It is almost that time of the year folks. Ramzan/Ramadan is a month observed by Muslims world over by fasting from sunrise to sunset and focusing more on spiritual needs. It is a time to both be grateful for ones blessings and to assist those less fortunate. With Ramzan falling in the summer this year I thought it fitting to share with you these delightful Watermelon Rooh Afza popsicles. It is my spin on a deeply delicious and incredibly satisfying drink that my mother makes. Now I turn it into a refreshing and simple popsicle for my girls who share my love for watermelon and Rooh Afza. In these popsicles the Watermelon is the star and the Rooh Afza a back note. Should you want to up the Rooh Afza flavor feel free to just add more.
Rooh Afza, for those of you unfamiliar with it, is a concentrated syrup with a variety of 'cooling' ingredients. It is a medley of fruit, herbs, and even rosewater. It tastes almost punch-like and is definitely a sweet treat. Traditionally because of these 'cooling' properties it is thought of as a Ramzan drink. However, now evidence suggests that this sweet syrup may not be the healthiest thing to consume by the litre 😉 I use it in moderation here and choose not to feel guilty about it. You've gotta live a little right?
Also the kids love it, especially my littlest one who regularly requests one. It surprises me a little since these are not remotely close to grocery store popsicles in their sweetness, but that doesn't seem to perturb her watermelon loving soul in the slightest.
Speaking of kids I am so very excited to share some really fun links for activities for the kids this Ramzan. Let's be honest sometimes mamas need a little extra inspiration during the long summer fasts!
Fun Activities and Ideas for Kids this Ramadan
This roundup by Faaiza of Modest Munchies is awesome. Most of these apps are new to me, but will provide the kids with some parent approved educational entertainment. Faaiza, mama extraordinaire also has a lot of fabulous Ramadan related ideas on her blog Modest Munchies - do check it out!
This newest addition to the Craft Kit box service is the brainchild of an "insta friend" whose beautiful cakes I have admired for some time. She is now turning her talents to Craft it Kits and I am extremely excited to try out the Holiday Countdown kit for Ramadan and Eid 2017. Each themed mini box has an activity/exercise for the day. My big girl is going to have the best time opening one a day!
This lovely roundup of simple easy to execute ideas is wonderful for long summer days and even for older kids. Both my girls would love the mosque collage although I am pretty sure the younger ones may turn out to be a little more abstract and infinitely more glittery!
4. Just about everything at With a Spin
I have been a fan of Lails since she was posting delicious recipes on her blog. When she launched her online store the tasteful fun products instantly caught my eye and I have been hooked since. Kid friendly finds that I have my eye on include this jigsaw puzzle, this craft book, and this geometric skies coloring and activity book.
What do you guys have up your sleeves this Ramadan? Do share your ideas for Ramadan and Eid!
Also please tell me I am not the only one whose autocorrect makes it Ramadan although she always types Ramzan!
- 4 cups cubed seedless watermlon
- ⅓ to ½ cup Rooh Afza can add more if needed
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- Tiny pinch of salt
Blend all the ingredients together
Strain into a bowl and taste, adjust rooh afza or lemon to liking
Freeze into your molds of choice! This recipe filled 10 3-oz popsicle molds.
The watermelon is the star and really affects the taste - adjust the other ingredients to compensate if the watermelon does not have a sweet ripeness to it.