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Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles


Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles – Homemade popsicles with just 3 ingredients!  A refreshing treat you can feel good about giving to your family.

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles - Homemade popsicles with just 3 ingredients!  A refreshing treat you can feel good about giving to your family.

We finally had a relaxing weekend.  How was yours?  We have been very busy this summer, and this weekend we decided to just hang at home the 3 of us.  We got out the new smoker and smoked a tri-tip on Saturday.  It was so good!! Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway and recipe soon.  I was able to get laundry done, my house pretty clean, our meal plan done, and I even grocery shopped.  I feel like this week should be the easiest ever with everything all prepped and ready for me.  Maybe that means we will have more time for some last minute summer fun before school starts!

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Strawberry Sorbet


Strawberry Sorbet – A cool and refreshing way to enjoy strawberries this summer.  Super easy with just a few ingredients.

Strawberry Sorbet - A cool and refreshing way to enjoy strawberries this summer.  Super easy with just a few ingredients.

My son is loving tennis lessons so far.  He has only had 2 lessons, but he says he is getting better and really liking it.  The only problem that is for 10 and under they play with different lines and a different ball.  When we play with him we use the normal tennis ball.  So I am just hoping that what he learns and practices there can translate to the real court and real ball when he plays outside of lessons.  We will see this weekend I guess, because I am sure he will want to go out and play to show us what he has learned!

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Strawberry Milkshakes


Strawberry Milkshake – An old fashioned milkshake made with fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream.  A delicious and refreshing treat this summer!

Strawberry Milkshake - Fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream make for a cool and refreshing treat this summer!

Do you go strawberry picking where you live?  When we lived in Iowa we used to go every year and come home with pounds and pounds of strawberries.  But since we moved to Colorado we have no been able to do that.  Apparently this just isn’t the right climate for them.  Which is very disappointing, because it was one of our favorite summer traditions.  We would come home and have Strawberry Shortcake for dinner that night, and then I would make strawberry recipes like crazy!  Strawberry milkshakes were definitely on the menu for a couple days afterwards too.

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Strawberry Margarita Punch


Strawberry Margarita Punch – Your favorite strawberry margarita all dressed up and turned into a fun strawberry punch!

Strawberry Margarita Punch - Your favorite strawberry margarita all dressed up and turned into a fun strawberry punch!

The one camp that my son was in all summer was this week, and today is the last day.  He loved it!  He came home every day and told us all about the chemistry experiments they did in the morning, and the fun things they did in their myth busters class in the afternoon.  They even got to use a roll of duct tape to make anything they wanted, and test its strength compared to the original object.  My 10 year old made a wallet, and all things considered it was pretty darn good!  Tonight I am taking him and a friend to the local collegiate league baseball game to celebrate.  I am sure they will have watching the game, playing the games, and running after foul balls.  Perfect summer Friday night activity!

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Strawberry Ice Box Cake


Strawberry Ice Box Cake – no bake cake that is perfect for summer.  Layers of fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and graham crackers.  It will disappear quickly!

Strawberry Ice Box Cake - no bake cake that is perfect for summer.  Layers of fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and graham crackers.  It will disappear quickly!

Memorial Day weekend is here.  I really thought we had another week, but nope, it is this weekend.  Do you have plans? I hope the weather can warm up and dry up, so that we might actually get to get outside and enjoy it.  My son is obsessed with fishing lately, so I am sure that will be one of his requests.  His other?  Tennis.  He used some of his money to buy a tennis racket, and wants to play all of the time!  My plans will likely including breaking out the grill and if I am lucky doing some baking.

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Strawberry Margarita Bars


Strawberry Margarita Bars – a twist on a classic lemon bar.  Strawberry, lime, and tequila make these taste like the classic strawberry margarita in dessert form.  

Strawberry Margarita Bars - a twist on a classic lemon bar.  Strawberry, lime, and tequila make these taste like the classic strawberry margarita in dessert form.

Today I am hanging out with my mom and kind of going crazy.  I am packing and trying to get stuff together like a mad woman.  We leave for 6 weeks on Friday, and I swear I am going to forget everything important.  We have been making lists of what to bring for over a month, but I still feel like I am going to forget something major.  My parents are here for the next 2 months, so they can stay at our house, and hopefully find an area they want to move to in the next year or so.  Thankfully she is here and helping me remember some stuff I would not have thought to pack.  Good thing they have stores in New Zealand, so I can at least replace what I forget.

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Strawberry Lemonade Bars


Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Bars {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Today is the last day of school!  As of 12:15pm today, I officially have a 4th grader.  To celebrate the last day of school, my 9 year old and I are going out to lunch and spending the afternoon together.  I love that he still wants to do things with me, and thinks I am fun to be with.  I am sure I have little time of that left.  My little guy also has his first baseball game of the season tonight.  Hopefully the weather cools down, because upper 80’s is not comfortable weather for watching or playing.

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Strawberry Crumb Bars


Strawberry Crumb  Bars

**This was originally posted in 2011.  I have updated the pictures and am sharing again.  Enjoy!**

So strawberry week continues.  This week I do have a few other recipes to share with you as well.  But don’t worry, I will keep bringing the strawberry recipes!  I have to don’t I, the Milkshakes, Muffins, and Popsicles I posted so far have gotten me on the Top 9 on Foodbuzz.  I am thinking I should really have a strawberry summer!

