Paul took the bigger kids to the Astro’s game, I had the little kids and 10 pounds of strawberries that I found for .99 cents a pound.
This is the easiest yummiest most satisfying thing that you can preserve. Take the tops off your strawberries. Toss them into your food processor or a large bowl. Pulse them slowly until they are in small chunks, or mash with a potato masher until smashed.
Don’t over smash them or esp. in the food processor, don’t kill them! Just small pieces will work!
For every 2 pounds of strawberries mashed, I used 1 1/2 cups sugar and one packet freezer jam fruit pectin.
I got all the supplies from Wal-mart. I love the nifty little freezer jars they had. Are these new? I have not seen them before and thought they were really cool. I had to try them out and was in LOVE!
This is super quick to make, abut 40 minutes and 9 pounds of strawberries later I had this stash to throw into the freezer. Enough to last us for the next few weeks…. just kidding the next month or so 🙂 It last up to a year in the freezer or a month or so in the fridge.
Then press it into a pizza pan, mine is about 18″. The kids like to help with this part…
Bake at 300 degrees, 20 -25 min. until lightly browned.
Now you need your sauce, or vanilla filling. Did I mention this is really low calorie??? 🙂 Melt the vanilla chips with the whipping cream and beat in the cream cheese.
Spread onto the COOLED crust. I throw it into the fridge at this point while I do everything else. Yummmm, now I just have to keep the kids fingers out!
Cut up your favorite fruit (usually whats on sale!) Pineapple is a must, and so are strawberries! Can you believe I had to buy blueberries from the store…. Try to use as many different colors as possible.
Start spreading them out on the cold crust. This is the kids job.
Isn’t it pretty?! Throw it back in the fridge or put it somewhere safe so no one can snatch any fruit off the top.
Now it is time to make the glaze. You might be tempted to skip this part because it is so pretty already, but this will keep the fruit on the pizza, and keep anything from getting brown, like if you used banana’s. I also double this part. Combine in a small sauce pan until thick and pour over pizza.
Here it is!!! I keep mine in the fridge. You will NOT have any leftovers I promise! I really need to get a better camera, this does not do it justice! People will think you bought it from a store, it is so pretty!
1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
Vanilla filling (recipe follows)
Fruit topping (recipe follows)
1/4 c. whipping cream
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 c. pineapple juice
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
Assorted fresh fruit
I am literally going to chew my arm off, I am on a stupid diet and seriously hungry! I know, I know, you aren’t supposed to get this hungry but to save a long story I just am!
[print_recipe]Tiff’s Zucchini Bread and Muffins:
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup applesauce
2 cups white sugar
2 cups brown sugar
6 cups grated zucchini
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
6 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts ( I don’t put any in)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F ( 165 degrees C). Grease and flour your pans.
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and frothy. Mix in oil, applesauce and sugars. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. Combine flour, cinnamon, soda, baking powder, salt and nuts; stir into the egg mixture. Divide batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until done or 20 min on muffins.
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg, vanilla and almond extract. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and alternate with heavy cream. Shape into two 5-in. rolls; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Unwrap; cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Emma helping with the cooking part.
Layering the sugar cookies. I broke them up to fill in the spaces.
Instead of the meringue on the top I used whipped cream.
I have to say I was disappointed. It was a bit time consuming as any good dessert can be, but I still like the instant pudding and vanilla wafer recipe better! Paul liked it a lot, not as much as the restaurant birthday dessert dish, but still thought it was good. The pudding part to me really lacked something…
I have been wanting to post this recipe for a while but keep forgetting. This is our all time favorite dinner recipe. I would guess we have made it about every 10 days for the past few years and are not tired of it yet. It is so EASY!!
My little kids LOVE it. They will eat 2 tilapia fillets each. When we make it for the 8 of us we have to make 15 pieces. If you are looking for a fish recipe that EVERYONE will eat and enjoy, this is it! Try it! I promise you will like it, and if you don’t tell the kids it is fish they will love it also!
[print_recipe]Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder<
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets
Preheat your oven’s broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.
[/print_recipe]See how easy that is! Promise me next time tilapia is on sale you will try it. Even picky eaters like it.
Do you have a favorite fish recipe we can try? I will try any posted and let you know how it turned out over here. I have fed the kids fish since they were born, so fortunately my kids love it. We are willing to try anything new.
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