strawberry shortcake in a jar

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Mix strawberries with 3 tablespoons of sugar and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 2 tablespoons sugar and salt in a bowl. Add heavy cream and mix until just combined. Place mixture in an ungreased 8-inch baking dish and bake until golden, 18-20 minutes.

Remove shortcake from pan and place on a wire rack to cool slightly. Cut into small cubes.

Using a mixer, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon zest until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.

Assemble the jars by placing shortcake on the bottom, followed by whipped cream and strawberries.

*Note- To take this recipe up a notch, mix the strawberries and sugar and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 375°F and roast strawberries for 30 minutes before placing in shortcake jar. YUM!

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freezing basics

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farmers market guide

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Market season is here and we can’t wait to get our hands on some fresh local produce! There is something magical about getting up and heading into the local market and browsing through all of the local fruits, vegetables, meats, as well as talking to all of the wonderful farmers. Stay tuned, as I feature some of our favorite market recipes to use up all of the market goodies you pick up, as well as some shopping and preserving tips!

In the meantime…..

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traveling with the people I love

We had an amazing week filled with sunshine, laughter, music, wine, friends, family… I live for our trips. The memories we make together and the experiences that shape our lives.

Off to plan our next trip!!! Stay tuned…

so begins a new decade…


Today begins a new decade and an opportunity for greater adventures. This will be the best decade yet filled with firsts and lasts.

In this decade, there will be two bat mitzvahs and one bar mitzvah, three high school graduations and four college graduations. We will watch as our five children become adults and make their own paths in life. We will travel to four continents this decade… filling our lives with experiences, cultures and cuisines that spark the imagination. 

I will mark almost thirty years of marriage with my love in this decade and for that I am so very grateful. To have experienced such remarkable love is a blessing. I run with open arms, grace, love and laughter into these next ten years. I am thankful for all that I have experienced and achieved so far… for the friendships, the laughter, the late nights, the adventures, the cocktails and this extraordinary life!

Cheers~