In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, you might need a quick and easy dessert to bring to a party. These filled strawberries taste just like mini cheesecakes to me, and I am always happy to bring this signature dish to a party. I just add a blueberry when I want to give it a red, white and blue theme.
Filled Strawberries - recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
8 ounces room-temperature cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 TB tablespoons confectioners' sugar
Whip room-temperature cream cheese on medium speed until slightly fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 2 TB confectioners' sugar. Trim tops and bottoms of 12 strawberries to level. Use a small melon baller to scoop out tops. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch star tip with cream cheese mixture; pipe into berries until it brims over tops. Toast 1/4 cup sliced almonds in a 350°oven until golden-brown, 3 to 6 minutes; arrange slices over filling.
I had hoped to squeeze in a red, white and blue table this week but working overtime and playing outdoors seemed to get in the way. It's that time of year again when weekends consist of s'mores over the camp fire and watching the busy hummingbirds while doing yard work. Aren't the spring days the sweetest ones to play outdoors?
Last week, I showed you some photos from the Mackenzie Childs store in Aurora. This week, I'm showing some of my barn sale bargains. And let me tell you that it is NOT in my blood to ever wait in line for anything for THREE long hours.....nooooo sirreeee! But I did. Did I have fun and get bargains? YES YES YES YES. The first group of shoppers to get into the barn sale had been there for 20 hours. Die hards! There were also personal shoppers there.
At the 2011 barn sale, I added more of Courtly Check enamelware to my collection. Two large serving bowls, cups and saucers, vase, napkin rings and knobs for a dresser I would like to refinish some day.
Herb pots, small colander, soap dish and vase.
Rimmed dishes, Flower Market dinner plates and a tea kettle that was a gift.
The Flower Market enamel dinner plates in the new color "Plum" pair well with the Courtly Check chargers.
This next photo is a page from the Mackenzie Childs catalog, and I love the white petunias they used with the Courtly Check. Pure and Simple.
This friendly gal was welcoming us to the barn sale.
Thank you for stopping by! I'm joining Let's Dish with Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday evening. Thank you Kathleen for being a wonderful hostess!