As a child I stood in awe over my mother as she worked on various arts and crafts. She’d make all kinds of home beautifying things such as wreaths, curtains, flower arrangements, potpourri… I imagine she found any excuse to pull her hot glue gun out and call the girls over for a session. I know I got my crafty side from watching her light up as she’d create things. Now that I’m a mom, crafting has become a form of therapy for me. It’s the time I take for myself to disconnect from responsibilities and put my nagging mind on sleep mode. Like all creative activities it’s communion with the soul a time when our mind silences and we play with our materials in hopes to create something that looks good but maybe even more importantly we create to feel good! Taking time to express ourselves through crafts such as painting, singing, writing, exercise, dance or cooking are important outlets not to be taken for granted. These outlets allow us to tune in to our heart, our feelings, our emotions!
Having been a mom now for only 9 weeks I find it ever more important to keep my creative juices flowing, no matter how little of time I have, I try to create as often as I can when an opportunity presents itself. I need this time to express myself just as much as I need time to eat, take a shower, stretch and exercise. I believe when creativity is incorporated into a daily or weekly routine a shift happens in the quality of ones life. For me this shift comes in the form of feeling good, accomplished, and feeling empowered. The empowerment comes front the fact that I just created something from my mind and made it come to life. I also feel empowered because when creating I’m constantly learning to solve problems by finding solutions in order to take the idea from my mind and turn it into material form. I think this is an important exercise to practice, regardless of the fact that it is not making my pre-baby body come back faster.
I find my kitchen to be the perfect place to practice my creativity and these popsicles and their sticks are proof of that. Aren’t they pretty?! They are also a representation of the little things we can do with our creative energy that don’t take much time and give big rewards of satisfaction to all who are lucky enough to enjoy them. Do share!
(He is too cute, I had to slip in this pic!)
- 1 cup lemon juice
- ⅓ cup ginger juice
- 3 large strawberries (sliced)
- ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp liquid sweetener (I used raw honey)
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar or sugar in the raw
- 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary (removed from stem)
- In a large bowl preferably with a pouring spout add the lemon and ginger juice
- along with the liquid sweetener. Wisk together ingredients or if you prefer use a blender for this step.
- Slice the strawberries thinly aprox ⅛ inch thin and place them in a small bowl with the raw sugar and rosemary. Massage the berries by hand until juicy and sugar is absorbed.
- Place berries into popsicle molds and pour the lemon and ginger juice until full. Repeat this for each popsicle.
- Place popsicles in freezer until frozen.
- Remove pops from freezer and run the mold under warm water to easily release the pops from the mold.