Strawberries & Cream No Bake Cookies

Strawberries & Cream No Bake Cookies

So I worked on this recipe for what seemed to be a ridiculously long time. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted and after 6 or 7 tries I came out with the perfect strawberries & cream no bake cookies! I'm going to let you know way ahead of time that these no bake cookies take about an hour and half to 2 hours to set up. So, be patient and it'll be worth it! This months creative cookie exchange theme was no bake cookies. I initially wanted to do a cookie butter no bake cookie and quickly realized another blogger had already called dibs on it. I had already purchased the cookie butter via e-bay, but that's okay because I had been nagging on facebook about how bad I wanted it. Oh, by the way, the hype about Trader Joe's Cookie Butter is true. All true. It tastes like heaven and crushed ginger snaps. I know I've done quite a few strawberry recipes lately. This one is totally worth it though. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:136] The Creative Cookie Exchange … [Read more...]

The Click & Chat Social Media Link Up Party

    The Click & Chat Social Media Link up Party #15! Thank you so much for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up Party! We are all about networking and helping you grow your social media numbers! This month we are excited to announce that this linkup will appear on 13 amazing blogs!! That is 13 times the exposure for you and your links! We are also looking for co-hosts for the coming up months, so if you are interested please contact either Amber or Kim on any of their social media and we will chat about it! We will also have a featured blogger every week. Being chosen for our featured blogger spot means that we will share your picture (or logo) and your social media links just to let even more people see your awesome blog! To be considered for that spot you must have shared about the link up on at least one of your social medias and of course had good blogging manners and followed or liked the hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their … [Read more...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

I love making jam. It's easy and loaded with sugar. What's not to like? Unless you're not the canning type. It's a lot of work.. hot, sweaty work. It's worth it. Don't let the hot and sweaty part deter you from jumping into canning. I came across the mother load of rhubarb as we planted the second half of our garden out back of my father-in-law's one rental house. The plants were ginormous and incredibly full. I think I heard angels sing as I got closer to it. So, after asking permission, I plucked those plants clean of their stalks. I had already posted a strawberry rhubarb pie on the blog, so the next best thing is strawberry rhubarb jam! The rhubarb cooked down beautifully for the jam. I couldn't be happier with it! I didn't know that people had such an aversion to rhubarb until this summer. The husband took a strawberry rhubarb bar that I was working on to work and only one person tried it. ONE. I get it. It's sour, but with a little sugar it's the perfect sweet … [Read more...]

Strawberry Syrup

Strawberry Syrup for Drinks

I couldn't resist making some of this strawberry syrup for a few drinks. I picked up some sprite zero to add this delicious syrup to. I keep unsweetened iced tea on hand in the summer time, so I've been adding the syrup to my tea also. I bet this would be delicious in a mixed drink as well. The syrup sits at the bottom and gives a beautiful ombre effect. The syrup is a highly concentrated so it's a deep reddish black, but once you dilute it you will see the beautiful red strawberry color. I kind of got this idea from Ruby Tuesdays. We hadn't been there in years and thought we would give it a go a few months ago. They only have coke products and I strongly dislike diet coke. So, I ordered myself a raspberry iced tea and at the bottom of my glass was crushed raspberries. When I took a big ol' slug of my tea, I got this sweet syrup with bits of fresh raspberries in it. It was absolutely wonderful. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:134]   … [Read more...]

The Click & Chat Social Media Link Up Party

This month I'm honored to be co-hosting a link up party with some lovely ladies!   The Click & Chat Social Media Link up Party #16! Thank you so much for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up Party! We are all about networking and helping you grow your social media numbers! This month we are excited to announce that this linkup will appear on 13 amazing blogs!! That is 13 times the exposure for you and your links! We are also looking for co-hosts for the coming up months, so if you are interested please contact either Amber or Kim on any of their social media and we will chat about it! We will also have a featured blogger every week. Being chosen for our featured blogger spot means that we will share your picture (or logo) and your social media links just to let even more people see your awesome blog! To be considered for that spot you must have shared about the link up on at least one of your social medias and of course had good blogging manners and … [Read more...]

Fresh Strawberry Cake

Fresh Stawberry Cake

Another strawberry recipe, ladies and gents! It's tender, moist, and pretty darn tasty! Who is a fan of confetti spinkles? I am! It really draws attention to the cake! It was a hit! The husband took it to work to share and my father-in-law took it home to finish it off. It must have been good! There is nothing like a fresh strawberry cake. I cooked my strawberries down to get a more concentrated flavor of strawberry. I have to give myself a slap on the back for it. It did wonders for this recipe! I originally didn't use food coloring to boost the color of my cake, but I wanted it to have appeal. There something about us, that we think of a pink cake when we hear strawberry cake. At least I do. So, I added a bit of a pink gel paste color to add some pizzazz. It worked! This is kind of off subject, but if you've been a reader for awhile you know that's how I am. Every time I'm on pinterest or writing a blog post, my son sees the picture and instantly wants … [Read more...]

Strawberry Lemon Granita

Strawberry Lemon Granita

First off, Happy July 4th! I've traveled to our local u-pick strawberry patch again! I have a few recipes I want to share after getting a total of 16 quarts of strawberries. For this extremely hot weather, I decided to try my hand at making granita! I remember the first time I watched someone make this was Giada on Food Network. Ahh, food network. Where would I be if I didn't have you? It sure was a treat trying to get some pictures of this gorgeous dessert in an extremely hot sun porch. I had to keep running it to the freezer every few minutes and then rescraping it. It is so worth it though. On a hot day like today, there is nothing quite as refreshing on a strawberry lemon granita. The lemon in this shines through and gives a small tart bite and you can taste the freshness of the strawberries. They taste exactly how they smell as you pick them fresh off the plant and I do love that smell/taste. I brought out my star dish to incorporate into the whole July 4th … [Read more...]

July 4th Whoopie Pies!

July 4th Whoopie Pies

Who's excited for the fourth of July? Everyone. I love seeing all the red, white, and blue foods via pinterest. It gets me in the spirit. I wanted to make a red, white, and blue treat so I whipped together some white whoopie pies with some red and blue food coloring thrown into the mix. I love gel paste color to add pizzazz to my cookies. You will always get vibrant colors while using gel paste color. What types of things do you do to celebrate the 4th of July? We plan on heading up to the park near us where they're having battle of the bands, kids bounce houses, baseball game, and fireworks. Last year we went to the same park for a large portion of the day and Lucian didn't really make it to the end of the night for the fireworks. He slept right through the huge bangs and the ooo's and ahhh's. It's no surprise to use since he's done it the last two years. The first year he was just over a month old and we were able to watch the fireworks on our second story sun porch. … [Read more...]

Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread

It's strawberry season for me up here in New York! We've already visited a u-pick farm last week and are looking to revisit it this weekend. With all these fresh berries, I decided to throw together a variation of banana bread. Lately, I've been out of control with my crumb toppings. I think I could make a meal out of just the crumb topping! That's perfectly acceptable, right? I think I've said this before, but I thoroughly enjoy seeing someone scarf down the food I baked and even overindulge in it. To me, that's the ultimate compliment. Is that weird? If my husband brings back a cookie or whatever I sent him to work with for the office to eat, I'm always asking what was wrong with them. It's like an interrogation of why my sweets weren't instantly inhaled. Well, it's not really like an interrogation, it's definitely an interrogation. As I was saying, overindulging. I think in two days time my brother ate the entire loaf of strawberry banana bread. Yep, it made me … [Read more...]