- makes 4 popsicles
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar – the good stuff
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper or 3 full grinds
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 cup blueberries
- 3 green cardamom pods or 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp honey
Tomorrow welcomes the Fourth of July. Earlier this week in anticipation, the New York Public Library graciously exhibited original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. I hurried over from my work during lunch, hoping to glimpse the antiques which molded America’s government and overall way of being. As I was ushered into the room with awed whispers, I was grounded by the unity of respect and curiosity of everyone in the room. As I read through each page, I was inspired by the enormous dedication and contribution of these men and their passion to create a great nation. The neat, purposeful scripts of Thomas Jefferson sang the words “life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” and dreamed of something much bigger than the small colonies they then had.
All countries are blemished, but I believe all countries are also blessed. Tomorrow I gladly take pride in all of The United States’ glories and history. I hope you find a quiet moment to reflect and realize what your nation means to you, regardless of where you live.
On a lighter note, I’m enjoying the holiday with friends and family. To me no celebration or get-together is complete without tasty food, so I’m bringing 4th of July Popsicles to share. These are a tri-flavored treat, as each layer is a surprise. The red strawberries pack some heat with black pepper and linger on the palate with tangy balsamic. The simple white layer cleanses the tastebuds with almond milk and honey. Finally, the blueberries finish off the pop with earthy cardamom and a little citrus.