All-Natural Ice Pops to Beat the Summer Heat!

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By Martha Lee

With the summer heat upon us, there’s no better time than now to share my ice pops recipes with you all.  I am so tickled to be able to share with you some refreshing recipes that are a hit with both kids and adults and keep everyone coming back for more. Using all natural ingredients and still able to satisfy a sweet tooth, they’re bound to be quick and easy recipes you’ll come back to all summer long.

I love anything all-natural, as you all may know by now, and if you’ve perused the freezer aisles at most grocers lately, popsicles and their likes are anything but natural.  Laden with artificial ingredients like red40 and sugar substitutes like high fructose corn syrup, I’m not so keen on giving these treats to young kids if I can help it.

So, with the help of a good friend of mine, a trip to the peach farm, and another trip to the berry farm just outside of town, we created great-tasting, all-natural ice pops that use fresh, local berries and peaches after a day of picking at the berry patch! It’s a tasty treat that’s kid-tested and mama-approved! Plus, you could easily substitute any fresh berries in the recipe – just be sure to pick up BPA-free pop molds and pull out the blender. It’s that easy. You’re ready to get started!

Why avoid BPA?
BPA or Bisphenol A is a man-made chemical that has been used in plastic products for the past 40 years.  It’s in water bottles, hospital devices, in the lining of canned foods and drinks, and many other products. It was used in baby bottles and baby feeding devices until recently. Most baby companies do not use BPA anymore due to many concerns in lab animals linked with cancer, hormone levels, heart problems, brain and behavior problems among others.  With this increased awareness, why not just stay away from BPA when possible?  I found a set of 4 silicone molds for our ice pops on Amazon for less than $10. They’re flexible, reusable, dishwasher safe, and BPA-free.

Black ‘n’ Blue Pops
1/2C blueberries
1/2C blackberries
1C peaches, peeled and chopped. About 4 peaches.
2Tbs sugar
Juice of half Meyer lemon

Place peaches in bowl and toss with sugar. Add lemon. Place all ingredients in blender. Blend for 20 seconds on low, another 10 seconds on high.  Pour into molds and freeze for at least an hour. Enjoy!

Peach Lemonade Pops
2C peaches, peeled and chopped.
1/2C sugar
Juice of 2 Meyer lemons

Place peaches in bowl and toss with sugar. Add lemon juice. Place all ingredients in blender and blend for 30 seconds. Pour into molds and freeze for at least an hour. Enjoy!

Blueberry Basil Lemonade Pops
With all of the berries we collected, I couldn’t resist preparing a twist on a favorite local cocktail of mine for the “grown ups.” It’s a perfect way to wind down a hot day on the back porch!

3C blueberries
1/2C sugar
1/2C simple syrup – simply take 1/2C water and add 1C sugar. Boil water, add sugar and allow to boil down until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Let cool. Bottle.
Juice of 2 Meyer lemons
1/4C chopped, fresh basil
1/4C vodka

Place blueberries in bowl and toss with sugar. Place in blender. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, basil, and vodka. Blend for 30 seconds on low, 10-15 on high. Pour into molds. Allow to freeze for 2 hours. Enjoy with friends.

Martha Lee and her husband began working for Paula Deen Enterprises in 2006 until Martha left to pursue a degree in Special Education. She takes a cue from her 1-year-old daughter, Naomi, leaving tiny footprints on the planet. Her blog shares practical, earth-conscious ways to live and parent in the 21st century. Born and raised in beautiful, soulful Macon, GA, Martha and her family now lives in Savannah, where she can be found outside hula-hooping and performing handstands daily.
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Paula, I heard you on the radio when you lost your wonderful job on the Food Network. I felt so bad for you. You were in tears, asking if anyone else had ever had a similar problem as you did. YES, I did. I worked with mentally retarded adults and children as a Supervisor of Special Services in Therapeutic Recreation, at a Park District. One of my staff members wanted my job. She managed to spread a vicious rumor to the staff, parents of the mentally retarded adults and children and via the media. She claimed I called the clients 'retards'. My supervisor advised me, before I had to be questioned by the board members of our program, to NOT be defensive. When I was asked if it was true that I called the people retards, I said yes, but not to their faces. It had been at a party that the jealous co-workers had hosted. They had called our clients retards before I joined them in the act. I have learned never again will I share what "partially" happened. Since then, I have moved on with my life and have enjoyed my work. I do my job and go home to my dogs/family and enjoy my private life even more. I am sure a majority of the public, me included, love you still. God bless you for accepting your diabetes and eating correctly. You are even more beautiful than ever! I miss seeing you on TV. :( Life does get better as you probably know. Myrna

