Dog days of Summer

 

It’s official, Summer is too short!

Doesn’t it feel like Summer is here and gone in a flash?  Particularly when you start planning by weekends, it really does fly by.  Luckily there are still a few weeks to take advantage of Summer before the kids go back to school.  Let’s get out there and enjoy it!


DSC_0286Outdoors activities:

Sunny summer days are best spent outdoors.  Grab the sunscreen, shades, flip flops and leave the hand held games behind!

Themed picnics are fun for the whole family.  We made one of ours a beach theme!  I made a Hawaiian French bread pizza using grilled pineapple, ham and pre sliced Tre Stelle Cheese and brought along paper umbrella’s for our drinks.  Even if you just picnic in the front yard, a fun theme makes it even more special!

Visiting a number of playgrounds in town is a good chance to check out the competition.  We have half a dozen playgrounds to explore, each school offering something just a little different than the rest.

A trip to a Spray park on a hot day is just what the family needs.  Chances are there will be lots of kids to play and who knows, maybe the ice cream truck will show up!

Grab the marshmallows, sleeping bags and a tent and hit the backyard.  Camping in your own yard is much easier to plan than a typical campout and everyone will appreciate the convenience of having a bathroom close by.

Load the car, grab the dog and hit the road!  Crank some tunes and head somewhere fun.  The river or lake is our go-to.  Whether you plan your destination or just see where the road takes you, don’t forget the snacks!  (Tip: Fill a cooler with some Tre Stelle Stawberry Kiwi Smoothies.  They not only taste great, but they are high in protein and will help curb hunger cravings for those long roadtrips)

Indoor activities:

There is bound to be a few rainy days here and there. Take ad
vantage of a gloomy day to get organized or teach a few new tricks in the kitchen.

Host a cooking lesson! If your kids are getting to the age where they can help out more in the kitchen, this is a great time to teach some new skills.  Check out these five great recipes you can make with your kids.

Staying Cool

Tiramisu Popsicles-4832Summer time – sunshine filled days of outdoor swimming pools, camping trips, bike rides and of course frozen treats to cool everyone off. Who doesn’t love popsicles, a great dessert, no forks or spoons required!

If you like Tiramisu you are going to love this recipe for frozen Tiramisu Popsicles. It is the perfect dessert for your backyard BBQ’s, summertime parties, or any time treat.

Tiramisu Popsicles combine the sensational flavour of classic Tiramisu to create an easy to make, smooth and creamy frozen treats! These will certainly be a warm-weather favourite treat for both grown-ups and kids alike.

Tiramisu Popsicles start off with Tre Stelle® Mascarpone Cheese which is a rich, fresh triple-cream cheese related to Cream Cheese and Ricotta. I love the taste and exceptional creaminess of Mascarpone Cheese in desserts, but it also tastes terrific spread on toast or bagels, and then topped with fruit or jam.

Marvelous gourmet flavour was added to this recipe with a shot of espresso. Very strong coffee will also work if you don’t have espresso. After the popsicles were completely frozen I decorated them with crushed ladyfingers and chocolate shavings. I used coffee-infused dark chocolate, but any type of chocolate you like will taste great.

Luscious, melt in your mouth Tiramisu Popsicles are one of my family’s favourite homemade frozen treats! Good eats to enjoy throughout the sunshine filled, relaxing, carefree days of summer!

 

Tiramisu Popsicles

Tiramisu Popsicles-4747PREP TIME: 15- 20 mins.       Serves: 6-8

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (8-ounce) container Tre Stelle® Mascarpone Cheese
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. espresso, cooled (very strong coffee will also work)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
  • 6-8 ladyfinger cookies crushed
  • 2 tbsp. grated chocolate (I used coffee flavoured)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl using an electric mixer beat granulated sugar and Mascarpone until well combined.
  2. Add espresso and combine well.
  3. In a separate bowl using an electric mixer at high speed, whip the cream and confectioners’ sugar until stiff peaks form.
  4. Fold the whipped cream into the Mascarpone mixture.
  5. Fill popsicle molds with mixture. Tap down on countertop to remove any air pockets. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 3 hours.
  6. To remove popsicles from molds run under warm water for 30 seconds.
  7. Coat with crushed ladyfinger cookies and shaved chocolate.