Pink Lemonade Pops!

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Ever since I interviewed Pops! author Krystina Castella in 2011 for the Kansas City Star, I’ve associate summer with popsicles. I’m sort of anti-AC, so oftentimes a cold sweet pop on a sticky hot day is a saving grace.photo (23)

Plus, after you chat with a pro-popsicle innovator about how much thought can go into one simple pop, you gain a new appreciation for these simple sweets. I look forward to blending, pouring, and freezing new flavors to try and it’s made all the easier when you know exactly what makes for a tasty, easy-to-remove, attractive looking popsicle. If you’re interested, read my 2011 story by clicking here.

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Castella is actually a college professor with a background in structural design. At the time, she was teaching and writing the book–when I talked to at least–and so she put a lot of thought into what makes for a beautiful structure, form that follows flavor, and entertaining on a purpose. Very smart and savvy, that one.

These pops, they aren’t particularly smart or savvy.

But they are good. And easy to make. Everybody loves lemonade in the summer, myself included, so I put it in pop form and gave it a little pink sweetness.

Makes 6 medium-sized popsicles or seven to eight smaller ones.photo (21)

Ingredients

2 T vanilla yogurt

10 medium-sized strawberries, sliced

a few lemon slices

splash of vanilla

1 T stevia

8 oz. VitaminWater Zero – Lemonade

Directions

Cooling off with a pink lemonade pop right before the Ames Independence Day Parade. Always have some pops ready in the fridge!

Cooling off with a pink lemonade pop right before the Ames Independence Day Parade. Always have some pops ready in the fridge!

So easy. Place all ingredients–except lemon slices and leave out a few strawberries if you want to drop some in for effect later–in the blender and blend ’til smooth. Squeeze the lemon slices over the top. Blend once more until perfectly smooth.

If you saved some strawberries, drop those few slices down the sides of your pop molds and then distribute your blended concoction evenly between the molds. Freeze for 3-4 hours or until solid.

When it comes time to serve, remove carefully and correctly by letting them stand on a counter for a minute or so, or running them under lukewarm water for about 10-15 seconds. They should slide right out. If not, don’t wiggle the stick back and forth too much or else it may come out of the center, leaving the pop in the mold. Just wait and pull gently.

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Strawberry-Lemonade Pops

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Ever since I interviewed Pops! author Krystina Castella in 2011 for the Kansas City Star, I’ve begun to associate the coming of summer with the coming of fruity, sweet popsicles. I’m sort of anti-AC, so a cold sweet pop on a sticky hot day tastes like heaven.

Plus, after you chat with a pro-popsicle innovator about how much thought can go into one simple pop, you gain a new appreciation for these simple sweets. I look forward to blending, pouring, and freezing new flavors to try and it’s made all the easier when you know exactly what makes for a tasty, easy-to-remove, attractive looking popsicle. If you’re interested, read my 2011 story by clicking here.

Castella is actually a college professor with a background in structural design. At the time, she was teaching and writing the book–when I talked to at least–and so she put a lot of thought into what makes for a beautiful structure, form that follows flavor, and entertaining on a purpose. Very smart and savvy, that one.

These pops, they aren’t particularly smart or savvy.

But they are good. And easy to make. Everybody loves strawberry lemonade in the summer, myself included, so I put it in pop form.

Makes 4 medium-sized popsicles or six small ones.photo (10)

Ingredients

1/2 grapefruit, sliced up

10 medium-sized strawberries, sliced

a few lemon slices

splash of vanilla

1 T steviaphoto (11)

8 oz. VitaminWater Zero – Lemonade

Directions

So easy. Place your grapefruit and almost all the strawberries in the blender. Blend ’til smooth. Squeeze a few lemon slices over the top, and then add in vanilla extract, stevia, and VZ0 Lemonade. Blend again until perfectly smooth.

Drop a few slices down the sides of your pop molds and then distribute your blended concoction evenly between the molds. Freeze for 3-4 hours or until solid.

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By JACKIE HOERMANN The Kansas City Star Photographer Roy InmanFind an excuse to accessorize in a tunic dress (Double Zero $42, available in gray and navy). From the Longhorns and Lace Collection at Runways, 4800 W. 135th St. It seems we retrogress more each season. We rocked back into the ’80s, tripped into the ’70s, and now we’re embracing antiquity — with a contemporary twist, of course. Tunics weren’t always fashionable, but we are fans of modern incarnations. High-end designer Victoria Beckham took the shape from plebian to posh in her spring 2011 collection for New York Fashion Week. Unlike tube tops and spaghetti straps, you don’t have to fidget and fuss with the tunic. It’s easy to wear and flattering on most body types. A close cousin of the shift dress, the tunic is just loose enough to skim the figure and hide trouble spots. This gray tunic from Runways boutique will transition nicely into fall and winter months, but to really make it pop, accessorize colorfully, says Dee Bayne, owner of Runways. “We put on an amethyst and crystal necklace by Vintage Moon Jewelry and added a leather-studded bracelet and a glass bauble bracelet.”

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Keylee Sanders, style expert and founder of style studio

Keylee was great to interview. Catch all her advice on dressing for transitional weather on 8/23 in The Star’s FYI section. Plus, you’ll learn more about what transitional fashion is and see the looks we put together.

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Call to Harry Potter fans: The Kansas City Star is seeking KC’s #1 Potter fan. Someone who has read every book, seen every movie and gone above and beyond normal fandom. We’re talking naming your pets, attending exhibits or conferences, … Continue reading