Pudding Pops

I’m kind of a food snob. I think it’s because John and I spent so many years in our 30s with good jobs before kids. We went out to eat a lot. When I cooked I had the luxury of quality (expensive) ingredients and time. The things I loved as a kid I no longer like. Things like cool whip and boxed pudding don’t appeal to me at all.

I believe pudding should be homemade. It should involve egg yolks, whole milk, half and half, sugar, and corn starch. It should be a project. I also believe in having the kids help me in the kitchen (well, mostly Audrey because Elliot can be a challenge in the kitchen). Fancy shmancy pudding and kids don’t mix, so for the sake of kitchen help I occasionally reach for things I don’t particularly like. Like boxed pudding.

Do you remember back when Bill Cosby wasn’t a sexual predator? I do. We watched him every week on the Cosby show and we ate pudding pops. They were delicious. They still are, and they are also really easy to make (Step 1: make pudding. Step 2: freeze it).

Audrey helped me pour the milk and stir. She took the job very seriously. At one point she stopped stirring because she forgot to put her apron on.20180713_1618042333065902660222817.jpgElliot taste tested the pudding. He took his job seriously too.20180713_162242826647738028744168.jpg

I poured the pudding into the molds. I think I waited too long, as the pudding had started to set up and it was a very gloppy job.20180713_1625457881662914017156109.jpg

When we were done we ran to the store. Audrey was so excited about cooking she wanted to wear her apron. She was very proud of herself.20180713_170709(0)-12986365372933638748.jpg

I hope that having the kids involved in cooking now will keep them interested in cooking. Elliot really wants to help, but he destroys so many things. I need to find something easier than pudding for him to help with. Do you have any ideas?

Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Two years ago, when Elliot was a tiny baby who refused to sleep, I lent my ice cream maker to Kathleen. I figured I wouldn’t be able to use it for a while. That was true.

When Elliot was a baby we were tired the entire summer. We barely survived. We lived off of frozen meals, the thought of making ice cream from scratch was laughable. Last year things were better, but we were still pretty frazzled. I managed to make fudgesicles once, but ice cream was still a stretch goal.

This year we are in the groove, so I asked for the ice cream maker back. Soon after I got the ice cream maker back Bridget had a post on the Pioneer Woman website about homemade frozen yogurt. I was intrigued.

Do you know about Bridget? Her blog is one of my favorites. Her sugar cookie recipe is my go to sugar cookie recipe (you don’t have to chill the dough!!). I follow her on Instagram. I like to pretend that if I lived in Texas we would be best friends. Sort of like how I pretend that if I lived in New York I would be best friends with Deb.  Or, if I was in New Orleans, Joy would want to hang out. Do you do that too? Please tell me I’m not the only one with imaginary food blogger best friends.

Whoops! Sorry about that tangent! Anyway…. Last night I finally got around to starting the process of making frozen yogurt. The first step is draining a quart of plain whole milk yogurt overnight in a cheese cloth. 20180603_1016071846673521.jpg

Nothing makes me feel quite so fancy as using cheese cloth. It is such an easy tool to use, but it feels like something a real cook would use.

After its shift overnight in the refrigerator my yogurt had drained off about a cup and a half of liquid. I had basically made Greek yogurt.

I put the yogurt into a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and whisked them until smooth. It looked a lot like chocolate mousse at that point. It was also delicious. I gave both kids a taste, and they were both fans.

I churned the yogurt in my machine for about 25 minutes and then put it in a container to freeze it until solid. After four hours it wasn’t totally solid yet, but I decided it was time to taste it.


Yum. This is my favorite thing I’ve ever made in my ice cream maker. It’s tart. It’s chocolaty. It’s really unhealthy. I love it.

It is not something I’ll make regularly, as it is full of sugar and fat and I want to eat the entire batch in one sitting. I will be making it again whenever I have a group coming over that will help me eat it.

Have you ever made frozen yogurt? What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?