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Peak growing season for strawberries is April through June, so the strawberries in your grocery store should soon look especially appealing to eat (not to mention more appealing in price too!). As you try to decide how you want to take advantage of this sweet, delicious fruit, look to expand your repertoire with some fun new recipes:

1. Strawberry Smoothie – Throw some greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, peanut butter, and honey into your blender for a treat that’s easy on the taste buds and the waistline.Strawberry smoothie

2. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – This old classic is great for any occasion, whether it is a family barbeque, a dinner party, or a romantic date night. Try using white chocolate and changing the color to match the occasion.

3. Strawberry Spinach Salad – Toss with spinach, chicken, candied almonds, red onions, and mandarin oranges for a fresh side dish or simple meal.

4. Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt – You’ve been dying to get your homemade ice cream maker out since you put it away in the fall. Break it out and make a strawberry creation first.

5. Strawberry Bruschetta – Spread goat cheese on grilled bread and top with sliced strawberries. Add some mint or basil leaves.

6. Strawberry Pancakes – Prepare the batter like normal and then after you pour the batter on the pan, add slices of strawberries to be cooked into the pancake.

7. Strawberry Guacamole – Mash together some avocado, strawberries, mint, and lime juice for a tasty variation on the classic. Eat with tortilla chips!

8. Strawberry Applesauce – Warm strawberries and then mash them into applesauce. Eat alone or serve on top of baked chicken or pork tenderloins.

Close up of strawberry applesauce in a white bowl

9. Peanut Butter and Strawberry Toast – A fresh take on the traditional PB&J. Toast your bread to your heart’s delight and then spread it with peanut butter and add sliced strawberries.

10. Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake – After preparing your cheesecake, add a white chocolate spread and top with strawberries for an added kick.

11. No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake – This easy, tasty treat is simply made with layers of strawberries, whipped cream, and graham crackers. Leave in your refrigerator overnight and voila! Top with more strawberries and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

12. Strawberry-Yogurt Popsicles – Mix sliced or mashed strawberries with your favorite yogurt and pour into popsicle molds. Leave in freezer until solid and then enjoy!

13. Strawberry Syrup –  Pour over breakfast foods or even use as an ice cream topping.

14. Sugar Strawberries – Toss in sugar and let them sit for at least a half an hour – add to anything to make it even sweeter.

15. Oatmeal or Cereal – Don’t forget strawberries are great additions to your morning oatmeal or breakfast cereal. Slice them up and simply mix in.

16. Fruit Salsa – Use strawberries as a base and add more fruits and sugar. Make cinnamon sugar chips to use as the vehicle to get this delicious treat to your mouth.

17. Fruit Pizza – Begin with a sugar cookie base and add whipped cream and yummy strawberries on top, along with blueberries, kiwi, or other fruit.

Homemade Natural Fruit Pizza with Frosting and Berries

Homemade Natural Fruit Pizza with Frosting and Berries

18. Strawberry Scone – Take your usual cranberry or blueberry scone recipe and substitute in strawberries instead.

19. Strawberry Sweet Rice – Combine chilled rice, heavy cream, strawberries, sugar, and salt. Yum!

20. Strawberry Water – If you are looking to increase your water intake, try adding some sliced strawberries and mint to your water bottle! Soak overnight for even more flavor.

21. Strawberry Parfait – Create layers of berries and either whipped cream, yogurt or a ricotta mix for a great treat or breakfast item.

22. Strawberry-Avocado Salsa – This more savory salsa goes great on chicken, fish or pork tenderloins.

23. Strawberry, Pistachio, and Goat Cheese Pizza  – Top your favorite pizza crust with olive oil, lemon juice, strawberries, pistachios, and goat cheese.

24. Grilled PB and Banana Split Sandwich – On your favorite bread, slather some peanut butter, honey, semisweet chocolate chips, sliced strawberries, banana slices, and pineapple jam. Then grill away!

25. Strawberry Limeade – For a refreshing drink, mix sliced strawberries, fresh mint leaves, lime juice, agave nectar, and sparkling water.

As you make your tasty strawberry treats this season, keep in mind age appropriate foods for those you are cooking for. For example, as mentioned here, though strawberries are delicious and nutritious, their acidic levels can be detrimental to little teeth, so be sure to feed your child strawberries with other foods to dilute this effect.

 

Have fun with your new strawberry creations! Bon appetit!

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Sometimes a recipe is so good you just have to make it more than once! This is a delicious cake that brings a taste of summer to your table!Light Lemon Pound Cake

Light Lemon Pound Cake

½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 egg whites
1 egg
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
¾ cup (60z) fat free lemon yogurt

Glaze:
¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
4 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1/3 cup dried apricots, finely chopped

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg whites and egg, beating well. Add the lemon juice and the extracts.

In a separate bowl combine the flours, baking powder, salt and backing soda; add to the butter mixture alternately with the yogurt.

