Boozy Popsicles with Edible Lilac Flowers

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Learn how to make “I’m all grown up” boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers with a simple gin and tonic popsicle recipe. It’s perfect for spring brunch with your lady friends and a fun way to enjoy a summer treat a season early!

Beautiful boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers. Learn how to make "I'm all grown up" boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers with a simple gin and tonic popsicle recipe. It's perfect for spring brunch with your lady friends and a fun way to enjoy a summer treat a season early! You can also use pretty spoons in place of a traditional wooden popsicle stick to make your boozy popsicles the perfect addition to your spring wedding or event.

A Traditional Summer Treat

I still have fond memories of my parents giving me change to buy ice cream throughout summers as a child. Every year the ice cream truck would circle through our cul-de-sac to deliver treats to a neighborhood full of kids. I think my favorites were the chocolate Good Humor ice cream bars and, of course, bomb pops. These days, however, ice cream truck sightings are rare. They’re also the talk of the town. Just not for the reason you may think.

The only ice cream truck we ever see circling the block plays Christmas music. As if that wasn’t bizarre enough, the combination of Christmas tunes in the summer paired with the distortion from a pair of way back speakers sounds pretty f-ing creepy. I swear it reminds me of that movie, Killer Clown from Outer Space. It has that same eerie level of creep factor that’s both amusing and terrifying at the same time.

There are also no bright pictures or prices for ice cream painted onto the sides of this particular truck. Therefore, my friends and I always wonder what that ice cream truck is really a front for. We’ve never actually seen anyone buy ice cream from this truck. So for all we know the person inside could be selling drugs. Or perhaps it’s a secret gateway to hell.  (I mean hey, I did grow up in the 80’s. Anything is possible!) I’ve also wondered if other towns and cities like mine have experienced the same sort of killer clown ice cream truck phenomenon.

Luckily, all of the other food trucks in our area seem to legit. It’s just that one ice cream trucks that creeps me out more than the massage parlors dotted throughout our strip malls. Those, at least, aren’t emitting eery music or maneuvering  through our neighborhoods.

These days I’m obviously no longer dependant on quarters and dimes from my parents to get my ice cream fix. However, seeing as how I’m all grown up – in number not in heart – I enjoy making my own homemade popsicles from time to time. And what better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with your own boozy popsicles speckled with edible flowers?

Beautiful boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers. Learn how to make "I'm all grown up" boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers with a simple gin and tonic popsicle recipe. It's perfect for spring brunch with your lady friends and a fun way to enjoy a summer treat a season early! You can also use pretty spoons in place of a traditional wooden popsicle stick to make your boozy popsicles the perfect addition to your spring wedding or event.

Benefits of Edible Lilac Flowers

One of my favorite spring flowers are lilacs. Lilac shrubs, which typically bloom in late spring, offer more than just their beautiful blooms. This flowering shrub yields a plethora of fragrant blooms that are not only pretty to look at, they are also edible and medicinal. A beautiful touch to garnish drinks for a spring brunch, lilac blooms offer a slightly bitter, floral flavor. (Much like some of my favorite cocktails. I am after all, a gin and tonic girl with an undying love for elderflowers and juniper berries.)

Medicinally, lilacs make a lovely ingredient in facial toners due to their astringent properties. (Next time you’re thinking of making rose water, why not try lilacs instead?) A warm or cold lilac infusion also makes a nice compress for rashes, cuts and other skin ailments due to its natural astringency. As a home remedy, lilacs have often been used to bring down fevers as well as to help with gastric issues such as gas, bloating and constipation.

Beautiful boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers. Learn how to make "I'm all grown up" boozy popsicles with edible lilac flowers with a simple gin and tonic popsicle recipe. It's perfect for spring brunch with your lady friends and a fun way to enjoy a summer treat a season early! You can also use pretty spoons in place of a traditional wooden popsicle stick to make your boozy popsicles the perfect addition to your spring wedding or event.

