For the past two weeks, I’ve had some serious issues with sleep.
I don’t know what’s up, but it’s not good. I just can’t seem to actually do it.
Stress? Nah, not really. Anxiety? I mean…maybe…I dunno? But every night when it’s time to go to bed, I totally choke.
I just end up lying there for a few hours before my mind gives up and body wins.
My sleepy-but-can’t-sleep ritual has officially become googling cat videos. I mean, I do this when I’m not trying to fall asleep too, but late at night it’s juuust way more fun.
So a few nights ago when I was just minding my business watching those typical videos of cats giving surprise faces, I came across this video of cats…just straight going to town on honeydew popsicles.
Random, you say?!
Totally. But maybe these cats know what’s up!!!
So with cats and honeydew popsicles on the brain, I figured I should do us all a favor and make ’em, right?
Yes, yes…I think so.
You’ll need a honeydew melon. This is waay easy. Scoop out the guts.
Chop it up, add it to a blender and squeeze some limes. This adds a little zing to the sweet melon. Yumalicioustown, USA.
And a little simple syrup never hurt no one. If I were to make this next time I might scale down the simple syrup juuuust a tad.
It wasn’t a huge issue but I like things less sweet than normal. If you’re like me, scale it down to 1/8 of cup.
I love control.
At the very last minute, I added some mint that was on its deathbed. I didn’t want to bite into gigantic leaves, so I blended it.
That was a pro move, right there, by the way. It ended up adding these little specs of mint throughout the popsicles that add this awesome layer of refreshingness (word? probably not).
And then…and then!! I just pushed it through a sieve/strainer and poured the mixture in popsicles molds.
These popsicles are zingy, limey, minty and super refreshing…and the color is just this gorgeous hue of light green. Beautiful!
No wonder those cats were in luuurve.
Hope you all have a safe and wonderful 4th of July!!
P.S. A Cozy Kitchen might be acting a little wonky this weekend because some crazy changes are going to be happening. On Monday, fingers crossed, there’s going to be a whole new bloggy blog. Can’t wait for you to see!
Honeydew Lime Mint Popsicles
Recipe adapted from Gourmet
Yields 6-8 popsicles
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 (3 1/2-lb) ripe honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and cu
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
1 handful of mint leaves
In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, add water and sugar and cook until dissolved. Take off heat and set aside.
Blend half of melon and half of lime juice in a blender until smooth. Add syrup and remaining melon, lime juice and mint and purée until smooth. Force purée through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart glass measure or bowl, pressing on solids and then discarding them.
Pour mixture into molds and freeze until slushy, about 2 hours.
Insert sticks, then freeze Popsicles until completely hardened, at least 6 hours.