Cool Treats for Hot Summers

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No summer is complete without frozen treats. And lots of ’em! I don’t expect to hear many arguments on that, so without further ado, here is a roundup of summer recipes for cool treats you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Iced coffee

I love it when the seasons change and I can switch from hot coffee to iced. It takes much less time to make a big batch of cold brew, and then you’re good for the week! I can’t wait to try this iced peanut butter latte on a weekend when I can get out the blender. Mint iced coffee might sound odd at first, but I had it in a coffee shop in Kentucky and it’s awesome! Iced coffee coconut soda would be perfect for a brunch with friends — you can even add kahlua!

Popsicles

One of my favorite things when I was younger was to make my own popsicles out of plastic Tupperware molds and Kool-Aid. (Blue was my favorite flavor.) I made popsicles with my own kids the other night out of fresh strawberries, sugar, and some cream. They LOVED it! You can find a tutorial on making homemade fruit popsicles, with four different recipes, here. For something a little bit more complicated, try layered watermelon ice pops. And for something more decadent, try butterscotch pudding popsicles or Neopolitan popsicles.

Ice cream

No summer would be complete without homemade ice cream. There’s your standard vanilla and chocolate, of course. For something more unique, try salty honey. If you don’t mind recipes with multiple steps, this blueberry pie ice cream is for you! And I promise your kids will go crazy for cookie salad ice cream. These cool treats will be so delicious, your kids won’t even notice the ice cream man as he jingles around the neighborhood!

Happy eating!


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Rachel Wilson
Rachel is a native of the West Coast and didn't know that her straight hair could frizz until she made the move East! After earning a Master of Environmental Management from Yale, she moved to Boston for a job opportunity and, on her first Saturday night in the city, met the man who would become her husband. They married in 2012 and are learning more every day about how to be parents to daughters Annabel (2013) and Eleanor (2016). Rachel and her family recently relocated from Charlestown to the Metrowest suburbs and are enjoying their yard, but dislike shoveling snow from their driveway. Rachel currently works as an energy and environmental consultant, and wore Birkenstocks before they were trendy. Likes: her family, her in-laws, cooking ambitious meals and leaving the dishes for someone else, hiking, running, yoga, climbing mountains, reading books, farmers' markets and her CSA, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, the sound of her daughters' laughter, and coffee Dislikes: running out of milk, New England winters, diaper rash, wastefulness, cell phones at the dinner table