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Slice of jello dessert Strawberry Napoleon servingcheesecake with fresh strawberries

We are in the midst of the strawberry season in our area, and most other zones will follow very soon.

There is only so much fresh strawberries one can serve daily, so what else can we do with these wonderful fruits?

I have some great recipes to share with you, to help you out with the heaping baskets of strawberries you have been harvesting.

Please click on the highlighted links below, to be directed to the recipes for these desserts.

Slice of jello dessert

Easy and delicious Jello Dessert with raspberries, but also great with strawberries.

Strawberry Napoleon serving

Nothing gets better than a Strawberry Napoleon, made with fresh strawberries.

cheesecake with fresh strawberries

If you love cheesecake,  you will adore this Creamy Cheesecake with fresh strawberries on top.

Jello-Mold

How about a refreshing Cream Cheese and Jello Mold. You can use either frozen, or fresh strawberries, for this one.

Strawberries

Did you ever try turning these luscious fresh strawberries into a delightfully tasty Strawberry Soup?

Your taste buds, and your family, will forever be thankful for this creation.

You see, I told you not to worry about all those strawberries you picked.

Now have fun preparing these tasty dishes, and share your comments, please.

Saur Kraut saladAmericans enjoy sauerkraut on their hot dogs, but there are many different ways to use this pickled veggie in salads, cooking, and even in baking.

Sauerkraut makes a great filling for Varenyky (Perogy), a tangy tasting soup, Kapusnyak, or as a filling for yeast raised, baked  pastry, Kapusnyachky.

Today I will post my favorite recipe for Sauerkraut Salad, which I like to make during the summer months to pair it with grilled meats.  However, it is perfectly fine to be served any time of the year, and for any occasion.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of sauerkraut (I prefer it packaged in a plastic bag, rather than canned)
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded on a large eye shredder
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbs of fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, or canola oil
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the sauerkraut in a colander, and slightly rise it under running water, if you do not like your salad very tart.
  2. Let the water drip off, then squeeze it out dry.
  3. Remove onto a chopping board, and chop through once.
  4. Place the sauerkraut in a medium mixing bowl.
  5. Mix in the shredded carrots, chopped onion, and dill.
  6. Mix in oil.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste, and mix well.
  8. Ready to serve, or cover and chill for later use.

Enjoy.

TIP: This salad holds very well for as long as one week.

Zucchini Fritters 2Zucchini season is not here yet, but before long, it will be here, and I will have enough zucchini to feed an army.

Zucchini and Summer Squash are always part of my veggie planting list, as they do not require too much TLC, and continuously produce throughout the season.

Zucchini make a nutritious vegetable side dish, or a yummy casserole, but I came across, and tried, a great new recipe, for Zucchini and Goat Cheese Fritters.

The first time I tried this recipe, I did not have Goat Cheese on hand, so I used Cottage Cheese instead, and they still tasted great.  My next batch was with PrimoTaglio Garlic & Herbs Goat Cheese, and they were just as delicious.

I made some modifications to the original recipe, by adding other veggies, to suit my taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup of scallions, chopped
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 Tbs. red peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 oz. goat cheese (or cottage cheese)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • Canola oil, for frying

Directions:

  1. Wash the zucchini.
  2. Shred on a large eye grater, over a colander.
  3. Mix in salt, and let the juices drain out.
  4. Squeeze out more moisture from this mixture, with your cupped hands over a colander, or you can use cheese cloth, to make them even dryer.
  5. Place squeezed zucchini in a medium bowl.
  6. Beat egg slightly, and add to zucchini.
  7. Sprinkle the flour over the zucchini, and mix it in to incorporate.
  8. Mix in chopped scallions, garlic, carrots, and peppers.
  9. Mix in black pepper.
  10. Fold in cheese.
  11. Heat 1 Tbs oil in a sauce pan.
  12. Drop 1/4 cup mounds of of zucchini mixture into the hot oil, flattening them with the back of a spoon to form pancakes, and spreading them about 1/2 inch apart, so they don’t stick together, and are easy to turn over.
  13. Fry for about 3 minutes on one side.
  14. Turn them over, and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  15. Remove them onto a plate lined with a double layer of paper towel, to absorb any extra oil.

Serve them hot with a dollop of sour cream, plain yogurt, mushroom gravy, or as plain as they are.

I love sour cream, but tried to cut down on calories, so I had mine plain.

Spring Garden – New Additions

Pansy - 2012This year’s early, and quite warm spring, allowed extra time to spend in the garden.

Last fall I divided most of my perennials, to share with family and friends, so this spring I was very busy rearranging my east side flower patches.

I will share new pictures once all the plants get bigger, and begin to blossom.

My sister also loves gardening, and always surprises me with new seeds of popular European flowers.  I am anxiously awaiting this year’s flowers from those seeds, as one of them used to be my mom’s favorite.

Oh yes, there will be more pictures.

My daughter is quite a gardener as well, and this year she started a raised bed herb garden, which I will  share with you in future posts.

The new addition to my west side flower patch is a new flowering plant, called Anemone.

Anemones- hot pink and white 2012

Anemones are perennial plants, hence planted last fall, and are blooming since early May.

Anemones- hot pinkAnemones- white

This is a close up shot of the pink and white Anemone flowers, for your enjoyment of their beauty.

