that make handmade ice pops. Spring 2010 has brought his share of the gourmet ice pop shops, at least in New York City. An article of The New York Times listed four newly opened ice pop shops across New York City.

fruit and herb frozen pops by people\'s pops

You get a variety of flavors from the classic fruit and herb ice pops up to an Italian pop version made with gelato, sorbetto or yogourt. People’s Pops like to experiment with flavors. Past flavors included Spiced Rhubarb ice pops, Blackberry & Lemon Verbena ice pops, or Rhubarb-Jasmine ice pops.

gourmet ice pops in a range of innovative flavors at the popshop

If you do not count your calories, you can add toppings and a chocolate coating to your Popbar. I could be tempted by the Pistachio dizzle which is a Pistacho popGelato covered in chopped pistachios and drizzled with premium dark chocolate. Otherwise, I would try the  lighter Strawberry Lemon popSorbetto. Popbar is the first American shop launched by an Italian artisanal gelato maker called Stick House. They adapted their concept to the American market.

I wanted to know if the concept has made it outside New York City. I browsed the Web to see what is happening elsewhere. I found that there is at least one artisanal pop shop in Los Angeles. According to their Facebook page, The Popshop was founded in 2008. They sell their products at several venues including the Studio City Farmers Market during summer. Flavors at The Popshop vary weekly. With choices like Blueberry Lemonade, Chili Chocolate, Cucumber Lime, Lavender Lemon, Lemon Basil, Lime Mint Mojito, Meyer Lemon Ginger, Pomegranate Orange, Spiced Cider, Strawberry Lemonade, and Watermelon Lime, we are far away from the mass-market Popsicles.

And before these newcomers, Paleteria Fernandez offered forty flavors of paletas de fruta (frozen fruit pops) and paletas de leche (milk pops) at their Port Chester shop. I spotted a review on The Wesfoodie’s that dated from 2006.

You will look to be in the know if you serve your own handmade ice pops at parties this summer. I particularly like the idea of making yours with gelato instead of frozen fruit juices.

+ Popbar $3.99 to $4.99 USD – shop located at 5 Carmine Street (at 6th Avenue), NYC
+ People’s Pops $3.50 USD – shop located at Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue (at 15th Street), NYC
+ The Popshop – with selected retailers across LA – photography by Renee Anjanette as seen on LAist


Ice Pops For Grown Ups: Margarita, Martini and Mojito Popsicle Recipes

watermelon margarita popsicles :: margarita ice pops

Serving alcohol popsicles adds a special touch to a pool party. Instead of a digestive, keep the party alive and serve Havana Mojito popsicles as an after-dessert treat on the patio. Or great your guest with a margarita popsicle. This way, you will not lose time making drinks as your guests arrive. Plus, it will spread the joy right away.

One thing you have to remember is that alcohol do not freeze well. It is best to create use small ice pop molds. No need to buy molds if you do not have any. Instead, use individual plastic yogourt containers that you only fill up to the three quarter mark. Keep on the freezer until the last minute. And serve them on a tray filled with ice cubes.

Here are recipes to try:

+ Watermelon Margarita Popsicle Recipe – via YumSugar
+ Margarita Ice Pops Recipe on Epicurious
+ Tangerine Rum Popsicle and Watermelon Rum Popsicle Recipes

Trendy bars are serving alcohol pops. The NINETEEN12 bar located in the Beverly Hills Hotel sells for $14 martini popsicles (bottom right image). Patrons have the choice of three martini flavors: apple, watermelon and sour cherry.

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How to serve water in style at an afternoon barbecue party

Tap water falvored with fruits and ice lolly by Nienke VordingThis story is a nice follow up to the Jello shots. It is about liquid and fruits.

Serving individual water bottles in a cooler is handy but it is not very good for the environment. There is a growing trend in US chic restaurants and city halls to ban water bottles.

Become a trendsetter by serving tap water in pitchers at your summer parties. The key is to do it in style. You can upscale the look of the most basic glass pitcher just by inserting beautiful fresh fruits and herbs in the water.

You see here how the vibrant red, yellow and green increase the water appeal. The idea is to add color and a light flavor to the tap water.

How to decorate and spice up tap water?

Berries, apple slices, pear slices, citrus and herbs are the obvious choices. Spices, like anis, add a nice touch. Think about your menu or the event theme to decide what to put in.

