Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which means summer will be in full swing before you know it!
Like many of you, I will be cranking up the grill for the first time this year getting my barbecue on. I’ve got all of my recipes ready and prepped to go, which include these Strawberry Tropical Swirly Smoothies.
I am such a big fan of smoothies (in fact I consider myself a bit of a smoothie guru). There isn’t a drink more refreshing, healthy and delicious in my opinion. I drink one smoothie per day. It is usually my breakfast of choice because of its fast ease and convenience. When the weather begins to change, so do my selections of smoothies. I adore making them with whatever is in season, which is why I opted for this strawberry flavor.
Looking on BHG’s website, I ran into these fun Raspberry-Citrus Swirly Smoothies that looked so awesome! The swirl of different flavors was such a genius idea. I decided to change the flavors to strawberry, pineapple and coconut.
One of my favorite tropical drinks is the Lava Flow, which is a mix of pina colada and strawberry flavors. This smoothie definitely brings all of those exciting flavors together seamlessly. To create this recipe for yourself, simply make the following small changes to the recipe:
- Replace the raspberries with strawberries.
- Add 1/2-3/4 cup frozen pineapple to the smoothie base (go up to 1 cup if you really love pineapple).
- Replace some of the vanilla yogurt with a coconut flavor.
- Add a bit more liquid like cold water or even coconut milk if it is harder to blend due to the addition of pineapple.
The end result is a smoothie recipe that makes you think you are on a tropical island lounging by the beach. The flavor is intense without being overwhelming, and these drinks are the perfect beverages to serve on a hot day by the grill. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day filled with some fun in the sun. One thing’s for sure: I will certainly make a couple of these to have on deck all holiday weekend.
Memorial Day is on the horizon, and it’s not too early to start planning what you’ll make for friends and family. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m usually the person who volunteers to bring the dessert. It’s my thing. A few years ago I discovered BHG’s recipe for White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies. Being red and white, they were perfect for the holiday season so I decided to bake a batch.- I’m always on the hunt for new cookie recipes and I struck gold with this one.
My family adores these cookies and so do I. They have become a new holiday favorite. The cherry and white chocolate combination is a classic flavor pairing. It’s sweet, fruity, and rich. It also has a weird way of instantly reminding me of the holidays, family, and good times.
I realize that some recipes are special because you make them only once a year. However, since my family is always begging me to bake these cookies, I wanted a way to change them up a little for another holiday.
I was in the grocery store the other day when inspiration struck! I stumbled upon these adorable red, white, and blue sprinkles and thought they would be perfect. I also picked up a bottle of blue sugar crystals. Adding just a touch of the red. white, and blue would instantly make these a festive dessert for Memorial Day, Independence Day, or summer in general.
I bought a few other ingredients, mostly pantry staples, and headed home to bake.
Needless to say, the results are adorable! I couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures and teasing my family over Instagram. They were so happy to see that they won’t have to wait another six months for one of their favorite treats!
So tell me, what traditionally seasonal items do you serve all year long? What’s your favorite dish served on Memorial Day?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm