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May 22, 2015

DIY | Make Your Party Desserts POP with Strawberries

6 Dessert Ideas for Bridal Showers (or Valentine's Day)

Plump and juicy, ripe strawberries are so beguiling ... and so tasty. Don't they remind you of little beating hearts? In my opinion, there's no better fruit to celebrate romantic love!

The following images illustrate how you can use these wonderful red fruits to garnish all kinds of celebration desserts ... from cupcakes to meringues. Let your imagination run wild, and see what you can create to honor that special couple in your life.

(Oh, and don't forget to buy that special lady a sassy vintage apron or two!)

1. Display wedding diamond rings on fruit skewers made of cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew and fresh strawberries.

2. Top vanilla cupcakes with strawberry frosting and fresh berries.

3. Create mini-trifles using shot glasses, pound cake, whipping cream, strawberry sauce, sliced strawberries, blueberries and fresh parsley.

4. Using a cake decorating comb, give the sides of a small frosted 
cake a textured appearance. Add a light dusting of powdered sugar. 
Top with thawed frozen strawberries and fresh blueberries.

5. Slice a strawberry in fours and display it on top of mini-pavlovas 
with fresh whipped cream.

6. Garnish dark chocolate cupcakes with strawberry buttercream 
frosting, red sprinkles, and sliced strawberries.

Images: yeasaris, 23HyV2, annieseats, chrischiyu, MShades, Tassike.eeMarjuRander, yeasaris (Flickr)

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May 19, 2015

Recipe | 7 GREEN Salads with Summer Berries

Combine baby spinach leaves with strawberries, honeydew
melon balls, garbanzo beans, bean shoots, and walnuts.

Fresh Combinations of Healthy Produce

Crisp green salads and summer seem to go hand-in-hand. Lately, I've been busy planting my VegTrug (raised garden table, right) to satisfy our family's demand for organic produce. I'll be harvesting fresh strawberries, grape tomatoes, onions, basil, and cucumbers before too long!

You can combine your favorite summer berries with familiar salad veggies like lettuce, spinach and avocado. And remember, you can add melon balls or dried cranberries for extra variety.  

Don't you think any one of these salads would be a spectacular entre for a luncheon bridal shower?


Ingredients are listed below each salad photo. Experienced home cooks can estimate the quantities. Dress your salads with a simple vinaigrette, or a squeeze of lemon juice and some good olive oil. Or spray them with an herb-infused oil mister. Garnish with a sprinkling of sesame or flax seeds. Yummy!

Top spinach leaves with sliced tomatoes, raspberries, blackberries,
and shavings of blue cheese.

Serve grilled shrimp skewers on a bed of mixed field greens.
Add sliced red onions, strawberries, mandarin oranges, chopped
red cabbage and dried cranberries.

Combine cubed red apples, pears, kiwi, and fresh raspberries.
Serve fruit on a bed of butter lettuce.

Top a fresh romaine with sliced strawberries and blueberries.
Garnish with sesame or flax seeds.

Combine sliced strawberries, granny smith apples, garbanzo beans and
butter lettuce. Garnish with clover sprouts and freshly ground black pepper.

Two Options. Halve one avocado. Left: Top with baby chicory and tomatoes.
Right: Dice the avocado flesh; add sliced strawberries and fresh basil.

Images: ChrystianGuy, amazing_podgirl, Dalboz17, JMcPherskesen, paix120, rsaaleha, rsealionsrule (Flickr)

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May 15, 2015

17 Blue {Romantic} Wedding Cake Ideas #DIY

Congratulations. You're Engaged! 

Choosing the colors for your wedding can be a difficult decision. However, if your venue is going to be near the ocean or a lake, why not choose
a lovely blue tone? Co-ordinate your cake, flowers, table decor, bridesmaids' dresses, and men's ties to complete your theme.  

Even if your venue is far from any water, choosing a spiritual color like blue will set the stage for a uniquely memorable day.

Below, you'll see seventeen beautiful wedding cakes (and cupcakes) in various shades of blue. If you see a wedding dessert you like, print out the image and take it to a professional bakery for a quote.

Or better yet, do it yourself! Ask a special "foodie" friend if she can bake your cake for less money. 

Images: jumpyjodes, georgia.kral, cakedecgb, DarkhorsePhotography, Debs, DerekKMiller, haglundc, IainFarrell, JamieAnderson, < J >, L33tminion, fBilltacular, r_dawn_dew, SheTakestheCake, StarrGazr, SugarDaze, SweetPea0613, vindictiveimmunuty (Flickr)

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