Your Homebased Mom has dangled a pretty carrot in front of us dressed as a truly perfect for the season, Strawberry Cream Pie
 
Fresh fruit with a sweet and creamy kicker!?  How could we resist?

 

There’s always room for dessert…

 

Please click here to visit Your Homebased Mom and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission:  Find a fresh new dessert that everyone will love. After seeing this pin I knew I wanted to try it. I love all desserts with strawberries.

 

Details:

There was the post, then the ingredients for all three parts, and then the instructions for all three parts.  I had to read this one through a few times to put it all together, but once I broke it down, it was a breeze.

  • There were instructions for two types of crust. I chose the graham cracker crust (just a personal preference). I started with the crust, which is quite simple; it’s your basic crushed grahams with melted butter. You could even use a store-bought crust.
  • I then went onto the filling. Oh, the filling. I could just eat the filling! Cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and some freshly whipped cream. To die for! Needless to say, I was selfish and didn’t call the kids to come in and lick the bowl. I stuck it in the refrigerator while I worked on the next part…the glaze.
  • The recipe called for “crushing” the strawberries. I wasn’t quite sure how to go about that so I grabbed my mini-food processor and gave it a few pulses. Worked like a charm. I combined the sugar, cornstarch, water, and strawberries and let it cool just a bit while I assembled the pie together and layered the fresh strawberries.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely let the pie chill a few hours before serving as advised in the original post.

I recommend making it for a crowd so there are no leftovers. No need to find yourself, spoon in hand, and head in the refrigerator at 3am (hanging head in shame).

Sheri - Pie 1

Pros:

Crazy delicious.

Cons:

The effect it will have the hips.

Sheri - Pie 2

Conclusion:

This dessert was beyond delicious. My son called it “deeeee-licious” and “the best new dessert ever.”

I will most likely make it again, possibly for Labor Day weekend. I might eliminate the glaze this time around. I found it a little over the top for my liking.  I think the best part of the pie was the filling combined with the fresh strawberries. I feel the glaze took away from it a bit.

Either way, you’ll be licking the bowl, the spatula, the spoon, and possibly your plate.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I love baking, but I’m still new to the pie thing.  This recipe looked like the kind of things dreams are made of, so I had to give it a try!

 

Details:

  • I love me a graham cracker crust, so there was no question which one I’d pick!  I used the chopper attachment for my beloved Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender to chop up the graham crackers and it worked like a charm!
  • I used three 16oz packages of strawberries – the ugly ones went into the glaze, the pretty berries made it to the top of the pie!
  • I used my pastry cutter to mash up the strawberries for the glaze.  Worked like a charm!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I really liked how the official recipe was broken up into three parts, because that’s just how I made it!  I made the crust the night before, then the filling followed by the glaze!  Easy Peasy!

I didn’t realize that the filling would firm up as much as it did, so next time, I’ll blend on high-speed sooner to make sure that I kick out any lumps (even though you couldn’t tell that they were even there in the end).

Just like Leigh Anne says, stir stir stir that glaze!  I was worried when it had an opaque appearance then BAM! it was perfect – then get that glaze off the heat, because it really firms up fast.  I think that next time, I would use a flat bottom whisk to make sure it’s super smooth.

Maren - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

Holy hell, this was amazing.  We’re talking, eat-until-you-feel-like-a-contestant-in-a-pie-eating-contest amazing.  Um, that’s just what I heard.

Cons:

If one did eat this every day for a week, per se, I wonder if her pants would fit the following week?

Maren - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

This pie is the most perfect combination of sweet and fresh that is perfect for any summertime gathering.  I cannot wait to make this again.

The cream filling is actually so lightly sweet and perfect, that I think that I may either cut the glaze in half next time, or omit it all together.  The filling, graham cracker crust and fresh strawberries are simply perfect.  The glaze is the kick in the pants!

 
 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: This just looked absolutely scrumptious! Always looking for a sweet treat and I don’t make many desserts especially pies, so it looked like it was worth trying!

