Friday, June 24, 2016

Strawberry Season

Our strawberry season is coming to an end so on Father's Day we picked berries and froze the majority in single serving containers for Joe's morning smoothies. The fragrance filled the kitchen so I went looking for a couple recipes. Both recipes are so good that I had to share.  We enjoyed these Pecan and Coconut Strawberry Shortcakes from Savoring Time In The Kitchen. The recipe makes 10 shortcakes so I ended up freezing the rest for our 4th of July picnic.

Mario Batali sent me an email suggesting I try his Strawberry Mojitos. Wow, are these good. The recipe is below. The black pepper and ginger beer gave it a unique flavor. We both gave it five stars. 


Makes 1 cocktail
3 ripe strawberries, hulled
5 fresh mint leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons agave
2 jiggers rum
Splash of Ginger Beer


Place strawberries, mint leaves and one grind of pepper in a mixing glass. Muddle or mash the ingredients in the bottom of a mixing glass until a paste forms.
Add the agave, rum and a splash of ginger beer to the glass. Mix well and enjoy for summer's first welcome sigh.
My son's first father's day and I love this picture of my grandson Xavier getting ready for his bath. Such sweet cheeks!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


  1. Awwwwww I'm still smiling at that sweet picture of your baby with his baby!! Seeing the love and pride in our kid's faces is the best, isn't it?
    As for the strawberry pecan shortcakes and the mojitos...yes please! You picking strawberries brought back memories of Rich and I loading up the kids, when we lived in Ohio, and picking, and I'm sure the kids eating their fair share. Enjoy all the berries and happy summer, Debbie!

  2. I love the way your boys look:)I remember that little bald spot on babies:)Had he just had a bath?
    I remember clearly.

    I love the way Mario writes to nice to think of us..and I only met hime once:)

    I spied Susan's and now your ..I guess I will just have to make some..pretty hat Debbie.

    1. I took the photo before the bath :-) It seems like yesterday for me too...we cherish those younger days.

  3. Aw, sweet pic:@) Have a great weekend and enjoy those berries!

  4. What a great picture of your son's first Father's Day. Your desserts (including those mojitos) look sublime.

  5. I love the first pic Deb, great snap. Oh my goodness, what a strawberry patch. Nothing as good as really fresh picked. Your shortcakes look so pretty and I can imagine how delicious they are served up with your strawberries. Yes, I would love one of those cocktails, they are so pretty and summer perfect. What a great pic of your son and grandson. Love the little guy's name too…..
    Happy weekend.

  6. Debbie, I love the sweet and precious photo of your baby and his baby!! I want to squeeze Xavier! Yum, the mojitos look like a great way to usher in summer this weekend. Your hat is perfect for strawberry picking--summery white with a nice brim. Linda

  7. I wish we had a place to pick strawberries nearby! I think they're even almost done here :(. Glad you tried the shortcakes and hope you enjoyed them! Love the photo of Xavier. He's getting big already!

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