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Semisweet Raspberry Kiwi Popsicle Recipe

Hello You! Advance Happy Weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe here on the blog. I do have some recipes and cooking plans to share soon, apart from talking about makeup and some other beauty-related stuff. Today’s post is definitely an ideal one since it’s the Summer, and everyone wants something cool and chilly to have on their palates. This recipe stemmed from my idea of wanting to eat a popsicle on a hot and humid Summer day a couple of weeks ago. I mean, who doesn’t want popsicles or ice creams on a weather this sweltering, right? The problem with most popsicles and ice creams at the local grocery stores or at specialty shops is that they tend to be high in sugar, and if they’re not, they probably have some artificial sweeteners which usually leave a weird aftertaste. I do have a sweet tooth, it’s my weakness, but lately, I’ve cut back my sugar intake and realized that I haven’t craved that many sweets anymore.

 

popsicle recipe

 

So, I decided to make my own popsicle with clean simple ingredients and with less sugar. It’s very easy to do and it’ll probably just take a few minutes of your time. Here’s the recipe.

 

Ingredients:

 

 

For Blending:

 

raspberry kiwi popsicle ingredients

1 cup whole milk or whichever you prefer

1/4 cup condensed milk (add 1/4 cup more if want your popsicles sweeter, also, you can use granulated sugar).

1/3 cup whole raspberries

1/2 cup SunGold kiwi (peeled and quartered)

1/2 cup water

 

 

Set-aside:

sungold kiwi and raspberry popsicle ingredients

1/3 cup (2.8 oz ramekin) peeled and thinly sliced SunGold kiwi (I prefer this kind of Kiwi because it’s less acidic, sweeter, and juicier than a regular Kiwi)

1/3 cup (2.8 oz ramekin) sliced and whole raspberries

 

Materials:

 

Personal Blender

 

A Personal Blender or single-serve smoothie-maker. Any other smoothie-maker regardless of size and brand will do. Here in the photo, I use the Epica Personal Blender I bought on Amazon, but it’s currently sold out. I’ve also had good experiences with Oster My Blend Blender with Travel Sport Bottle, and the Nutri Ninja Pro Personal Blender.

 

Ozera Reusable Popsicle Molds

 

Popsicle Molds – There are several on Amazon, but I especially like the Ozera Reusable Popsicle Molds in assorted colors. It comes in a silicone funnel and a small brush for cleaning. The size is about 2 x 4.5 inches.

 

Direction:

 

  1. Blend all the ingredients found in the “For Blending” list with a personal blender. It takes about a few seconds. Blend it until it looks like a smoothie. The Epica Blender used here is about 20 oz and it’s great for making a single-serve smoothie. It’s easy, sturdy, and efficient to use. It’s also convenient to clean and it crushes ice easily. I use it a lot to make a smoothie or juice post-workout. It comes in a sealable lid so you can just take the bottle to-go. Also, it’s spill-proof and break-resistant.

how to make popsicle smoothie

  1. After blending, it should look a bit purplish. Transfer the blended contents (smoothie) to the popsicle molds using the silicone funnel, stopping halfway to add the set-aside kiwi and raspberry. Also, try putting the kiwi and raspberry first on some molds, then pour the smoothie next. Do it alternately to add some design and style to your popsicle. I like these plastic molds a lot, they’re really sturdy and they’re so easy to use. They’re designed with a drip guard so you won’t get the sticky fingers while eating the popsicles. Also, the molds come with a stand so that they won’t tip inside the freezer, and it that way, they can be easy to store.

simple popsicle recipe

  1. Make sure you don’t fill up the popsicle molds completely. Place the lid with the stick back to the molds. Once you’re done, it should like the picture above. Take note that you’ll probably still have some smoothie left in your blender. Either you can drink it, save it, or add some more ingredients to it so you can make another smoothie. Whichever works for you.

 

  1. Make sure that the molds are properly sealed and are supported well by the stand, then place them in the freezer.

 

  1. Wait a few hours (3 or 4 at least) for the popsicle to be ready. I usually leave mine overnight. Serve it and Enjoy! If the molds are difficult to remove, just run it under warm water and it can be pulled out easily. The stick with drip guard holds onto the popsicle very well.

 

My tolerance to sweets may be a lot different than yours, so feel free to add more sugar if you don’t find these popsicles sweet enough, or you can even use purees, juices, gelatins, jams, and even puddings as popsicles. It’s a lot of fun to experiment and customize this recipe, and it’s a great and entertaining activity for you and for your family.

