Monthly Archives: July 2011

Too damn hot! Solution: Popsicles!

It’s hot, and I’m hiding in my airconditioned house and dreaming of popsicles and pools.   And I thought you all might be there with me, so I thought I’d share a couple recipes for popsicles I had, so you all could have some too.  But it’s too hot for me to be witty, so right to the recipes.

Mango Yogurt pops

This ones only a “recipe” in the loosest sense.  Mix plain yogurt and some mango juice together, to taste.  Pour into molds, freeze for 30 min, then insert sticks (I got mine at the craft store, 100 for $1), freeze until frozen.



Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

2 tablespoons (21 grams or 3/4 ounce) semisweet chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate
1/3 cup (67 grams or 2 1/3 ounce) sugar
1 tablespoon (7 grams or 1/4 ounce) cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons (8 grams or 1/4 ounce) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups (300 ml) whole milk
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon (3 ml) vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon (7 grams or 1/4 ounce) unsalted butter

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (optional but tasty, chili powder might be good here to)

Place a bowl in a pot with water to create a double boiler.   Gently melt the chocolate chips in the bowl over medium heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Stir in sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, milk, and salt. Cook mixture, stirring frequently until it thickens, anywhere between 5 minutes (for me) and 10 (suggested in the book). Remove from heat, add vanilla, cinnamon, and butter and stir until combined.

Set aside to cool slightly then pour into popsicle molds. Freeze 30 minutes, then insert popsicle sticks. Freeze the rest of the way before serving.


Recipe request

Hi all,

I have a request for you all.  I’ve started a teaching gig that keeps me late 2x a week and AJ works late 2x a week (opposite days from me), so we find ourselves needing more make ahead/quick food than we are used to needing, as we will both be single parenting dinner time for a total of 4x a week, and Xander rarely understands go hang out by yourself as we make dinner, nor does the dog understand his walks being cut short or dropped so that we can make dinner.  So hit me with your best make ahead meals or quick fix meals.  Xander doesn’t believe salad is food  (“Not food, Mommy!”), and AJ doesn’t like raw tomatoes (or apparently grilled ones, the blasphemer), and I don’t like artichokes.  We are pickier than that, but those are probably the major ones we can’t work around.  Help us out please!

two loaves

Last Friday (not the Friday just passed, but the one before that), I took a day off from work because we were watching Bumble (a Jack Russell-sized Staffordshire Bull Terrier) over Friday and the weekend, and Dave was in London (Microsoft does not seem to send invites for dogs to attend their conferences).

Among other things that day, I made two loaves of bread.  Continue reading