Your mouth is already watering just after reading the title, right? I’m dying over here just from typing it out. Seriously, these are the yummiest.
My grandma is a fantastic cook. Whenever we go over to her house for a Sunday dinner, we make sure to head over hungry so that we will have plenty of room for all of her amazing food. Her desserts are what I get most excited for, and she never disappoints.
If you are a Strawberry Shortcake fan, you will love her recipe. In fact, even if you’re not a big Strawberry Shortcake fan, you’ll probably still love these. Because they’re made with a buttermilk biscuit type of shortcake, they aren’t as crazy sweet as standard angel food cake. Give this recipe a try, you will be so happy you did.
(Note: The shortcakes don’t keep for very long, (that’s because they’re homemade from scratch! Super fresh, with zero preservatives!) so be sure to make them the day of your next event or gathering.)
Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake
Shortcakes (makes 6)
1 ½ c flour
2-½ tsp Baking Powder
2 TBS sugar
Lemon zest (opt)
Pinch of salt
½ c buttermilk (or milk with 1 TBS lemon juice – set aside while mixing rest of ingredients)
1 stick cold butter or margarine (cut up in small pieces)
3 cups fresh berries
1 TBS lemon juice (opt)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Line pan with parchment paper
• Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and lemon zest in a bowl.
• Add butter pieces and cut into flour mixture with a fork or pastry blender until you have coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk until all is mixed. Don’t over mix.
• Turn out onto lightly floured surface and shape into a thick round, and cut with a biscuit cutter, or drop in large spoonfuls onto the lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar and lemon zest. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
• Split biscuits and layer with berries and cream. Store with loose covering or dry towel over biscuits to keep the crisp texture.
Letter writing is becoming a lost art. It seems that all that comes in the mail nowadays are advertisements and bills. Do you remember how excited you got when you received a letter in the mail, even if it was just a card for your birthday? I still get super excited to see something in the mailbox with my name (as long as it isn’t regarding a payment). This Summer, give your kids that joy, and help them write letters to someone they know. I’m sure that grandma would love to receive a handwritten letter from her grand kid, and would certainly write back. Just imagine how excited your kiddo will be when he or she opens the mailbox to see a response!
Aside from the pure joy of giving and receiving letters in the mail, this is also a great activity that helps your child with their writing skills. Depending on their level, they can start out with drawing pictures on the paper and adding their name and a few words to writing a full page about all the fun things they’ve done this Summer. With school out, kids often regress in their academics during the long break. This is a great way to make sure that they stay on top of the spelling, grammar and handwriting that they’ve worked on the year before. This could also be a great time to teach new vocabulary words as well!
The whole process of writing a letter can be a learning experience. Teach them about addresses; the one that the letter is being sent to (grandma’s house, for example), and their address so that the recipient knows who sent them mail. If they still haven’t memorized their address, this is a great activity to help with that! Teach about how sending mail costs money, and go to the post office to pick out some fun stamps. While you’re there, you can even talk to a post-worker about what they do at their job.
All in all, this is an activity that only costs the price of the stamp, and can be a really fun learning experience for your kids. They’ll be checking the mailbox every day, anxious for a response!
Give it a try and let me know in the comments how it went!
Growing up, my favorite cake was always what my mom called Jello Cake. She’d make a white cake and then pour liquid Jello on top after poking a few holes into it, and viola! We’d have a colorful and delicious treat! Poke cake is a fun dessert for the 4th Of July because you can make it look really patriotic with red and blue jello. But don’t just do those colors, experiment with lots of different colors for a really unique cake!
I’ve included the recipe for the cake below, enjoy!
- Prepared White Cake
- Whipped Cream (Beat 1 pint cream, then add 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar once soft peaks form. Add more sugar to taste.)
- 2 boxes of 3 oz. Jello
- 2 cups boiling water
- Berries for decoration
- Bake the cake, and then poke holes throughout it. (You can use a fork, a bamboo skewer stick, whatever you’d like.)
- Mix each box of Jello with 1 cup each boiling water, stir until the Jello is completely dissolved.