 

*measuring cups and ramekins used in this recipe are from HomeGoods.

 

 

Best Scented Candles 2018 Edit

best scented candle review

 

How’s it going, everybody! I’ve got an exciting review for all you candle lovers! I’ve been into some candle hoarding and testing lately and I thought I’d like to share which of these scented waxes made it to the top of my list this year. There’s a lot of awesome-smelling candles out there, but there’s a few that really stoked me to the bones. Some of these candles are not necessarily recently-released, some are actually quite classic with a cult following, while some are limited editions only.

 

Y’all ready to see them?

 

byredo tree house candle review

 

Byredo Tree House (8.5 oz: $80) – If you follow my Instagram, (click HERE) you know that this is the favorite candle of my cat, LOL. This candle sports an edgy black wax with a sleek glass container. It has a pretty complex scent of something woody, a bit fruity, a bit spicy, warm, and something slightly fresh. It’s definitely a scent that reminds you of a true tree house due to its hint of tannins, leather, and tobacco. Some said this even smells like Axe, which is slightly true, but it’s more of a complicated sexier version of that. You can tell that there’s a lot of details involved in concocting this particular candle, and with all its edgy-torial packaging, this makes for a great home decor. You don’t even have to light it because the scent of the candle itself permeates easily all around the house. I do think that this is a winter scent because it has a perfumey tone to it, even though it has a hint of freshness. This candle also comes in a 70 g container which is currently available at Byredo’s official website. The nice thing about the 8.5 oz glass is that it really takes a while to burn at least the top part of it (about 2-3 hours), which tells me that this whole candle is gonna last a long time. Overall, I love this candle’s longevity and aesthetics, I may not even burn it all the way. You know who else loves this? Miss “Look What You Made Me Do”. Yes, this is Tay Tay Swift’s favorite scented candle. Hmmm, kinda surprising to me, as I thought she would be more of a Diptyque kind of girl. Oh well, you can never tell.

 

yankee candle pink sands review

 

Yankee Candles:

Before I got into this whole crazy candle-hoarding thing, I was always a fan of Yankee Candles. I still am because they have a ton of scents to choose from and there are different prices for every size of candle you want, but I have limited myself to a few that I consider as my all time favorites. I think for the price, I expect their scents to be at least strong enough to be noticed, but I’ve had several candles from them that smells great at first but didn’t really seem to register in my olfactory nerves once lighted, so yeah, here’s two of my favorites from them:

 

Pink Sands (Small Tumbler: $15.99, other sizes also available) – I like this candle for its pretty in pink wax. I also love its mild sandy and sweet vanilla-ish scent. It makes for a great add-on to your vanity, centerpiece or just about anywhere inside the house. The only slight problem with this is that this ain’t a whole year round scent, it’s more like for the spring or summer only since the scent of this candle is too light that it’s almost unnoticeable. But if you want a candle that’s something pink, with very light non-irritating notes, you may wanna look into this.

 

Balsam & Cedar (Large Classic Jar: $27.99)– Still my all-time favorite from Yankee Candle, and one of my favorites for winter. This smells like pine-divine, strong but soothing, homey and very cozy. I’ve repurchased this candle in several different sizes, especially in the Large Classic Jar which I don’t really need to light, I just keep it nearby and I could smell its fresh forest scent all the time. LOVE.

 

le labo santal 26 candle

 

Le Labo Santal 26 (6.9 oz: $65, 8.6 oz: $75) – Probably one of the most intriguing candles I’ve ever owned, and probably the one that I couldn’t quite figure out. There’s something about this candle that makes you wanna love it or hate it. As far as I can remember, I had a sample Santal Something from Le Labo before, I think it must have been Santal 33, and yuck, I didn’t like it. I couldn’t understand the appeal of the whole Santal thing. I know I love their Bergamote 22 soaps, but that was the only Le Labo I know. Anyway, I took the plunge and purchased this woody, tarty, earthy Santal 26 candle, and at first, I really found it to be too strong, the scent is not necessarily bad, but it’s different. I feel like I smelled this scent before, somewhere in a fancy department store, hmmm. While I didn’t like this candle at first, I seem to really enjoy this now as I keep burning it. It’s kind of an acquired taste. This comes in a smaller tin can container (not pictured here), and a simple yet hefty and heavy glass container pictured here in this review. The best thing about this candle is its staying power. Once lighted, the scent will travel all over the house and it stays there for a long time, and the more you sniff it, the more you love it.

