It's been a strange couple of weeks. Good things and bad things, sad things and rad things have all happened in quite a short span of time. Here's a list: 1. I am an ordained minister and am registered with the City of New York! Yes, really! Yes, I'll marry you! (good/rad thing)
2. One of my favorite coworkers is leaving for something called Utah (Ok, I know what/where Utah is. I found it on my world map shower curtain!). She's the best. She also subscribes to this blog and always has nice things to say about it. She's also just generally awesome. I could give you specifics, but then I will cry and this will become a whole different post. I am not happy about this development. (bad/sad thing)
3. Apparently my mom's been handing out my email like it's candy (or curry?) to the mothers of random Indian boys looking to wife me up. Inappropriate! (VERY bad/VERY sad thing)
4. I'm running my first 5K in September! It will probably take me all day, but it's for a good cause, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Support us! (good/rad thing)
So, #4. That's a very bad thing she did. And I am punishing her by writing about it on this blog. So bad, right? She might as well have posted an ad on Craigslist. Oh, that reminds me of my Craigslist story! But that's another post. Anyway, I'm on sabbatical from that whole game. Single Shibow. The Lone Wolf. And being The Lone Wolf rules. In short, I'd rather marry other people to each other right now. Unless this guy comes a-proposin'. Ma, quit blowin' up my spot.
So, in addition to avoiding my mother and very carefully screening my emails, I've been trying to think of more light, sweet summer treats that will also help cool me down in this hot-as-an-overbearing-Indian-motha heat. I came across quite a few that have sort of helped, but none that have had quite the impact of these Blackberry Greek yogurt pops. They require a bit of time, love, tenderness, and Michael Bolton (last one's optional) but they do not require an oven! By the way, I am all about trying those avocado pops at a later date, but if anyone gets to them before I do, please tell me how they are! In the meantime, let's work on the yogurt ones:
Blackberry Greek Yogurt Pops
- Peel of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of plain nonfat Greek yogurt (Fage or Chobani are your best bets)
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 cups of fresh blackberries (feel free to sub in your very favorite berries if you're not a fan of the tartness of these)
To start, make sure you've got either a peeler or the hands of a surgeon while going at that lemon. I have neither. I and all nine and a half of my digits (I have a wonky thumb, which I'll explain some other time...maybe when I tell you my Craigslist story) miraculously survived anyway. Throw the water and sugar into a saucepan and fire it up to medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar's dissolved and the mixture has come to a boil. Toss in the lemon peel, then lower the heat to a simmer for about five minutes. Let it cool, then strain the syrup through a sieve and refrigerated until chilled.
Mix the yogurt and honey together in a bowl, then stir in the syrup until fully blended. Use your blender if you're lazy. I did not use mine because I am a different kind of lazy. I do not like doing dishes. Pour a little bit of the mixture into each of your popsicle molds, then throw these into the freezer until the mixture just starts to set, about 40-45 minutes.
Take the molds out and divide your berries evenly among them. Pour in the rest of the yogurt mixture, snap the lids of the molds shut (some of the yogurt will likely splatter and land on or near your face, so feel free to lick it away), and freeze for at least three hours.
So, were these any good? Um...well...YES. I was a little uneasy about these at first because of both the tartness of the yogurt and the tang of the blackberries, but these were pretty phenomenal. My sister was in love, as you can see. This recipe will most certainly be used and tweaked a million times over the next couple of warm, steamy summer months. I see chocolate pops, raspberry pops, avocado pops and booze pops in my future. Lone Wolf baby!