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Celebrating National Strawberry Shortcake Day with a Party @driscollsberry #StrawShortcake

10 Jun

National Strawberry Shortcake Day is June 14th.  Did you know that the first ever shortcake recipe was printed in an english cookbook in 1588?  In the 1850’s Strawberries were added to the delicious shortcake.  Since then, there have been several variations of one of America’s favorite desserts with whipped cream added to the sweet treat in 1910.  

Images from Driscolls

Images from Driscoll’s

 

Our refrigerator is always stocked with Driscoll’s Strawberries.  It was hard pass up the opportunity to celebrate National Strawberry Shortcake Day with Driscoll’s.  When I asked my 5-year-old daughter how we could celebrate, naturally she said “with a party”.   We started the planning process and decided to keep it simple and invite a few neighbors. We looked through recipes and looked at the history to find out which variation we wanted to make.  Growing up in the 1980’s, angel food cake with whipped cream and strawberries was very popular and the only version I remember having as a child.  I told her it was my favorite summer dessert and my brother had it at everyone of her birthdays.  She decided we should try my childhood favorite.

A few days before the party, we went to a friends bake sale.  My daughter saw ice cream cone cupcakes there.  She decided she wanted her strawberry shortcake in a cone. I suggested making cupcakes to in case some of the adults or kids didn’t want a cone. On the day of the party, we were about to fill our the cones and cupcake liners with angel food cake when she decided to add strawberries to the batter to “surprise” her friends.  Together we came up our own variation called Strawberry Shortcake Surprise, Any Way You Like (recipe below) in which guests could choose how they wanted their cake and what would go on it.

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What you will need:

Ingredients:

  • Boxed Angel Food Cake or try this recipe on Driscoll’s
  • Package of Ice Cream Cones
  • 1 container Driscoll’s  Strawberries (available at Whole Foods)
  • 1 can Whipped Cream (We used Whole Foods 365)
  • Strawberry Ice Cream
  • “Surprise” Toppings: My girls favorites are strawberries, rainbow sprinkles, and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

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Directions:

  1. Lay aluminum foil over half of the cupcake pan.  Cut slits in the aluminum to place ice cream cone.  Line the remaining cupcake spots.
  2. Let your child(ren) help by slicing or chopping the strawberries using a Curious Chef Knife or mixing the Angel Food Cake ingredients together.
  3. Fill cupcakes and cones with cake batter and strawberries.  Bake for 12-15, times will vary so make sure to check occasionally.
  4. Clean up and set the table for the party.
  5. Place Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Cupcakes, Ice Cream Cones, “Surprise” Toppings, Aladdin Mason cup(s) or bowels on the tables.
  6. Let your little guests get creative and create their very own Strawberry Shortcake Surprise. Strawberry ice cream was added too the cones, topped by whipped cream and delicious toppings while cupcakes were eaten with whipped cream and fresh strawberries or were placed in a mason and layered with with the ice cream, whipped cream, and other toppings.

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A party wouldn’t be complete without decorations and activities.  To let our neighbors know where the party was, my daughter made a sign on her boogie board and stuck it on the door.  When my girls hear Strawberry Short Cake, they think of their favorite show and the adorable characters.  We used our Strawberry Short Cake Berry Bitty Clubhouse on the table for decoration which the kids had fun playing with after.  The next activity was, pin the strawberry on the shortcake.  I printed a blank cake my daughter colored in.  Each child picked a Peaceable Kingdom Scratch and Sniff Strawberry Sticker and took their turn to get it on the cake.  It was a blast.

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The next variation of Strawberry Shortcake we make will be  Dorrie Greenspans Strawberry Mouse Shortcake (below).  Check out her story and connection to Strawberry Shortcake on Driscoll’s.

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Image from Driscoll’s

For more great recipes visit http://www.driscolls.com/recipes.  Follow the celebration with @driscollsberry on twitter and instagram using #StrawShortcake!

Click the Image to ENTER for a chance to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer & a year of berries

Click the Image to ENTER for a chance to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer & a year of berries

Happy National Strawberry Shortcake Day 2014!

Happy National Strawberry Shortcake Day 2014!

Disclaimer:  I received coupons and a gift card to Whole Foods to use towards our celebration with Driscoll’s  All ideas and opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics are from Driscoll’s.

