by Holly on July 31, 2013

in dessert,gluten-free,life,rambling,recipes,seriousness

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Something’s in the water…or perhaps the cherry trees? Because it seems to be that everyone I know is either getting married or getting pregnant. Yep, it’s happening again. Except this time, it’s heavy (really, really heavy) on the babies and light on the weddings.

And you know what? I’m totally bonkers happy cool about it.

Three years ago, I was not. The mind-screwing that comes with failed expectation had me trapped, because I knew very little about who I was and what I wanted. I felt like because I wasn’t anywhere near marriage, babies or even a commitment, I was not normal. That I should be there. And why wasn’t I there? And why are all my friends finding these great guys while I just got broken up with by a secretly bisexual tap dancer who left me for a male Las Vegas choreographer???

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Oh, have I not told you my gay tap dancer dating story before? It happened, and it was weird.

There’s a distinct and very real disappointment that inevitably follows failed expectations. It is the most disheartening of feelings, and a viciously sneaky contagion that leaves no person immune to its throes. To expect is to raise hopes and encourage excitement or to dash hopes and discourage excitement. It’s a slippery slope. The decision to push forward and dream big while realizing, fully realizing, that it could be gone at any fraction of any second is vulnerability at perhaps, its worst.

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But we must make it. We must each forge our own path regardless of the what ifs, but whats and the vast unknown. Sometimes broken. Sometimes glued together with the grace of friends, family and strangers. And sometimes, most of the time, found on the other side stronger and wiser.

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That’s what I’ve learned! You see, I’ve made a lot of progress in the time I’ve written this blog, and I have going on vacation to thank for that. Reflection can make you a crazy overthinker (there’s 4 1/2 years of progress up in here), but it can also elucidate you to personal growth you never before realized. Things that you may have cemented in place without even knowing you were doing it.

And when that happens, you celebrate with a beer and perhaps, a popsicle.

Popsicles for new babies! Popsicles for weddings! Popsicles for having the courage to keep going!

They’re all equally important.

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Wherever you are at, be there. Push forward. Eat popsicles.

And keep on keeping on, my friends.


prep time + freeze time: 4 hours

1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup cherries, pitted
1 1/3 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original or Vanilla Almond MIlk
1 (6-oz) container berry-flavored Greek yogurt*
2 T chia seeds
2 T sugar or agave nectar
1 t vanilla extract or seeds scraped out of 1 vanilla bean

*I used black cherry

In a small bowl, mash the berries until they resemble compote – some liquid, some chunks. If you don’t like chunks, feel free to puree the berries in a food processor until smooth. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together almond milk, yogurt, chia seeds, sugar and vanilla bean until well-mixed. Pour 1/3 cup of the liquid into eight popsicle molds. Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mashed berries into each mold, pushing the fruit down into the mold and mixing slightly. This will create a gorgeous marbled appearance. Freeze for 4 hours or until hard.

To remove the popsicles, run the mold under hot water for 10 seconds at a time until popsicles can be pulled out.

Makes 8 popsicles (more or less depending on the size of your molds)

[This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze. All opinions are my own.]


Emily @ Relishments August 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

I hear you on the “everyone I know is pregnant!” thing. And since we just bought a house this spring, there’s been tons of conversations that start with “so now that you’ve got the space…” I keep reminding people that I need to finish grad school first, but we’ll see how long I can keep the speculation at bay. Personally, I’m good where I am.

mammaE August 1, 2013 at 8:42 am

Luv this post cuz you figured out that “Life is a journey not a destination” :)

dana August 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

You are adorable and wise and I LOVE you.

Kelly August 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

These look absolutely wonderful! I love adding chia seeds to all my smoothies so I’ll have to try them in popsicles too – yum!! :)

Laura Rieckmann August 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I hear ya… everyone is getting married, or pregnant. I’m quite happy working on my career and hobbies that I hope will become a career (illustration). Kids would just slow me down! :P Delicious looking popsicles! I’ve been looking for some good berry recipes to take advantage of the amazing fresh produce this time of year…might bring some fresh picked cherries home from Door County this weekend! :)

Suzanne August 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

I just picked my first batch of blueberries last night! What a great way to use them!

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes August 3, 2013 at 6:32 am

Dear Ms. Holly, it is much like cooking n’est-ce pas?
“Life can start out being a recipe but along the way you have to take time to taste it, make adjustments, so you can eventually call it your own recipe. If you are not doing that you are living someone else’s life.”

Luv yer hair.

Hannah-lyz August 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I love this post :) I’ve been thinking the same lately! Everyone I know now either has children, or a baby on the way! I just think life works differently for everyone :) We all dance to our own beat ( it’s taken me a while to get to this realisation though! lol)
I may go dance my dance, and eat a popsicle ^^
Also, is that a nod to Seasick Steve in that “keep on keeping on” sentence? (I rather like his songs) <3

Megan (Braise The Roof) August 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Ah, the bisexual tap dancer story – yes you DID tell it to me, and I fondly remember that evening devolving into dancing, the very careful inventory of the contents of my purse performed by a HealthyE and late night tater tots. That was a very fun time with the Holly of a few years ago, but I’m loving watching you grow into a really wonderful, mature woman just as much!

Hillary August 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm

We need to sit and have a beer and/or some chocolate and discuss the insane, hilarious similarities in our dating pasts. Come on down to Baltimore, bring these pops, and let’s get laughing.

Rachael August 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

I read your blog quite often, and have for a really, really long time. I always admire and enjoy your writing, and of course, recipes, but I also wanted to let you know how ridiculously amazing of a person you are, and how great you are at connecting with people on a real level. “We must each forge our own path regardless of the what ifs, but whats and the vast unknown. Sometimes broken. Sometimes glued together with the grace of friends, family and strangers. And sometimes, most of the time, found on the other side stronger and wiser.” You are an absolutely amazing writer, and person, and role model to the kind of woman I want to be as I grow up as well (:

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