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Home Made Frozen Yogurt

Today we made home made frozen yogurt… it was amazing, and has thus far received a total of two toddler thumbs up.

I found the original recipe over on Just a Taste, which is a pretty fun and very nicely organized recipe site you should totally go explore.  The original recipe was for Strawberry Frozen Yogurt, and as always I started out by pretty much following the instructions completely before I started to tinker a bit…. I am really loving where this recipe tinkering is going and completely loving the fact that I can share this healthy treat with my little guy.  Here are the yogurts I have made so far!

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:
1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
3 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar liquid
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cups frozen strawberries, sliced

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor, and turn it on for 5-8 minutes until the desired smoothness is reached.  You may have to shut it off half way through to scrape the sides down.  Then enjoy or freeze for later!

 

After the first batch came out so well I looked at my leftover two cups of frozen strawberries, remembered I had frozen rhubarb we needed to use up and decided to try out this version of the recipe.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:
2/3 cup plain whole milk yogurt
4 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar liquid
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cups frozen rhubarb

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries, sliced

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor, and turn it on for 8-10 minutes until the desired smoothness is reached.  You may have to shut it off half way through to scrape the sides down.  Then enjoy or freeze for later!

The strawberry rhubarb version is a little more tart and definitely needs more time in the food processor, but I actually preferred it to the plain strawberry.  

I have done some further research into different home made frozen yogurt recipes at this point and I am looking forward to attempting a vanilla cherry version later this week!  This might just be my new favorite thing (and Liam’s too!)

 

 

 

A Great Idea Gone Bad, Attack of the Snacking Pups

So Liam has been feeding the dogs at lunch and dinner time now that he has finger foods.  It usually goes one bite for him, and 3 or 4 for the dogs.  Really, the fact that he is feeding them fresh fruits and veggies doesn’t bother me, but they now look at him as someone who is constantly going to give them food so he can’t sit down and have a cookie without having 3 dogs looming around him.  The pups, they are the biggest beggars ever.

What? Dogs aren't suppose to dine at the table?

What? Dogs aren’t suppose to dine at the table?

Last week while I was out loitering in the baby section at Target I discovered these handy little snack canister.  Sure they were labeled for 12 months and up, but I figured if I showed Liam what was up with it a few times he would get it.  The tops appeared too small for a big old Boston Terrier snout to get through, so I figured the puffs or cookies would be safe and Liam could have snacks on the go.  I bought them, washed them, and tried one out with him. After 3 tries he figured it out, and the snacking commenced in his high chair…. with feeding the dogs still of course.  Liam is excellent at sharing.  Today I thought we would try to take it to the floor.

The instant swarming of dogs, Liam is in dog heaven.

The instant swarming of dogs, Liam is in dog heaven.

Sharing, because its what he does, with the dogs, with Mom, with Dad, with everyone.

Sharing, because its what he does, with the dogs, with Mom, with Dad, with everyone.

And.... the second he turns his back on the snacks the dogs strike sweet potato puff gold.

And…. the second he turns his back on the snacks the dogs strike sweet potato puff gold.

So it turns out that the snack canisters work great for teaching Liam how to take little things out of a container.  The do not work so great for keeping doggy noses out of the container.  While they couldn’t actually reach the snacks thanks to their brachycephalic skulls, they could drool all over and into everything in the canister.  It. Was. A. Huge. Slimy. Mess.

Yuck.

At least we can still use them for road trips when he gets older.