Posted by tntmck on Mar 7, 2012 in Batch
, Freezer Cooking
Ok, warmer weather is on the horizon. We love making our own cool Smoothies and Summertime Yogurt Pops, but here’s another quick idea for Frozen Yogurt Bites. Mix up whatever flavors you like best and freeze away. I could see freezing these in individual batches so you can just pull out a batch for the kids (and probably yourself) and enjoy a nice, cool treat!
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NOTE: After seriously going back down the line to at least 50 different pinners, I have yet to find the original pin. If anyone knows the source, please let me know and I will give credit.
Posted by tntmck on Jun 17, 2011 in Dairy
Well, it’s not officially summer, but it sure has been hot around here. The boys are enjoying lots of fruit, playing in the water, and drinking lots of water, too. We decided to change up snack time a little this afternoon and instead of a smoothie, we made some yummy frozen strawberry yogurt pops. If you have a mold, then the rest of the ingredients are probably already in the fridge. Even without a mold, you could use ice cube trays or any other small containers and even add some wooden popsicle sticks or plastic stir sticks.
Strawberries (or fruit of your choice)
A splash of milk
I simply eyeballed the ingredients and threw everything in the blender and added more of any ingredient as it blended. I only made a small amount, so it really was just a few frozen strawberries, a couple spoonfulls of plain, whole yogurt, a good dollop of honey, a few ice cubes, and literally a splash of whole milk. How’s that for exacting?
Pour the mixture into your molds. Insert sticks and freeze. Remember to let them sit out a bit before trying to remove the pops so you don’t end up breaking them upon removal.
Toddler Timing Tip: Make and freeze these with your toddler as a morning activity. Then, they will be perfectly frozen and ready to go for an after nap afternoon snack!
The boys took a little while figuring out they preferred licking and eating the pops and not playing, dripping, and dropping them everywhere. By the time we made it to the end of the tray (yes, they finished them all off), they were loving them and wanting more!
Posted by tntmck on Jul 7, 2010 in Dairy
Make something cool for the summertime. This is a great treat for the little ones just starting dairy on up through the whole family. Use plain whole yogurt or make your own (I’m not so adventurous just yet, but it’s on the list.). Mash and mix in fresh or frozen fruits and freeze in cubes or small containers. Thaw in the fridge and enjoy for a nice, cool treat.
It’s also yummy to add in some vanilla extract and/or honey (age appropriate over a year). I even love yogurt with just these two ingredients and no fruit. I always buy organic, plain, whole milk yogurt and usually the kind with cream on top.
Please share your thoughts and ideas.
Posted by tntmck on Jun 28, 2010 in Dairy
Most of my thoughts about nutrition for babies, I now apply to myself as well and this is the case butter and oil. Don’t dismiss these healthy, nutritious fats from your misleading misconceptions popular in the U.S. today.
Olive oil is great in it’s natural state, but is not good for cooking at high temperatures due to it’s low smoke point. Organic, unrefined, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil is the least refined, most nutrient dense type available. I use coconut oil for cooking, which is a great, healthy alternative. Coconut oil is very resistant to heat and is one of the best and safest oils to use in cooking. Again, you want to use organic, extra-virgin oil that is unrefined. Extra virgin olive oil is however wonderful to drizzle on pasta or to use when blending purees for babies.
Butter is also a great source of nutrition. Yes, you heard me correctly, but I won’t try and explain it to you as I’m just not that smart. But, read about it here. Choose good organic, unsalted butter, preferably made from high quality cream.
Avoid the fake, processed, or otherwise modified products such as margarine, spreads, vegetable oil, soybean oil, canola oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil.
Please share your thoughts and ideas.
Posted by tntmck on May 2, 2010 in Dairy
40% (26) organic cow’s
3% (2) raw cow’s
7% (5) local, pasteurized, un-homogenized cow’s
9% (6) soy
1% (1) rice
6% (4) goat’s
3% (2) dry
51% (33) standard, pasteurized, homogenized cow’s
Total Votes = 64
This is such an interesting poll. When the poll started, I was in the last category with the largest group buying standard cow’s milk. However, since then I’ve been doing lots of reading and research on the different kinds and have even been purchasig various kinds to give them a try. My thoughts on dairy have been changig throughout the course of this poll and I’ll be writing about them in my upcoming post called “The Great Milk Debate.”
NOTE: I accidentally left kefir off the poll when I started, so feel free to add your comments about that and anything else I may have missed.
I’m leaving these results as a post so that you all can share your comments on the results.
Posted by tntmck on Apr 29, 2010 in Dairy
The more votes, the better the results. Vote now and spread the word.
Posted by tntmck on Apr 26, 2010 in Dairy
3 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE: This is getting interesting. Invite your friends and family to vote and follow the blog. The more votes, the better the results. Then, stay tuned to see the final results. I’ll post and everyone can comment with your own thoughts on the subject. This is all gearing up for the “The Great Milk Debate” post coming soon after.
Posted by tntmck on Apr 18, 2010 in Dairy
11 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE: This is getting interesting. Invite your friends and family to vote and follow the blog. The more votes, the better the results. Then, stay tuned to see the final results. I’ll post and everyone can comment with your own thoughts on the subject. Then, I’m planning a follow-up post to discuss the craziness that is the choice of so many milks in the store.
Posted by tntmck on Apr 12, 2010 in Dairy
I’ve posted a new poll at the top of the site. I’m preparing for an upcoming milk post and can’t wait to see all the results from this poll. You can vote for multiple answers since you may buy different kinds of milk in your house.