Key Lime Pie Popsicles

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Summer. It is here: week upon week of hot, sweaty freedom.

As a child I embraced it and the sunshine that came with it, reveling in the independence and the lack of homework. My sister and I would pack mesh bags with flip-flops, giant beach towels, books, and sunscreen, and we’d head to the beach as a family, five kids and mom. My mom with her sunglasses and her paperback, her black hair tied back at the nape of her neck would open a sweaty cooler to reveal our afternoon treats after we’d claimed our own hot piece of sand and laid out the towels.

First came anything frozen because it wouldn’t last as long as the fruits she had packed, and so we’d sit sucking on brightly colored tubes of fruit juice, red and orange dribbling down our chins before rushing off into the water to wash the stickiness from our fingers, and then we’d let the day fade away as we splashed and baked.

These days our summer afternoons are spent enjoying the pool in the backyard. I garden while the kids splash, but the popsicles are the same. Mine just taste like the sweet and sour of key lime, the creamy tang of Greek yogurt, and the crunch of graham cracker crumbs at the end.

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