Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

 

Second! Recipe:

Recipe and photo from here.

BLACKBERRY LIME CHEESECAKE POPSICLES. ♥

Ingredients:

For the Blackberry Layer:

  • 12 oz fresh blackberries
  • 1 1 /2 tablespoon water
  • Sugar, to taste if berries aren’t sweet enough

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest, optional – if desired
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  • Add the blackberries and water to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring periodically, for about 10 – 15 minutes, or until they are easily broken with a wooden spoon. Taste and add sugar to sweeten if needed. Stir sugar in and cook until dissolved.
  • Pour the berry mixture into a powerful blender, such as a Blendtec, and puree until very smooth. I ran the “whole juice” pre-programmed functioin on my blender. After blended, cover and refrigerate the blackberry puree until cool, at least 30 minutes.
  • While the blackberry mixture refrigerates, beat the cream cheese, milk, lime juice, zest (if using), vanilla, and sugar using a hand mixer or puree with a small food chopper until smooth. Set aside in the refrigerator until blackberry mixture has cooled.
  • To assemble popsicles, layer the blackberry puree and cream cheese mixture in popsicle molds. Place popsicle sticks in the center and freeze until solid.
  • If necessary, run hot water over the outside of the molds to assist in removing the pops before serving.

Notes:

A high powered blender will crush the seeds, but if you prefer a completely smooth fruit layer with no bits of seeds then strain the blackberry puree through a fine mesh strainer.

Layering Options: We experimented with a couple layering techniques. I preferred #1 with smaller amounts of each layered more frequently, while Eric preferred #3. 1. Cream Cheese, Blackberry, Cream Cheese, Blackberry 2. Blackberry, Cream Cheese, Blackberry 3. Combine the two mixtures and swirl together.

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Third! Personal Update:

My GrandpaGreat is in town this week and I haven’t seen him in four years, so lately I’ve been hanging out at my grandparent’s and spending time with them. It’s really nice to be with family so often, I sometimes forget that and I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to realize it again. Yesterday we actually went on a real, authentic train and it was pretty cool. I was honestly bored for a little while, but it was an incredible experience at the same time.

I’ve been working a lot lately, and I’m starting school in 25 days.

Other than that, I don’t have much to update about! I am enjoying life and family right now, and that’s all I have to say this Friday!

See you Monday for Personal Post.