20 Must-Try Strawberry Recipes

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20 Must-Try Strawberry RecipesSo many strawberry recipes, so little time! I’ve rounded up all of my favorites and plopped them into one easy-to-access post. Enjoy! {I certainly did!}

Strawberry-Basil-SalsaStrawberry Basil Salsa: The basil-strawberry combo is out of this world good. I eat it with a thin layer of cream cheese on a toasted baguette {a few Triscuit crackers, too} and it’s one of my very favorite summer snacks. {Pin it for later}

Strawberry-Muffins-with-Oatmeal-Crumb-Topping-Strawberry Muffins w/ Oatmeal Crumb Topping: The oatmeal crumb topping gives this muffin a little crunchy kick on top. Perfect breakfast or brunch recipe! {Pin it for later}

Strawberry-and-Nutella-Crepes-with-BananasStrawberry and Nutella Crepes w/ Bananas: Repeat after me: these are a breakfast food, not a dessert. That’s how I justify eating so many in the morning! {Pin it for later}

Strawberries-and-Cream-Baked-Oatmeal1Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal: Okay, so if the Nutella crepes were a bit too sweet for you for breakfast, try ’em for dessert and make this oatmeal for breakfast instead. It’s equally as tasty, but much healthier for you! {Pin it for later}

Strawberry-Kiwi-Jam-RecipeStrawberry Kiwi Jam: If you want to take your strawberry jam to the next level, kiwis are the answer. Who knew, right? nth reader Melanie who suggested I make a batch of strawberry kiwi jam with all those free kiwis I picked up from Mr. Produce Guy last week. Yummalicious is how I would describe this jam! {Pin it for later}strawberry syrupStrawberry Syrup: If boring old maple syrup just isn’t doing it for you anymore, tray slathering your pancakes in this syrup. It’s also amazing on homemade ice cream! {Pin it for later}
strawberry-pudding-cake_optStrawberry Pudding Cake: The pudding in the cake makes it crazy moist and oh so tasty. It’s always a hit at every BBQ I bring it too. {Pin it for later}
strawberry bruschettaStrawberry Bruschetta: If you love the salty/sweet combo, you absolutely have to try this bruschetta. It’s so simple and fresh and makes the perfect summer appetizer. {Pin it for later}
recipe-strawberry-basil-jamStrawberry Basil Jam: Can you tell I like the basil and strawberry combo? I really can’t get enough of it. If you’re in the same boat, go make this jam pronto. It. Is. Awesome. {Pin it for later}

Strawberry-Peach-SmoothieStrawberry Peach Smoothie: Smoothies are the perfect way to kick off any morning, and this one is no exception. I love the flavors of peaches and strawberries together, so of course this smoothie was a hit! {Pin it for later}
The Best Strawberry Shortcake RecipeThe Best Strawberry Shortcake: It’s not a lie. This really is the best strawberry shortcake recipe I’ve ever had or made or shared. It’s perfect and sometimes we eat it for dinner. No judging. {Pin it for later}
strawberry streusel breadStrawberry Streusel Bread: If banana bread is overdone in your house too, give this streusel bread a try. I promise you won’t regret it! {Pin it for later}

Strawberry-Shortcake-Skillet-CobblerStrawberry Shortcake Skillet Cobbler: You know I’m a fan of strawberry shortcake and I’m a total  sucker for all things skillet. So combining these two worlds in this skillet shortcake recipe was nothing short of genius. {Pin it for later}

strawberry-blueberry-trifleStrawberry and Blueberry Trifle: I’m not gonna lie, it tastes as awesome as it looks. And it looks freakin amazing. It’s so festive though, it’s hard to dig into and ruin the look. But it’s worth it. Trust me. {Pin it for later}
Strawberry-Tarts-with-Ginger-Pecan-CrustStrawberry Tarts with Ginger-Pecan Crust: This is a fun one to bring to dinner parties or adult BBQs I’m invited to. It’s not my everyday dessert. It’s my “something special” dessert. Once you try it, you’ll understand why! {Pin it for later}

