Logan’s a bit of a bibliophile. Okay are you already Googling? Or did you just freak out and hit the close window already? Well, it’s not as disturbing as it sounds. In fact, it’s not disturbing at all, so sorry for the freak out. It simply means he’s a book hoarder, I MEAN lover. Yaaa… can you see where this is going already?
Logan currently has 14 boxes of books and that’s not including his bookshelf books.
But somehow after a number of conversations, that at first, were pretty tense-ish we arrived at a place where we are willing to part with those 14 boxes. Somehow. Because for the last, oh I don’t know, two years!!! in a corner of our bedroom, boxes have been accumulating to the point that they were two wide and touching the ceiling. Boxes of books. Just books. It did make for wonderful bedroom décor. Boxes, are sooo my thing. So there they sat. Sitting in hopes of someday someone, aka Logan (I don’t do Sci-Fi) would have the time to read them. But the day wasn’t really on the horizon. And we decided should that day come, there are such things as libraries which are marvelous conceptions. But here we now stand, coming to terms that having boxes of books wasn’t doing anything for anyone.
But in his defense and speaking of the library, it’s sooooo hard not to fill boxes of books when your local library has a quarterly book sale and they only cost, $2, $1, or 50 cents! Seriously, slack must be given. I too have been pulled into the depths of the library sales.
The thing is though, we are both trying to reduce the clutter around here. And in turn taking a look at what’s a necessity, comfort, and a what the hell do we even own this for?
With this in mind I’m not sure if you’ve heard of a minimalist lifestyle, if you still have that Google window up from bibliophile give it a search. It’s much more interesting than the creepy book lover word. But the essential idea that I’ve taken away from it is to remove the non-necessities from one’s life that create physical and mental clutter. In turn, allowing you to really focus your energy and life into what makes you happy, healthy and successful. Now I’m not donating or selling every thing in my life, I’m not ready for that. But we are going room by room, closet by closet, and taking a look at everything we have. And some of it we might not be getting rid of just yet. But we are tucking it away in an organized place out of sight, so that in a way it’s out of mind. Until of course we need it, and hopefully then it does come to mind. At this point so far we have tackled our bedroom, and thus what finally led us to letting go of 14 boxes of his and three boxes of mine, which is an equal ratio if you consider how many books the bibliophile had compared to me.
So as I type, Logan has unloaded his 14 boxes of books in the living room. And together somehow we will find a home for them… somewhere else. And hopefully that new home will be so happy to have them that we are able to make a few dimes to help cope with their loss.
The idea of minimalism is still new to us, and it will be a slow process. I can’t guarantee we will ever be full blown minimalist by any means, but I see so much good coming from it in the little ways we’ve adopted it into our lifestyle. At the end of the day I would rather have moments and stories to tell than that 15th box of books. And even though we both dreamed of having a library someday, thanks Beauty and the Beast, thanks a lot… we both want more out of life than just a room filled with things.
Now that I’ve talked hoarding, books, and clutter shall we go for a refresher and talk pineapple pops? Because they scream relax, refresh, warm summer days, and a deep breath.
At the end of the day these are inspired by their frozen dipped banana cousins. You’ve probably seen them around, frozen bananas dipped in chocolate sometimes coated in nuts. The first time I had a frozen banana was with my mom when we were at an amusement park. It was a hot summer evening, and it sounded like the perfect light treat. So we nomed down. And ever since, I’ve understood.
My original go around with these guys was actually grilling the pineapple first before freezing. Just as a fun twist. But it didn’t do anything for me, even though grilled or roasted pineapple is delicious as the sugar content goes through the roof so they become even sweeter. But I preferred these raw and just as I have presented them to you here. Plus, it’s waaay faster and simpler to make them raw instead of adding an additional step of cooking. And summer is meant to be simple and easy. Plus less heat involved!
There are just a couple of things (as always) I’d like to recommend/point out, because I learn the hard way so you don’t have to.
Tips & Tricks:
Use a Spoon: Normally, I’m all for dipping to coat goodies in chocolate. But as pineapple chunks are so large AND they are frozen it impacts the chocolate, and a spoon is your weapon of choice here. I recommend scooping the melted chocolate with a spoon and using it to pour and push the chocolate around to cover one side at a time.
Have Toppings Ready: As previously mentioned, with the pineapple being a big ‘ole hunk of FROZEN, the chocolate begins to harden very quickly, as in while you are slathering it with chocolate. So have your toppings at the ready. Cover one side with chocolate, and one side only, then sprinkle your toppings on, before rotating to do the next side. If you don’t, hope you just want chocolate on that pineapple pop.
Cutting the Pineapple: To cut the pineapple, place the pineapple on it’s side and slice off the top and bottom. Then place it upright so it’s sitting on what is now a flat bottom and carefully remove it’s sides. From there you can cut the pineapple in half lengthwise. I then proceeded to cut the my halves into thirds, again lengthwise. Depending on the size of your pineapple, you may need to cut your halves into quarters instead of thirds. Just keep in mind a wooden treat stick will need to be placed into an end of it. Cut away any core that remains on your pineapple spears. You have yourself a massive pineapple you can cut your spears in half if you’d like to create mini pops, just remember you will need to increase your other ingredients if your pineapple is larger.
Toppings: The two toppings used in this recipe are by no means the only ones. You can opt for different nuts, carob nibs, crushed espresso beans, freeze dried fruit, coconut butter or almond butter, whatever sounds good.
Time to Eat: If you find the pineapple pops are too hard to eat right out of the freezer, let them rest at room temperature for 5-10 minutes or until soft enough to enjoy.
So if you’ve had the banana version of these, or just like pineapple, or heck even are just a fan of a frozen treat, than you will need to make these asap. Plus they are as healthy! Healthy. Treat. Yaaa…. go now. Make these!
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- 1 small pineapple, cut into spears
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips/chunks
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- small handful roasted macadamias, chopped
- Cover the bottom of a small or medium baking sheet with parchment paper. Taking one pineapple spear at a time, insert a wooden treat stick into one end until secure and stable, usually inserting about 2/3 of the wooden treat stick. Place pineapple on baking sheet and repeat with remaining spears. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours, preferably overnight to freeze pineapple spears all the way through.
- When ready to coat pineapple, mix shredded coconut and chopped macadamias in a small bowl and set aside. In a medium microwave safe bowl place chocolate and coconut oil, microwave for 1 minute, stir and microwave for 30 more seconds. If any chocolate has not melted continue to microwave in 10 second intervals until all chocolate has melted, stirring between each interval.
- Remove pineapple spears from freezer. One spear at a time holding the end of the wooden stick, use a spoon to pour the melted chocolate on one side of the spear, using the back of your spoon to push the chocolate around if necessary. Immediately sprinkle the coconut and macadamia mixture over the one newly coated side. Repeat with each remaining side and continue with additional pineapple spears until all have been coated. It’s best to do this over the baking sheet as coconut or macadamias will fall off, and it’s best that they don’t land in the melted chocolate.
- Place pineapple spears in freezer, until ready to serve. They can also be stored in an airtight bag or container in the freezer if needed.