Thursday, June 21, 2012

Strawberry Shortcake

This time of year always takes me back to my childhood. At the end of every June Josh and I packed up our suitcases for two weeks in Kansas with my Grandma Farris.  She lived eight hours away in southern Kansas.  We were always so anxious the night before our road trip. We had our books, coloring books, travel games, and many, many snacks all packed up ready to go. We had to come up with our own ways to stay entertained- no Leapsters, Nintendo DS, Nooks, or cell phones to keep us quiet and pass the time. Did anyone else play the Alphabet game with license plates?
Our meeting spot was usually Bethany, MO. As we got closer I always felt myself getting anxious.  As much as I was excited to stay in KS, I had to hide my tears when Grandma's car headed South with Josh and I in it, and Mom and Dad headed back North. 

Anyway, about this time of year Josh and I would be getting ready for our two week stay with Grandma.  Smells of the season take me back.  The chlorine at the pool reminds me of the many hours we would spend in the pool in their backyard; when I smell or taste iced tea I have visions of Grandma's pink Casey's cup and her lipstick-stained straw; the fireworks throughout the day on the 4th of July; and even just the trees in the morning.  The trees smell differently this time of year. Anyone else know what I'm talking about?  And then there was the strawberry shortcake.  A quick and easy dessert that we had every summer.  Back then we used KFC biscuits, frozen strawberries, and Cool Whip. I made it a little more homemade and used some biscuit mix, macerated my own strawberries and used real whipped cream with LOTS of vanilla bean added in.

 Ahhh, the vanilla bean! I put this in as much as I can.

Nothing too fancy about this dessert but it's still a winner!

Strawberry Shortcake
Baking mix (or use homemade biscuit recipe)
Milk for baking mix
Heavy cream
Powdered sugar
1 vanilla bean
1. Bake biscuits according to recipe.
2. Lightly smash strawberries and add in 1-2 tablespoons of sugar.
3. Add 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar to 12 ounces of cream. Whip until light and fluffy.
4. Add beans from one vanilla bean pod to the whipped cream.
5. Assemble

1 comment:

  1. I amCRAZY for vanilla beans!!!!! Nothing better than the real thing!


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