 

Details:

  • Ok, I will admit, I cheated…I bought a store-bought graham cracker crust!  Well worth it to me, I bought an extra-large 9inch crust.
  • I bought two crates of fresh strawberries! Yum!
  • I got to break out my handy KitchenAid Stand Mixer for the filling!  I wish I used it more!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This was my first time making a glaze, I was a little intimidated!  When it becomes a red clear mixture it’s done and be sure to stir, as I had my heat on too high and I definitely had a sticking issue.

Follow the 3 hours of chilling process, as I didn’t chill this long and you can tell when you slice into the pie.

Kristy - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

This is one top ranking pies!

I served it to Mike’s family, they were actually fighting over the last pieces of pie!

Easy and delicious!

Cons:

None!

Kristy - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

Definitely worth making!! This could even be made as an individual serving in a mini muffin tin for parties!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Janet

Mission: Make a dessert fit for a summer family gathering.

 

 

Details:

  • I made a homemade pie crust and purchased the rest of the ingredients from the grocery store.
  • Strawberries were on sale that week, thankfully, because I bought about 4 pints. I only used two pints for this recipe, though I did go through all of them to pick out the smallest and most ripe ones for the filling.

For once I didn’t stray from the ingredients list!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I always wondered if pie weights are actually useful, and after baking a bottom crust without filling in it, I figured out why. My crust bubbled up on the bottom, but it didn’t affect my pie too much. Make sure to prick the bottom and sides with a fork to prevent this from happening or invest in some pie weights.

Make your crust and glaze first and let those both cool down to room temperature before putting in the cream filling. Once you get the filling in, let it set in the fridge for about 10 minutes before putting in the berries.

Don’t be afraid of homemade whipped cream…trust me when I say it is SO EASY! Put a medium-sized bowl in the fridge overnight to cool, then take your cup of heavy whipping cream and whip away! Mine seemed to take a while to thicken, so I put ice and some cold water in a bigger bowl, placed my medium bowl over the ice, and it thickened in a snap!

Janet - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

DELICIOUS!!

I brought it to a family get-together and it was gone in no time. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and I was especially happy I didn’t have to take tempting leftovers home!

Cons:

No bad review for this recipe!

Janet - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

A great summer dessert recipe! I received wonderful reviews from my future family-in-laws, one aunt even said it reminded her of a strawberry pie she had when she was younger.

I thank Your Homebased Mom for helping me impress my future-in-laws with this recipe!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Amanda

Mission: Bake a sweet treat for my in-laws.

 

 

Details:

  • Sadly our local strawberry patch did not have berries at the time I was ready to make this. Mother Nature really put a damper on things like berries this year! I went with good ole’ grocery store berries. They were just fine (although not nearly as aromatic).
  • I decided to make the graham cracker crust instead of the traditional pastry crust. Let’s face it; graham cracker crust is a WHOLE lotta easy compared to a pastry crust. Next time I think I would pulse a few pretzels into my graham mixture to add a salty-sweet twist and may reduce the amount of sugar used in the crust. I found it to be a little sweeter than I would like with all the other sweetness happening in the pie. This could be due to the graham crackers I used (I only had the Honey Maid Lil Squares on hand).

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I didn’t have enough berries. Buy at least 3 packages (to be safe 4) so you have a berry-licous pie.

When whipping your cream be careful not to over whip! I let my stand mixer do the work but didn’t realize how quickly it would be ready and ended up with lumpy whipped cream. I decided to pitch that batch and start over. Lesson learned.

Also, follow the instructions on the crushed strawberry layer. I should have put the corn starch in the water instead of just mixing it all together. I had to work out a few lumps.

Amanda - Strawberry Pie 1

Pros:

Beautiful, crowd-pleasing and finger licking GOOD!

I love this recipe because you can do it in stages. I started with the crushed strawberry layer then let that chill overnight. Then I made the crust and whipped topping and threw the whole thing together. We didn’t actually eat it until the next day and it was good to the last bite (or lick of pie plate in my case).

