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Strawberry Lychee Coconut Cooler, Do Strawberries Do It?, Mitski, IU & Sally Greenaway

Strawberry Lychee Coconut Cooler. Tastes like a mini vacay!

Mmm. Fresh strawberries, homemade lychee jelly, coconut milk and your favorite tea.

Strawberry Lychee Coconut Cooler, Do Strawberries Do It?, Mitski, IU & Sally Greenaway

Originally Published June 16, 2022.

I think most kids are a bit quirky. As with most parents, I’m grateful I can usually access that inner, unconditional fountain of patience that can calmly deal with the ridiculous. I like to call it “steel-like” empathy. In fact, the more I leaned into the curve of parenthood silliness, the easier it was for me to accept the absurd. Cheesy toast for three days straight for breakfast? Ok. (Never. I can’t eat the same thing twice, two meals in a row). Waking up to screaming matches between my daughter and her father, arguing about her clothes at the age of 4? Ok. (The eternal dilemma: normal clothes, pjs or Disney princess costumes). Meticulously meal planning, juggling multiple schedules, assessing possible emergency scenarios, while on my lunch break from my (luckily) amazing, around the clock job? Sure. No problem. Motherhood has taught me that you absolutely cannot control everything no matter how hard you try. Contingency plans are lifelines, but only if you are malleable enough to see when they come in handy with a steady and open disposition. (Like chemistry, you can't force it!) In fact, laughing at the insanity, breathing through the ridiculous, and making fun of the banal is the best way to get through any difficult situation.

In honor of the strange, beautiful, and hilarious experience that is life, here’s to laughing, smiling at the world and finding the courage to pull through any difficulties. Did you know that strawberries do it? I’m not sure if I should be repulsed, laugh, or both. Enjoy!

The Secret Sex Life of Strawberries

In honor of the recent Strawberry Moon, here is K-Pop singer songwriter, IU.

IU- Strawberry Moon

Yes. Classical composers still write classical music today. In fact, think of themas modern aural architects (with apparently the same composer afflictions centuries before). I guess human beings evolve that quickly.

Composer Sally Greenaway

Greenaway: The Strawberry Thief

With the newfound resurgence of Kate Bush, I remembered the Strawberry lyrics from the Butthole Surfers, Everclear, then now to Olivia Rodrigo and Harry Styles. Luckily, I ran into Mitski’s “Strawberry Blond” so I don’t irritate you with early 90’s affect.

Strawberry Blond- Mitski

Thanks for reading! I hope this made you laugh, think, or forget about your worries for awhile. Take a mini vacation and make yourself the Strawberry Lychee Coconut Cooler. Have a wonderful week! Xo, Melissa

Strawberry Lychee Coconut Cooler. Take a break this afternoon and enjoy!

Strawberry Lychee Coconut Cooler

When weekdays get hectic, (which are most nowadays), this strawberry lychee coconut cooler feels like a mini-vacation. Crazy afternoons are more manageable after this indulgent treat. Enjoy!


Large Handful of Strawberries

1 cup of coconut milk

1 cup cold brewed of your favorite tea (oolong and jasmine are quite lovely)

Large Handful of Ice

1/2 cup to 3/4 homemade lychee jelly


  1. Blend Strawberries, coconut milk, tea, and ice in a blender.

  2. Scoop lychee jelly into a tall glass.

  3. Pour pitcher of strawberry coconut cooler into the glass with the lychee jelly. Enjoy!

Lychee Jelly

Please visit @runawayrice for her amazing lychee jelly recipe! Enjoy.


20 oz can of lychees in syrup 4 tsp unflavored gelatin 3 cups boiling water


Open the can of lychees and drain 1 cup syrup into a large measuring cup. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup syrup into another measuring cup and set aside for now. Put the larger cup into the freezer and chill for 20 minutes.

Take 5 lychees and chop into small pieces. Set aside for now. Save some of the remaining lychees to garnish the drink and enjoy the rest.

Remove the cold syrup from the freezer. Sprinkle gelatin on top of the syrup and let stand for 1 minute.

Heat the remaining 1/2 cup syrup in the microwave on High until it boils, approximately 1 minute.

Add the hot syrup to the cold syrup/gelatin mixture and stir together for 5 minutes, making sure the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Add the chopped lychees and mix together.

Pour the mixture into dish or bowl holding approximately 3 cups.

Chill in the refrigerator until the jelly sets, approximately 4 hours.

Run a sharp knife along the edge of the dish to loosen the jelly. Invert the dish onto a cutting board to unmold the jelly.

Cut the lychee jelly into small chunks using a wavy knife.

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