Aren’t they gorgeous?

spring garden 2012

I also added some Pink , White, and Yellow Tulips, to this year’s spring flower beds.

Pink Tulips 2012

Here is a close up of the Pink Tulip, slightly injured by an unexpected frost.

White Tulips - 2012

The White Tulips, my new addition as well, are just as gorgeous.  They have much fuller blooms than the regular tulips, and I totally adore them.

Yellow Tulips - 2012

The Deep Yellow Tulips are also amazingly beautiful.

Yellow and Purple Irises

Yellow Irises

These Irises are two years old now, and doing very well by producing larger and fuller blooms.

I hope you enjoyed the display of new additions to my spring garden.

Enjoy your gardening, and share your thoughts and pictures.

We naturally associate children with mothers, so this post is perfect for Mother’s Day.

Moms always work so hard to provide love and comfort for their families, that do not set aside enough time to relax, enjoy life, and have fun.

If you spend some time around small children, you will agree that what they say, is not always what you expect to hear.

They mean well, but how they say it, can often times turn out sounding quite hilarious.

Today I will share with you an email excerpt I received from a friend, which will definitely lighten up your day, and put a smile on your face.

KIDS WERE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS.

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS ABOUT THE BIBLE WERE WRITTEN BY CHILDREN.

THEY HAVE NOT BEEN RETOUCHED OR CORRECTED.

INCORRECT SPELLING HAS BEEN LEFT IN.

1. IN THE FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE, GUINESSIS.

GOD GOT TIRED OF CREATING THE WORLD SO HE TOOK THE SABBATH

OFF.

2. ADAM AND EVE WERE CREATED FROM AN APPLE TREE.

NOAH’S WIFE WAS JOAN OF ARK.

NOAH BUILT AND ARK AND THE ANIMALS CAME ON IN PEARS.

3. LOTS WIFE WAS A PILLAR OF SALT DURING THE DAY, BUT A BALL OF

FIRE DURING THE NIGHT.

4. THE JEWS WERE A PROUD PEOPLE AND THROUGHOUT HISTORY THEY

HAD TROUBLE WITH UNSYMPATHETIC GENITALS.

5. SAMPSON WAS A STRONGMAN WHO LET HIMSELF BE LED ASTRAY BY

A JEZEBEL LIKE DELILAH.

7. MOSES LED THE JEWS TO THE RED SEA WHERE THEY MADE

UNLEAVENED BREAD, WHICH IS BREAD WITHOUT ANY INGREDIENTS.

8. THE EGYPTIANS WERE ALL DROWNED IN THE DESSERT.

AFTERWARDS, MOSES WENT UP TO MOUNT CYANIDE TO GET THE TEN

COMMANDMENTS.

9. THE FIRST COMMANDMENTS WAS WHEN EVE TOLD ADAM TO EAT THE

APPLE.

10. THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT IS THOU SHALT NOT ADMIT

ADULTERY.

11. MOSES DIED BEFORE HE EVER REACHED CANADA THEN JOSHUA LED

THE HEBREWS IN THE BATTLE OF GERITOL.

12. THE GREATEST MIRICLE IN THE BIBLE IS WHEN JOSHUA TOLD HIS

SON TO STAND STILL AND HE OBEYED HIM.

13. DAVID WAS A HEBREW KING WHO WAS SKILLED AT PLAYING THE

LIAR.

HE FOUGHT THE FINKELSTEINS, A RACE OF PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN

BIBLICAL TIMES..

14. SOLOMON, ONE OF DAVIDS SONS, HAD 300 WIVES AND 700

PORCUPINES.

15. WHEN MARY HEARD SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF JESUS, SHE SANG THE

MAGNA CARTA.

16. WHEN THE THREE WISE GUYS FROM THE EAST SIDE ARRIVED THEY

FOUND JESUS IN THE MANAGER.

17. JESUS WAS BORN BECAUSE MARY HAD AN IMMACULATE

CONTRAPTION.

18. ST. JOHN THE BLACKSMITH DUMPED WATER ON HIS HEAD.

19. JESUS ENUNCIATED THE GOLDEN RULE, WHICH SAYS TO DO UNTO

OTHERS BEFORE THEY DO ONE TO YOU.

HE ALSO EXPLAINED A MAN DOTH NOT LIVE BY SWEAT ALONE.

20. IT WAS A MIRICLE WHEN JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD AND

MANAGED TO GET THE TOMBSTONE OFF THE ENTRANCE.

21. THE PEOPLE WHO FOLLOWED THE LORD WERE CALLED THE 12

DECIBELS.

22. THE EPISTELS WERE THE WIVES OF THE APOSTLES.

23. ONE OF THE OPPOSSUMS WAS ST. MATTHEW WHO WAS ALSO A

TAXIMAN.

24. ST. PAUL CAVORTED TO CHRISTIANITY, HE PREACHED HOLY

ACRIMONY, WHICH IS ANOTHER NAME FOR MARRAIGE.

25. CHRISTIANS HAVE ONLY ONE SPOUSE.

THIS IS CALLED MONOTONY.

Red Rose - Fall bloomGorgeous Zinnia FlowerWhite Hibiscus  flower close up

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!

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