Vanilla pudding is such a classic and yet it took me so long to post a recipe. Better late than never I guess! I’ve actually been making it for some time, just never got around to posting it. Maybe because it is so popular and gets eaten too quickly to photograph!
Here in the South it may be spring by the calendar year, but based on weather some may call it summer. We’ve already had a few days that hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32C). That means it’s time for frozen treats.
We have a couple sets of ice pop molds and the boys are always begging to use them. Now is the time of year when I say “yes” more often! There are so many different things you can put in your ice pops. Anything from pudding creations, fruit and yogurt, puréed fruit and juice, alcohol for the grown ups…
This time around I did one of the easiest possible combinations. It requires only two ingredients. Does it get any easier? I think not!
For some reason we were all talking about coffee ice cream at the dinner table recently. I don’t recall if the conversation began talking about coffee or ice cream. No matter the origin, it came about that the boys haven’t had coffee ice cream yet.
Last week we shared some big news with the boys….we’re going to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. That’s right, watch out Europe, the boys are coming! Josh took the day off work (already planned for other reasons) and he went to the German Meat Market here in town. Among the sausages bought he also got some authentic Bavarian pretzels. We gave the boys pretzels for their snack when they got home from school and had them make the connection to figure out where they were going.
The rest of the weekend was spent eating other German food, practicing German vocabulary and talking about travel in general. Jack is my worrier so he wasn’t thrilled at first, fearing the plane could crash over the ocean. After more talk about all the food they could eat he is warming up to it!
Sunday morning after having weisswurst for breakfast the guys were all outside. Josh was working in his garage and the boys were playing in the yard. I took advantage of the quiet and poured myself some prosecco with pear liqueur. After all, we had breakfast and not brunch so I didn’t get my morning bubbly yet!
Let me just say that I was not one of those children that grew up on pudding. We didn’t have pudding for dessert every night. I didn’t have a pudding cup packed in my lunch. Heck, I didn’t even pack a lunch. I went to a school that was grades K4-8 all in one building and about 90% of us walked home for lunch. In the snow and rain, not uphill.
I digress. The boys eat lunch at school and see lots of foods I won’t let them have. Pudding cups are one of them. I’ve made several different puddings for them and it’s been popular. They don’t get it often at all, so when they do it is a real treat.
Halloween may be over but it is definitely still pumpkin season! I need to get more pumpkins to roast, purée and freeze for my stash before the season is over.
This little treat is the perfect autumn sweet. It is quick and easy to make so in my book that is just awesome! Then of course it can be packed in glass or stainless steel containers for a school treat. The boys beg for pudding cups which I refuse to buy, this homemade version though is perfect.
Here in South Carolina August is pretty much the dog days of summer. It’s been hot up until now, but this is the month things really kick into high gear. As in highs in the upper 90s to low 100s with humidity to match. I vividly remember being very pregnant with Jack in August of 2007 which had 14 days of 100 degrees or hotter! Continue reading