 

 

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Fun Friday: A Pancake Party

13 Sep

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Over the summer, the girls had a blast having Pancake Parties with their friends-morning, day, or night.  My oldest had so much fun she requested one for her 5th birthday, which happened to be last Friday.

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Pancake Parties are easy!  All you need:

  • Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake Mix (make a head of time)
  • Small bowls for you favorite “mix-in” ingredients.  Our favorites include; strawberries, blueberries, bananas, sprinkles, and chocolate chips.

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  • Tea cups for the pancake batter, one for each child.
  • Spoons for each child to stir ingredients and one for each “mix-in” bowl (to prevent pancake batter from getting into the fruit, sprinkles, etc.
  • Plates (if you use paper you can write names on them with permanent marker, if you use a regular plate use Wilton icing gel or writers for names

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  • Skillet or non-stick pan

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Some tips and suggestions for a successful Pancake Party:

  • Prepare a head of time.  Cut fruit, make batter, and put everything into bowls before children arrive.
  • Include a variety of “mix-in” ingredients.  My girls like very different ingredients in their pancakes and we want to make sure there is something for everyone.
  • Watch and make sure the kids aren’t putting too much in their batter because some kids like EVERYTHING in their pancake and it makes it hard to cook if there it too much in there.
  • Place teacups on the plate with their name so their batter doesn’t get mixed up.DSC_0650
  • Include activities for the kids to do while you clean up and cook the pancakes.  Putting on a cartoon for the kids to watch is always a good one or they play dress-up in their room.
  • Read a story about Pancakes while they are eating.

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Whether you are looking for something for a Fun Friday Night or something to do over the weekend, Pancake Parties are always a hit.  Happy Friday!

Sweets for the Soul

6 Aug

I have to admit, I am not much of a dessert person.  Every once in a while I like something sweet but usually prefer eating something salty.  That was until recently when I received a sample of brownies and brownie “shots” from Sweets for the Soul, a LA based bakery. The name says it all. The  chocolate deliciousness of every bite keeps you wanting to go back for more. Unfortunately, my chocolate loving daughter couldn’t try because of her nut allergy, but that meant more for me.  I brought a variety to a dinner one night and they were gone in seconds.   I made sure to set two aside, as I knew they would be gone.  I was very upset when my husband snuck the last one.

The presentation, from each individual brownie to the packaging was beautiful.  Receiving them makes you feel good and will satisfy your sweet tooth.   Sweets for the Soul are the perfect gift to let someone know you are thinking about them.  Give as a get-well present, a gift to a new mom, a friend, a co-worker, a teacher or to your significant other.  Serve Sweets for the Soul at a bridal shower, baby shower, dinner party or holiday party.

Sweets for the Soul brownies are hand-made by founder, Lilly LaBonge, with a Valrhona chocolate, farmer’s market eggs, organic flour, organic spices and the purest of other ingredients. They are sold as a dozen, half-dozen or individually. Flavors we tried:

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  • Salted Caramel Brownie Shot: My favorite, made of cocoa base w / fleur de sel laced caramel. The perfect combination of sweet and salty, I could eat an entire box.
  • Hotter Shots: Made of cayenne, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and more.  If you like spicy, you will love this brownie shot.  It was a popular one among our friends.
  • Pure Chocolate Shot: Simple, but DELICIOUS! These shots are made of cocoa and almond flour base.
  • Peanut Butter Shots: Because of my daughters allergy, we snuck these in after bed time.  This brownie is made with organic peanut butter, topped with organic peanut brittle.  AMAZING!
  • The Obama: No matter what your political views are, this heart-shaped brownie is one you will definitely love.  Made with a cocoa base filled with dark and white chocolate chips.  A must!
  • Vegan:  Tastes like a regular brownie.  YUM! Made with organic flour, organic oil, vegan sugar, Valrhona cocoa and Valrhona dark chocolate chips.

Although Sweets for the Soul isn’t recommended for those with nut allergies, they have Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, and Vegan options available.  Click the links to for other items on the menu, shipping information, where to buy, the story behind Sweets for the Soul, and other FAQ’s!  Find Sweets for the Soul on twitter and Facebook!  Fingers crossed there will be a place to buy in NYC soon!  Until then, I will definitely be ordering more! Have a SWEET Day!

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  I received samples for review.  All opinions expressed our my own.  Information in italics came from Sweets for the Soul.  Images not my own are credited.  Thank you Sweets for the Soul and  Bread & Butter PR for the amazing samples.