Cons:

I found the layout of how the recipe was written in the print out to be a little confusing. I am used to reading it the way you make it and it seemed like there was something missing because it was segmented out the way it was.

Amanda - Strawberry Pie 2

Conclusion:

I will definitely be making this again, especially after working out a couple of kinks. My in-laws LOVED it and so did I. I highly suggest making this when you have company. It will prevent you from eating it for every meal.

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #6 – Alicia

Mission: I hate making pies – just not my thing. Making a crust that never turns out really upsets me! I saw this recipe for easy Strawberry Cream Pie with 2 crust options – Let’s give it a whirl.

 

Details:

  • My Mother-In-Law has beautiful Strawberry bushes and has been sending us quarts and quarts of them. Perfect for jam and pie!
  • I choose to make a graham cracker crust versus the pastry crust
  • While the crust was baking, I whipped up the cream filling and popped that in the fridge to chill and then moved onto the glaze section of the recipe.
  • Your layering technique does not have to be perfect, unless you are entering it in a pie contest.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Be sure that the glaze is completely cool before spooning it over your pie. I got very impatient waiting. Once the first spoonful of delicious glaze hit the creamy goodness, it started to melt and ooze over the pan. I put that bad boy back in the fridge to set and it helped a lot. Note to self, have more patience!

Alicia - Pie 1

Pros:

Each layer tastes heavenly.

Cons:

None!!!

Alicia - Pie 2b

Conclusion:

Holy Shabingo!!! This is the best thing I have every tasted – seriously! The graham cracker crust, creamy filling and glaze – YUM! My husband said “Oh my. This is the best dessert you have ever made”.

Seriously – MAKE THIS PIE! Also – my pictures do not do this any justice. Please ignore that and try it!!!

 

 Strawberry Cream Pie Conclusion


The tantalizing
Strawberry Cream Pie and photo by Your Homebased Mom


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A love for fruit snacks is almost mandatory in the kid world these days, but what’s in those things anyway? 
Mama Mouse Says
has shared her own recipe for homemade Gummy Fruit Snacks made with easy ingredients that may already be in your refrigerator!

 

Always searching for healthy treats to feed to our little ones, we were eager to give this clever recipe a try!

 

Please click here to visit Mama Mouse Says and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: I have always wanted to try and tackle a homemade fruit snack recipe but had been a bit discouraged by the lack of easy-to-follow recipes. This recipe was super simple and I am all about fast and easy, and kid approved or course!

Details:

I followed the recipe exactly.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

You definitely need a food processor to create this recipe. I suppose you could use a blender and get the same results. I did find that by blending/pulsing the mixture, I got a lot of air bubbles. Let your mixture settle a bit before pouring into your pan and LEAVE in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours or overnight.

Also, being the goofball that I am, I purchased 6 full packages of the gelatin at the store not realizing that one package contains 4 pouches inside. DUH! You don’t have to twist my arm to make more.
Alicia - Snacks 1

Pros:

Very healthy and delicious.

Cons:

By using a small fondant/cookie cutter, you have a lot of wasted product, although it looks so pretty.

Alicia - Snacks 2

Conclusion:

My kids loved these snacks so much, that they gobbled up my first batch before I even noticed. I am so thrilled on how easy it was to make and that I know exactly what is in them. No artificial flavors or colors- YES!!!!!

This is a must try recipe. 2 sticky-thumbs up!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Make a yummy and healthy treat for the kiddos.

 

 

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I followed Mama Mouse’s recipe exactly with the exception of needing slightly more juice as I was a little shy on fruit juice.

  • I chose a little Mott’s apple juice with veggies. It worked like a charm!
  • I also used a sweet little cutter to made quarter sized flowers. They were very pretty but a little fussy.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

As soon as I poured the liquid puree into my cookie sheet I decided that I needed a smaller pan for next time. My gummies ended up being a little bit thinner than I wanted.

