I have about three different posts I want to share with you right now but I decided to share this one with you first because it is about a gazillion degrees outside here in Texas and will be for the foreseeable future. Everything is parched. My back yard has deep cracks in the soil that I swear are about ready to open up and swallow me while I'm hanging out the laundry. Our car, affectionately known as The Rattletrap Car, has no air conditioning and going anywhere during the day is pure torture, especially for the little one in his car seat. We did get a brief bit of rain yesterday, but the scorching sun is back with a passion today.
In order to cool things down a bit, I give you nice, frosty orange creamsicles. I loved orange creamsicles growing up. Especially the official creamsicle with the vanilla ice cream center. These are just as tasty and much healthier, with no artificial colors or flavors and, for my vegan friends, using coconut milk instead of dairy. My little Ben loves them. I've got to admit, so do I.
(Vegan) Orange Creamsicles
- 1 cup orange juice (use orange juice concentrate for stronger flavor)
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 3 Tbsp honey (for the vegan version us agave nectar or your favorite sweetner)
- 1/4 tsp. orange extract
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Pour into popsicle molds, add sticks and freeze. Run popsicles under warm water to release from mold when ready to serve. Try not to eat more than one!
While you are waiting for your orange creamsicles to freeze, enjoy this clip of the old cowboy song/poem, Hell in Texas. The first time I heard Hell in Texas it was performed as a spoken word piece by cowboy poet John Jay Kulm in Tacoma, Washington. Proof you need a sense of humor to endure Texas summers. Enjoy!