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Cherry, Coconut, and Rose Ice Pops

Homemade ice pops during my childhood generally speaking meant orange juice with a cap-full of vanilla extract (if we got lucky) poured into the cold pack blue ice cube trays. Likely one of us four sisters fighting for the right of being assigned the delicate task of expertly poking the toothpicks through the carefully pressed tinfoil over the trays without tearing it which would indefinitely result in a dreaded crooked Popsicle stick.

During the summer months since having a toddler (or two) in the house I attempt to keep a stock of easily made ice pops on hand in our freezer because....honestly how much more summery can you get? A cold snack for mama and babes? absolutely. Thanks to the usual over abundance of seasonal fruit that we manage to have in our house thanks to neighbors, family, and farmers market purchases our cold treats are generally themed around whatever we've got on hand.

After my husband brought home over two pounds of cherries and promptly sat the bags in my lap after admittedly devouring at least half of them between the four of us I thought what better way to use the little sweet tarts than making a grown up version of my favorite childhood summer treat.
The smell of the warm cherries combined with the near overwhelmingly perfumed foraged drying rose petals from my mother in laws property sitting in the basket on my counter smelled like heaven itself.
Thus, this icy treat that I share with you that not only myself and my husband loved but also both of our boys surprisingly loved as well came about.

and of course my eldest wanted to poke the Popsicle sticks through the tinfoil ever so gingerly to not ruin the foil because...after all...crooked Popsicle sticks are the worst aren't they?



 What you will need: 

1 can of coconut milk

approximately 1 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

1 heaping Tbsp dried rose petals (you can find these at most tea shops or online)

4 tbsp almond milk

a dash of vanilla

1-2 tsp honey (this is really to personal taste as some like it sweeter, some like it not)


Popsicle mold

This recipe makes approximately 6 smaller ice pops but can be easily adjusted for whatever amount you might want to make and also the strength of the flavors if you aren't fond of strongly floral flavored things you can cut back slightly on the amount of rose petals used! If your final mixture is too strong for your personal taste you can also add a bit more of either milk.

In a small saucepan pour almost the whole can of coconut milk and add almond milk

Turn burner onto low-med heat and warm milk until its just simmering

Add rose petals and stir slowly on low heat until petals lose most of their color and milk becomes fragrant

Strain petals and place milk back into saucepan

Add chopped cherries to milk and cook until cherries become a bit soft

Take off of heat and allow milk and cherries to cool a bit

Add vanilla and honey to taste.

Pour mixture into a blender and blend until all pieces of cherries are gone

Pour mixture into your molds and freeze until firm

Enjoy your "you cant get more summery than this" treat!

Recipe, words, and Photos by Anna Laero


Shaken Not Stirred - DIY Coffee Creamer

Just like your favorite piece of jewelry, coffee is the ultimate accessory in life for many of us, leaving us that feeling that something is missing when we don't have it.  Just like your best friend, its a necessity to have around as well as a fabulous treat.  Coffee is an art form.  Theres something magic about the methodical ritual of pouring a cup and adding what you may, packs of sugar, thick cream, a shimmy of chocolate powder, cinnamon, blended, shaken, or maybe you're the kind of person who likes it black as night. But for me, its always been about the cream.  Theres just something so sexy about the white cream uncurling into the beautiful blackness.

Over the years I found that I was putting more and more "fake" creamer into my coffee.   I say fake because it apparently takes 25 ingredients I can't pronounce to make French Vanilla Creamer.  But I was totally hooked on this creamer and it started looking like I was adding coffee to my creamer.  

I knew that this was one of those habits that I had to change, if not for my health, it was time to stop betraying my dear delicious companion: Coffee. 

So I sought out far and wide to find a homemade creamer that would be just as delish, and better for me as well as convenient for those early morning hours. 

Well folks I did it.  I mastered this creamer challenge.  I have been making this same recipe for three years now and it's still a constant. It's a favorite amongst my coffee date friends and its made for a very much appreciated gift on occasion.  Even better, I taught my husband to make it and we are never without a fresh batch of sweet, sweet coffee creamer. 

Without further ado, here is what you will need:  

That's right my friends, 3 ingredients and a fancy jar: Milk, Sweetened Condensed Milk & Vanilla Extract

Now we begin.

Pour the milk. 

This is the messy part:  One can of sweetened condensed milk, which, for the record, has only two very pronounceable ingredients (Milk & Sugar).  

2/3 of the way done!   You will notice that the condensed milk settles on the bottom quite quickly, and thats okay, we will deal with that in minute.

Now comes the magic. The Vanilla Extract.  How much you ask? Well I ask you how much do you love vanilla? 3 teaspoons will give it a nice hint of flavor amidst the sweetness.  But for my husband, who loves vanilla we might get crazy, throw in a few tablespoons and it is still really tasty. 

I also have these fun combinations of extracts that I do from time to time:

  • Almond & Coconut
  • Just Almond
  • Just Coconut
  • Peppermint
  • Almond Vanilla
  • Vanilla Coconut
  • Hazelnut

Do you see where I’m going with this? Vanilla is the overall winner and you can get a nice sized bottle at costco for under $10, which will last you a long time.  

Now shake, vigorously. 

Wallah!  Crazy good creamer.  

Practical tip:  It took me a year to figure out that while mason jars are super hip, they are kinda sloppy for that a.m. coffee pour.  This practical little container was $3.00 at the local grocery store and has helpful measurements.


  •     16 oz milk of choice
  •     14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  •     Vanilla Extract, to taste

Add all of the ingredients to your jar of choice and shake it up really good. I have found that adding the milk before the condensed milk makes for an easier blending process. 

I hope you love it as much as I do!

Recipe contributed by Kelly Estrella, KiniMama