Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day Giveaway!

Who doesn't love a three day weekend? Labor Day marks the end of summer and though the days are getting shorter and the leaves on my neighbor's trees are fading and falling, autumn seems to have gotten lost on it's way to Arizona. In fact, this year was the hottest August ever recorded. Thirty one consecutive days of temperatures over 115 degrees. My garden is dead, my chicken is mad and I am SO done with summer. And they say global warming is myth!

I keep telling myself that if I can just hang on until October, my children and I can crawl out of our caves, dust off the 'ol bicycles and head for the park. But for now, we swim, we revel in any place air conditioned and we eat popsicles...lots and lots of popsicles.

I bought popsicle molds soon after I decided that the homemade version of just about anything is better for you than store bought. I tended to keep things simple; frozen organic orange juice, grape juice, sometimes leftover smoothie. It wasn't until I was so generously offered a copy of Anni Daulter's book Ice Pop Joy that our popsicle making really got interesting.

Beautifully photographed and full of great ideas, Anni's unique approach to ice pops makes eating healthy fun. Using wholesome and sometimes  unique ingredients, she teaches you how to make a sweet treat without refined sugars or artificial flavorings. The books is divided into chapters which feature a specific type of pop including pure fruit pops, veggie pops, yogurt pops, tofu pops, herbal tea pops, chocolate pops, and specialty pops. All are fun to make, all are delicious to eat, and all are nutritious options for your family.

Although we eat a LOT of popsicles, we tend to be creatures of habit. I wanted to try a pop out of each chapter before I reviewed the book but my kids took to the first pop we tried and were reluctant to try new ones. Anni's Peace Pop was an instant hit. Made with strawberries, mangoes and carrots, these pretty orange pops were eaten almost as fast I could freeze them. Full of fruits and vegetables and lacking in artificial ingredients, I was more than happy to hand them over. I really enjoyed the Cool-n-Fresh which is made with pineapple, cucumbers and zucchini. Yes, zucchini! Another great way to use up the fruits of everyone's favorite prolific plant.

And because Anni was so generous is giving me a copy to preview, I feel it's only fair that you get a chance to have one too!'s true. It's a Labor Day Giveaway! To enter you must:

1) Be a follower of Green's Going Green. If you're not, don't worry. It's easy. Just wander on up to the top of the page and click "follow." See? That wasn't so hard!

2) Leave me a comment telling me your favorite kind of popsicle.

And that's it! I will select a comment at random and announce the winner on Monday, September 12th.  Good luck friends!



  1. I am a follower, we have the zoku popsicle maker which we love,and we are stuck on Strawberry Banana Pops.

    You Rock!

  2. Thank you! My favourite type is strawberry yogurt!


  3. Favorite Popsicle? Frozen applesauce!

  4. Hmmm. favorite popsicle.. I guess I haven't had to many crazy ones. Probably strawberry, but I ma a sucker for all fruits. The book looks interesting. Thanks!

  5. I have to confess, my favorite is a rootbeer popsicle! So delish. But as far as homemade ones go, I like strawberry popsicles in May and creamy blueberry in the summertime. Yum!

  6. I LOVE strawberry!!!

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