I also lined the pan with a layer of Glad Press’n Seal for ease of removing the gummies.

Amanda - Snacks 1

Pros:

This really was a great sweet treat packed with fruit and very little sugar.

Cons:

I would have liked for them to be a little more like fruit leather rather than slightly tacky like they were.

Also, if I make these again I will just cut little squares instead of using a cutter.

Amanda - Snacks 2

Conclusion:

This was a fun experiment with VERY edible results. My kids thought they were very fun to eat too.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sheri

Mission: My kids are crazy for fruit snacks but I recently cut them out of their diet and now I’m the bad guy. Maybe this all-natural homemade fruit snack recipe will fill the void and make me “Awesome Mom” again.

 

Details:

This was a very easy recipe to follow.

  • I chose to use strawberries because it’s a fruit that all three of my boys love.
  • For juice I used Newman’s Pomegranate Lemonade, another winner in our house and it also provided the citric component the recipe called for.

The first thing I did was line the tray with plastic so I would be ready. I then poured the juice into the blender. I quickly heated up the diced strawberries and honey. While they were heating up I added the 5 packets of gelatin.

I combined all of the ingredients as directed and poured it onto the try. It looked a bit frothy. I let them set overnight. When I took the tray out in the morning it still didn’t look hard enough. I left it there a few more hours and it was still strange looking. It was an odd combination of spongy and rubbery. Honestly, it reminded me of the nasty gel-like ring when you open a can of wet dog food. Blech.

I cut them up and passed them onto my taste-testers. It got a 1 out of 3. My oldest was thrilled; the other two guys spit them out. I think it was just a texture thing.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I think adding a 6th packet of gelatin might give it a better texture.

Sheri - Snacks 1

Pros:

They’re not as sticky as store-bought gummies which stick to their teeth.

Cons:

The texture isn’t quite right and a little repulsive.

Sheri - Snacks 2

Conclusion:

One out of three boys enjoyed these strawberry bites.

I love that it was a really easy recipe using real fruit and no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. There just has to be some sort of way to get the texture a little better. Honestly, I’m not sure I would try this again.

 

 

Fruit Snack Conclusion


The lovely
Gummy Fruit Snacks and photo by Mama Mouse Says


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The Curvy Carrot has shared a delicious recipe for Strawberry Bruschetta that looks as delicious as it is easy on the eyes!

Fresh ingredients like strawberries and basil, paired with rich goat cheese, balsamic vinegar and a crispy baguette! We had to try this one out!

 

Please click here to visit The Curvy Carrot and see the recipe that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission: Create a unique appetizer that is still family friendly.

 
 

Details:

  • I didn’t have a French baguette so I opted for cutting a couple of Ciabatta Rolls instead.
  • I also opted to leave the cracked pepper off in hopes that my family would actually try it. This was a smart move but when I make it again I will add the pepper. It would bring a nice bite to the dish.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Dice the strawberries small – per the instructions. It makes it easier to eat them. Also, let the balsamic and olive oil sit on the bread, cheese and topping before consuming.

Pros:

Pretty and SO tasty! It is a lovely combination of sweet and savory. Perfect pairing with wine!

Cons:

There really are none. I personally loved this dish and plan to make it again for people who can appreciate it as much as me (my family was as excited as I was about the dish but mainly that was because we had a LOT of food in addition to the appetizers on our table to consume).

Conclusion:

This is a fun way to bring sweet and savory together in one dish. Perfect for a dinner party and ideal for a night of wine and snacks. I will definitely be making this one again!
 
 

Reviewer #2 – Sheri

Mission: At first glance on Pinterest these things look delectable. A sweet take on the traditional bruschetta. I clicked on a gorgeous pin that initially to me to a fantastic food blog called Annie’s Eats.

The recipe itself looked simple, but to be honest it didn’t sound as delectable as I originally thought. Black pepper, olive oil, and basil with strawberries!? Let’s just say my husband and parents were giving me strange looks as I was preparing it.

