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Strut Your Stuff Saturday – Week 5

Can you believe it is already August? Where has the summer gone?! 
It is time for another Strut Your Stuff Saturday!  Thanks for coming and partying with us!
Here are some of our favorites from last week:
This darling beachy burlap wreath from A Fish Who Likes Flowers.  Don’t you love that ruffled edge?!
I have been working on getting organized lately and have been looking for an easy way to label things.  I love these galvanized numbered tins from A Grace Full Life.  The best part is she made them for FREE!
This amazing Oreo Peanut Butter Dip recipe from Shugary Sweets looks to die for!!
My husband is a big meat eater and these Sweet Bacon Chicken Wraps from Jam Hands look perfect!
I love desserts with fruit in the summer and this Strawberry Cream Puff Cake from Joyful Baker is right down my alley!  Mmm Mmm Mmm!
Speaking of fruity treats, I am drooling over this Glazed Lemon Cake with Sugared Strawberries from Concetta’s Cafe!

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Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe

There is nothing I love more on a hot summer day than a cold refreshing drink!  This smoothie only has three ingredients and tastes absolutely amazing!  I am sure my family will be drinking more than our fair share of these to battle the heat this summer.

Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie


Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe:

(Makes 8-10 servings)

Ingredients:
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries
1 (46 ounce) can pineapple juice
3 cups lemon lime soda

Directions:
Combine frozen strawberries and pineapple juice in a blender until smooth.  Add soda and blend until mixed together.  Serve in a punch bowl or pour into cups.

Looking for more refreshing drinks?
Here are a few of our favorites:

Copycat Sonic Cherry Limeade

Strawberry Slush Drink

Watermelon Slush Drink

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How to Freeze Berries and Veggies

I am loving strawberries right now and am so sad when they are out of season. I was reading through an old Simple and Delicious Magazine and ran across an article that gave tips on how to freeze fruits and veggies. So I decided to give it a try!

Berries:
Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries

Just wash and place fresh berries on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Freeze until frozen. Then transfer to heavy-duty freezer bags that have been labeled and dated for longer freezing.

Veggies:
You have to blanch the veggies first.

How to Blanch:

Fill a large saucepan with enough water to cover vegetables. Boil the water. Add veggies; cover; and boil for the time listed in the chart below.

Begin counting as soon as you place veggies in boiling water.  You’ll want to set a timer for accuracy because over blanching can cause veggies to lose flavor and color.

After boiling, drain and immediately place veggies in ice water (for the same length of time used in blanching) to stop the cooking process. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel, then place veggies in a single layer, without overcrowding, on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze. Place frozen veggies in a heavy duty freezer bag. Label and date the bag and freeze for up to three months.

How Long to Blanch

Corn on the Cob: 6-9 minutes
Whole Baby Carrots: 5 minutes
Broccoli Spears:  5 minutes
Onions: 3-5 minutes
Asparagus: 2-4 minutes
Spinach: 2 minutes
Cauliflower: 1-2 minutes
Summer Squash: 1-2 minutes
Sugar Snap Peas: 1-2 minutes

Cooking Frozen Veggies:
Cook the same way you would cook a fresh. Because they were blanched, you’ll need to cook them for slightly less time.

I froze strawberries, corn, spinach and asparagus. All worked out perfectly!

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