Strawberries & Recipes: Happy First Day of Summer

Happy First Day of Summer!!!
I love everything about summer, even the heat, so this is a day worth celebrating in my opinion!
I've had this post sitting in my drafts section for a while, so today seemed like a great day to share it!
We are blessed to have to most precious strawberry farm right outside of our neighborhood.
I swear their strawberries taste better than any others I've had.
Because of the convenience, I find myself out at the farm picking quite often when they are in season.
For one thing, I find it therapeutic to get outside and pick in the stillness and the quiet.
For another thing, I just can't get enough of them!
Thinking about making freezer jam, homemade pies and cobblers, shortcakes, muffins, and a dozen other delicious recipes gets me excited and motivates me to get picking!
Twin Oaks Farms
This man LOVES strawberries. He cannot get enough.
He loves jams, jellies, pies and homemade ice cream.
My work is cut out for me.
It was coming a decent rain shower while we were picking and we just kept on going, so excuse the hair.
They also have the best homemade strawberry softserve ice cream you've ever had.
So, the first thing I made was a Strawberry-Lime Pie.
I got the recipe off of Pinterest, but of course I made adjustments.
The original recipe can be found here.
  • 1 9-inch pastry crust (baked)  I used a pie crust.
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries (divided)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch I used 5 tablespoons.
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Step 1
Hull the strawberries. Slice half of the berries, and set aside. (You should have about 2 cups of sliced berries. I used 2.5 cups.) Place the remaining berries in the bowl of a food processor. Process until very finely chopped. (You should have about 1 cup of pureed berries. I used 1.5 cups.)
Step 2
Arrange the sliced berries in the baked pastry shell. Set aside.
Step 3
In a medium saucepan, combine the pureed berries and 1 cup granulated sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Whisk the corn starch into the water, and gradually add to the strawberry mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring constantly, for about 10 minutes, or until mixture is considerably thickened. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice. Pour mixture over prepared pastry shell, spreading evenly with a spoon. Chill for at least 4 hours.
Step 4
Just before serving, whip the cream, 2 teaspoons granulated sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Serve chilled pie with a dollop of whipped cream and additional berries or lime wedges, if desired.
I ended up making several of these pies because they were such a hit!
The second time I added in some fresh cubed peaches and it was yummy, too!
Of course mine wasn't as pretty as the Pinterest picture, but it tasted delicious!
The next recipe I made was Strawberry Banana Muffins, also found on Pinterest-originally pinned from here.
They were so delicious and moist-and I made a few changes to this recipe, too.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, finely chopped  *I used 1 cup finely chopped strawberries, plus 3/4 cup pureed fresh strawberries
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour *I use King Arthur Brand-unbleached
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
a pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease mini muffin cups or line standard size muffin cups with paper liners.
*I used mini muffin cups (using nonstick spray) without liners and they did not stick.
Stir melted butter, sugars, eggs, and  vanilla until combined. Stir in mashed bananas. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and cream together until combine. Do not over beat. Fold in strawberries.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350 F for 8 minutes for mini muffins. For standard size muffins bake 16-18 minutes until center is set.
I froze a few gallon size bags of fresh whole strawberries, then I pureed some and put them in freezer containers for use in muffins, pies, jams and jellies, etc.
I also shared my recipe for Strawberry Banana Freezer Jam in this post a few years ago.
I hope you are enjoying your Summer so far and that you might try some of these delicious strawberry recipes!


  1. these all look sooo yummy. I love fresh anything but picking strawberries is the one thing I've never done. Plenty of cherries, wild blackberries, and typical garden veggies.

    1. Oh, Meredith! You will have to pick them sometime! :) They look so pretty hanging off their bushes. Have a fabulous day! xoxo

  2. Well that just looks delicious! When I lived in southern Maryland, there was a local strawberry farm just like that and I remember the sweet strawberry soda they used to make from the strawberries on the farm. Wish I had something like this close to where I live now. Stay blessed :)

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    1. Thank you, Ashley! You'll have to try the recipes sometime! :) Blessings and Love!! xoxo

  4. Cannot wait to try all of your strawberry recipes! Where did you buy your green pants? Love your style!

  5. Those fresh little strawberries that you & Brandon picked look delicious! I always enjoy summertime when we are able to go pick fresh ones! So many more fun memories made that way verses buying them in the store!


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