Boozy Popsicles: A Twist on a Summer Treat (A Season Early)

Following is a simple and easy recipe for making boozy popsicles with gin and tonic. And of course a few (or a lot!) of fresh lilac flowers thrown into the mix. Not a fan of gin? Try swapping it with your favorite organic vodka instead!

Gin and Tonic Boozy Popsicles Recipe

Ingredients:

3 cups Fever Tree tonic water
1 1/2 oz. Botanica gin (or similar)
Squeeze of fresh lime juice
Fresh lilac blossoms, to suit

Directions:

Combine all the ingredient in a small pitcher and mix to combine. Then pour the mixture into popsicles molds of your choice. Pop into the freezer, then enjoy once frozen!

For slightly sweeter boozy popsicles, try using sugared lilac blossoms instead! Or try the Fever Tree elderflower tonic water in place of regular tonic water.

You can also use pretty spoons in place of a traditional wooden popsicle stick to make your boozy popsicles the perfect addition to your spring wedding or event.

Boozy popsicles recipes for gin and tonic popsicles. Learn how to make boozy popsicles with a simple gin and tonic popsicle recipe. It's perfect for spring brunch with your lady friends and fun way to enjoy a summer treat a season early!

Not a fan of flowers? You can also make this recipe using fresh lime slices for a fun visual twist.

More Ways to Enjoy Edible Flowers

Want more ideas on edible flowers to add to your boozy popsicles, drinks and desserts? Then be sure to check out the book, The Art of Edible Flowers, by Rebecca Sullivan. This floral inspired cookbook is a wonderful guide to just some of many ways in which flowers can be used in a range of delicious recipes. Readers will discover recipes for delightfully sweet concoctions such as a rose & lavender cocktail syrup and jasmine & green tea ice cream. Or learn how to make homemade drinks such as a fermented elderflower fizz or a soothing poppy milk. You can purchase The Art of Edible Flowers here.

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White Chicken Chili Recipe

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This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere between mild and medium.

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

My friend, Bambi, is brilliant at taking seemingly non-compatible ingredients and throwing them together to create some of the most amazing dinner dishes I’ve ever had. Since I’ve been staying with her I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing dishes I’d never before imagined. So I decided to start taking photos of her food dishes and writing down the recipe as she goes.

This is the first of these recipes. As it’s for chili, it’s rather simple in comparison to some of her other dishes. However, it’s pretty amazing nonetheless. I hope you enjoy Bambi’s white chicken chili recipe as much as I do!

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

White Chicken Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

1 – 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast tenders
1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 jalapenos, seeds removed/coarsely chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 ripe tomato, cubed
2 cups chicken broth
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 cans of beans (black, kidney, pinto, garbanzo, etc.)
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
black pepper to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
3 teaspoons dried oregano
1/3 Cup quinoa

Directions:

Begin by sauteing the chicken breast tenders in olive oil on the stove top until cooked through. Once cooked, remove the chicken from your pan and shred the chicken using a knife and fork.

How to Make White Chicken Chili

Return the chicken to the pan and stir in the garlic, onions and jalapeno. Saute the ingredients together, then add the entire contents of the pan to a large pot.

Add fresh and canned tomatoes, chicken broth, cilantro and beans to the pot with the chicken. We used a combination of beans so be sure to choose your favorites. (Bambi likes to add a can of garbanzo beans to her chili for extra texture.)

Now add the cumin powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, seasoning salt and oregano. Stir the ingredients into the pot of chili and allow to simmer for ten minutes.

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

Finally, add the quinoa to the pot of chili both for added texture and to soak up the excess liquid. Allow to simmer an additional 30-40 minutes and your white chicken chili is ready to eat!

You can download and print this white chicken chili recipe here in PDF format (as pictured below.)