- Pour the hot liquid Jello over the top of the cake carefully. You can do one color on each side, or go for a tie-dye design!
- Refrigerate cake for at least an hour, and then frost with whipped cream and decorate with berries.
This is a really great recipe to do with kids. They’ll have a blast poking holes into the cake. If you do want them to help with pouring the Jello, make sure that is has cooled down enough before they pour it. Have fun with this cake, it’s a great one! It’s sure to be a hit at your next gathering!
Looking for an inexpensive way to cool off? There’s no need to empty your pockets for an ice cream from the ice cream truck, or drive down to the nearest snow cone shack, you have everything you need for some frozen treats at home!
A few of my most favorite fruits to freeze are listed below. I am not 100% sure of how long you will need to keep each in the freezer, so I’d just play around with it, checking on them every couple hours.
Frozen fruit is the best. Not only is it super yummy and cool, but it’s healthy as well! If you have kids, trying a few of these could help you to get your kid to try a new fruit, or look at a fruit they may have previously refused in a new light. (Be careful though, frozen fruit can pose a serious choking hazard, make sure that you supervise your kids as they eat some of these.)
Grapes: An old favorite, we’ve been freezing grapes at home since I was a kid. I completely prefer frozen grapes to the regular ones.
Pineapple: Cut up some pineapple into small chunks and freeze them! Bonus points for dipping them into chocolate beforehand for an extra yummy treat.
Banana: Have you ever had a frozen chocolate covered banana? They sell them at theme parks, and they are divine! But even if you choose to just slice up the banana and freeze that, it will still be delicious.
Cherries: I just tried this yesterday, and it was a success! I had actually frozen them overnight because I forgot about them, so I left them out on the counter for a few minutes to thaw out a tiny bit. With the cherries, you will need to be careful with the pit. It is quite a bit harder to get rid of in the frozen cherry.
Blueberries: My new favorite! Frozen blueberries are amazing. Just toss a handful into a Ziploc and place it in the freezer for a couple hours.
In addition to eating these, the frozen fruits also work great added to drinks like Sprite for a little added flavor and color pop.
Do you have any fruits that you just love frozen? I’ve heard good things about frozen watermelon, but I’ve never tried it! Let us know in the comments below!
I love s’mores. I may just admit that they are one of my favorite foods. I regularly find myself heating up a marshmallow and chocolate in the microwave to put on a graham cracker for breakfast, I’m addicted to the s’mores frappuccino Starbucks has during the Summer, and any chance I get to start a fire in our backyard fire pit so that I can roast some, I jump on it.
Now, with them being my favorite food and all, there’s no way I could ever think that the original is boring. But I appreciate change, so mixing it up a little couldn’t hurt, right?
Here are a few different s’more variations you’ve got to try at your next bonfire!
Nutella S’more: I remember when Nutella was the most popular thing ever. You would regularly see people walking around with a jar of the stuff and a spoon. (Not that I ever did that…) Even though it doesn’t have quite the same fame as it did, it’s still amazing. And it tastes great when spread on your graham crackers before adding a perfectly toasted marshmallow.
Double Chocolate S’more: Instead of the regular graham crackers, try the chocolate variety. If you are a chocoholic, beware. You may fall further into your chocolate addiction.
Raspberry Dark Chocolate S’more: Make your s’more with dark chocolate and add fresh raspberries. This was by far my favorite of all the s’mores I tried.
Peanut Butter S’more: Simply sub out the Hershey’s for a Peanut Butter Cup! If you’re a peanut butter lover, then this will be heaven.
Coconut S’more: Have you seen those toasted coconut marshmallows? Well, they’re the best. Try them out in your next s’more, you’ll fall in love.
Mint S’more: Just as you did with the Peanut Butter Cup variety, substitute the Hershey’s chocolate with one or two Andes Mint pieces.
Cinnamon S’more: Pick up a box of the cinnamon graham crackers and use those instead of the originals. The cinnamon in the graham cracker and the chocolate go so well together.
What about you, do you have any s’mores recipes that you love?