Strawberry Neopolitan Afloat

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Afloat.”

Neapolitan Strawberry Float

After thinking about the photo challenge word “Afloat” way too much, I realized I wanted to take it literally!  We all have times in our lives when we feel we have little control over happenings, like we are afloat in life.  Yesterday, I watched a dandelion’s puffy seeds scatter in the wind and remembered that the seeds always land somewhere and take hold.  A good lesson for the day. If you are having the kind of week I have had, take a lesson from the dandelion and when you land, take hold!

I decided a literal interpretation of “Afloat” would be light, airy and cheery, the perfect ending to the week.

To make your own Strawberry Neopolitan Float you will need:

SpoonGood Strawberry Sauce

Neopolitan Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt

Selzer or Tonic Water or Carbonated Mineral Water

Spoon the ice cream into tall glasses, filling loosely a little more than halfway up.  Top with a couple of tablespoons of strawberry sauce, then pour the selzer water slowly over the top until the ice cream is afloat in bubbles!  Stick a straw in it and enjoy!

Strawberry Neopolitan Float

Strawberry Neopolitan Float made with homemade Strawberry Sauce

For the SpoonGood Strawberry Sauce, place 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries in a small saucepan.  Add 1/2 cup water, 1/3 cup granulated sugar and a pinch of salt.  Heat over medium low until sugar is dissolved and fruit is thawed (if using frozen).  Either puree with a hand blender, or let cool and puree in the blender.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.

You can use this sauce for breakfast, dessert, over yogurt, in smoothies, or in homemade fizzy drinks.  Swap out the strawberries for other fruit at your whim.  Makes about 1-2 cups fruit sauce, depending on the water content of the fruit you choose to use. Store in the fridge for up to one week or freeze for up to one month.