Yummy yoghurt ice creams

4 01 2015

Making these is SUPER simple and requires about 2 minutes preparation, then waiting a few hours (or overnight) for them to harden. I’ve made heaps this summer, and they are a great healthy snack. The only equipment you’ll need that you may not already have is a set of ice cream/popsicle moulds — many kitchen stores sell them for about $10.

Ingredients:

  • 500 g of yoghurt (my preference is Greek yoghurt, or Greek Vanilla yoghurt for a creamier and less sharp taste)
  • whatever else you want! I decided to go healthy with fried fruits and nuts. I chopped up some nuts (cashews, almonds, macadamias), some dried fruit (apricots, a date) and added some more dried fruit that was already in small pieces (cranberries, sultanas). For the batch I’ve photographed below, I also added a few dark choc bits (used for chocolate chip cookies) and some passionfruit pulp. You could use fresh fruits like blueberries, strawberries, stone fruit, mango, banana, or whatever you like.

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Method:

In a bowl mix all the ingredients using a spoon (this takes only seconds).

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Spoon into the ice cream moulds leaving a small air gap. If the mould allows it, tap the base on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles and settle the ingredients into a solid mass. Add the sticks. Place into the freezer for several hours or overnight.

To eat, run the mould under some hot water for a few seconds then wiggling the stick slowly, carefully loosen and release the ice cream from the mould. If it’s stuck, run it under a bit more hot water.

Enjoy!


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Community Quilt 177

4 01 2015

This was a BIG quilt, and my first done using Karlee Porter‘s graffiti quilting method. It’s a quilt for a West Coast Eagles fan (one of the two Australian Rules Football teams based in Western Australia).

I stitched in the ditch around the centre strip of rail fence blocks, then echo quilted an inch out from these blocks, using a navy thread on the dark blue fabric and a yellow thread on the yellow fabric. I thought about quilting the yellow side in contrasting navy thread and the blue side in yellow thread, but decided against it, instead quilting each side in a matching thread for the fabric.

In each large blue and yellow sector, I quilted several instances of ‘eagles’ in cursive script, echo quilting around each one. But most of the quilting is free-form graffiti quilting, with me deciding at the last moment what motif to stitch next. I used McTavishing in the white centre, though it’s hard to see in the pictures below. I also thought about using a contrasting thread to emphasise the word ‘eagles’ on each side, but decided against that too as I thought it would spoil the effect.

This quilt took about 10 hours to quilt.

(I used to be a member of the Fremantle Dockers, the other Western Australia AFL team, so I’ve quilted about 10 small Dockers anchor symbols  in this quilt as well 😉 They are so well disguised I couldn’t find any of them the next day!!)

(Click on a photo to view it larger)

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When on the machine:

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Back of the yellow section:
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Update May 2015: This quilt was featured in the Community Quilts display at QuiltWest 2015, and I believe it attracted a lot of attention 😉 The Community Quilts organisers used it as a talking point for the Community Quilts program  and mentioned that I’d had the last laugh by stitching some Freo anchors into the design. They pointed out one anchor and challenged people to find more! It seems the men, in particular, were very interested. And everyone thought I had a good sense of humour as well as good quilting skills 😉 The quilt will go to the Wirrapunda Foundation as a raffle quilt later in the year at their 10th anniversary dinner.

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Freo Dockers supporter looking for anchors! (note the anchor on the back of his Fremantle Dockers branded sweater)

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Hunting anchors

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Found one!

Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide in yellow, navy, and white (‘Mango’ colour 80116, ‘Navy’ colour 32965, ‘White’ colour 10000) (40 wt trilobal polyester)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound bobbins in Light Tan, Black, and White

Photos of all the Community Quilts I’ve quilted are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/