By Myrna Rose on October 16, 2013


Miss Deen it is an honest blessing to be able to email you personally. My mom is a HUGE fan of yours who has watched every episode of yours that has aired on the Food Network channel. And like many, she sure wants you back on air! smile I too have a passion for food and watching you since a young adult was one of my favorite pass times. My mother is so mad for everything that has happend to you and you have support from her as well as I. We live in a small town such as you have grown up in, and you have alot of fans here as well. I am so excited getting to write you personally girl! I feel like giggling like a little school girl lol. Not trying to waste your time but I have a story my dad had done concerning you and it was the funniest thing ever. One day about a year ago him and my mom went to walmart. Well my dad is a fan of yours too and he likes to go around saying he is your nephew lol. So their was this older lady that was listening to dad saying that he had to call his aunt paula deen when he got home. Well this poor lady was so excited and asked him if he was really your nephew. And dad being the goofy man he is, said yes. Well my mom felt bad for the lady and told dad to tell her the truth right then and there. So he did and the lady got so darn mad it wasn't funny lol. That is still talked about to this day. That lady miss deen was ready for your autograph and everything. I do hope I didn't spend too much of your time, knowing your time is cut short. But I did want to share with you that my mother just had to have me write you and see if you can go back on air lol. I myself sure do hope so too. smile Your friends, Sabrina Zills, Paul and Tracie Hogan. All from Lawrenceburg. God Bless Miss Deen <3

By Sabrina Zills on October 16, 2013


Hi Paula, I miss your show so much!!!!!!! You were the light of the day. You made me smile and gave me great recipes for my family. I am disgusted with the food network!!! Love you, Kathy

By Kathy Mount on October 04, 2013


Paula, Thank you for all your recipes and tips. I want you to know that I stand behind you in what has been going on in your life these past months. It seems people have nothing better to do than to stir up trouble for some of us. I believe in you and know you have been hurt by all of this as well as your family has been hurt also. I cried with you when Matt L. talk with you on the air some weeks ago. I have changed my mind about him when he said those things to you and will not be watching him anymore if I can help it. I pray all goes well for you Paula and you will land "butter side up" on everything. God blessings to you and family. Clara

By Clara L Hiatt on July 20, 2013


Hello Paula. You wouldn't remember me but I drove Tour Coach all over the USA and did a trip one time to the Casino in Ct it was a food fair with You and Paul P from La. as well as many others. But that's when I fell in love with your cooking I have been a Chef at one of the Eatterys in Mass known as the 9s ( 99 pubs ).I have recipes from my Grandmother who raised me but I cannot find one for a Roast Beef dinner I want to prepare for my Wife who is on a Kidney Dialysis Machine 3 days a week. It was a Roast of Beef I cannot remember if it was a top or a tenderloin. All I can remember is it was about 5 or 6 lbs she would cook it on sundays and have green beans and mashed potatoes with it. I realize I have to soak my potatoes for overnight to take out some of the pottaism that my wife cannot have. If you can shed any help on this it would like having my Nana cook it for us. Love from Mary Ann Me & Molly our puppy. I hope and pray the people who have said bad things about you think about people who live in Glass Houses. frank

By Francis Broderick on July 19, 2013


I love making ice pops, can`t wait to try the peach lemonade ones and the black and blue ones. Thanks, Paula, love you

By maxinemary on July 19, 2013

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
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Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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