a really good weekend...

We've been spending some time this summer on Sugar Camp Lake.  It feels really good to be up there after a couple year hiatus while the cabin was being worked on.  My in-laws have poured there heart and soul into that place over the years and I can't believe how ridiculously blessed we are to get to raise our family on such a beautiful lake.  Edwin just loves it there and we make sure to play in the water a little bit no matter how windy or cold it may be, it's still really fun.  This weekend was an extra special treat for me because Edwin was so busy playing with friends and family that I actually had time to read, nap, didn't have to cook at all, and even got to sit on the dock with my husband and enjoy the super moon!  I'm not quite sure exactly how that happened, but I'll take it!  We'll be spending a few more weekends up there this summer, but this one was noteworthy.


strawberry mango frozen pops!

This week I took advantage of the end of strawberry season with a quick batch of popsicles!  I used a recipe from this cook book and made a purée of strawberry, coconut milk, and a touch of maple syrup.  For the bottom half I puréed mango and coconut milk, and layered the two flavors in the popsicle mold.  Needless to say, they were a hit!  I love that they are way healthier than store bought popsicles because the fruit is so sweet you don't need much sugar, and the coconut milk is a healthy fat that makes these so creamy and delicious!

Strawberry Mango Frozen Pops! (makes 8)

Strawberry Purée
1 cup of strawberries, washed and hulled
1/4 cup of full fat coconut milk
1 T maple syrup

Puree ingredients together and pour halfway into popsicle mold of your choice.  There are so many cute popsicle molds out there that I have to practice some serious restraint to not buy a bunch of different kinds!  

Mango Purée
1 ripe mango, peeled and sliced away from the pit
1/4 cup of full fat coconut milk

The mango is so sweet you don't need any sweetener!  Puree together and pour into the popsicle mold to fill.  Insert sticks into the mold and place on a flat shelf in the freezer for several hours until set.  To release the popsicle from the mold sometimes I need to run the plastic mold under water for several seconds.  Eat and enjoy outside, in case of drips!!


have a very happy 4th!

Last year Nick and I had fun trying out a few firework pictures, but I realized that I never actually posted this fun little animated GIF that I edited from all of our photos.  So, here it is again, one year later.  Edwin, written in fireworks!


edwin at the lake

A few weekends ago we made it over to Lake Wissota for a gorgeous day relaxing at the beach. Edwin was pretty much in heaven and played in the water and sand non-stop until we finally had to go when his dad and I had gotten too much sun.  Of course I remembered to lather Edwin up in sunscreen, twice, but Nick and I both left the beach that day with sunburn.  I think we could all use our own little wetsuit!  I got Edwin's at a thrift sale when he was 6 months old and it is so stretchy that he never seems to outgrow it, and I love that it helps protect him from the sun.  

He was content all day carrying buckets of water and rocks around the beach and dumping them into "the ocean" or "the sea" or "the pond" which he so fondly calls any body of water these days.  And, of course, Nick and I had to build him his first sand castle with a mote!
We also got a bonus visit with my sister and her kids while they were camping at the park.  Edwin just loves his cousin Kody and it's always so much fun when we can get the kids together these days. Hooray for cousins!!