Luscious Strawberries Alert!

Now I love Aldi’s, but I have never shopped at the very same Aldi’s twice on the same day to buy the very same thing I purchased just a few hours before! When I found a lb of luscious strawberries at only $1.29 per lb, I had to go back and get some more…..now I was on a mission! But it was past 5pm….I rushed in to the produce section to be shocked at seeing only a few boxes left….picked up 3 more and ran home, and began a new style of all-purpose strawberry sauce!

These strawberries were large, bright red, and just gorgeous, besides sweet and delicious. I rinsed and chopped them, and into a large pot they went, with two tablespoons of Swerve, one shot of Bullet bourbon, and the juice of one lemon.

I cooked them for about two hours and let the strawberries cool, before I poured the mix into a blender and returned it to the pot, so it could continue cooking until the liquid had a thicker consistency.  Then it was poured into a glass mason jar, sealed, and placed in the fridge.  I can’t wait to use this sauce this coming weekend…..will continue adventurizing with strawberries and report the next new “strawberry” concoction…..

I loved chopping the strawberries and laying them on a plate….they were so very pretty, bright red, and juicy, I couldn’t help but taste a few, as I continued chopping. It was apropos to think through how our amazing Creator created such diversity in the fruits and vegetables that we can consume! I am ever so grateful to have such a myriad of varieties to try, and cook with. It also brought to mind Psalm 139, which speaks how we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, each unique slice reminding me how they had some similarities but each was unique in its own special way, just like the way that God chose to create you and me. Together, we are part of this enormous melting pot of people from every corner of the earth.

Melting pot……that brought about thoughts of chocolate…melting chocolate and dipping strawberries……might just have to tweak that thought tomorrow and try elevating the flavors this weekend…..stay tuned!

Pesto-Salmon with Quinoa-Cole Slaw

After a day of working and errands, I wanted a healthy dinner, so I slathered pesto on top of a nice piece of salmon and cooked it stovetop, and used leftovers to create a quinoa cole slaw with cherry tomatoes, with a drizzle of fresh lemon juice and just a light teaspoon of Italian dressing and voila! A delicious and fulfilling meal….and super fast too! Came together in about 20 minutes, max! These are the kinds of meals I love to make…..

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A Multi-Green Mid-Saturday Smoothie…

Saturday morning is the time for me to run errands and pick up ingredients for the following week, so off I took for Aldi’s and Publix. I picked up quite a bit of greens, so once I got home I took out a few leftover items which made it into this new “multi-green mid-day fulfilling smoothie”!

Wondering what’s in it? Here goes!

1/2 ripe avocado

1/2 cup of freshly squeezed blood red orange juice

1 cup of chopped pineapple

a handful of mixed greens

1 stalk of celery

3 strawberries

4 ice cubes

I was surprised how good this tasted. I am not so celery minded but one stalk was good enough for this mix.

What is your preferred mid-day snack?