Pour into a 10 inch Bundt pan coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until done. Cool for ten minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For the glaze: Whisk the confectioner’s sugar, lemon juice and lemon peel until blended. Stir in the apricots. Drizzle over the cake.

This cake is delicious with fresh strawberries and lemon sorbet!

Light Lemon Pound Cake

Light Lemon Pound Cake

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Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop!swallowtail butterflies

For 121 hops Lisa at The Self Sufficient HomeAcre has been hosting the HomeAcre Hop.  It takes a lot of time and she has come to a busy point on her farm that she needs to take a break from the weekly commitment.  Please help me in thanking her for 121 awesome weeks of blog hopping fun!

The name has changed, the rules are the same and all the great co-hosts have jumped back on board to share your posts throughout blog land. Tracy for Our Simple Homestead will be taking over the reins of the hop and  we will continue it each and every Thursday morning.

Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Each week I will feature our most visited post from the week before, which also linked back to the hop, and my weekly favorite. I hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us!

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Building A Chicken Feeder That Cut Our Feed Bill in Half written by Cheryl from Pasture Deficit Disorder.1431448100Chicken Feeder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Sugar Peanut Butter Cups written by Daisy from Maple Hill 101.No Sugar Peanut Butter Cups

 

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According to all the books fall is the best time to transplant raspberries. However, sometimes you just have to do what you can. When we first moved to Vermont 18 years go we bought some raspberry bushes and planted them in our lower field. Not exactly convenient and over the years they have been overgrown by weeds, and although they multiplied, the birds always got the fruit before we were able to.

In the process of downsizing our garden and moving to raised beds we had a large patch of garden soil that was going to be empty. I no longer am growing the same amount of vegetables I did when our four children were at home. However, the soil was beautiful and I didn’t want to turn it into lawn that needed to be mowed. So we decided to go down to the lower field and dig up as many of the raspberry bushes as we could.Raspberry Bushes

There are more raspberry bushes than we could ever transplant but we carefully dug up about twenty bushes and moved them to our new raspberry patch! Raspberry Bushes We created two rows of about ten bushes each.Raspberry Bushes

It’s been a week since we did this and they all seem to have survived. I’ve been watering them and keeping an eye on the bushes. When I see signs of new growth I’ll know the transplanting was a success.Raspberries

We still have quite a bit of room left and I’m thinking I’ll go back down and dig up another twenty bushes. Just want to wait until we have some rain in the forecast.Raspberry BushesThe next step is to put up some supporting wires. We’ll dig two posts at either end of the rows and run wire between the posts. I think the bushes would appreciate some support!

I’ve always wanted a raspberry patch. Hopefully this patch will be more of a success.

English: Raspberries Français : Framboises Deu...

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Do you have a raspberry patch, any suggestions for this newbie?

It took many years for me to become efficient at cooking and shopping for six. As our children grew and became teenagers it was a challenge to be able to feed the family good healthy meals while following a budget. Just when it seemed like I had perfected the challenge our children grew up and left home. Now the challenge is cooking for two!Cooking for two

No longer can I make meals that feed six or more. If I do I have to freeze several small portions to enjoy later or my husband and I would be eating the same thing all week! Just like the single cook, cooking for two requires some particular challenges. The last thing you want is the browning, unused head of cauliflower in the back of the fridge because you didn’t find time to use it all up! Here are a few tips to help keep the excess and doldrums in check.

The fresh meat, seafood, deli, produce and bakery departments are perfect places to buy the exact amount you need without paying any more per pound than if you were buying for a family of six. If you buy larger packs of meat, divide them into smaller portions when you get home and put some in the freezer to use later.

Fresh meat deli.

Fresh meat deli.

When food sold by the pound is packaged in containers larger than you need, ask the department manager if he can divide a package. Stores are usually happy to help you buy only what you need. For example our local grocery store sells bags of grapes. They are all prepackaged so you can just grab a bag. However maybe you don’t need 2-3 pounds of grapes. The department manager told me I could just take the grapes I need and put them in a produce bag and just purchase what I need.grapes

Many stores are now selling cartons that contain just six eggs. If you don’t see any on display, ask the manager to cut a carton in half. Better yet find a neighbor that sells fresh eggs and just purchase what you need.

Buying eggs in carton of 6.

Buying eggs in carton of 6.

The bulk food section of the store also allows you to buy small qualities. If you can’t eat a whole box of cereal or a whole can of nuts before they go stale, buy only the amount you need from the bulk bins. This will also allow you to get more variety as well!

Bulk foods at the Real Canadian Superstore in ...

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Invest in a set of good storage containers to keep your leftovers fresh. If you’re going to freeze your leftovers, be sure to use bags or containers made especially for the freezer so your food won’t get freezer burn.Storage containers

Cooking for a large family or cooking for just two have their challenges. By shopping smart and making good use of your leftovers you can eat well and maintain a food budget. What is your challenge when it comes to food shopping?

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