Well, the heat is finally here, and has decided it is going to stay. It was 118 degrees this weekend! But before you start to wonder how we can possibly take those temperatures, let me tell you there are many reasons why it is good to live in Arizona in the summer time!
1. You don’t have to worry about germs on the grocery carts. They all get burned off when the carts are sitting outside in the parking lot.
2. Driving to work is a breeze. The streets aren’t crowded as all the
smart people winter visitors have left and gone back home.
3. It is no problem getting exercise as you get lots of it when you park 2 blocks away from every store because it is the only parking place that has the shade from one twig hanging over it.
4. If your oven stops working, you can always go fry an egg on the sidewalk. It will probably cook faster anyway.
5. The local hotels are cheap since no one wants to be here during the summer. It is possible to go stay at the hotel of your dreams where you can turn the air conditioning on as cold as you want.
6. You can actually save money living here in the summer because
A. You have access to a sauna without having to pay the gym fee – just go outside.
B. Sandstorms equal automatic exfoliation – no need to pay for a facial.
C. A tanning booth isn’t necessary – just walk from the house to your car.
7. It is the only place where you get to experience summer and winter at the same time as the stores turn their air-conditioning on so cold you need a sweater. Since we have no winter, this works out just fine.
8. It gives you something else to do with your oven mitts (use them to hold on to the steering wheel of your car).
9. The monsoons take the boredom out of the same old weather every day.
10. You always have something to talk about with a stranger. It usually goes something like this: “Hot enough for ya?” “Yeah, but it’s a dry heat! LOL”
11. It is the only place where you can swim and not get cold as the pools feel like bath water (very hot bath water).
12. The most incredible sunsets give you something to do every night.
13. And the final (and best) reason, the heat gives you an excuse to eat more ice cream and popsicles!
Now if those are not good reasons to want to spend your summer in Arizona, I don’t know what is. It is also quite possible the heat has fried my brain over the years. I think it may have a cumulative effect. And I was born here….
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe for Strawberry Peach Popsicles. They remind me of an Arizona sunset. They taste just like fresh fruit (only colder and sweeter) and are guaranteed to keep you cool and brighten your day!
Strawberry Peach Popsicles
For the Strawberry Layer:
- 1 quart strawberries, washed and halved
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 6 Tbsp. sugar or to taste depending on how sweet your strawberries are
- Place strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour liquid into the bottom of 8 popsicle molds.
For the Peach Layer:
- 2 cups fresh peach chunks that have been peeled (approximately 3 peaches depending on their size)
- 3 Tbsp. sugar or to taste depending on how sweet the peaches are
- Place peach chunks and sugar in the blender. Blend until smooth.
- Very slowly pour peach mixture on top of the strawberry mixture.
- Insert sticks.
- Place in the freezer overnight.
- When ready to eat, run warm water over the outside of the molds for about 30 seconds or until the popsicles loosen and you can remove them from the molds.
Recipe by Cook AZ I Do, adapted from The Slow Roasted Italian
These popsicles look marvelous – and the colors really do match that gorgeous sunset photo you included! Your list had me chuckling. I’ve only ever been to Arizona in May and June (once for an outdoor wedding in late June…oof!)…luckily, I avoided the monsoons, though! I hope you’re keeping cool with lots of popsicles 🙂
I am so sorry you had to be here in June and outside no less! 😦 I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, especially if you aren’t used to the heat. I really don’t mind it until it gets humid, but then the monsoons start, which really are great because most of the time they don’t do any damage, but make for interesting skies and rain. Actually, popsicles really do help keep you cool. I have been enjoying them a lot. Thanks so much for your comment. I hope you are having a good summer so far!
LOL! I love all of the fun you included in the reasons for living in the Valley of the Sun. All great! I’ll never forget those sunsets, the monsoons, cooling off the pool water at night, and my A/C bills! Once it was so hot that I slept naked with ice cubes on my chest because the Valley had a power black out from everyone’s AC power usage. Gorgeous, gorgeous popsicles that I know I’d devour even if I was not in Arizona! Love the fabulous color, Shari!
