a long weekend and a mango popsicle

So, who partied all weekend long?  I wish it was me; but instead it ended up being like the most lengthy, rainy, and crappy long weekend of my life!  Well, I might be exaggerating here a little, cause I did plenty and had some fun… but today, without the sun on a day off work, it’s so easy to be grumpy!

My mom came over on Friday morning and cleaned up all the flower beds and then planted some new flowers.  I’m not the best at gardening… my Mom tho, she’s the Queen!  I’m so thankful that I had the pleasure to come home after work to see all these beautiful flowers in front of my house, without having to do any of the work.  To thank her, I asked her to stay over for diner, cooked us a nice meal on the BBQ, and then chilled and relaxed with her all evening long.

Saturday morning, my father-in-law came over to help us built our new gazebo.  Not sure why I always do this, but I ALWAYS underestimate the time or effort a certain task will take.  Like putting up the gazebo.  It was sooooo long and tedious.  So happy we had help.  At first I thought Brian and I could built it in like 3-4 hours or so… then Brian got mad at me for telling him this shouldn’t be ‘that’ hard to do… but, got to admit, this time he was right.  It was a way tougher job than I expected… it was actually like he told me at first (and also like it was saying on the box): 2-3 persons for 10-12 hours!  Thank God his father came over to help! But now it’s done and it looks gorgeous.  Can’t wait for the sun to come out and go hide in the shade under my new awesome gazebo with my favorite drink in my hand!

So, Brian started to play ball this weekend, again…  I never get used to it.  I have no problems being by myself, but being by myself during the weekend, when it’s raining, blahhhh.  So, Saturday I made Mangoes & Pistachios Popsicle with the boys… delish!  We then watched a movie with popcorn and candies, built forts and played Minecraft.  Yep, the boys discovered Minecraft last weekend, and now, they want to play the game, but they get frustrated at me for being so clueless for video games, which doesn’t help me gain points with them!  Oh well, they’ll get over it.  Or they’ll ask Brian once he’ll be back from his freakin softball tournament!

Sunday was more of the same except for a super nice long nap!  I’ve been eyeing a Black Forest Cake recipe for a long time and decided it was the right day for it.  Turned out gorgeous, but the taste was a little disappointing.  So right after our nap, we packed up our things and headed for my Mom’s for diner, dressed in our pj’s.  Jojo and Lulu even came over for dessert to try my new Black Forest cake!  No one really complained about it, but we did all agree that my Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake was the best and that I should stop trying to make a better one!

Finally, today, for Patriots Day, we went to Ottawa for lunch at The King Eddy.  Loved it.  Loud music to cover up the boys’ noise, awesome fries, great atmosphere, and awesome food.  My pick was the ‘Chicken and Waffles’.  Wow!  The chicken was so juicy and crispy, and the waffles, I’d say they were like award winning waffles!  You got to try if you can!  We then walked in the By-ward Market, found the new Ottawa sign for the Canada 150th celebrations, tried to take some pictures (along with hundreds of others trying to do the same), bought fresh produce, and then got caught in the rain!

So, since the cake was like somewhere between an awesome looking dessert and a disaster, I’m leaving you with only the Popsicle recipe:  Tangy, sweet and nutty… based on a Ricardo recipe, but adjusted to my taste, of course!  Bought the popsicle mold from Amazon.ca… and they turned out to be just like all the Popsicle on Pinterest!  Pretty sure I’ll be making popsicles non-stop all summer long… so come over and enjoy one by the pool!

Mangoes and Pistachios Popsicle

what you need:

4 cups of frozen mangoes

1\2 cup of sugar

1\2 cup of plain Greek yogurt

1\4 cup of pistachios chopped

How to:

Thaw the frozen mangoes.  Puree in a blender and strain in a strainer.  Throw away the pulps.   Add the sugar and yogurt.  Mix well.  Place the mango mixture in the popsicle mold.  Leave a small gap on top and add some of the chopped pistachios.  Place a popsicle stick in the mold and freeze for a few hours.

Warning, you should hide when you’re eating these popsicles, if not, you’ll end up having to share!  Enjoy!

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  1. Hi there , I enjoy reading your blog, I was ust wondering , do you think I can use coconut yogurt to make these?? my daughter and I have an intolerance to dairy.
    They look delicious:)

    1. Mango and coconut yogurt sound great! Pretty sure it would work out and taste amazing! Good luck and let me know how they turn out!

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