Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Guest blogging on Making Baby Grand

Author Dina Santorelli recently hosted me on her blog Making Baby Grand! Join in the discussion. We mention editing, writer's block (what's that?!), and Oprah! http://makingbabygrand.com/2012/06/05/meet-author-tamara-ward/

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Popsicles with punch


Who would think to pair mangos and chilies, and freeze them on a stick? Or create a mojito popsicle and offer it alongside one with a strawberries and cream flavor? Locopops, that’s who. This weekend, thanks to my very hip sister-in-law, I discovered the coolest (get it?) popsicle store in town, just in time for the summer heat!

With such a variety of creative flavors to choose from, I ended up selecting Mexican Chocolate, which is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove… and made my tongue do the tango. My three-year-old selected the conservative Cookies and Cream flavor while my six-year-old decided to go fruity and devoured the Strawberry Grape popsicle.

In addition to regular and featured flavors, the Locopops website has a way for folks to suggest flavors, and that got me thinking. What would I suggest? Watermelon and cilantro? Pineapple punch? Peanut butter chocolate?

While Locopops only has three locations in the Triangle area, I’m hoping it’ll grow. I love the store’s philosophy. They use locally produced cream and herbs, fresh fruit – only the best ingredients, according to their website and my taste buds. Seriously, I could taste the difference! They don’t use artificial colors or corn syrup, either.

So what flavor of popsicle would you create to sample? Or would you stick with a traditionally flavored favorite?