Posts Tagged ‘strawberries’


Super Simple Strawberry Shortcake

  • bunch of fresh strawberries – cut up
  • agave nectar – a few squirts
  • Trader Joe’s multi-grain baking mix (biscuits, pancakes and waffles)
  • milk
  • agave
  1. Mix baking mix as directed, omitting oil and adding a squirt of agave for sweetness
  2. Bake for a little less than directed because there is no oil.
  3. Top with sweetened strawberries and Coolwhip!

So fresh and delicious!


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Last week was hot and I had a ton to do each day. One night after dinner I was in the mood for a sweet treat that wouldn’t make me feel gross for eating it. I LOVE what I came up with.

I searched frozen yogurt recipes and came across one of my favorite blogs: 101 Cookbooks .

This blog of one of those go-to blogs full of great, healthy, natural recipes!

I modified the recipe I found and it turned out like this:


Strawberry Pinkish Yogurt

  • 2 c. strained plain vanilla non-fat yogurt (The original recipe called for full fat but I didn’t want to use that)
  • 1.5 tblsp agave nectar
  • fresh fruit
  • splash almond milk to moisten the yogurt and add volume
  1. Mix strained yogurt with agave and place in an ice cream maker – or KitchenAid ice cream attachment, like I used
  2. Follow directions for ice cream maker adding yogurt/agave mixture
  3. Mix for about 15 min. until semi-frozen
  4. Add berries and continue mixing until desired thickness has been reached.


I ate mine with some almond butter drizzled on!

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Berry Good Trip!

This weekend while we were in Chautauqua we went strawberry picking! Strawberry season is in full swing in Western NY, so me, my mom, Papa and Grandma headed to the patch.


Strawberry Fields


Grandma concentrating on the berries


SOO ripe and juicy!


Perfect berry!


Depths of the patch


Tons of pickers by the time we left


The trunk by the time we left


Papa guarding the goods


Recipes to come!

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Jen and Kate’s Amazing Salad (with slight modifications)

  • Boston lettuce: I used a variety – Boston, spinach and romaine
  • fresh strawberries
  • toasted walnut pieces
  • Munster cheese: I used goat cheese
  • I added pear


  • 1/3 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c. Canola oil
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Mix all together and enjoy!   

*I must confess I made up the measurements to this recipe but I will double check on them tomorrow with Jen. Many of you know my theory, if you mix things that taste good together, it will taste great! Let me know what you think!

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Last night our good friends John and Ashley came over for dinner! It was pouring rain and gross outside so we decided against the cookout and opted for make your own pizzas! John and Ash brought a delicious bottle of Riesling, that tasted like summer!

While we sipped, we made two great pizzas – a his and a hers. Then we started on the sides while the pizzas were cooking!

Classic Tomato Basil

Jen and Kate’s Famous Strawberry Salad:


Boy’s Pizza


White crust with black olives, pepperoni, avocado and mozzarella.

Girl’s Pizza


Wheat crust with zucchini, squash, broccoli and goat cheese.

John and Ash brought dessert too – angel food cake with fresh berries and whipped cream!


It was a great, relaxing night of catching up with two of our favorite friends!!

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After a fun Friday night, recap later today, we slept in a little bit and decided on a special brunch!  I wanted pancakes and Brady didn’t care so that’s what it was!  He didn’t know how much fiber he was going to get.  🙂

Oat Bran Oatmeal Pancakes

  • 3/4 c. oatbran
  • 3/4 c. oatmeal
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 c. soy milk
  • 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Cook the mix in a heart shaped cookie cutter!


Mine: Covered with smashed banana and almond butter!  Plus REAL maple syrup!


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Back on Track

It felt great to start the morning off with a run!  Katie (who just got engaged last night, yay!!!!) and I ran about 4-4.5 miles.  She had lots of energy from her great news and I had lots of energy because I haven’t run in a few days.  We were happy to get it out of the way while is was cool out this morning.

After the run, I was craving oatmeal!  I made a typical bowl with the following:

  • 1/4 c. oats
  • 1/4 c. oat bran
  • 1/4 c. wheat bran
  • 1/2 banana
  • water
  • vanilla and salt
  • blueberries and strawberries

It tasted SO good, and it was pretty too!

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