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Fresh Strawberry Margaritas

Happy weekend, all! And what a beautiful weekend it is. This past week brought us lots of really gorgeous weather — it was one of those weeks when being indoors at a desk was truly painful. I sit right by a window, so I was able to peer out from time to time, but I’ll tell ya — it’s just not the same. I thought I’d share something a bit more light-hearted with you today. While my own heart is still heavy with pain, sadness, rejection, and loss, I think that’s just how life is going to be for a long while. And since I can’t bear to dwell there any more than I absolutely have to, I’m trying to fill my time with things like baking brownies and drinking margaritas. And copious amounts of cycling to balance it all out, of course. (more…)


Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

It’s a rare recipe that I come across that I don’t tamper with before trying it out myself. But Ina knows what’s up (I mean, she makes the best brownies in the history of everything…), and judging by the glowing reviews for this recipe, it promised to be a winner as well. Eager to use up a carton of fresh local strawberries, and a few stalks of rhubarb from my parents backyard (though I’m growing my own this year too — thanks Grandpa!!), I decided this was perfect to bring to the family 4th of July BBQ. (more…)


Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

It seems that here in New England, most of our native crops are late this year. Given the looooonnngggggg winter, it’s really no surprise. I still feel like I’m thawing from a deep freeze! Usually by now we’d have a bounty of fresh local strawberries, but I only just picked up my first pint this weekend. They looked perfect to the eye — lush and red, and perfectly shaped — but once I snuck a few, I found that their sweetness wasn’t quite all the way developed. I had been eyeing this cake from Joanne’s blog for days, so it seemed the perfect application for the tart, juicy berries. (more…)


Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb is easily one of my favorite flavor combinations EVER. I love it in pies, cakes, pop tarts, bars, jams – any way I can get it. I’ve actually never made my own jam before, but when I acquired about 5lbs of rhubarb from my Grandpa, I needed something to do with all of it! So I decided it was high time to make some jam. (more…)


Brown Sugar Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble (GF)

Though I am (currently) a city dweller, I am fortunate to come from a family who lives in a place where they have space to grow their own food. And they’re fortunately all close enough to me that I can reap the benefits of their gardens! When I was visiting my family for Mother’s Day this year, my Grandpa brought me 5lbs of rhubarb from his garden, so I got to work immediately on this tasty, gluten-free dessert. Rhubarb happens to be one of my favorite late-spring produce options, but typically I bake it into cakes and pies, so I was happy to find a way to bake with it that I was able to eat as well. (more…)


Strawberry Basil Almond Muffins (GF, DF)

Welcome to post 2 on gluten-free baking! Gluten-free AND dairy-free. I sound like a whole lotta fun now don’t I?! But the good news is I met a GREAT dietitian who inspired me and made me feel hopeful for the first time in nearly two years, and most importantly made me believe that this crazy stupid elimination diet just might make me feel better. For those of you who feel fine every day it’s probably hard to imagine what it’s like to have pain 24/7/365, but for someone who’s had that for nearly two years, the idea that I might be able to lead a mostly pain-free life is hugely exciting! (more…)


Strawberry Coconut Tapioca Pudding

Today I have something a bit different to share with you, as a segue into a new time in the life of me, and by association, Sweetly Serendipity. I have battled some pretty awful stomach pains for the past almost two years, and despite lots of tests and doctors visits and second (and third) opinions, all results say I am “healthy.” But being myself and living with the daily pain, I know I’m not okay, so I’ve decided to try out a new diet with the help of an experienced dietitian, to see if I can’t reign in the pain with some eating changes and work towards a pain-free life. (more…)


Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Squares

Strawberries and bananas are a winning combination. I went on a fruit-hiatus for a couple of weeks last month, and when I finally added fruit back into my diet it all tasted SO good. I added it to my breakfasts and snacked on it during the day, and baked it into some goodies! I had a banana that was going bad, and a container of fresh strawberries, so when I came across this recipe I wanted to make it immediately. (more…)


Strawberry Cupcakes for Easter

In all the time I’ve been a blogger, I’ve never gotten into the groove of sharing holiday-themed recipes in advance of the holiday. Obviously it makes sense, nobody wants a recipe for Easter Cupcakes when Easter is over, but I’ve just never put enough planning into it to make it work. Well, this is my newfound attempt at getting holiday content up and shared BEFORE the holiday, and I’m quite pleased with what I have to share! (more…)


Strawberry Lemon Yogurt Cake

This month’s Secret Recipe Club challenge totally snuck up on me, and come Friday I still hadn’t made anything from my assigned blog, Shockingly Delicious. Fortunately, I had a wide open weekend of relaxation planned, so I was able to whip this together with ease for a lazy family breakfast on Saturday. And it’s a good thing I did! This cake was surprisingly fantastic. Moist and flavorful, and so nice to look at. I know it’s a long ways away from true strawberry season, but this felt so lush and springy and wonderful. Thanks to Dorothy, the author of Shockingly Delicious, for the delicious inspiration! (more…)


Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Tart

With the strawberry and rhubarb left over from the Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake, and another evening in need of  dessert, I wanted to go a whole different route and try something completely different. I make so many cupcakes/muffins/quick breads/brownies/bars, and not enough of the more complicated and diverse desserts, so that sentiment certainly had some weight in my decision to make this this Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with pastry cream and lime. I love making pastry cream – for some reason it’s one of the most satisfying baking projects to me, just because it involves a lot of my favorite ingredients (cream, sugar, eggs, vanilla) and the end result is simply luxurious – smooth and rich and velvety and beautiful. (more…)


Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Growing up I spent many long summer days at my grandparents’ house, lounging by the pool, swimming and splashing around, playing in the gardens, and enjoying the outdoors. We played wiffle ball at every family barbeque, and my brother always had to sneak into the neighbor’s backyard to retrieve the ball he’d hit over the wall every couple of times he was up at bat. We had my grandma’s famous potato salad, burgers, hot dogs, sausages and steaks on the grill, veggies when necessary, and plenty of vodka tonic’s (it was pretty great when I finally turned 21). When we were feeling particularly silly (during my pre-vodka tonic days), we’d pick stalks of rhubarb from the plant behind the pool, toss them into the water, and bob for them like applies at Halloween. Looking back, it was pretty stupid to let FOOD float in CHLORINE, and then to eat it (?!) when we were done, but I’m still here to tell you about it so evidently no permanent damage was done. (more…)


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