Grapes look great but they are mostly a decorative touch. You may pierce them to release some of their flavor. You can get inspired by sangria. Even vegetables can work. Take cucumber and celery for example, they will add a fresh taste.

You can use individual frozen fruits if you do not have firm fresh ones on hand. Europe’s Best is a brand that freezes berries in whole and other fruits in large pieces. Another technique is to add small pieces of fruits or chopped herbs when you are making ice cubes.

You can put mint, lemon thyme, basil or lavender herb in your water. Whole branches look the best.

Water popsicles

I also read about this Dutch designer, Nienke Vording who is experimenting with how to revitalize water in our own home. This is a tiny bit esoteric. From Nienke Vording’s Web site, we can read that

Through research it became clear that if polluted substances just mechanistically are filtered out of the water, still prints of them are present and the molecule – and crystal structures are not yet reestablished. Water that floats freely and makes contact with minerals will be able to regain its vitality and its crystal structure.

So Nienke Vording designed a few devices for home consumption. One is the Ice Lolly pop natural laser crystal stick. Whether or not this is true, the fact remains that its Ice Lolly pops are stunning.

For a hot summer day event, why not make water flavored popsicles instead of the juice ones. You will get a lot less calories and an even more refreshing taste.

My plea against disposable glasses

Excuse me about the disposable glasses and the sugar low bags. I took the picture in a food court. I take this opportunity to encourage you to limit your consumption of disposable glasses as much as possible.

If you have too many guests, think about renting or borrowing glasses from your neighbors and friends.

The green movement only reinforces my dislike of disposable glasses. They are far from stylish but more importantly, if your outdoor party is in a windy place, they make more spilling damages than good. I have seen it happened too many times at barbecue parties.

And how many of you really recycle them when you have a party at home? I am a tree hugger that likes to consume but who tries to do it responsibly whenever I can.

If you just start with the fruit-flavored tap water pitcher, you will put smiles on many faces.

Learn more: Web site of Europe’s Best
Link: Ice Lolly by Dutch designer Nienke Vording
Via: Designing Water for Consumption published on Core77 Design blog
Photo credit: Taken by Kim Vallee in a MBCo bakery


Inspiration Board: Girlie Mother’s Day Dinner Theme

Girlie Mother\'s Day Dinner Theme

This board is all about the huge floral black & white trend. I love this style so much that I bought this dinnerware set called Bandana in April. You can find it at any Stokes retail locations in Canada.


My Bandana dinner set was the starting point for designing this Mother’s Day dinner party. The great thing with black and white is that you can use a few colorful splashes to add sparkles to your look. Pink is my accent color.

I reuse the aqua and brown table linen that I used on my previous board so you can see in action how flexible this floral tablecloth really is. I strongly felt that it was important to put each place set under a solid neutral napkin linen. The idea is to create layers.

I found these eye-catching pink napkins shopping on my lunch break; they are from Ideal Home Range. Then I got the idea of using a purse as a vase. This is a simple DIY project.

Fashionable Centerpieces

Find a glass bowl that nicely fits into the purse. A kitchen bowl can work since the bowl will be hidden. Then, elegantly assemble various shades of pink flowers to make a one-of-a-kind centerpiece. I was too busy this week to create one myself. So I got the pictures from one of my great floral design sources, The Flower Council of Holland.

Frozen Yogurt Dessert

When Bea from La Tartine Gourmande published her grown up yogurt ice pops, I bookmarked her recipe for my upcoming inspiration boards. Her shooter glass pops look sophisticated and whimsical at the same time. Like always, a glimpse at her photo sold you on her recipe.

Gift Idea for the Stylish Mom

Aprons are in demand right now. The man in mom’s life can get the embroidered Yummy Mummy Pink Mocha apron by domistyle as a little present. Finally, I am showing you the letterpress card from papered together that I bought for my mom.

This design symbolizes a girlie mom. I create the Girlie Mother’s Day Dinner Theme board to emphasize both feminine fashion and glamour. This concluded my Mother’s Day inspiration boards. I wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms.

Link: Web site of Stokes – the inventory is not up-to-date
Link: Rhubarb and Raspberry Yogurt Ice Pops – Sucettes au yaourt glacé rhubarbe et framboise on La Tartine Gourmande
Link: Mother’s Day design ideas by The Flower Council of Holland
Link: domistyle web site
Link: papered together store on etsy