Just in time for the hottest dog days of summer, I have the most refreshing, easy breezy cool down drink for you.  I hardly feel like I can call this Strawberry Watermelon Cooler a “recipe” because it is so simple, but it is so delicious that it is definitely worth sharing with you.

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Watermelon is hands down one of my favorite parts of summer.  I always have a tub of cut up melon in my fridge and it is the best way to quench my thirst and cool down after a workout or satisfy my hunger while I finish dinner.  I’ve told you a million times how much of a texture eater I am and that juicy light crunch of watermelon is pretty much what my dreams are made of.

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As if the taste of this Strawberry Watermelon Cooler wasn’t reason enough to make it daily, it is basically like sneaking in several servings of fruit without even noticing.  Watermelon is receiving more and more praise for being one of the fruits that is highest in lycopene which is an antioxidant which helps to fight numerous diseases.  I was also surprised to recently learn how high in vitamin C watermelon is.  I think of citrus fruits instantly when I think of vitamin C, but watermelon is one of the fruits that has a very high amount of this immune-boosting vitamin as well.

Have I mentioned that there is NO added sugar in this Strawberry Watermelon Cooler??  But you’d never know it by how sweet and tasty it is.  The watermelon and strawberries are sweet enough to shine on their own which is a bonus because I try to avoid sugary overly-sweetened drinks.

Strawberry Watermelon Cooler

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve.

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Earlier this month, my favorite recipe that I have inherited from my mom was featured on Self.com for Mother’s Day!  These Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Tart is always the dessert that signifies spring’s arrival for me.  What a fun way to honor my mom for Mother’s Day by showing off her recipe.  After all, she is the reason I have such a love of baking. Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Tart {satisfymysweettooth.com}

This Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Tart is the most perfect shortbread-like crust topped with light and airy, sweet, yet slightly tart custard and it is perfect served alone or with a dollop of whipped cream.

Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Tart {satisfymysweettooth.com} My mom was always baking and so there was seldom a lunch or dinner that wasn’t followed by dessert.  If there wasn’t a tray of cookies or a loaf of banana bread still warm from the oven, I could always find a batch of brownies or bars wrapped up in the freezer.  There are pictures of me kneeling on a stool in a teddy bear apron helping my mom make Christmas cookies when I was barely old enough to hold a spoon.  As I grew older, I was always her official taste tester in the kitchen and to this day, when we are together, we can usually be found together in the kitchen.

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I will be making this favorite family recipe for Memorial Day weekend and sharing it with friends and family at the lake cabin.   CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE for Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Tart.  Have a wonderful long weekend!

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I actually witnessed 80 degree weather last weekend which makes me believe that spring has finally arrived.  Spring is synonomous with berries in my mind and so when I bought a big box of strawberries that were as sweet as candy, I could hardly wait to bake them into a tasty breakfast treat.  I had some friends coming over for coffee and these Strawberry White Chocolate Scones were the perfect treat to serve.

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I would never in a million years choose white chocolate over real chocolate just to snack on, but there is something special about creamy, buttery white chocolate when it is paired with sweet, juicy berries that works beautifully.  These Strawberry White Chocolate Scones are subtly sweet thanks to the fresh berries and taste even a little sweeter with the addition of almond extract.  The white chocolate chips melt slightly while the scones bake so that their creamy richness infiltrates each bite.

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What spring or summer ingredient do you look most forward to?

Strawberry White Chocolate Scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12-16 scones (depending on size of wedges)

Perfectly soft and tender scones filled with sweet strawberries and creamy white chocolate chips

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp chilled butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray).
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter. Use a pastry blender to combine ingredients until the butter is combined with the dry ingredients and is the size of peas.
  4. Using a spatula, mix in the egg, milk and almond extract until well combined.
  5. Mix in the strawberries and white chocolate chips.
  6. Place a piece of parchment or wax paper onto the counter and lightly sprinkle with flour.
  7. Turn the dough out onto the sprinkle the surface lightly with flour. Pat the dough into a 1-inch tall circle. Then, using a pizza cutter or knife, cut the dough into wedges (like a pie). *For mini scones cut the wedges in half.
  8. Place wedges of dough onto the prepared baking sheet and bake 15-18 minutes, until lightly browned.

