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Red, White, and Butter

strawberry butter

Warning! Staring at the above picture or reading this post may make your taste buds salivate.

A friend gave me a starter mix of bread the other week.  It brought back memories of when I was younger and my mom and her friends would swap bread starter mixes back and forth all Summer.  Meaning we had fresh bread and strawberry butter ALL the time!

Strawberry butter pairs with fresh bread about like peanut butter pairs with jelly.  They go hand and hand.  So before I baked my bread this past weekend I asked my mom for the butter recipe.

This quick recipe took less than ten minutes and only requires three ingredients.

 

Strawberry Butter Recipe

  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar

This butter can be made with any mixture of fruit.  I made a second batch using blueberries.

ingredientsTo make this yummy mixture mix the sugar and butter together.  Next blend the strawberries until only a few chunks remain and then add to the butter mixture.  Blending the strawberries partly juices them.  The juice is what gives the butter the pretty pink color.  While the butter was still soft I spooned it into some ramekins for a finished look. Yum!

strawberry butter

For the blueberry butter I did the same thing except that I only blended about half of the blueberries.  The rest I just added to the butter mixture and smashed with the back of a fork.
blueberry butterThis stuff looks so delicious you could almost justify eating without the bread.  If the thought of Summer, bathing suits, and shorts wasn’t on my mind I just might do that!

Finally, I paired my fruit flavored butter with my fresh baked bread.  Ah-mazing!
bread and butterThis was super easy and major yummy.  The white bread, and red, and blue butter would be perfect for a Memorial Day breakfast or any other patriotic holiday get together.

Ok.  Now be honest… Did  you make into the end of the post without your mouth watering?  Who wants some right now to pile high on a piece of bread?  Me! Me! Me!  Oh, why can’t this stuff be as healthy as a green salad?

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Cooking with Pinterest

Has anybody else like me started searching for recipes on Pinterest? Mainly, I just repin other people’s pins (to everybody I follow, you have great taste). Unlike the crafts and design ideas I have found on there, I have actually cooked some of the pinned recipes. I thought I would share a few with you. These are easy, go-to recipes.

Chili’s Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Ranch Sauce

The website suggests this as an appetizer, but I turned it into a meal simply by pairing it with some rice… Mexican rice would be great. This was my first attempt at making egg rolls. For anybody wondering (that would have been me), egg roll wrappers are found in the produce section near the mushrooms and salad dressing. This is a great meatless meal, but shredded chicken could easily be added to the mix for those meat lovers out there. These egg rolls are baked not fried, so it’s perfect for anybody still sticking to their new year’s resolution to eat healthier and lose weight! My avocado was not ripe enough, so I made the sauce without it. It turned out fine.

Chocolate Banana Treat

I have to confess mine didn’t turn out anything like the picture. Even after two tries, it still didn’t look like the picture. But it tasted great… that’s what counts. Ours ended up looking more like chocolate pudding. This is the perfect, healthy dessert for my banana-loving husband and this chocolate-craving wife! At 110 calories who can resist?

Zucchini with Roma Tomatoes and Basil

They suggest this as a side, but I turned mine into the main dish just by placing it on a bed of pasta and fixing corn as the side. The zucchini was so juicy and full of flavor… this is definitely a recipe I will use again. Any good meaty tomato will work. Whole Foods didn’t have any Roma Tomatoes. So I bought the least expensive ones I could find, and they worked great. The recipe calls for bread crumbs, but I left them out (packaged bread crumbs are a possible source of msg… migraine triggers). And it still tasted wonderful.

One Minute Peanut Butter Cake

This recipe uses common ingredients in your kitchen. I actually had all of them on hand, so I gave it a try the first day I pinned it. I hate to break the bad news… it might take a little longer (allow 5 minutes). That’s a small price to pay to get such a yummy dessert though. A mixture of peanut butter, chocolate and a few other goodies are poured in a ramekin (or bowl) and zapped in the microwave for 30 seconds. That’s right! Thirty seconds and you have a cake, a delicious cake at that. My husband couldn’t believe it. Unlike the chocolate banana treat, this recipe is for days when you feel like splurging, or you can split it (that’s what we did).

Have you tried any of these recipes from Pinterest? Have you found any others that are a must to try? I am always open to new recipes! We love variety in cooking at my house.

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