I've been out in the 100 degree plus weather playing with a pole saw. Pole saws are fun. I borrowed one from my neighbor and all the sudden all the dead branches that have eluded my pruning are within reach. It's like getting to scratch an itch that has been out of reach for too long. Pole saws are surprisingly effective. I even took down two rather large dead branches on our cottonwoods that had been hanging down in our field of vision for too long. The primary use for it, though was trimming our apricot trees, which are very heavy with fruit. I figured taking out some dead weight might help. The apricots on one tree are just about ready to pick, but the other tree's harvest is still pretty green.
I'm thinking forward to some apricot ice cream, but that is a ways off. Right now I will make do with the berries that are on sale. I did some Raspberry Coconut Frozen Yogurt that turned out quite well. I haven't done a recipe for a while, so here goes:
Raspberry Coconut Frozen Yogurt
- 32 oz. full fat vanilla yogurt (do not try to make it healthier or you will end up with ice)
- 3/4 C. sugar
- 6 oz. fresh, ripe raspberries
- 1/4 C. shredded coconut (heaping)
Combine the sugar and yogurt and stir until smooth and blended. Lightly mash the raspberries (or mash 'em hard if you don't want chunks). Stir in the raspberries and coconut into the yogurt. Turn the yogurt into an ice cream maker and run it for 30 minutes. Transfer the yogurt to a container for freezing and freeze for about 4 hours. It should have a good consistency then. It does get a little icier after about 24 hours, so it's probably better to eat it earlier.