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Fun with Fruit Friday…Yogurt & Mixed Berry Filled Puff Pastries

With all the rich foods served around the holidays, I decided I’d make a dessert that wouldn’t totally consist of butter.  After a little research, I couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I made a recipe up: Puff Pastries filled with yogurt and a mixed berry compote.

Ingredients & materials: 
1/2 32 oz container vanilla yogurt
12 oz bag assorted frozen berries
1 box puff pastry shells
ground cinnamon
4 tbl honey or sugar
whipped cream or whipped topping

cookie sheet
medium sauce pan
large spoon

Serving Size: 8-12 puff pastry shells

Puff Pastry Shells:
I used Pepperidge Farm & followed the instructions on the box: remove the tops of the shells, put on cookie sheet & heat in oven per box directions.  Set aside to cool at least 15-20 minutes.

Berry Compote:

  • 4 tablespoons honey  (or sugar, to taste)
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag assorted frozen berries

To prepare compote: put the berries in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add honey & cinnamon; bring to a light boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated & remove from heat w/lid. Keep warm, but not hot.


Once the pastry shells have cooled, add a scoop of vanilla yogurt into the bottom of each shell, filling about 1/4

Fill the rest of the shell with the berry compote.

Put the pastry shell tops on top of the berry compote & add whipped cream or whipped topping to the shell…Can also be served with ice cream!



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Fun with FALL Friday…Apple Crisp

Happy first day of fall!  

Fall=beautiful colors, leaves falling, pumpkin patches, apple picking, and PIE!

Here is a link to a recipe I did last year for APPLE CRISP

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Fun with Fruit Friday… Rainbow of Fruit!

Today I’m posting a great idea for a rainbow fruit platter by a fellow blogger, Homemade Serenity.

How cute is this idea?!

Mmmmm taste the rainbow…

Click HERE to get tips on how to make this fruit rainbow

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Fun with Fruit Friday…Basil Ice Cream on Grilled Peaches

An extended family member of mine recently posted on her blog that they had made this & it sounded VERY intriguing!

If you are interested in making this recipe, here is the link:

Grilled Peaches with Basil Ice Cream

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Fun with Fruit Friday… Cape gooseberries & Ice Cream!

Cape gooseberry aka strawberry tomato aka golden gooseberry aka golden berry aka Chinese lantern

Read more: Cook’s Thesaurus

So I’m sure you’re probably asking, “What the heck are Cape gooseberries or strawberry tomatoes or whateveryoucallits?”  I asked the same question.  A few days ago, I was in my father’s garden picking some zucchini for bread (recipe coming soon) & I looked over to the tomato vines.  Puzzled at what I saw, I asked my father what those things growing with a case around them were?  He responded, “Strawberry tomatoes.”  I’d never heard of them before, but once I unwrapped one, I immediately recognized the little berry.  The berry is typically used as a garnish for desserts (mainly at high-end restaurants), and they are somewhat of a rare find in the United States (I last saw them at a restaurant in Quebec City).  Excited to taste the berry again, I picked a couple handfuls (and ate a few, too)!  Once I got home, I “Googled” what strawberry tomatoes were and found out that they have a number of names (see above), which is probably why I wasn’t sure of their name in the first place.  They are cute little berries with almost a cherry tomato-like texture and crunch, yet tastes very sweet.  

I decided to add the Cape gooseberries to some vanilla ice cream (Ben & Jerry’s, of course)…

The combination of the two flavors was absolutely incredible!

If you ever find Cape gooseberries, I’d highly recommend purchasing/tasting them & adding them to ice cream or a spinach salad with goat cheese!  Yum!

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Fun MIY Frozen Treats Friday

It’s hot.  I hope that you have air conditioning.  If you don’t… I hope that you are at least in front of a fan or by a large body of water.  Please stay hydrated.  Sometimes when it’s really hot, we just aren’t really that hungry, but it’s important to have at least a little something in your tummy (especially on a hot day)…

Here are some (frozen) ideas for some treats to help cool you down:

Frozen Fruit Pops

Frozen Fruit Cups by Taste of Home

Photo by Gailanng on

Banana “Ice Cream” by

Lemon Frozen Yogurt with Raspberries by Dessert First

Frozen Grapes…surprisingly good!!

Mango Lassi Pops by Jaimem on The Family Kitchen

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Fun with Fruit Friday… Avocado Mango Pear Smoothie

Avocado Mango Pear Smoothie: I have been drinking these delicious smoothies for about a year now from Patra Cafe on Center St in Burlington, VT.  Fresh, refreshing & full of nutrients**!  The smoothie is $4.75 for a 12 oz cup & highly recommended.

The cafe now also serves food, but I’ve only been there for tea and smoothies.  I got a muffin there once, about a year ago, and it wasn’t very good.  Hopefully their food has gotten better, but I’d really just recommend you go there for their yummy smoothies (other flavors than avocado pear available) or wide selection of tea offerings.  They also sell loose-leaf tea you can take home.

Food offerings: granola, oatmeal, grilled paninis & soups
Beverage offerings: tea, coffee, juice, smoothies & bubble tea! 

The ambiance is simple & comfortable.  It’s a quiet place to read, sip your tea or catch up with an old friend.  Also great for people watching… Burlington is known for its characters…Live music & open mic nights occasionally, too.


Patra Cafe
9 Center St
Burlington, VT


If you aren’t in the Burlington, VT area & want to make a Avocado Mango Pear Smoothie at home, here’s how (not the Patra Cafe recipe, but looks close):  

1/2 avocado
1 pear, chopped up
1/2 cup frozen mango, chopped up
1/2 cup water
4 ice cubes (amt may vary per how big your ice cubes are or how thick you like it…)
1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Put all the ingredients in a blender & blend until smooth.  Yum!

**”Avocados are high in fat (the good kind) and contain the fat-soluble vitamin E. Avocados are an excellent source of certain antioxidants that help slow aging and prevent certain cancers and heart disease. They are high in folate which also helps protect your heart and guard against stroke. Studies have shown that avocados can lower cholesterol, guard against eye disease, help fight oral cancer, prevent breast cancer and has been shown to inhibit prostate cancer.” (Russell, Tracy: Incredible Smoothies)

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