Canning,  Cooking,  Gardening

The Last of June and Strawberry Mint Popsicles

Can you believe June is over? Really? I don’t like to complain about summer being 1/3 or so in the books, so instead I thought I’d share a few highlights from the month followed by another strawberry recipe. It’s a popsicle perfect for what’s shaping up to be a steamy 4th of July weekend.

1. Dinner on the Farm
June started with a visit to Crandall’s Garden Farme in Ramsey, MN, complete with Sebastian Joe’s ice cream. Ended up with great posts on about the event.

2. The Little Acre Grew and Grew and GrewAll of the garden space was planted by early June. It was a late start, but things have rebounded nicely. The Little Acre Garden Bag on our patio went from a few plants into a regular hedge! This weekend we’re hoping to harvest some snap peas out of it. The community garden plot looks just as good with cucumbers, tomatoes, and broccoli only a few weeks away.

3. A Visit to Miller Park

Last weekend the kitchen partner and I ventured to Milwaukee to take my grandma to her first Brewer Game at Miller Park. She’s faithfully listened to Bob Uecker call hundreds of games, but never saw the team play in their home stadium. The Twins could have had a bit better showing than an 11-1 loss, but we were glad that Grandma saw some home runs. We also snagged a few of the Wisconsin-famous Klement’s sausages (a local Milwaukee brand) at the ballpark and saw the classic sausage races. Cheers to all things great about baseball and summer.

4. Canning Rhubarb Ketchup

A few weekends ago I made a second batch of the rhubarb ketchup recipe, and this time busted out the canning equipment.  I’m still a little shaky on my preserving skills, even though I have the taste part perfected. Remembering to leave headspace, to heat the lid, to wipe the jar, to tap out any air is overwhelming the first time. Either way, all of my jars sealed and are now in the pantry waiting for winter.

5. Planning for Yellowstone

Planning also began this month for our backpacking trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in September. 10 glorious days of vacation. 10 days of hiking new trails. 10,000 things to see and do. We’ve got all the guidebooks checked out from the library and we have our ears open for recommendations. It seems everyone who has been to Yellowstone has at least one place they list as top-notch.

6. Bread Machine Giveaway
Earlier this week, I had one of the luckiest days I’ve had in a while. Marisa from let me know I was the lucky winner in her Zojirushi Bread Machine giveaway on my way to work. I found $11 on the ground at the park in the afternoon. And when I got home, I had topped the 4,000 view mark on the blog, something I didn’t expect to happen at all in the first year, let alone the first three months. I should have bought a lottery ticket.

7. Strawberry Mint Popsicles

Here’s the last recipe I made in June, something to cool off in the mini-heat wave we’re having today. These are all-natural, no sugar added deliciousness. Strawberries and mint are a perfect match with the tangy yogurt. Need popsicle molds? Try these Tovolo Green Star Ice Pop Moldsor Tovolo Jewel Pops.

Strawberry Mint Popsicles

By Amy Sippl


4 C. strawberries, washed and quartered
1/2 C. plain, non-fat yogurt
2 tsp. fresh mint, chopped
1. Place strawberries, yogurt and mint in a food processor. Pulse for 20-30 seconds or until mixture is well-puréed. Add honey to sweeten to taste. (Some berries may not need as much sweetener, others may be a little tangy and need some more. I used about 1 Tbsp.) Pulse for 5-10 seconds more.
2. Pour into popsicle mold and freeze for 2-3 hours or until set.



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