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Creamy 2 Ingredient Mango Popsicles

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Right now, in St. Croix, we’re in full mango season swing.  We even had an entire festival dedicated to it called Mango Melee just last weekend.  Needless to say, the mango is very much loved here.  There’s something magical about trekking through the grasses to pluck one ripe fruit after another and pausing to enjoy the fruits of your labor intermittently throughout the process.  Sweet nectar dribbles own your chin and arms, but you don’t really care because the fruit is just so candy-sweet.  It’s like a mango-utopia.  There are several dozen varieties with each one possessing a distinctive flavor and texture.  I can’t really decide which ones are my favorite as of yet but the Julie mango is very popular here.  So much so, that the 30th legislature of the USVI actually passed a resolution declaring it to be the Virgin Islands choice of fruit.  Many locals enjoy it for its smooth and creamy thread-less texture {a stringy mango is not highly favored here, hence the ones rotting on the ground as I’ve come to find out}.  I’ve had it on several occasions and can vouch for its deep tangerine flesh and tart lemon-pineapple like flavor.

For today’s recipe, you can really use whatever variety you have available to you.  That’s precisely what I did.  We went foraging in our backyard and I collected whatever was ripe to use in our popsicles today.  The most important aspect of this simple, 2 ingredient recipe is that you use very ripe fruit.  The fruit should be soft to the touch, speckled and smell very sweet.  It makes my heart ache whenever I see people cut open an underripe fruit of any sort…it’s as if it will never fully realize its fruit potential.  This is why I’m always going on and on about coveting those brown and freckled bananas but ah, I digress.

Rich homemade coconut milk and bright, fruity mango whirl together to create a creamy, delicious popsicle that is a cinch to make.  The assembling of the popsicles takes a mere 5 minutes.  It’s the freezing part that takes the longest.  These are a great healthy alternative for kids or those trying to limit refined sugars but really, they’re just a great excuse to enjoy popsicles on a regular basis.  You can feel good about using wholesome, better-for-you ingredients and cool off the natural way with ripe, seasonal fruit that mother nature bountifully yields for you and me to all enjoy.


Creamy 2 Ingredient Mango Popsicles
 
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Serves: 4-6 Popsicles
Ingredients
  • ½ c filtered water
  • ½ c unsweetened coconut flakes or mature coconut
  • 1 c soft, spotty and ripe mango
  • Optional: 1-2 tb rum or liquor of choice.
Instructions
  1. Blend the water and coconut for 3-5 minutes in a high speed blender.
  2. Strain the pulp through a fine mesh sieve until you're left with bone dry flakes.
  3. Combine the coconut milk and mango and blend. Add liquor, if using.
  4. Fill desired molds and freeze for 3-6 hours.

 

So You Want To Move To A Tropical Island?

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Me and my husband got married on our 3 year anniversary.  One month later, we moved to our second island home in St. Croix.  When we first came together, we knew that we wanted to do life differently.  The prospect of the daily grind just to afford a tropical vacation at the end of the year seemed counterintuitive.  In the meantime, our peers seemed to be setting a precedent to amass as many material goods as possible.  When did you know when you had enough?  Weekends were filled with fancy brunches at new, never ending venues, adventures taking place in concrete jungles and a day to day life that was so far from nature that the smell of urban smog was as synonymous to us as fresh air.

Instead, we sought a more natural atmosphere to accompany our minimalist lifestyle.  The truth is, you really don’t need a lot to be happy and if the pursuit of “things” is where you derive it, it tends to be an empty pursuit like chasing a unicorn.  Our dreams involved growing our own roots as well as our plants on an island to ultimately homestead.

This was by no means, an easy feat.  We gave up everything to turn our dream into a reality.  My e-book, Moving to Paradise, begins with a quote from my husband where he says “if it was easy, everyone would do it.”  This sentiment applies to the idea that with enough steadfast energy and work, this lifestyle is both attainable and sustainable.  There were several steps that we implemented, beginning 2 years out from our eventual move.  In my e-book, I discuss all of these baby, medium and mega steps in detail. Curious about realistic expectations or how much daily expenses are? How to apply for a business license? What  to do when you arrive?  I answer this and so much more in my 30+ pages of pictures, testimonies, insight and resources that in hindsight, I wish I’d had that I’ve included for you.

We made our dream a reality, even while paying for our own wedding and maintaining a completely debt free home.  Aside from the logistics, I’ve also included fun places to explore that weren’t listed on any websites but were told to us by locals and since as you know, I’m very food-centric, I also went into great detail about markets and how to score cheap or free fruits and veggies and I even corralled a list of when restaurants offer half priced menus. I offer a realistic view of island living as everything isn’t always easy breezy perfection. Instead, I provide a wealth of information on how to carve out a healthy and positive life on an island. I even include random tidbits like my tried and true mosquito bite remedy, how to get affordable specialty items and a list of my personal favorite beaches. I hope you’ll check it out here. If you’re ready to lead an unconventional life, this is the book for you.

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