Thank you, Roz. That is so funny about sleeping with ice cubes on your chest! 🙂 I may have to try that this summer. We don’t seem to have many power black outs any more. I’m not sure why, but am glad. I’ve been eating these popsicles every day, and they really do help keep you cool, plus taste so good. I really do enjoy the sunsets here, especially once the monsoons start. I hope you have been enjoying summmer so far. I have been enjoying all the yummy blueberry lemon treats you have been posting!
Blown away Shari, those popsicles are beautiful and delicious. I have heard it’s hot in AZ but the humidity is low, LOL!
Thanks so much, Suzanne! It really is not that bad if the humidity is low. Of course, I don’t have to work out in the heat. That would be tough. Hope you are enjoying your summer so far!
Just gorgeous, both the sunset and the popsicles. Love the colors and the freshness about it.
Thank you very much, Loretta! The sunsets are amazing here, especially during the monsoon season. And that is exactly how I would describe the popsicles – fresh tasting. They are so sweet and fruity. I really appreciate your comment!
Great post! The area I live in is currently experiencing a heat wave so I’ll definitely be giving those popsicles a try!
Thank you, Amber! I appreciate you stopping by. These popsicles really do cool you off, and taste so good too. I hope you enjoy them if you try them!
Those popsicles look wonderful. Wow–118 degrees–I would be eating LOTS of popsicles and ice cream if I lived in Arizona! 🙂
Thanks, Nancy! I have been eating these every day since I made them, and they really do help, besides just tasting really good. Because it isn’t very humid yet, the heat doesn’t seem so bad, but I have gotten used to it over the years. I hope your summer is going well!
Bwah-ha-ha!! Love your reasons to love AZ!
Thanks a lot, Diana! I had fun with them. When I grabbed a grocery cart the other day, and realized how hot it was, I started thinking about all the great reasons to live here! 🙂 How is the summer where you live? My guess is that it would gorgeous!
These popsicles look a heck of a lot better than store bought Shari. Yummy. This inspires me to make some myself. I have some mangos that I pureed for margaritas. Can’t drink all day you know.
Thank you, Julie! I was amazed at how good they tasted. It’s funny you mentioned mangos as that was my original intention instead of peaches, but it is so hard to get good ripe mangos here. Trader Joe’s has such wonderful peaches, when I saw those I changed my mind. I would love mango ones, though. Mango margaritas sound wonderful, too! You should definitely try making popsicles. It is so much fun! The flavor possibilities are endless.
Hi Shari, loved this post, laughed so hard, so true. What great flavors you have created here. Perfect anytime, anywhere. Take care!
Thank you, Cheri! Even though there are such great benefits to living here in the summer, you are fortunate to be able to spend it in Oregon. 😉 Hope you are enjoying your summer so far!
This was a great post! What a terrific way to start the day.
I had to laugh at all the benefits of living in Arizona during the summer, especially the automatic exfoliation. The other day, where we live, it was 89ºF – which probably seems mild to you – but we could have used some of these Strawberry Peach Popsicles! These look REALLY tasty, and so easy.
Also, I LOVED your photo of the sunset. Gorgeous!
Thank you, Ruth! Yes, the automatic exfoliation started this week. We’ve had several monsoons already. My skin is feeling smoother every day! 😉 Actually, I bet 89 degrees feels pretty warm when you are not used to it. The popsicles ended up even better than I expected. The flavors were very intense. I had to keep checking every day to make sure they were as good as I thought they were. 🙂 I hope you’re having a good summer!
Hi Again! I just saw that it is Canada Day today and wanted to wish you a good holiday. Do you do anything to celebrate? Hope you have a good day whatever you do!
Thanks very much! A parade this morning, fireworks tonight, lots of activities in between. And happy pre-Independence Day!
This weekend is going to be quite warm. I think this will be a great treat for the kids. I love the colours too! Thanks for giving me a visit.
Thanks a lot, Liz! These are perfect for a warm day. I have been enjoying them as an afternoon snack. They seem pretty harmless, too, calorie-wise. So good to see you here!
Oh these popsicle looks so refreshing and love the combo of peach and strawberry. .. looks amazing….
Thank you so much, Chitra! I had so much fun making these. Such simple ingredients, but a lot of flavor. I appreciate you stopping by!