Rosemary + Lemon Popsicles

Rosemary Lemon Popsicles

I picked those pink flowers walking home from the store today. I was baffled by the fact they didn't sell popsicles sticks. How is this not an essential household item? Some one asked me why I didn't just buy popsicles. I didn't feel like explaining myself. Also, I don't think he would've cared.   It was really too much to do about popsicle sticks, but not in a funny way. In the way where you just wish everyone would just stop, think, and  try to understand why you need homemade popsicles, (first-world problem) instead of staring at you funny. 

Rosemary Lemon Popsicles

So, I picked some tiny flowers on my way home and soothed my irritation. I also found a way around the lack of popsicles sticks. I used straws! They worked really well. I expected them to be all flimsy and unreliable, but they're not! The only problem is pulling them out of their molds, but I just ran them under a little bit of warm water and they came right out. So, if you're ever in a pinch.

Rosemary Lemon Popsicles

I guess necessity really is the mother of invention. Not that I did anything revolutionary, but I did solve a problem. That counts for something, right? Plus, my straws are peach colored. So, ingenuity and they're cute. I'm a fan. 

Lemon Rosemary Popsicles | Sweet Disasters
Rosemary Lemon Popsicles

Despite all the lemon pictures, I actually went light on the lemon and only used a half cup, that's why these are Rosemary and Lemon Popsicles and not the other way around. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice - 1 averaged sized lemon yields approximately 2 tablespoons. So, about four lemons, get a couple extra just in case. 
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar - I used granulated sugar, you can use raw sugar. The only sugar I didn't like this combination with was coconut sugar. The flavor was just too strong.
  • 3 springs of fresh rosemary
  • Large milkshake straws cut in half or popsicle sticks 
Rosemary Lemon Popsicles

Directions:

  • In a sauce pan add rosemary, water, and sugar. Cook on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. 
  • Let this stand for 20 minutes. I left mine 10 minutes covered to infuse the flavor. Then 10 minutes uncovered to cool down. You don't want it to cook your lemon juice.
  •  Squeeze your lemons if you haven't already and add the 1/2 cup of lemon juice to your cool rosemary syrup. 
  • Add the mix to your popsicle mold and put in the freezer for 30 minutes - 1 hour
  • Once the popsicles have solidified a bit, put the popsicles sticks or straws if you're using those into your molds. Freeze 4 hours - overnight. 
Rosemary Lemon Popsicles

Luckily, my popsicles were totally worth the trouble. They're so sweet and you can really taste the rosemary flavor in them, which I love. Plus, I got little, tiny flowers out of it. I'm a pretty happy camper. 

Rosemary Lemon Popsicles
Rosemary Lemon Popsicles

Green Coconut Beach Sand Scrub

I've been wanting to try a beach sand scrub ever since I heard in Brazil they use it as an all over exfoliant. If you've walked barefoot on the beach you may have noticed smoother skin afterward. I mean it makes sense, millions of tiny grains all soaked in salt water, of course they exfoliate. This scrub is definitely a new favorite. The grains of sand are so, so tiny that they effortlessly buff off any dead skin, without any irritation. 

Now you may not live close to the beach, but you could collect this sand from a nearby lake or river. So you don't have to wait for a summer trip to the beach to be able to make this exfoliator. Just make sure you sift out any larger pieces that could irritate skin and just keep the finest pieces of sand. 

As you probably know coconut oil has been one of the most popular oils around for quite some time now. I happen to really, really love it. I use it everyday to get my makeup off. I have, however, heard some negative reviews about it. :( For example, if you already have oily skin, coconut oil may not be the best thing to use. I've heard that jojoba oil is great for oily skin and can even help get rid of those pesky blackheads. I'm more on the tight, dry skin side, so I stick with the heavier oils. 

Spirulina is my new favorite thing by a long shot. I'm all day everyday with this spirulina. Turns out it has an awesome effect on skin too. See, because of it's super high antioxidant and beta-carotine content this green sludge will banish free radicals and leave your complexion dewy and glowing. Seriously though. If that weren't enough I added some powdered vitamin C, which has been my anti-aging go-to for years. It can prevent the breakdown of collagen in skin AND help rebuild collagen.  I used the powdered kind, aka L-abosorbic acid. If you want to take an even more natural approach you can replace it with Royal Camu or Camu Camu which is the plant with the all time highest concentration of vitamin C, on the earth!! (Maybe other plants have better plants, but we'd have no way of knowing.) I've used both and prefer the L-absorbic acid a) because it doesn't stain skin. b) it absorbs faster c) cheaper d) honestly, I always notice a bigger difference with this kind. Not to knock the camu, just trying to give you guys all the facts. If you have more sensitive skin, Royal Camu may be better, just remember to wipe or rinse off the excess. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons beach sand 
  • 2 teaspoons of apricot oil, or any other carrier oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina
  • 1/2 teaspoon of L-absorbic acid 

Directions:

  • Blend your oils, coconut + apricot in with your spirulina and vitamin C, until all the way dissolved and coconut oil has softened. 
  • Add in your sand and mix once more.
  • Apply to damp skin. This may not seem like much, but it was enough to cover my whole body. I would recommend making as needed to keep all ingredients fresh, and who knows if you make a big jar of it, your spirunlina might start growing, not fun. 

I love, love, love this scrub and I hope it leaves your skin glowing, or at least gives you some ideas of creations of your own. 

Things I Love Thursday 10.16

Ok, so this commercial, I'm gonna go buy like 10,000 Swiffer dusters. Emotionalism in advertising, target audience = this girl. 

Michio Kaku explains the universe in about 45 minutes. Did you know Issac Newton theorized gravity at the age of 23, and then went on to prove it by inventing calculus? Yeah, and the moon is always falling towards the earth. So, that's a thing.

I've been fighting off the urge to add music to my blog. You know those songs that pop up just as you open the page and take forever to load. You know what I mean, there's always a few quick notes and then you're like, "Wait, is there music? Where is that noise coming from? Is it my computer?" It's like you're suddenly 90-years-old. Don't act like you've never done it. 

I think I'd pick a T-rex song or even better a cover of a T-Rex song by the Violent Femmes. This video makes me so uncomfortable. Totally cringe-worthy. Totally 80's. 

I'm so into The Blacklist! I just had no idea. 

Really though! Look at this farmhouse. I've been lucky enough to live in several houses with all wood walls and I have to say there's something really magical about it. It's like all that chi just bouncing back and forth. I'm big on natural materials.

This week I'm way into design inspiration. I feel a lot of these could be potential DIYs. Maybe not the first table, but maybe as wall art or something it would be nice. 

Have an awesome Thursday everybody and thanks for reading!