Strawberry-Rhubarb-Crisp1Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp: I brought one of these to a pot luck dessert last year and it was gone within 5 minutes. I kid you not. Rhubarb is the it thing in baking these days! {Pin it for later}

how-to-make-strawberry-almond-granolaStrawberry Almond Granola: I like to make huge batches of this because it’s become a big favorite of Monkey Boy and the HH. I’ll put it in both of their lunches and take some as a snack during the day for me too! {Pin it for later}
Strawberry-Rhubarb-Crumb-PieStrawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie: Again with the strawberry/rhubarb combo, but if it works, don’t mess with it, right? The crust with the yummy filling and that crumbly topping makes my mouth water. Mmm, mmm good. {Pin it for later}
Strawberry-Chipotle-Jam-canning-recipeStrawberry Chipotle Jam: Sometimes I like to switch things up when I’m making batch after batch of good ol strawberry jam. This alternative is so different and so good, that it’s hard for me to go back to the original! {Pin it for later}

strawberry ice creamOld Fashioned Strawberry Ice Cream: Going back to the basics is sometimes a great thing. Like in the case of this ice cream. It’s so creamy and chunky and awesome. The flavors are perfect too. Yum! {Pin it for later}

Looking for more strawberry recipes? Check out my Strawberry Recipe Board on Pinterest!

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Lucy the Puggle Dog Helps in the Garden

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lucy the puggle dogI set out to transplant some lettuce seedlings this morning and Lucy, my garden helper extraordinaire, decided to tag along.

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At our last house she dug holes for me in the garden all the time, but here at our new house it’s a little harder for her because we built the garden boxes so high. 16″ to be exact. We built them higher this time around so we could grow root crops during the winter months {something that was difficult at our last place}.

lucy the puggle dog diggingWell today, Lucy finally got to do some digging.
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18 holes to be exact. And she loved every minute of it.

Oh Lucy. I love you. You are such a good pup.

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Helpful Tip: Easy Jigsaw Puzzle Storage Idea

Easy Jigsaw Puzzle Storage Idea

Easy Jigsaw Puzzle Storage IdeaIf you are a puzzle lover, you know one of the biggest problems with completing a large jigsaw puzzle is that its, well, large. It takes up a ton of space in your house. I’ve seen many families give up their dining room table to a puzzle for months because there was no where else large enough to store it. Well here’s an easy solution: slide it under your couch! Seriously.

Easy Jigsaw Puzzle Storage Idea

You’ll need an old bulletin board or a sheet of cork board {you can frame it if you’d like}. Start assembling your puzzle on the cork board {it also helps to keep your pieces in place} and when you’re done working on it for the day, simply slide it under your couch. It doesn’t take up an extra inch of space around the house and it keeps your house looking clutter free {if you’re OCD like, that’s a big deal!}.

Then, when you are ready to work on it again, just slide it back out and BOOM. Back to work you go. This is also helpful if you have little “helpers” that want to constantly, ahem, work on the puzzle with you. The puzzle will be hidden from sight!

Now go get your puzzle on!

~Mavis

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Go Nuts for Your Health

peanutsRemember when nuts were a guilty pleasure.  Now, it seems like everywhere  you turn, nuts are the new “heart-healthy” super food.  Well, it turns out, after a several decade long study, they really are that awesome.

A study cited on treehugger followed 120,000 Dutch men and women since 1986, and found that those who ate a 10 grams of nuts {or peanuts} per day had decreased risk for death when compared to peeps who don’t eat nuts regularly.

Not only did the study show a lowered risk for heart disease, but it also appeared to lower the “mortality due to respiratory disease, neurodegenerative disease…diabetes…and cancer.”  I don’t know about you, but that’s good enough for me…so bring on the “half a handful” of nuts each day.

