Mommy's Kitchen - Home Cooking & Family Friendly Recipes

Thursday, May 21, 2015

DIY Strawberry Syrup & Strawberry Italian Cream Sodas

A simple syrup made with strawberries and sugar perfect for, pancakes, ice cream, and these yummy Italian Cream Sodas.
Spring is here and so are all those beautiful seasonal berries that go along with it. Strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are my favorite summer treat! When late May
and early June roll around, it's berry picking time in North Texas. 

Currently our local pick-your own strawberry farm is closed most likely due to all the heavy rains we've received. Our lawns our fully saturated right now, so the ground can't take too much more rain. Mother nature can be a blessing and a beast at times, but the much needed rain is certainly welcomed. 

If you can't pick your own strawberries the next best thing is farmers markets, road side stands, or supermarket strawberries. Strawberry season is usually in full swing around mid - late spring at my local Walmart. Once I start seeing those red beauties pop up I usually can't contain myself, because everyone in my house is crazy about strawberries. 

Today I want to share a few tips to keep in mind when purchasing supermarket strawberries. When selecting strawberries, choose smaller, bright-red berries with a sweet aroma (giving the berries a good sniff is important). Turn the container over and inspect the bottom. 

Make sure the bottom of the containers are not stained (stained containers are a sign of over ripe, soft, mushy berries). Never purchase containers that have moldy berries inside. Always use fresh berries as soon as possible because strawberries are very perishable, and do not ripen any further after picking. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Recipe Round-Up: Red, White & Blue Desserts & Treats

Memorial Day is this weekend! Celebrate the Red, White & Blue with these sweet treats and tasty desserts. If you're looking for a few ideas for your Memorial Day get together check out this Red, White & Blue Recipe Round-Up from some of my favorite food blogs.

Maybe you're hosting a cookout or you're looking for something festive to make and take to a celebration. Either way I think you've come to the right place.  Today I've gathered over 30 recipes that I think will be perfect for your upcoming Memorial Day celebration. 
Click on the titles under each of the photos to be taken to the recipes.    

Thursday, May 14, 2015

No Bake Flag Cake & Patriotic Pretzel Rods

A quick and easy no bake flag cake celebrating red, white and blue. Everyone will love this simple patriotic dessert.     
Happy Thursday everyone! Today I have a no fuss recipe to share with you. Are you having a Memorial Day cookout with family and friends? If so I have the perfect dessert! How about this festive No Bake Flag Cake!

The best part is this light and fluffy flag cake is made without turning on the oven! This recipe starts with store bought pound cake, strawberry glaze, and a creamy whipped cream and cream cheese topping. Fresh blueberries and chopped strawberries are added to create festive stars and stripes.

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and woman who died serving in our country's armed forces. It's a day to pay respect to all who have lost their lives making the ultimate sacrifice. Sometimes all of us can get caught up in cookouts and barbecues and forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. 

I grew up in a military family and several of my family members are still dedicating their lives to our armed forces. Cookouts and holiday celebrations give us all a chance to spend quality time with family and friends, but please take time on Memorial Day and say a prayer for all those who have served, and for those still serving in our armed forces.