I was writing a different post and I kept getting distracted. …I couldn’t decide if I was hungry or thirsty. It seems like it should be an easy problem to solve, right? Drink a little water, and if I am still distracted, I must be hungry. The only problem is that I am sitting at my desk. Upstairs. So the closest water to be found would be out of my bathroom tap.
So that means the closest water (and food, for that matter) is a whole flight of stairs below me. The dog days of summer are hanging on here in the sultry South. August in the South means humidity and heat, so I am embracing lethargy, inactivity, and indolence. I need motivation to move…
I know the only prepared food downstairs is the leftover homemade “pigs in a blanket,” and I had already had two of those. So no motivation there.
Hey, boys! Remember that one time for Sunday supper I made pigs in a blanket and that’s it? No sides, no veggies… Just hotdogs wrapped in bread dough and baked in a hot oven, in a hot kitchen. Do you remember how we didn’t even eat at the table? I just grabbed two and left the rest of the little piggies all snuggled up in their quilts on the stove top and walked away? Did you two eat? I don’t even know. All I know is I went and collapsed on my bed… IT’S SO HOT!
Who uses the oven in the dog days of summer?
My distracting stomach has a lot of power to motivate. So, I left the blog post I was working on and went and stood in front of the freezer. With the door open, for like 5 minutes (just kidding Joel, it was only 1 minute… 2 tops).
The deep freeze was filled with summertime gold! A selection of homemade ice-pops! I rooted around in them and found the last, lonely, Spicy Jalapeño, Honeydew and Cucumber Ice-Pop.
I think if I had to pick a favorite – like if I could only ever make or eat one flavor of ice-pop for the rest of my life ever, it would be this one right here. It is sweet, spicy and bright. And so, so refreshing on a hot Southern summer day. Even the colour is refreshing – bright green, just like the leaves in spring. …to remind you of when the weather is perfect in the South.
Note: I use a juicer to make these, however, you can use a blender. Just make sure you strain it through a cheese cloth!