Strawberry season is in full swing (almost done locally!), so we decided to make the most of the beautiful morning and head over to Stades Farm in McHenry (Kristy’s Review of Stades) to pick some strawberries.
My children love berries. I’m pretty sure they should have weighed them before entering because I think more berries ended up in their belly than in the baskets! Before our baskets were even full, the kids were dreaming up all the different things they were going to be making with the strawberries once we got home.
Summer Strawberry Recipes
With three kids, one just 15 months, evenings are chaotic (to say the least). By the time we are done with dinner, the baby is done for the evening. We don’t have time for complicated desserts, so we love berry season! Combine berries with some COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, and you have a dessert my daughter would call “easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy”!
After a day spent in the sun, we wanted a quick and easy dessert that could be fun for all the kids that gather in our backyard. A friend let me know about her favorite fruit dip, and it was so easy the kids could help!
Easy Fruit Dip Recipe
1 package of Jello (any flavor, we used blue raspberry) + tub of COOL WHIP = Blue Berry Dip:
The kids loved it! We will be making these a few more times this summer for parties because it was so easy and festive! I think for the Fourth, I’m going to make a red one too so we can have a patriotic colored dip!
While we were at Stades, we snacked on their homemade apple cider donuts. They were so tasty. So when I saw that they also sold homemade shortcakes, I had to buy them. My husband’s favorite dessert is strawberry shortcake, and with 20 pounds of fresh strawberries, I had to be sure he got some!
Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
I don’t follow a recipe for my shortcake I just hull and quarter strawberries…this was probably about 2lb
Sprinkle strawberries with sugar and let sit in the fridge. Since we picked these and they were super sweet, I only used about two large soup spoons full…with store-bought berries, we usually use about ¼ cup or more. Mix up and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour to make a sauce. The longer it sits, the saucier it will become.
Scoop strawberries and sauce onto shortcake shell:
Top with COOL WHIP and enjoy!
What are your favorite ways to enjoy strawberries or COOL WHIP?
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