And, just in case you want to mix it up a bit, here’s a couple of recipes to try so that you can get your super food on:

Cashew Almond Bars
Cashew Almond Bars

Easy Crock Pot Recipes - Curried Almonds
Curried Almonds

Grain-Free-Granola
Grain Free Granola

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Free Kindle Books, Free Qdoba, Water Bob, Amazon Subscribe and Save $5 Magazine Sale and More

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lucy the puggle dog

Poor Lucy puggle. She does not like the heat one bit. Earlier in the spring she would happily walk for an hour around the neighborhood. But with the temps in the upper 80’s the past few weeks… she will barely go for more than 10- 15 minutes. Is this normal? Does your dog prefer to stay indoors when it’s hot outside as well?

Poor puggles. :(

Mavis

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Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 24 of 52

Black-Bean-Fajitas

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 24 of 52Now that the kids are out of school and summer vacation is finally here all I can think about it is pulling out the simple recipes so I don’t spend too much time in the kitchen. There is so much to do in the garden and with family this time of year. Easy peasy is my middle name.

Here are this weeks menu plan selections:Raisin-Bran-Muffins-recipe3 Breakfast Ideas

Strawberries & Cream Baked Oatmeal – Since I am loving Strawberry Malt-o-Meal from my 30-day supply pack right now, I think it only fitting that I provide a homemade version for you to make.  {Pin it for Later}

Raisin Bran Muffins – These babies are packed with fiber.  They are also pretty darn tasty.  {Pin it for Later}

Ham and Cheese Broccoli Breakfast Casserole – This would be a fantastic menu item for Father’s day.  {Pin it for Later}

Black-Bean-Fajitas4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Black Bean Fajitas – This is one of the those “meatless Monday” meals that everyone looks forward to. {Pin it for Later}

Southwest Chicken Chili – This is a great way to use up left-over chicken.  Plus, it’s a crock pot meal, so it’s perfect for those summer days when you don’t want to spend the day over a hot stove.  {Pin it for Later}

Asian Chicken with Ginger – Every time I make this meal, I wonder why I don’t use more ginger in my cooking.  It has such a unique and awesome flavor.    {Pin it for Later}

Baked Zucchini Fries – Zucchini season is almost here–make sure to add these to your to-do list.  {Pin it for Later}

Almond Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti3 Sweet Treats 

Raspberry Sorbet – The raspberry canes should be starting to flower–which means soon enough you’ll be able to whip up some raspberry sorbet.  {Pin it for Later}

Nutella No Bake Cookies – What is it about Nutella that makes the world a better place?  {Pin it for Later}

Almond Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti – You better believe I am making a batch of these the second my 30 day challenge is up.  Then, I am going to lazily dunk them in my morning tea.  {Pin it for Later}

Freezer-Meal-Taco-CasseroleFeatured Freezer Meal Recipe

Taco Casserole – Freezer meals are the bomb-diggety–especially if you can talk some friends into popping over and assembling them.  {Pin it for Later}

Recipe How to Make Homemade ApplesauceFeatured Canning Recipe 

Homemade Applesauce – I usually wait to can most of my applesauce in the fall, BUT, if I can get a great deal on apples, I’ll make up a batch or two to get us through.  {Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

Find more recipes on One Hundred Dollars a Month as well as on my Pinterest Recipe Boards.

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Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food – Days 12, 13 and 14

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sound to narrows

Little known fact about me… I am prone to passing out.

It happens at least once a year. Either because I got up to fast or because I did not keep my sugar levels in check. I am not diabetic. I don’t have low iron {not anymore at least} and I’ve been this way ever since I was a little kid. Ask my Mom, or the HH. It’s probably why I am more of a snacker than a 3 meals a day kind of person. I’ve been tested for all sorts of things and everyone just says the same thing. You’re fine. Take it easy. Eat a cookie. Yada yada yada. You’ll be fine.

That being said, my one and only goal for this past weekend… was to finish the Sound to Narrows 5k race a friend and I had signed up for before I took this nutty living off a 30 day emergency supply of food challenge. Even if it took me two hours… I was determined to finish. Without passing out.

