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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Taste of Spring - Strawberry Coffee Cake

If you are looking for a quick and yummy treat to bake some of those freshly picked strawberries, this is a perfect recipe!  After enjoying an outing with one of my preschool age sons, we had 12 lbs of strawberries.  His playschool class visited a local farm and picked strawberries.  It was a delight to watch as these 4 year olds found "a big one" and "whoa, look at this one"!  And the field was full of gorgeous red ripe strawberries.  It literally took about 20 minutes - with the help of a 4 year old - to pick 12 lbs of strawberries.
Needing a sweet treat for an afternoon with friends, I found this recipe on (one of my most favorite food sites).  It was perfect!  I added a touch of lime and vanilla and of course more strawberries.  Hope you try it out! Will be trying it in the winter with frozen strawberries.

Strawberry Coffee Cake (from
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 cups thickly sliced strawberries
2 tsp vanilla
juice from half a lime (or 1 TBSP)
2 tsp melted butter

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
1/3 cup chopped pecans

1 - Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
2 - In a seperate bowl, mix together egg, milk, vanilla, lime juice, and butter.
3 - Combine the wet and dry ingredients till just blended.
4 - Pour into a sprayed
5 - Toss sliced strawberries with vanilla and lime juice.
6- Cover batter with strawberries.
7 - Mix together topping - sugar, flour,cold butter - till crumbly.  Add chopped pecans and mix thoroughly.  Top strawberries with this mixture.
8 - Bake 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Allow to cool for about 15 minutes.  Serve warm or room temperature.  Great alone or with a side of whipped cream.

Sharing this with Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday, Strawberry Recipe Roundup at Susieqtpies Scraps of Life.

Monday, May 9, 2011

What's on the Menu May 9 - 15, 2011

Finally gaining a bit of control on the craziness called life!  Keeping a decently stocked pantry and freezer, last week I was able to "wing" most of our meals as we were absent from home for several of our meals.  This week our warm weather schedule begins to kick up a notch - and we don't even have "scheduled" sports activities like so many families - just other commitments!  Keeps us hopping!

Honey Soy Broiled Wahoo (fish)
Stir fry veggies
Asian Noodles

Baked Potatoes

Cranberry Pork Tenderloin (new recipe)
Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Green Beans

Leftover pork for those meatlovers
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese (new recipe)
Steamed Broccoli

Zuppa Tuscana (using collard greens from the garden instead of kale)
Rosemary Bread (bread machine recipe)

Caribbean Beef Stew
Sauteed Cabbage
Leftover Mac and Cheese

Linked up to Menu Plan Monday