Hatton House Diaries

One day, we decided to buy a 125 year old Victorian House in Des Moines, Iowa…….

Homemade Heat Wave Popsicles July 4, 2012

Filed under: Family Stuff,In the Kitchen — hattonhousedsm @ 10:22 pm
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imageWe are in the middle of an unbearable heat wave, and the kids are bugging me for anything cold about once an hour. (The Hatton House has window AC units, which are more than adequate….until the temp gets over the mid-90s. After that, it’s just hot). I really can’t stand loading them up on high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors to cool them down, since my kids tend to get hyper when they eat fake food…and no one wants hyped up kids in a heat wave!

I went back to what my mom used to do for us in the summer: Homemade Freezer popsicles. No disrespect to my mom, who would freeze orange juice in Tupperware popsicle molds and call it done, but I wanted to up the ante a bit. I got the anti-oxidant frozen fruit blend from Costco and some Stoneyfield Farms yogurt and blended it. We had smoothies right away, and the rest I poured into silicone molds and the old school Tupperware molds. The result: happy and healthy snacking kiddo! I think in the next batch, I’m going to try almond milk for my dairy free girl.


Peach Season! July 3, 2012

Filed under: In the Garden,Keep It Local,Urban Farming — hattonhousedsm @ 7:00 pm
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imagePeach season has arrived at the Hatton House! From our single peach tree, we harvested almost 10 gallons of peaches before we ran out of buckets. We’ve already frozen some, given some to neighbors, and made a peach cobbler. Still not at all sick of them. Peaches grown organically and eaten 100 degree hot right off the tree is an intensely delicious experience!