Tag Archives: Strawberry

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Love this recipe!  So easy, so yummy…and perfect for a play date.  I am pretty sure the kids liked it and I know the Mommies sure did!  Thank you Pioneer Woman for a great recipe.

This recipe intrigued me because the filling can changed to any fruity jam or preserves.  So depending on your mood or whatever jar of jam you have in your pantry, you most likely have all of the ingredients on hand.  Though…it sounds like the strawberry is the best if you need a comfort food.  They were hard to only eat one….perfectly sweet!

Using SweetStackers trays

Using SweetStackers trays

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

  • 1 3/4 sticks salted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 10 to 12-ounce jar strawberry preserves

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Add the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl.  Cut in the butter (using your hands, combine the butter into the dry ingredients) until it makes course crumbs.  Spread half of the mixture into the greased pan, pushing it evenly and tightly into the corners.  Add a layer of the jam over the oatmeal crumble, carefully spreading it with a knife.  Then layer the remaining oatmeal crumble over the top of the jam.

Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Now for the hard part.  Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

using SweetStackers

using SweetStackers


Balsamic Strawberry-Banana Bread

This is not your ordinary banana bread, which by itself is absolutely delicious.  But I thought to give my banana bread recipe a little make-over and add a summer twist with strawberries.  The base ingredients were the same as my banana bread recipe, but I only added one banana and made a homemade balsamic strawberry sauce.  Balsamic vinegar and strawberries are a great combination because it brings out the sweetness of the berry.  I was pleasantly surprised that this bread turned out even better!

Balsamic Strawberry-Banana Bread

Balsamic vinegar and Strawberry Sauce

1 Cup fresh or frozen strawberries, chopped

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

In a saucepan, stir the strawberries and sugar over medium heat for 5 minutes until the strawberries cook down into a sauce.  Add the balsamic vinegar to combine.  Remove from heat and set aside.

This sauce would even be delicious over yogurt or ice cream.  Ooh…the possibilities!

But here is the bread recipe…

Strawberry-Banana Bread with

Balsamic Strawberry-Banana Bread

2 C flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 C butter

1 C sugar

1 medium mashed bananas

balsamic strawberry sauce (recipe above)

1/3 C milk

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 C chopped nuts (optional)

1/2 C chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Grease pan, mix all ingredients together and place in a 9 x 5 x 3 inch pan and bake for 60-70 minutes.  I used 3 mini loaf pans and baked for 45 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Ballerina Cupcakes

My little ballerina turned 4 years old and we had a ballerina themed birthday party for her.  This party theme was so pretty in pink, with a pink rosette ballerina birthday cake and matching cupcakes.  I made these darling cupcake picks that looked like a leotard and tutu.  The leotard was made out of two pieces (front and back) of white cardstock taped to a cake pop stick.  The tutu part of the dress was made from ruffle lace trim, glued to the card stock leotard and embellished with a satin ribbon bow.  So simple and beautiful.  Once they were complete, I realized that these would make a beautiful centerpiece for a princess party or bridal shower.  I displayed the cupcakes on a glass cake stand and elevated the birthday girl’s cupcake on an inverted champagne glass.  The cupcake fit perfectly on the base of the stemware.

The cupcakes were filled with a surprise in the middle.  Cupcake can be filled with many different things, but since the cake was filled with a strawberry pastry or cake filling, I thought I would change-up the cupcakes.  The cupcakes had a whole strawberry inserted into the cupcake.  Oh and were they a big hit with both the kids and adults!

The happy baker was so excited to use a new tool in my kitchen – a cupcake corer.  This made the whole process so easy to scoop out a perfect chunk of cupcake to insert a whole strawberry.  The cupcakes were then frosted with pink cream cheese icing using a large star-shaped decorator tip in a swirl rosette pattern.

Filling cupcakes with Strawberries

Who wouldn’t want to sink their teeth into one of these?

Strawberry filled Cupcakes

Mango Strawberry Salsa

It’s summer!  Instead of heating up the house,  most of my cooking is done on the grill!  I am always looking for different ways to dress up my grilled meat.  This salsa is very easy, colorful, tasty and a perfect topping for your grilled chicken, fish or pork.  Ideal for a summer BBQ when company comes over.  Another bonus…my kids loved it!

Look to your veggie garden and see what you can harvest!  I was able to harvest my first banana pepper today, which was perfect timing since this recipe calls for it.  You could substitute hotter peppers if you would like to spice things up a bit!  But, banana peppers were perfect and kid friendly!


1 Mango – diced

1/4 C green onion – chopped

2 TB brown sugar

1 small banana pepper

1/2 tsp. lime zest

1 TB lime juice

1/8 tsp. salt

pepper to taste

3/4 C strawberries – diced

Combine half of the diced mango, green onions, brown sugar, pepper, lime zest, lime juice and salt in a small saucepan.  Heat over low heat for about 10 minutes.  Removed from heat and add the rest of the ingredients.  Serve immediately over your meat or fish.  This recipe made enough to top 6 small chicken breasts.

Farm Fresh Stawberries and Cheesecake

Hooray for the first day of summer and boo to the last day of farm fresh strawberries!  My girls and I took a short trip to the local farm stand to purchase some fruits and vegetables.  The sign off the side of the road said “last day for fresh strawberries”.  We purchased a pint, hurried home to wash them up and have a taste – devine!

We easily could have gobbled them all up, but I thought it would be a great opportunity to get my kids baking a special treat on a hot summer day.  This light and refreshing cheesecake would be a great way to celebrate!

I had my 5 year old, mix 1 1/2 C of crushed graham crackers with  1/8 C melted butter and 2 TB sugar.  She pressed the mixture on the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan.  You can use a pie plate, but the higher sides of a springform pan kept the crumbs contained.

For the cheese mixture, they helped measure the following ingredients and placed them into a stand mixer:  2 – 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, 2 eggs, 1 TB vanilla, 4 TB half&half, 1/2 C sugar.  The cheese mixtured was poured over the crust and placed into a 350° oven for 20 minutes.

Once this came out of the oven, my 3 year old combined the following topping ingredients: 1/2 pint sour cream, 2 TB sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla.

Spread the topping mixture over the cooled cheese cake and place in the 350° oven for an additional 5 minutes.

Once cooled, we place the sliced farm fresh strawberries over the top.

Heavenly!  Light and refreshing on a hot summer day.