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

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Molasses Cookies Recipe for Cold Winter Days Curled Up with Hot Cocoa

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If you’re looking for a cozy dessert to enjoy with warm cocoa this winter, then give this molasses cookies recipe a try! You will absolutely love how these soft cookies taste. Made with blackstrap molasses, warming ginger, cinnamon and clove, these homemade molasses cookies are perfect for sharing with friends, family and co-workers.

Homemade Molasses Cookies Recipe! If you're looking for a cozy dessert to enjoy with warm cocoa this winter, then give this molasses cookies recipe a try! You will absolutely love how these soft cookies taste. Made with blackstrap molasses, warming ginger, cinnamon and clove, these homemade molasses cookies are perfect for sharing with friends, family and co-workers. #recipes #cookies #molasses #baking

Adapted by my friend, Bambi, from the giant ginger cookies recipe found in Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen Favorites, this molasses cookies recipe does it right with extra spices to warm your stomach and heart.

Homemade Molasses Cookies Recipe! If you're looking for a cozy dessert to enjoy with warm cocoa this winter, then give this molasses cookies recipe a try! You will absolutely love how these soft cookies taste. Made with blackstrap molasses, warming ginger, cinnamon and clove, these homemade molasses cookies are perfect for sharing with friends, family and co-workers. #recipes #cookies #molasses #baking

Homemade Molasses Cookies Recipe

Yields about 24 molasses cookies.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
2 tablespoons regular or coarse sugar

Directions:

Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl beat the shortening with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds. Then slowly add 3/4 cup granulated sugar and the brown sugar, beating until fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla extract and molasses and beat well. Then stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture.

Shape the molasses cookie dough into 1 1/2-inch balls using a heaping tablespoon of dough for each ball. Then roll the balls in the two tablespoons of sugar and place onto ungreased cookie sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart.

Bake at 350°F in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes, taking care not to overbake. (They should still be puffed after baking.) Then let stand on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Allow to cool.

You can download and print this molasses cookies recipe here in PDF format (as pictured below.)

Homemade Molasses Cookies Recipe! If you're looking for a cozy dessert to enjoy with warm cocoa this winter, then give this molasses cookies recipe a try! You will absolutely love how these soft cookies taste. Made with blackstrap molasses, warming ginger, cinnamon and clove, these homemade molasses cookies are perfect for sharing with friends, family and co-workers. #recipes #cookies #molasses #baking

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Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe for Your Crockpot Dinner

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Do you need a quick and easy recipe idea to liven up your weekday dinners? Give this best pork tenderloin rub recipe a try on your next crockpot pork loin for some fantastic flavor infusion!

Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe for Your Crockpot Dinner! Do you need a quick and easy recipe idea to liven up your weekday dinners? Give this best pork tenderloin rub recipe a try on your next crockpot pork loin for some fantastic flavor infusion! #recipes #pork #porktenderloin #porkrub #dinner #crockpot #dinnerideas #food #weekdaydinners

It’s been literally years, I believe, since I last posted an actual food recipe. However, I’ve been staying with my dear friend, Bambi, since the last week of December and I am constantly bombarded with the awesomeness that is her cooking. I’m pretty certain that if she wanted to start her own food blog she would totally rock it. However, until the point in time that happens, I thought I’d share a few of her amazing recipes with you instead!

This best pork tenderloin rub recipe smells like complete heaven when rubbed onto pork and is the perfect pair with pork for a quick and easy weekday crockpot dinner. Keep reading for Bambi’s pork loin rub recipe along with a complete meal idea to bring it all together for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe for Your Crockpot Dinner! Do you need a quick and easy recipe idea to liven up your weekday dinners? Give this best pork tenderloin rub recipe a try on your next crockpot pork loin for some fantastic flavor infusion! #recipes #pork #porktenderloin #porkrub #dinner #crockpot #dinnerideas #food #weekdaydinners

Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe

For a 1 – 1 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin roast

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black peppercorn
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

Using measure spoons, measure out the ingredients and combine a small glass bowl. Mix well to ensure all of the spices for this best pork tenderloin rub recipe are evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Then rub the seasoning on all sides of the pork.

