Nessa's Lemon Pops

fresh cut lemons

Well hello there!  Lord have mercy it’s been a minute since we last spoke hasn't it?  So much has happened since the launch of Cooking For Little Men that I don’t even know where to start!  I guess I’ll start by saying thank you for sticking with me and coming back!  In the last few months I have home schooled my eldest son through his freshman year of high school , witnessed my youngest son graduate elementary school, written a book, and fallen in love.  I’ve been busy.  Please forgive me for the disappearing act but I am back and better than ever!

I have to say that even with everything that was going on in this household, none of them were the real reason for my disappearing act.  The real reason was much more dark and rooted in fear, guilt, and good ole self loathing.  What’s that you say? A single mom shackled with fear and guilt??  Say it ain’t so!  Shamed by the person whom I held so much anger and contempt for.  Shamed for telling my truth, causing me to question everything… and everyone.  Forcing me into silence and self-loathing.   Questioning my judgement.  Questioning my choices.  “Am I doing something wrong?” I asked. How can this be when I feel like I’m connecting with so many other single parents.  Especially single moms!  The backlash that I received dear readers did not come from my supportive fans and followers.  It came from he who shall not be named.  He who I choose never to speak ill of for my boys sake.

He who left me to figure out this parenthood thing all on my own.  

Let’s just say “he” was not too thrilled about the blogging… 

When I look back at those last few months, I can’t even believe that I let him have that kind of power over me.  I feel like a totally different human being today and it’s because I truly have let it go.  I have let go of the anger.  The sadness for my boys still lingers and swirls in my soul a bit but the anger is gone.  I have released him.  Let me tell you folks.  I am free.  I mean it only took 8 years but hey…better late than never.

There really is no room in our lives for negative energy.  At least in mine there isn’t.  Are you kidding me?  I’ve got a hormonal, moody teenager that stands 6 ft. 1 in, never wants to hug me, has stopped believing in God suddenly, and fights with his baby brother, a pre-teen boy that is way older than he seems, reads more than me,  and dealing with deeper issues than I can begin to write about.  Believe me…there’s no room for it. We’ve got dysfunctional family home covered by the boat load it seems.  I figure it’s probably best that I get my positive energy ducks in line soon if any of us are gonna survive.  

It’s therapy.  It’s breathing.  It’s one day at a time.  It’s forgiving myself and knowing that we’re taken care of.  How do I raise two boys into men on my own?  No idea.  But I press on…

At the end of the day, none of us are perfect.  Even if our social media photos say otherwise.  I am working on trying not to compare myself to the “normal” perfect, happy, family and love the one that I have.  Weird.  Abnormal.  Broken.  Crazy.  Beautiful. Mine.  

So without sounding too cliche by saying when life gives you lemons…you make lemonade.  Blah blah blah.  I think these are better than lemonade.  They’re cheap.  They’re easy.  And they’re friggin delish!  Perfect summer time treat for your whole, ( I mean my) perfect,  dysfunctional family!  Maybe yours too.  Enjoy!  xo  

 

Ingredients

1 Cup Fresh lemon Juice stained.

2 Cups Filtered water

1 Cup Sugar

2 Tbs lemon zest

1 Cup low fat plain yogurt

Directions

1. Make the simple syrup

lemon zest and sugar

1. Medium heat bring 1 filtered cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and 2 Tbs of zest to a boil and simmer for 2-3 mins.

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3. Remove simple syrup from heat and cool for 5 mins.  Strain into a clean bowl.

4. Combine 1 cup of filtered water with the strained simple syrup and fresh lemon juice.  Add the yogurt. 

5. Whisk all of the ingredients until well combined and there are no more yogurt clumps.  About 3 mins.

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Popsicle Molds

You can use any popsicle mold that you have.  If you don't have one, you can improvise!  Use dixie cups with popsicle sticks and foil.  I love the shape of this classic mold. If you love it too, you can purchase them at the link below.

6. Pour the lemon and yogurt mix into the mold and freeze for 2 hours before adding the popsicle sticks.  This will help them not to sink straight to the bottom.  Then freeze for an additional 2-3  hours.  When you're ready to eat them, just run under warm water for 5-10 seconds and enjoy!

xo

 
I figure it’s probably best that I get my positive energy ducks in line soon if any of us are gonna survive.  
— Vinessa Antoine
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