Little Sprout's Rocketship Popsicles

This 4th Rocket Pop's were everywhere! But I won't purchase one of those super sugary, artificially colored Popsicles even if they are a "childhood classic". My sprouts fond memories (and others for that matter) should not surround unhealthy treats. Memories of food should be about things like berry picking, watermelon seed contests and the joy of cooking with family. And that is why I was on a mission...to make a Rocketship pop for my space loving sprout! 

For the mold, I used Tovolo's BPA-free Rocketship molds, purchased with a random merchandise credit to Pier One. Now anyone who knows me knows I'm not a big plastic fan. However, this company has some of the cutest Popsicle molds and I feel okay since: they are BPA-free, nothing is being placed in them hot or heated in them, and honestly, the pops are so good they aren't in the plastic long at all. 

As for how to make the pops, it's super easy! 

1 cup organic blueberries
1 Tbsp H2O
     - heat in small sauce pan over low heat until "saucy", pour in blender and liquefy 

1 cup mixed of: strawberries, tart cherries and raspberries, organic of course! 
1 Tbsp H2O
     -heat in small sauce pan over low heat until "saucy", pour in blender and liquefy

Refrigerate both to cool.

1 cup organic Greek yogurt, plain
1 tsp organic vanilla extract
    -mix well, refrigerate.

Fill pop mold 1/3 full with blueberry sauce. Freeze without tops on, about an hour (do not wait for it to totally freeze). Add yogurt next, then red berry mixture. There is no need to wait for the last two...the yogurt is thick enough that they don't mix. Insert top, freeze overnight. 

These are super tasty and have a fresh berry taste. You could add a little honey or sugar if you want but I think the fruit is plenty sweet naturally. Honestly, these would be okay for a hot summer breakfast as well...hmmm, I just may do that:-)

Let me know what you think, and remember to eco-live and laugh! 

Godly Play: The Parable of The Sower

Recently I became the children's coordinator at our church, Urban Village Church - Andersonville. I am absolutely LOVING it! Can you say dream job?! Montessori style Godly Play lessons, amazing team, great kids, and working wonderfully with the Children's director and our site pastor...I am so honored to be even a small part of this amazing body and these kids lives.
Urban Village Church
Anyway, today's lesson was on the Parable of The Sower. Let me say it was so cute, the kids had never heard the word sower before...even the older ones. They thought I meant sewing or sewer. So we got an impromptu vocab lesson too. I was able to create our materials thanks to Pinterest and a little creativity...and I just had to share! It was too simple not to!

For the birds and the sower I printed clip art, colored it and gave it my cheap lamination...clear packing tape! The mat is just brown felt laid out. Then I used people's for the rocks, pipe cleaners to make thorns and instant coffee on felt "laminated" for the good soil. Then with a few felt scraps the bushels came to be. I just cut three squares, growing in size, stuffed each with a bit of plastic shopping bag, tied with embossing thread...voila, 30, 60, 100 fold bushels.

For the storage my wonderful hubby painted a shoe box gold for me. The best part? Whether your homeschooling, teach Sunday school, etc. this is every inexpensive (free if you have as much crafty things as this eco-momma) and so worth it!

Hope you enjoy! Remember, an art scrap could just become a bushel in a parable...don't toss it! Repurpose! And eco-live and laugh!