A ‘surprised’ special guest post by a dear friend on FF#25

This week has been super duper crazy busy – from workloads to annoying co-workers and boss. I always get home exhausted and all I wanted to do is bury my head under the pillow.

Second week of Ramadan is a little difficult than the first week – hunger gets stronger and stronger and my body always shouts for bed. I haven’t even cooked something that requires much effort. Yeah, I have cooked instant noodles, fried fish and eggs. Was I tired or lazy to cook something? Hmm, that makes me want to reflect now.

I have prepared something for today’s FF (which I made the last weekend), but the photos are still not ready. Yesterday, while at work, I was staring at the draft MS word doc I was working on to write my FF#25 post, but all I managed to write was:

“FF#25”

…and nothing! I have all the funny moments on my head, but I cannot seem to write them down. I was also so exhausted to recall and write the recipe as I have not written the recipe of that yummy dish right after I made it. I told myself:

“Oh, my! I really couldn’t make it to FF#25. What to do? Just try to mingle, but there’s nothing I could bring – not even a short story, not even one egg.”

I was exchanging emails just few hours before I published this post with my dear friend, Lori @ Creating Beauty in the Kitchen, and I mentioned her how sad I am not able to bring something for FF and bless her, she made me so happy when she told me she has an idea and volunteered to do the guest post on my blog so I have something to share today. Lori even prepared all the things needed and even prepared all the links. Sweet! >3 She is indeed a beautiful lady (inside and out) creating beautiful things [and mess] in the kitchen – turning naughty foods to nice ones. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you haven’t bumped into Lori yet, well, you are missing some happiness. Lori is a cheerful, sweet, loving, thoughtful, bubbly (and all the good things) and messy cook. I love how she admits how a messy cook she is, and that’s what I really love about her. I am, too. We could make a cloud of flour in the kitchen or spill some milk on the floor. ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh, wait? Who would clean? Of course, we will. Lori never forgets to nominate me mostly when she receives an award even I am not that active for months. Oh, Lori! You are such a blessing to this community.

So, without further ado, let me bring you Lori and her yummy treats:

 

There is no way that I would let our lovely Jhuls miss out on aย Fiesta Friday! She brings so much joy, laughter, encouragement, smiles, and brightness to us allโ€ฆI think you would agree with me that FF wouldnโ€™t be the same without her!

So this Fiesta Friday, one in which our dear friend has had a super busy week, ย I have the privilage of doing this guest post for her and bringing something to the party on her behalfโ€ฆ.so fun Jhuls!

All I can say isโ€ฆ..Jhuls is hereโ€ฆ.let the party begin!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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I don’t know how it has been for you all, but it has certainly been hot here where we live, and I personally think heat requires the need for refreshment of some sort. A large glass of ice water, a dip in the lake, running through the sprinklers, and certainly a sweet cold treat or two! ๐Ÿ™‚

So, for all of us who are hot and in need of refreshment thisย Fiesta Friday, I am bringing some yummy frozen pops to cool you off! And they are made with such good stuff that you can go ahead and take that second one that you have had your eye on! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย Go for itโ€ฆJhuls wonโ€™t mind! ๐Ÿ˜€ And if I were to tell you how delicious these are (boy, are they!), you might try to sneak a third! Butย thatย I think Jhuls would mind! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Cinnamon Almond Chocolate Pudding Pops

*Created by Lori atย Creating Beauty in the Kitchen

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can refrigerated thick coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Honey (taste test and see how much you want)
  • 20 dark chocolate chips (would be much easier though to use a chocolate bar…chocolate chips just happened to be the only thing I had available at the time. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Directions:

  • Combine the coconut milk, almond extract, cinnamon, and honey in a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to combine everything well.
  • Take 12 of the dark chocolate chips and shave them down (I used my orange zester), putting the shaved pieces into the pudding mixture. Mix thoroughly. (As you can imagine, if you have a chocolate bar this would be much easier!)
  • Make some more chocolate shavings with the rest of the chocolate chips and put some into the bottom of each opening in the popsicle mold.
  • Now pour the pudding mixture into each, almost to the top.
  • Put the rest of the chocolate shavings on the top of each pop.
  • Put in freezer and let sit until the pudding is firm enough to hold a stick. This will require you to check every so often.
  • Once they are firm enough, insert sticks into each one and let sit in the freezer overnight.

