Simple Strawberry Smoothies

Strawberry smoothies are one of life’s simple pleasures! Easy to make and always a delicious treat, my kids are always clamoring for smoothies. This week we opted to try them with freeze-dried strawberries…and I have to say, I think we’ll stick with our frozen berries. I’ve included our recipe for freeze-dried berry smoothies, in case you’d like to try it, but this is one place, where I wouldn’t recommend freeze-dried fruit. –Mellyn

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Vanilla Cookies with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

I love sugar cookies, but I don’t always have the time to make them or the inclination to clean up the kitchen afterwards. These pretty, little cookies solve both problems — they’re fast to make and since they’re scooped, not rolled, they make less mess! –Mellyn Continue reading

Strawberry Sauce

This is one of my favorite basic recipes. I use the same “formula” to create low-sugar fruit sauces out of blueberries, strawberries, mandarin oranges, peaches or anything else that sounds appealing! The uses for this sauce are equally diverse. We eat it most often on pancakes or waffles, but this week I’ll show you how to use it to dress up a plain chocolate cake, as well. –Mellyn Continue reading

Breakfast in a Jar

These began in my kitchen one day when I realized my mornings were too crazy. I decided to plan ahead and made up several jars of pre-measured ingredients for our morning oatmeal. Then in the morning I just bring my water to a boil and pour in the rest! It makes breakfast so easy I can do it with a baby in my arms, and one hanging hungrily on each leg too!
Weeks later I discovered that if I made pretty layers in my jars, they make a great gift for a new mommy or someone not feeling well. I used to just take dinner to families in need. Now I can add breakfast! Continue reading