Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day Prep

Oh man do I loooove cookouts.  The smell of the grill, everything loaded with mayonnaise or cheese, and lawn games.  Whose mom DIDN'T make this cake for Memorial Day and/or Fourth of July?!
Photo via Kraft

Since the hubs is coming home for just a few days before he leaves again, I want to make sure we celebrate right.  He actually doesn't get home until later today so that gives me some time to prep.  That celebration definitely includes the dogs.

I based my inspiration for this doggie dessert on the cake above, but it turned out more "pink, white, and purple" as opposed to "red, white, and blue."  Oh well.  Dogs see colors differently anyways.  I should've just mixed it all together and called it a smoothie.  You can still do that.  And if you're really hung up on the colors, just add a bit of food coloring (like I did for the purpose of this picture).  They don't get to eat these until tomorrow, so they're all mad at me.

Yogurt Bomb Pops
Makes about 4, 2 ounce pops
Ingredients:

3 Strawberries, hulled and diced
1/4 C Water
10 blueberries
1/4 C Water
6 oz tub of Plain Yogurt (my go to - Chobani 0%)

You'll also need a container to freeze these in.  I used the little plastic condiment cups, typically reserved for Jell-O shots.

Directions:

1.  Boil 1/4 C of water.  Add diced strawberries.  Bring back to a boil.  Turn heat to low and simmer, covered, for approximately 10 minutes.  Longer, if you like.  Mash up the berries periodically.

2. Strain the juice from the berries into a separate small bowl.  You can leave the chunks in there if you want.  Let cool.  Add approximately 4 tablespoons of yogurt.  Mix.  Add red food coloring if desired.

3. Rinse out the pot/pan that you used for the strawberries.  Put in the other 1/4 C water and follow the same procedure as outlined above, but this time with the blueberries.

4.  Strain the juice from the berries into a separate small bowl.  Again, you can leave the flesh chunks if wanted.  Let cool.  Add approximately 4 tablespoons of yogurt.  Mix.  Add blue food coloring if desired.

5.  Now for the assembly.  You should have 4 cups.  Divide the remainder of the plain, unmixed yogurt between the cups.  Approximately 1 tablespoon per cup.  Repeat the process with the strawberry and blueberry yogurt mixtures.  If you are really concerned about getting nice, neat layers, freeze each layer and then add the next.  I highly doubt your dogs will notice the extra effort, just saying :)

Nutritional Info for 1 bomb pop:
Note ** Treats shouldn't account for more than 10% of your dog's total caloric intake for the day
Calories – 28.5
            Total Fat – 0.0g
                        Saturated Fat – 0.0g
                        Polyunsaturated Fat – 0.0g
                        Monounsaturated Fat – 0.0g
            Cholesterol – 0.0mg
            Sodium – 20.3mg
            Potassium – 11.7mg
            Total Carbohydrate – 2.6g
                        Dietary Fiber – 0.2g
                        Sugars – 2.4g
            Protein – 4.6g

Calculated via SparkRecipes


While you're in the middle of cornhole and potato salad, take a moment to reflect on the selflessness and tenacity of our fallen soldiers so you could enjoy that.  That includes dogs of war too!  I'm sure they wouldn't mind if you had a brewski for them.  And of course, even though it's typically Veterans' Day that we honor past and present troops, it's still appropriate and necessary to give them a shout-out for their service.  Especially my favorite soldier :)

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