Happyย Fiesta Fridayย to you all! So happy to get to partner with my lovely friend, Jhuls, for this weekโ€™s party! I know I can say on both mine and Jhuls behalves that we are super grateful to youย Angie @ The Novice Gardenerย for being the brains behind this awesome bloggy get-together and for keeping it going each and every week! We are also so grateful to this weekโ€™s co-hosts! You all always make the party that much better!

Please feel free to hop on over toย my blogย if you donโ€™t know me yetโ€ฆalways so fun to meet new people!

Hope you love these delicious pops Jhuls!! โค

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…and yes, I would mind if you’d (party people) sneak a third. ๐Ÿ˜€ Wow! These are so yum, Lori! A perfect treat for summer. I am so grateful to you for doing this for me. If not, I am not present at today’s FF and I would be crazy spinning around because I don’t have anything to share.

As always, thank you to Angie for everything!! We are all grateful to you, and to the co-hosts! โค

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77 thoughts on “A ‘surprised’ special guest post by a dear friend on FF#25

    1. Make it before summer ends, Sophie. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks. And we’d love to know how it turned out for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful weekend. โค

  1. A great little pop from two of my favorite bloggers; I know what you mean about wanting to jump into bed under the pillow! I often feel that way in the middle of the day and think, is it bed time yet! Thanks for bringing to the party!

  2. Dear Jhuls,
    You are such an amazing person. We would love to have you at the party with or without a dish, but with a smile. Trust Lori to do something so sweet (pun unintended). I am proud to be a part of this wonderful community. Just relax and take care. And a small tip. Try including dates in your early morning Ramadan meal. you will never go hungry. And eat yogurt sprinkled with cardamom powder. you will not go thirsty through out the day.
    Relax and take care ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Awww!! Thank you so much. You are so sweet. I tried eating dates (three), and I did not feel hungry until maybe one hour before Iftar. Thank you for the info. And thanks for being here. โค

    1. I did enjoy my weekend, Linda… in the kitchen again. ๐Ÿ˜€ FF#26 is coming and just now I am responding. ๐Ÿ˜ I hope you are having a good week, Linda, and have a wonderful weekend ahead.

  3. My, oh my, Jhuls and Lori! What a perfect summer treat you have brought to FF! Jhuls, you are so lucky to have Lovely Lori at your side. She is indeed a sweetheart to help you out right now! But hey, isn’t that just one of the most wonderful things about our blogging community and of course the FF gang? And please don’t tell anyone that I have already polished off 3 of these gorgeous treatsโ€ฆI think the hosts are supposed to allow the guests to eat first? Oh well, I messed up, but I just couldn’t help myself! Happy Fiesta Friday, you two!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Awe Julianna….making me smile really big right now! ๐Ÿ˜€ And I too am blessed to have Jhuls by my side! All of you are so sweet and encouraging….I too am so grateful for our blogging community! 3?! You ate 3?! My kind of girl! ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate you Julianna! Always feel encouraged by your comments!

    2. Oh, don’t worry, Chef Julianna. We kept our mouth shut when they asked about the disappearances of these pops. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks, Chef! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Yummy! So lovely of Lori to do this for, wouldn’t expect anything less from her though! So glad you were able to make it to the party with Lori’s help, wouldn’t be the same without you!

  5. These look absolutely amazing! I’m going to have to come up with a spice to substitute in for the cinnamon, and try these before the summer is over. What a great guest post, and friendship to read about. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. You are both a couple of sweethearts! What a wonderful thing to do, Lori, you are an absolute angel! Jhuls, please don’t get too stressed – remember to breathe deeply when things get too much – it does help! Happy FF to you both!

    1. You said it correclty, Selma! Lori is such an angel. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Selma, thank you! I’ll keep that in mind so I would never get too stressed again. ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy FF to you, too. Have a pleasant weekend.

      xx Bubbles

  7. Awe, I loved what you wrote my friend! You are such a sweetheart! Big smiles over here!! Your words are sunshine to my day! ๐Ÿ˜€ And me make a mess?! Always!! Hahahaha!
    And I am so happy to have gotten to bless you in this way…makes my heart happy! Like I said in the post, FF would not be the same without you!! Hey, I got to bring Jhuls to Fiesta Friday….now that’s cool!! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

    1. Awww! I don’t know what to say! Thank you so much again, Lori. I am so grateful to you for doing this. I know you are now in you short vacation – have fun! โค

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