Strawberry Crumb  Bars

We are getting ready to go on our summer vacation.  We leave Friday afternoon to go to the mountains of Colorado!  We love hiking, and try to go out to Colorado once a year.  Very excited that this year we are trying out a new location.  Hopefully we will not be disappointed.  Don’t worry though, I have a few guest posts lined up for while I am gone – so you won’t miss me too much!  Stay tuned for them, I have had a peak at them, and they are good!

Strawberry Crumb  Bars

I have been seeing strawberry, blueberry, raspberry crumb bars all over the place.  They sounded so good, I had to use some of my strawberries to make my own.  I combined a couple recipes to come up with this one.  I used Brown Eyed Bakers, Raspberry Steusel Bars, and Simply Scratches, Strawberry Streusel Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle. I did not end up putting a glaze on top, I debated for a long time.  I was just going to make a simple glaze with powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.  But I decided against. it.  They were just so good without it.

My friends over at OXO sent me this Strawberry Huller, and it made quick work of the strawberries.  I love this thing, you only get the green tops, no strawberry is wasted in the process!

Strawberry Crumb Bars
Serves: 24
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A shortbread like crust topped with fresh strawberry filling and a crunchy streusel
  • 2⅓ cups flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup Butter - cut into ½ inch pieces
  • + 2 Tbls butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup Quick Cooking Oats
  • ¾ cup strawberry jelly
  • ¾ cup fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13x9 in pan with non stick spray.
  2. In electric mixer stir together flour, sugar and salt. With the mixer on a low speed add the 1 cup of butter, 1 piece at a time. Continue mixing until combined - about 1 to 1½ minutes. Take 1¼ cups of this mixture and set aside. With the remaining, press this firmly into the bottom of the pan. Bake at 375 for 14 minutes. The edges will be slightly browned.
  3. While that is baking. Add brown sugar, and oats to the reserved flour mixture. Work in the remaining 2 Tbls of butter, using your fingers. Work until it is in small clumps.
  4. Combine the jelly, strawberries and the lemon juice in a small bowl. Mash with a fork to combine. Be sure to leave some chunks of berries in there.
  5. Spread filling evenly over the hot crust. Sprinkle with the streusel topping over the strawberries. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes. The crust will be brown, and the filling will be bubbly. Enjoy!


Strawberry Crumb Bars

**This recipe is part of the Yahoo Shine Supper Club

Strawberry Raspberry Jelly


We made it home from vacation!  It is a really long drive from Salt Lake City, Utah to Iowa.  But I can now say that I have driven every inch of Interstate 80 across Wyoming and Nebraska in less than 12 hours.  My 6 year old does awesome in the car, or we wouldn’t be able to travel the way we do.  So now I am doing laundry, figuring out meals so I can go grocery shopping, and playing catch up!  Makes you want to turn around and go on vacation again! 

Good thing I have another strawberry recipe to share with you!  I don’t even have any milk in the house, so cooking is not happening right now.  But it will tomorrow, after I have gone to the store. 

This jelly is a combination of raspberries I had on hand that needed to get used, and our fresh Strawberries.  I used A Spicy Perspective’s recipe as a guide.  She was making a chipotle version, and I was making a sweet version, but it worked!  I didn’t have any lemon, so I used lime as my citrus.  Now…I think I used a little too much.  But lime does work very well, it gives it just a hint of something different. 

Strawberry Raspberry Jelly
Adapted from A Spicy Perspective
Printable Recipe

1 pound strawberries
1 pint raspberries
1 large juicy lime, zested and juiced – I would skip the zest next time
3 cups sugar
¼ tsp. salt

Slightly mash the berries, leaving some chunks.  You want a total of 3 cups of berries. In a saucepan combine the lime zest, lime juice, sugar and salt over medium heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves.

Bring to a low boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Then, check the gel consistency by placing a small amount on a frozen surface. Run your fingers through it. If it separates and is not runny, remove the jam from heat. If it is still runny, simmer another 5-10 minutes and check again. The jelly could take 10-40 minutes to gel properly.

You can freeze or follow proper canning instructions for storage.   It made about 4 6 ounce jars.

Strawberry Aqua Fresca and a Winner!!


Time to announce the winner of my Giveaway!!

I can’t figure out how to get’s display here. But it generated number the 44! Lindsey from Lindselicious is the winner of 2 bags of nuts/dried fruits provided by Oh! Nuts!!  Congratulations!

Back to the strawberries!  I had never made strawberries into a drink before, so I figured why not give it a try! I have been hesitant to write this post, because the picture is not a good one.  I don’t know what happened, but no matter what I do, it is not as pretty as I want it to be.  But it was cool and refreshing and just yummy, so I feel like you will move beyond the picture and try this!  I am sure there are plenty of different ways to spice this up, or turn it into a cocktail, but I didn’t get that far.  If you do, let me know how it turns out!

Strawberry Agua Fresca
Printable Recipe

1 lb strawberries,  hulled and sliced
2 1/2 cups cold water
4 Tbls sugar
1 lime, juiced

Puree the strawberries in a food processor. Strain them through a mesh strainer.   Pour the seedless puree into a pitcher and add the water, lime juice and sugar. Stir well.  Serve over ice, and garnish with lime slice.