Day 12 – Friday

Breakfast – Strawberry Oatmeal 300 calories

Snack – Beans and Rice 320 calories

pasta primavera

Lunch, Dinner and Dinner – Pasta Primavera {1140 calories – 380 calories per serving}

I decided to eat an extra serving of pasta at dinner. The pasta primavera has the highest amount of calories per serving in the entire kit so I figured this was the smartest way to go about adding extra calories in the day before.

My stomach has adjusted to the amount of food I’ve been consuming lately and I actually felt full after my third bowl of pasta on Friday.

Total Calories Consumed on Day 12 –  1760

Total Beverages Consumed on Day  12 –  8 bottles of water {I’m using this to drink out of}

The hardest part about day 12?

I was hoping to get to get at least 9 hours of sleep the night before the race, but I ended up drinking water really late in the evening for some odd reason and have to make a midnight trip to the loo and had a hard time falling back to sleep.

strawberry oatmeal

Day 13 – Saturday

Breakfast – Strawberry Oatmeal 450 calories {300 calories per serving}

Saturday being race day and all I decided to eat an extra {half} helping of oatmeal to help get me through the race.

Snack – Beans and Rice 320 calories

chicken teriyaki

Lunch and Dinner Chicken Teriyaki 230 calories

The chicken teriyaki was pretty saucy so instead of finishing up the liquid with a spoon, I decided to save it for the next day and spoon it over my rice instead. If you’ve ever had to eat plain rice and beans for nearly two weeks straight, having a little seasoning makes the meal so much more enjoyable. :)

Total Calories Consumed on Day 13 –  1000

Total Beverages Consumed on Day 13 –  9 bottles of water {I’m using this to drink out of}

The hardest part about day 13?

The race of course! I was shocked I was able to finish in under 35 minutes with ZERO training and such limited calories for 2 weeks. I wasn’t even trying super hard either. I haven’t even taken Lucy on a walk lately that has been longer than 10 minutes so I was pretty pleased that 1. I was able to finish and 2. My time was great {all things considered}.

After the race I came home and took a very long nap. It was so long in fact that I missed lunch. But I needed the rest , that’s for sure.

dukes burger

Day 14 – Sunday {Monkey Boy’s Graduation}

After graduation we headed to Duke’s Chowder House on the Tacoma waterfront. When the waitress took our drink order I requested water. I thought it was going to be super awkward but it wasn’t. My parents were totally on board with my crazy Living off a 30 emergency supply of food challenge but the HH was rolling his eyeballs at me.

I hung in there though… and I am so glad I did.

Breakfast – Strawberry Malt-o-Meal 220 calories

Snack – Beans and Rice 320 calories

Lunch and Dinner – Chicken Teriyaki 460 calories (230 calories per serving}

beans and rice

Total Calories Consumed on Day  –  1000

Total Beverages Consumed on Day 14 –  8 bottles of water {I’m using this to drink out of}

The hardest part about day 14?

Watching everyone at the restaurant eat giant portions or freakin’ delicious food while I shoveled beans and rice in to my mouth. It wasn’t as awkward as I thought it would be though, so that was a plus.

I’m halfway there BABY!!!

~Mavis

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Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food – Day 1

Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food – Day 2

Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food – Day 3

Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food – Day 4

Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food Days 5, 6 and 7

Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food Days 8 and 9

Living off a 30 Day Emergency Supply of Food Days 10 and 11

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Money Saving Tip – Ask for a Cash Discount at the Dentist and Orthodontist

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Even though you may already have a dental plan {or if you happen to go over your allowable benefits because you need 3 new teeth this year!!}, there is still a simple way to save money. Ask for a cash discount.

My children’s dentist gives a 5% cash discount if you pay up front. I realize that is not always an option, but if you do have the ability to scrape together some cash, it just might save you a good chunk of change!

Simply ask your dentist if he’d be willing to give you a discount for paying in cash. Since you’ll be saving him money on credit card fees and he won’t have to pay someone to handle all the billing, I bet he might be willing to give some sort of discount. Paying in full at the time of service in cash might be something hard for him to turn down.

He might also say no, but it never hurts to ask. And if the answer is yes, you just saved yourself some money with one simple question. Not too shabby I say!

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