Details:

  • First I sliced up a cup of strawberries and coated them with a tablespoon of sugar.
  • While I let the strawberries stand in the sugar I sliced the baguette.
  • Then it was assembly time. I spread the goat cheese on the baguette and then applied the strawberries and sprinkled them with some fresh ribbon-cut basil.
  • Lastly, it was time to drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over them and finish it off with some fresh ground black pepper.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Tips I am going to use the next time I make these:

a.)   Toast the baguettes a little. Spreading the goat cheese on soft bread was tough and I think a little bit of crunch might make them a little better.

b.)   Be cautious when “drizzling” the balsamic vinegar. I ended up dousing a few.

Pros:

They’re fast. They’re pretty. They taste surprisingly great.

Cons:

Trying to get someone to try them.

Conclusion:

As previously stated, these little appetizers looked fabulous but after reading the recipe I got a little bit nervous. My husband and parents were good sports and tried them…then we devoured the entire plate. They were fantastic.

The sugary strawberries were paired nicely with the balsamic vinegar, tangy goat cheese, and even the basil and ground black pepper. So yes, they are as good as they look and easy to assembly to boot.
 
 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission:  To try out this yummy sounding summer appetizer.

 

Details:

  • Baguette
  • Strawberries
  • Goat cheese
  • Basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic
  • Salt and pepper

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Pre-mix your olive oil and balsamic and just use a spoon to drizzle it over the strawberries on your bread/goat cheese mix.

Pros:

Easy and delicious.

Great way to use in-season fruits and herbs – I picked the basil fresh from my garden!

Awesome combination of savory and sweet.

Cons:

In my opinion, more of a gals-type appetizer. I don’t foresee many of the guys in my friends circle even giving this one a try.

Conclusion:

This appetizer was AMAZING! I was hosting for my book club (consisting of 10 gals) and made this as the appetizer and there were rave reviews! It was an easy one to prep and a delicious one to eat! And, on top of that – it is just beautiful to look at…great colors!

I’m pretty sure everyone at the book club requested this recipe.  I will be adding this one to my recipe box 🙂
 
 

Reviewer #4 – Mandy

Mission:  Find a unique twist on my usual garlic/tomato/basil bruschetta that I love to serve. It’s my “go-to” app.

 

Details:

  • I followed the recipe as written. It was super easy to follow and turned out fabulous!
  • I made the bruschetta again at a later date and forgot to drizzle the bruschetta with balsamic. It was good, but not as full-flavored as the first go-around.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t skip or forget any of the ingredients as I explained above.

It helps to “fan” the strawberry slices on the bread. Helps with the messy eating.

Pros:

Pretty easy. As long as you have access to the ingredients, you’ll be fine.  I was in my hometown (a smaller town) and it took a little bit of digging to find goat cheese. It’s Wisconsin… land of cow cheese, I guess.

So, so yummy!! Everyone that I had try it (even the picky eaters) loved it.

It’s also a little unique. People would typically think of a bruschetta to include tomatoes, basil, etc. This is a unique spin on it that is really good!

Cons:

There aren’t many… maybe it can get a little messy? Probably not a passed-type of appetizer.

Also, so good that you can’t stop eating… goat cheese calories galore!!

Conclusion:

Yum. Yum. Yum. I think this is such a great, easy appetizer that is unique and delicious.
 
 

Reviewer #5 – Maren

Mission: Try out a new twist on my favorite hors d’oeuvre!

 

Details:

I followed The Curvy Carrot’s recipe to a T!  I didn’t forget anything or screw anything up!  So proud.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

My baguettes were pretty dinky; a little tough to fit the strawberries on.  However, they were the perfect size to shove in your mouth.  Next time I think I’ll get the standard two-biter size.

I mixed my balsamic vinegar and olive oil together first, then spooned over the strawberry topping.  I felt like a genius.