 

voluspa goji tarocco orange

 

Voluspa:

I’m new to the Voluspa world of candles. I discovered them when I got lost inside Anthropology (LOL, yes I get lost in places that normal people don’t usually get lost at, that’s how bad my spatial orientation is, hahaha!). The Voluspa candles are love at first sight and first sniff for me. They come in several different scents and sizes, and the prices differ as well. I find them to be like Yankee Candles in that sense, but their selection is slightly better for my taste in my opinion, that’s because they have more of that unique blend of fresh scents, as opposed to the common foodie type of scents. Also, they use a coconut wax blend in their candles.

 

Panjore Lychee (Petite Embossed Glass: $10, other sizes also available) – My most favorite Voluspa scent so far. I love the blend of lychee, pear, and cassis, which remind me of one of my favorite fragrances, the Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum. It has a bit of a pomegranate tone to it and it’s really pleasing to smell. I actually plan to have this in a large glass. The only thing that bothers me with this is how weak the scent can be. It’s kinda hard to notice it unless you get really close. But that scent though…amazeballs.

 

Goji Tarocco Orange (Petit Decorative: $9, also available in different sizes) – Because I love the Panjore Lychee scent so much, I decided I wanted another Voluspa candle to love. I found this orange, mango and goji berry blend candle to be as almost delightful as the Panjore Lychee. It’s a sweet orange scent, fruity but not too much. The scent permeates in every room and the candle burns cleanly well.

 

capri blue volcano candle review

 

Capri Blue Volcano (Tin: $14, other jar designs and sizes also available at different prices) – Here’s another candle that I couldn’t resist at Anthropologie. It’s basically the smell of Anthropologie (LOL) whenever you enter their stores. They have this candle burning endlessly that you just can’t help but wonder “What is that dreamy fresh scent?” It’s Capri Blue’s Volcano gurl, with a capital V, LOL. Oh, my I love this scent a lot, it’s definitely at the top 2 or 3 of my list, simply because the scent is so fresh, so blue yet so fruity, but never overwhelming. It also comes in different cute jars and glasses at different prices. I feel like this is such a good summer vibe type of scent, and oh my, summer come here fast.

 

diptyque rose delight candle

 

Diptyque:

The best in posh, gorgeous, and unique scented candles with fancy, versatile and fashionable glass containers. Who doesn’t love Diptyque? oh well except for the price, but hey gurl you feelin’ fancy? get a Diptyque, you feelin’ lonely? get a Diptyque, you got lots of shmoney? go get a Diptyque. LOL, as if the answer to your problem is a Diptyque scented candle. I can vouch for that though, just light one and you’ll know what I mean. But seriously, if you want an overall very good range of well-scented sophisticated candles with stylish glass containers that burn cleanly and evenly, well, Diptyque will give you that satisfaction. I love this brand, not really the price, but I will always have one of their candles because they’re candles are purrrfect in every way.

 

Baies (2.4 oz: $34, 6.5 oz: $64): Almost everyone’s favorite Diptyque scented candle and mine. This candle’s fragrance is unique. It’s fresh and fruity yet slightly warm. The blend of roses and blackcurrants is what makes this candle irresistible and different. If you could just have one Diptyque candle, this is the one to have. It’s very lovely and very perfect. One you sniff it, you can never forget it.

 

diptyque rosa mundi candle review

 

Rosa Mundi (2017 Limited Edition) – Straight from last year, this warm rose scented candle looks dreamy as it is. The fragrance is very rosy cozy and it’s pretty strong and long-lasting. Before I started lighting mine, I used to store this in one of my bookshelves and I could just smell its damask rose scent all over my house. This was almost perfect too but that wallpaper-ish wrapping on the glass, though very beautiful, it is very delicate, so you have to be really careful when burning this candle and also when cleaning it once completely consumed, or it could get wet. This particular candle and all its paper motif design is a 2017 limited edition, but you may still find this in its regular packaging.

 

diptyque rose delight candle

 

Rose Delight (2018 Limited Edition: $68)– This year’s Diptyque Limited Edition comes in a cute pastel pink stylish wrapper glued around its glass container. It’s still a rosy scent but a lot more toned down compared to the Rosa Mundi scent last year. I find this scent to be very mild almost like a powdery rose scent. It still smells great whether lit or unlit, but I would have liked it to be stronger though. Anyways, the packaging is really pretty, it’ll make you wanna stare at it all the time.

