Nothing strikes fear in a mom's heart like that week between school and camp. An entire week looms ahead, empty of routine but full of mommy playing short order cook, wrestling referee and playdate chauffeur. And this is that week, my friends. Let the games begin.
First things first, we made dessert for tonight's dinner. The first real day of vacation deserves something special, and also, this was a group activity with all the mixing and tasting and stuff.
So remember how we were drowning in strawberries last week and the best I could do without having to turn on the oven and actually baking something was strawberry preserves? We also made these strawberry frozen yogurt pops. And they were such a hit with the kids, we made them again today.
Wait, truth is not all the kids loved them, but in this house, 3 out of 4 is the most I can hope for and they did not disappoint. Three kids gobbled the yogurt pops up and one requested that we make them again, but this time leave out the gross strawberries and use chocolate instead. It's not a bad idea, I can see these being excellent with chocolate.
The original recipe for these pops came from familyfreshcooking.com, a blog I recently came across and really like. The recipe initially called for watermelon to be used as the fruit, but I while I love frozen fruit bars, I am not a fan of watermelon ones. In case you were wondering, I tend to like the citrusy ones better, like orange or lemon, and sometimes even lime.
But my kids really like strawberries, so we tried this:
In a bowl, we mixed
- 6 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons of strawberry preserves or pureed strawberries
- 1 tablespoon sugar
Then we realized that it wasn't really mixing very well. The yogurt was only turning vaguely pink, but we were looking for something darker. So out came the dairy hand mixer. We didn't used to have a dairy hand mixer, we used to just have a dairy spoon but an unfortunate mistake led to the happiness that is a dairy hand mixer. We mixed, everyone had a turn holding the mixer and finally, the strawberries were incorporated well enough to make the yogurt turn dark pink. Hooray!
We divided the yogurt mixer into five mini cups - we used the disposable plastic ones that one would find in a bathroom. We filled each cup about halfway and then we inserted a Popsicle stick into each cup. I wasn't at all sure that the sticks would stand straight but this Greek yogurt is pretty thick so it was fine.
Cover each cup with foil, poking the Popsicle stick through the foil and freeze until they are firm.
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your shirt is dirty :)