Thursday, May 12, 2011

Summer Strawberries

I love strawberries.  But sometimes when I buy them, they come home and live out the rest of their lives in the refrigerator. I'm not always exactly sure what to do with them.  So for times where you find yourself in a similar situation, I've got a few ideas for you.

Last December I gave you balsamic strawberries.  If you haven't tried this yet, you haven't really lived.

For a light breakfast or an easy dessert, chop fresh strawberries and let them marinade in a little sugar for 1/2 hour, then serve with yogurt and granola.  I just recently found some awesome granola called 'Bear Naked'.  It took me two months before the name clicked and I realized how naughty the name is.  Two months!

For another simple dessert, marinade strawberries in sugar and serve with a box mix angle food cake and a dollop of cool whip... so good!

And finally, switch up your breakfast by toasting some bagel thins (or regular bagels), smear on some regular cream cheese and top with sliced strawberries.

There you have it!  Four easy and delicious ways to enjoy strawberries.  If you have any other easy strawberry concoctions, let me know!  If you've got more time on your hands and more determination, the Pioneer Woman just had a post on different ways to use strawberries. 

I forgot to include these gems that I made way back in the beginning of BD - Strawberry Brown Sugar Gratin

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Updated Wish List

I recently had an epiphany.  It was a couple of days ago when I was in the kitchen trying to figure out what to eat for lunch.  At the bottom of the fridge sat a sad, half eaten turkey sandwich that was getting soggier by the second.  Sigh.  Even in it's sad state, the sandwich had potential.  I thought to myself that I could throw it in the microwave for a minute, to get the cheese melted and attempt to bring it back to life.  But that would only worsen the soggy-ness.  The oven!  Of course!  But, I didn't  have time to heat an oven; I had to be to work in 20 minutes.  What to do?  If only there was a small appliance that could heat like an oven in the time of a microwave.  Then the light bulb above my head lit up.  I knew what had been lacking in my life.  A toaster oven!  I felt like I had discovered the secret to life.