 

nest grapefruit candle

 

Nest Grapefruit ($40, other sizes also available) – If there’s one candle I’d like to take with me wherever I go, it’s this one. I am so crazy for this scent. It’s just unbelievably irresistible. OMG, I couldn’t stop sniffing this like a crack addict. What did they put in this candle? it’s so darn good. I know there’s grapefruit in there (of course), there’s lily of the valley and coriander, but I also sense a hint of pineapple. It’s the right balance of floral and sweetness, and it can make the room smell fresh and clean and you can never get used to it, it’s always exciting to sniff this. I definitely think that this is the best if not one of the best-scented candles out there. In fact, I would put this at the top one of my list, slightly above Diptyque’s Baies. Yeah, that’s how good this candle is, and for its price, oh well, it’s much cheaper than Diptyque and it comes in a large glass. The only thing I don’t like much about this is the glass container itself. It’s a little too simple for me. I wish they made it like Diptyque’s or Byredo’s, and probably add a label to it or something. But anyway, I’m cool with it. Another thing I like about this candle is the fact that compared to most scented candles where I could smell the strong wax odor after burning them, this one doesn’t really have that lingering waxy smell after burning it. All I could smell is that delicious fresh fruity scent, nothing more, nothing less, and it lingers for a long time.

 

Here’s a quick summary:

best scented candles

 

Best in Scent: Diptyque Baies & Nest Grapefruit

 

Best in Packaging & Design: Byredo & Diptyque

 

Best for Fall/Winter scent: Byredo Tree House, Santal Le Labo, & Yankee Candle Balsam & Cedar

 

Best for Summer/Spring: Nest Grapefruit, Voluspa’s Panjore Lychee & Goji Tarocco Orange, & Capri Blue Volcano

 

Best Bang for the buck: Voluspa Candles, Capri Blues, & Yankee Candles

 

That comprises my top candles for now guys, I hope I’ve helped you decide on which scented candles to buy. The candles reviewed here are really great, but if I have to choose, it would certainly narrow down to two. Diptyque Baies and Nest Grapefruit. Okies, have fun, enjoy! and try not to burn the house.

 

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Quick and Easy Mango Pudding

Hello Tuesday! It’s sweltering out there and we all need something to cool down. I have something sweet and chilly to share, my quick and simple Mango Pudding. It’ll only take a few minutes to make and it doesn’t involve a ton of ingredients.

 

mango pudding recipe

 

Mango is my most favorite fruit in the whole wide world and there’s a lot of ways you can make something out of a mango. One of them is Mango Pudding which is extremely popular in Asia and is guaranteed to be a crowd favorite everywhere. It’s a great dessert for the summer and even throughout the whole four seasons. It retains the bold, sweet, and delicious taste of a mango but with a gelatinous twist.

 

Here’s my quick and easy recipe:

 

Ingredients:

 

easy mango pudding

 

1 cup Mango Puree (you can buy them in Asian food markets or even on Amazon.com)

 

1/8 cup Sugar (could be more if your Mango Puree is not sweetened)

 

1/2 cup Cream (heavy whipping cream)

 

recipe mango pudding

2 cups Milk (either fat-free or whole milk)

 

mango pudding

 

1/2 cup Agar-Agar strips (If thick, cut into 1/2 inch, also available in the grocery stores, or even on Amazon.com. You can even substitute it for Agar powder, available here.)

 

1/2 cup Water

 

 

Procedure:

 

 

  1. Boil the milk in a saucepan, together with Sugar and Cream. Let it cool down after boiling (3-4 minutes).

mango pudding

  1. In a separate pan, melt the Agar-Agar strips with 1/2 cup Water until they dissolve completely. Then strain it to remove the undissolved particles, if any.

mango pudding recipe agar agar

mango pudding recipe

  1. Add the strained Agar-Agar to the Milk that was cooled down. Stir.

 

  1. Add the Mango Puree on the Milk with Agar-Agar mixture. Mix.

mango pudding

  1. Once blended, the entire mixture will look somewhat thick but not yet gelatinous. Pour the mixture into different cups and place it in the refrigerator for a few hours.

 

  1. Serve Chilled and Enjoy.

 

Notes: Once inside the refrigerator, the mixture will slowly become gelatinous and transforms into a pudding. You can add some mango strips and mint leaves on top, or whichever topping you may wanna include. If you purchased an already-sweetened Mango Puree, you may only wanna add a bit of sugar, but if it’s unsweetened, then you can adjust the sugar to taste. You can even use a fresh Mango fruit instead of a Puree. It’s all up to you.

 

This easy peasy Mango pudding recipe takes only a few minutes to prepare and it makes about 3-4 cups of gelatinous mango deliciousness for everybody.

 

Go make one now, Enjoy your Summer!

 

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