Next, heat ghee, olive or walnut oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. (You can find the best prices on healthy and natural cooking and meal ingredients at Thrive Market. Plus get 25% off your first order when you sign up!) Once hot, brown the pork on all sides.

Then remove the pork loin from heat and place in your crockpot with your favorite veggies and a large can of French onion soup.

Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe for Your Crockpot Dinner! Do you need a quick and easy recipe idea to liven up your weekday dinners? Give this best pork tenderloin rub recipe a try on your next crockpot pork loin for some fantastic flavor infusion! #recipes #pork #porktenderloin #porkrub #dinner #crockpot #dinnerideas #food #weekdaydinners

Bring it Together for a Meal!

For our dinner, Bambi added the pork to the crockpot with an 18 oz. French onion soup, 1/2 cup of chunky applesauce along with a small (peeled and chopped) butternut squash.

She cooked it on low for about five hours then served the pork with steamed brussel sprouts and pasta! It was SO good. And there were zero leftovers!

This would also be great with green beans or asparagus and potatoes or quinoa or brown rice.

What are some are your favorite ways to enjoy pork? I’d love to hear about your favorite dinner recipes in the comments!

For more dinner recipe ideas, be sure to follow my Recipes Pinterest board. Or check out my favorite black bean dip recipe as well as this amazing green salad recipe with avocado and pistachios.

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Want home cooked weekday dinners you can make in 15 minutes or less? Try Gobble! They do all the prep work and send you easy one pan dinner kits that you can cook in 10 – 15 minutes. Plus great add ons for side dishes as well as cocktail mixers!This has to be my favorite monthly home meal delivery service yet!  You can sign up here and get a free dinner kit for two.

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Pitcher Sangria Recipe & Other Fun Things for Your Taco Tuesday

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Planning a Taco Tuesday brouhaha? Why not pair some adult drinks to go along with the mischief? You’ll love these recipes for making both a pitcher sangria recipe and an adult summer punch!

These adult drink recipes are both passed on from Ladles & Linens. The adult summer punch recipe I rediscovered in a Timehop from the Ladles & Linens facebook page a few years back. While the pitcher sangria recipe was passed along by my adult son who currently works at Ladles & Linens in Roanoke. (The pitcher sangria recipe is FABULOUS!)

If you’ve never heard of Ladles & Linens it’s a wonderful woman-owned, small business that specializes in fun kitchen and gourmet cooking supplies. This friendly and fun shop is a great place to stock up on kitchen basics, entertaining pieces and gadgets. They have plenty of gift ideas too!

Currently Ladles & Linens has three locations in Virginia. They can be found in Roanoke, Lexington and Carytown in Richmond, VA. You can also visit the Ladles & Linens website to shop online, learn about upcoming events and scroll through their blog for recipes, information on new products and even gift ideas! You can also find Ladles & Linens on Facebook as well as instagram specific to each location – Roanoke, Richmond and Lexington.

Ready to make these awesome adult drink recipes for your Taco Tuesday? Keep reading for both the pitcher sangria recipe and the adult summer punch recipe which you can find below!

Pitcher Sangria Recipe

Ingredients:

1 750mL bottle of red wine (of choice)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup pineapple
1 orange (quartered)
1 lime (quartered)
1 lemon (quartered)
2 shots liquor (spiced rum, brandy or vodka)
2 cups lemon-lime or club soda

Optional Additional Ingredients:

raspberries, blueberries or strawberries, to suit

Instructions:

Combine the orange juice, sugar and liquor (using your choice of spiced rum, brandy or vodka) into a large pitcher and stir.

Next, squeeze the juice from the orange, lemon and lime quarters into the pitcher. Then combine the fresh squeezed fruit and the pineapple into the pitcher with the orange juice, sugar and liquor.