I found that the vinegar made the bruschetta slices a little soggy, so next time, I would either bake the slices to make them crispier, or use a balsamic reduction… leaning towards the reduction option because I LOVE balsamic vinegar!

Lastly, don’t go too thin on the goat cheese.  It really adds to the flavor!  My mom agreed.  In reference to a few that were a little light on the cheese she said, “Well, they’re not knocking my socks off, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t keep shoving them in my face.”  Haaha!

Pros:

Totally amazing!  Such a unique and yummy combination of flavors.

Easy to make + easy on the eyes!

This recipe is easy enough to make any night of the week, guests or not!

Cons:

None – seriously, these were great.

Conclusion:

They are so pretty and easy to prepare – I cannot wait to make this the next time we have guests!  My mom, husband and I couldn’t eat enough of these suckers!   We practically licked the plate.  I will recommend this tasty dish for years to come.
 
 

The lovely shot of Strawberry Bruschetta taken by The Curvy Carrot


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Strawberry Mojitos

Kokocooks has shared her recipe for Strawberry Mojitos that are as beautiful as they are fresh!

The gals of The Crafty Collaborative are always up for trying out our bartending skills; so this perfect-for-summer drink was right up our alley!

 

Please click here to visit Kokocooks to see the recipe that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission:  To create a drink worth drinking (can you tell I am not big on rum? More of a wine lady here).

 

Details:

  • I used Bacardi Rum and felt it was fine. Moderately priced. Really the fruit is the star here anyway.
  • The strawberries used were actually sliced because we were having company over and I had already done so.
  • Also, I didn’t use crushed ice but would definitely suggest it. I had to work for these drinks. Trying to crush whole cubes is not ideal so follow the tips from the orginal post.
  • I had never made simple syrup before but found it to be very easy and worth the effort. It made the drink sweet without being grainy with sugar.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely used a tall glass. I chose a skinny mason jar (it was decorative and pretty – just the way I like things).  It was difficult to muddle the ingredients together in such a small glass.

Pros:

This time of year you should be able to get beautiful strawberries with lots of flavor and if you are a gardener fresh mint from a pot outside is a bonus.

Cons:

This drink is a little fussy for me but that is mainly because I prefer to open a bottle and pour – no effort made there!

Conclusion:

This beverage is not only pretty but a nice touch to a dinner party. Really adds visual appeal and the taste was fabulous! It would be perfect for a night of girl talk and appetizers.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: A refreshing and sweet treat for the hot days of summer?  Where do I sign up!

 

Details:

  • I used Bacardi Rum, because I love it.
  • I didn’t have a muddler, so I used a flat-end wooden spoon which worked like a charm!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Making simple syrup is super easy – I made mine in the microwave!

Just dump your 1/2 & 1/2 in a microwave safe dish, nuke for a minute or so, and stir gently with a flat bottom whisk until dissolved and let cool!

Neither my mom [my official mojito tasting partner] nor I are fans of super sweet drinks, but after tasting mine, my mom replied with an enthusiastic, “Sure!  I’ll have one of those!”  I thought that it was pretty sweet but also pretty tasty!  I was also happy that I could still taste the rum!  I do think that when making these cocktails in the future, I would prefer cutting back on the simple syrup since it got really sweet towards the end of the drink.

Pros:

Although this drink required a few more ingredients than the average cocktail, it was easy to make since all you had to do is mash them together and pour in the booze!

Cons:

I wish I would have known just what size glass or amounts of soda that Kokocooks used, because I don’t like guessing when it’s my first time making something.

Conclusion:

Sweet and delish!  If you love fresh strawberries, mint and rum – this is the drink for you!  It’s surprisingly easy to make and hits the spot for refreshment.  It was over 100 degrees out when we made these cocktails and they delivered!

I think that the Strawberry Mojito would be a great addition to any summer get together, whether it’s a girls night or a block party!

 

The lovely Strawberry Mojito photo taken by Kokocooks


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