Hello, hello, it’s POPSICLE WEEK! Billy of Wit and Vinegar is once again hosting this year’s Popsicle Week, a week full of popsicle posts by some pretty awesome bloggers. This is my first year participating, and I couldn’t be more excited! I wanted to create something sweet and delicious, healthy but not straight-up kale popsicle healthy. Hence, these green tea and honeydew popsicles were born. They’re just a bit sweet and loaded with antioxidants from the green tea, and are also super refreshing and delicious. I didn’t intend for them to come out dual-colored, but because they don’t contain any sort of binder like xantham gum or other such stuff, they separated into layers. But don’t worry, it’s perfectly natural! Just how fresh juice separates when you let it sit for a while. As a result, the tops taste like honeydew-flavored green tea, and the bottoms taste like green tea-flavored honeydew. It’s actually really good. And it looks pretty striking, don’t you think?
But moving on to life stuff. Lately I’ve been really pondering what it means to have a blog. Not just creating recipes / photographing / and writing, but the underlying intentions and motives behind this space. I remember when I first started this space, it was more of a personal endeavor – I posted the things that felt right to me, on a flexible schedule. But now it seems like this is more of a business than a project of passion (as sad as that sounds). I always worry, “Will my readers like this recipe? Is this the type of thing they’re looking for here?”, instead of, “Do I want to do this recipe? Does this food represent me?”. And, of course, I DO want my readers to like my recipes. But I’ve been more concerned with what might seem “popular” that what would actually represent me as a person.
But the underlying cause of this dissonance, I think, is that I’ve lost sight of the fact that this is my space. Like an artist, this is my work and my pièce de résistance. I think in the blogging world, it’s easier to get caught up in bloggery (for lack of a better word), than the actual fruits of labor themselves. If any of my fellow bloggers out there know what I mean, hit me up. But seriously. Even though Well + Full has some business-y aspects, this is still my personal space and I want it to remain genuine and natural. I think recipes seem more attractive when they’re personal, you know? When the creator has a personal connection with their creations, that’s where the magic happens.
Honeydew Green Tea Popsicles
- 3 Heaping Cups Cubed Honeydew
- 1 Cup Brewed Green Tea
- In a blender, combine honeydew and green tea. Blend until everything is smooth and mixed.
- Pour your honeydew green tea mix into your popsicle mold, and set in the freezer for at least four hours or overnight, until popsicles have completely hardened.
- When you're ready to eat the popsicles, run the molds under a little hot water to loosen, if needed.
- While freezing, the green tea and honeydew may have separated a little - which is perfectly natural. It'll still taste amazing!