Allow the pitcher sangria to set overnight or a minimum of 8 hours. When ready to serve, add the soda along with your choice of raspberries, blueberries or strawberries and stir. Pour, sip and enjoy!

Adult Summer Punch Recipe

Ingredients:

1 quart cranberry juice
zest of one lime
1/2 cup orange liqueur
3/4 cup raspberry vodka
1/4 cup grenadine

Instructions:

Use a microplane zester to make the lime zest. Then combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl and mix.

Serve over ice.

Need more Taco Tuesday Recipes?

Here are some of my favorite taco recipes that I’ve pinned to my Recipe Pinterest board.

Blackened Shrimp Taco Recipe for Taco Tuesday via Budget Bytes

Blackened Shrimp Taco Recipe via Budget Bytes / This blackened shrimp in this taco recipe are filled with spicy flavor and are perfectly accented with a sweet and tangy bulked up slaw.

Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Taco Recipe for Taco Tuesday via How Sweet It Is

Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Taco Recipe via How Sweet It Is / These delicious chicken tacos are made with chipotle beer braised chicken – meaning, yes! – these are basically boozy beer tacos.

Crispy Quinoa & Mole Sweet Potato Taco Recipe for Taco Tuesday via Naturally Ella / A House in the Hills

Crispy Quinoa & Mole Sweet Potato Taco Recipe via Naturally Ella / A House in the Hills / This tasty vegetarian taco recipe is also gluten free and makes a hearty dinner even without taco meat. (You will however need to omit the goat cheese as an optional ingredient.)

Chicken Tinga Taco Recipe with Grilled Corn Guac for Taco Tuesday via How Sweet It Is

Chicken Tinga Taco Recipe with Grilled Corn Guac via How Sweet It Is / Another great taco recipe from How Sweet It Is! (I LOVE this blog. Can you tell?) These smoky roasted, tomato-sauced shredded chicken tacos are perfect for your Taco Tuesday dinner. And who can resist grilled corn guacamole?

Caramelized Pork Taco Recipe with Pineapple Salsa for Taco Tuesday via Pinch of Yum

Caramelized Pork Taco Recipe with Pineapple Salsa via Pinch of Yum / And finally, but certainly not least, are these wonderful tacos made with thin strips of caramelized pork, fresh cucumber pineapple cilantro salsa, and chili mayo sauce!

Drinking Games for Taco Tuesday and Beyond!

If you’re already having a drinks, you can extend your Taco Tuesday with a fun drinking game or two. I’ve been stocking up on adult games recently for future girls only nights. After browsing – and buying – I have to say I don’t think games like this existed twenty years ago.

I chose to buy several new games for their 21+ appeal and sense of humor. A few may be over the top if you’re more reserved than I am, but if your personality is wide open then you may have found your own next game haul.

Laughcronyms Party Game for Adults or Families - Funny Drawing & Quick Creative Thinking Card Game for Groups of 4 to 20 Players (Adult Humor or Family Friendly)

Recent adult party games that I’ve purchase include Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition, CoolCats & AssHats: A Card Game for a Funner Party, This one time, I..: The Game of Ludicrous Life Choices (Girls’ Night Edition), Laughcronyms Party Game for Adults, Cards Against Humanity and the more family friendly, 5 Second Rule.

It is important to note that I have not played all of these games yet – getting everyone’s schedules to match up is sometimes challenging. However, if you read the reviews for each game they’ll give you a pretty good idea of what you’re getting into – or don’t want to get into.

Anyhoo, happy Taco Tuesday everyone! I hope you enjoyed this little deviation from the usual soap and skin care recipes! If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy my other posts on how to throw a DIY bath bomb partyhow to throw a unicorn party and my party pleasers post that contains lots of fun party ideas as well as my own recipe for rooibos peach tea rum punch!

To discover more of my favorite dinner and taco recipes, be sure to check out my Recipes Pinterest board here. Or peek in on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board for more great cocktail and sangria recipes!

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