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Oh my goodness sweet teeth, it has been awhile!  I travelled to San Antonio for work last week and then my family was in town for the weekend and I have hardly even looked at a computer, which has been nice, but I miss you!  Just in time for spring, I have a sweet, fruity treat for you today!  I just couldn’t get enough of that Strawberry Buttercream that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago, so I had to find another way to incorporate it.  I bring you Strawberry Cookie Cups with Strawberry Buttercream.

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These Strawberry Cookie Cups just scream spring time.  Even if the weather won’t cooperate quite yet, the vibrant strawberry flavor that is incorporated into each component of this treat will get you excited for the days of farmers’ market and leisurely walks on those perfect summer nights.

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I used a mini muffin pan for the Strawberry Cookie Cups because I wanted them to be 2-bites of self-contained goodness.  They would also be adorable garnished with a slice of fresh strawberry.

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Strawberry Cookie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 40 cookies

Strawberry Cookie Cups with Strawberry Buttercream are the perfect sweet treat to celebrate spring's arrival

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Mix in vanilla, egg and strawberry jam.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  6. Scoop dough in to greased mini muffin pan filling each cavity 2/3 full with dough.
  7. Bake 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown and centers feel set.
  8. Cool completely before frosting with Strawberry Buttercream.
  9. *See below recipe box for link to Strawberry Buttercream frosting (make 1/2 of amount listed in recipe)

**CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE FOR THE STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM AND ONLY MAKE 1/2 THE RECIPE TO TOP THESE STRAWBERRY COOKIE CUPS

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I took the week off last week to celebrate my birthday with friends and family.  My mom was here for a week which was so nice.  Also, I got to share my birthday week with my favorite baby friend.

Lydia’s mom and I have become good friends and it has been so much fun to watch Lydia grow over this past year.  I volunteered to make her birthday cake, cupcakes and pink ombre pancakes for her first birthday party and I love the way everything turned out.

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The party was gorgeous and baby Lydia was adorable in her party dress.

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The party was the second time I had made these cupcakes and let me tell you, they are the best Strawberry Cupcakes I have ever tasted!

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The cupcakes are loaded with strawberry goodness.  The cakes themselves have strawberry jam and chopped real strawberries and the buttercream frosting is also infused with strawberry jam.  Often strawberry cakes are made by using strawberry Jello mix or some other fake form of strawberry flavor, but the Best Strawberry Cupcakes get their fresh, sweet berry flavor from the real deal.  The jam I used was all natural and you could either use fresh or thawed frozen strawberries for the chopped berries that are mixed into the batter.

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Later this week, I will be sharing a review of the book that I adapted this fabulous recipe from, you won’t want to miss it!

The Best Strawberry Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 60 miniature cupcakes (24 regular-sized cupcakes)

The Best Strawberry Cupcakes: These cupcakes are bursting with real strawberry goodness

Ingredients

    For the strawberry cupcakes!
  • 1 cup (16 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup natural strawberry jam
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • For the strawberry buttercream!
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup natural strawberry jam
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

    For the strawberry cupcakes!
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line miniature (or regular-sized) cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add eggs and jam and mix well.
  4. Combine flours, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  5. Combine milk, half-and-half and vanilla in a liquid measuring cup and set aside.
  6. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture followed by 1/3 of the liquid mixture and mix. Repeat with half of remaining flour mixture followed by half of the remaining liquid mixture and mix. Repeat one more time with remaining flour and liquid mixtures and mix well to combine.
  7. Mix in chopped strawberries.
  8. Fill pans 2/3 full of batter and bake 14-16 minutes for miniature cupcakes (about 20 minutes for regular cupcakes) or until a toothpick inserted comes out with only a few moist crumbs.
  9. Cool completely before frosting.
  10. For the strawberry buttercream!
  11. Combine all ingredients and mix with an electric mixer until well-blended.
  12. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and decorate as desired.
  13. Recipe adapted from Trophy Cupcakes and Parties

*Rose cake decoration inspired by i am baker

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