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Heidi's weekend beakfast tradition just got a little sweeter
Strawberry Breakfast Jam
Weekends are a premium for me. It’s about the only time I really relax and enjoy the simple things in life. In the summer on Saturday, I treat myself to a breakfast tray with a green tea, my favorite teacup, pinkie up, with a few slices of toasted Italian bread and chill on the balcony. In the winter, I crave heavier foods, so Sunday mornings are my big breakfast days. Platter style. I may make a pan of Ciabatta French toast or bake big, flaky biscuits, with a side of sage sausage, grits and fried eggs. My biscuits are oozing with butter and a generous spoonful of jelly or jam.
That's a weekend breakfast at Heidi's.
Well if that isn't enough, the weekend breakfast tradition just got a little sweeter. Yep, I made Strawberry Breakfast Jam. Fresh Florida strawberries with a twist of lemon juice. The kind of jam that makes you lick the corners of your lips. Crumbs included. I can't invite you all to join me here, but you can adopt my weekend breakfast tradition and start with making your own jar of my Strawberry Breakfast Jam. Nothing better than a happy tummy, and a good Sunday Sermon.
In The Kitchen
As usual, this recipe is simple. No need to get special jars or special ingredients. You will need a little more time with this recipe. So get up a little earlier on Saturday to get this jam started. This diva can multitask. You can get in a good hair conditioning treatment and catch up on your email, while you're making Strawberry Breakfast Jam. Don't you just love me?
Paul Hardcastle - Desire. I went with soft and easy background sounds while I made this jam. Instrumental only. You'll end up playing the entire CD on this recipe.
The Strawberry Breakfast Jam can be stored in a glass jar or a tightly sealed plastic container for up to 1 month. I like the jam on toasted bread but you can also use it as a cake filling, ice cream sundae topping, cookie filling or to sweeten a smoothie.
Even divas make impressive homemade condiments. Spread your wings with your favorite fruit and make a variety of jams with the same recipe.
As always, Look Good, Cook Good and Entertain in Style
Try a Low Calorie Dessert with Vitamin C and Calcuim
Strawberry Yogurt Bites
Seems like we just recovered from pigging out during the last three holidays. Now we’ve got the Super Bowl and Valentines Day just around the corner. You’ll most likely blow your New Year’s diet on those days. Who am I kidding? We plan on eating those high carb, high fat dishes as part of the celebration. Don’t blow that New Years diet just yet. Hold down those calories a bit with a Strawberry Yogurt Bite. An intense strawberry flavored dessert that’s cool and quenches that sweet tooth with a little vitamin C and calcium.
In the Kitchen
I live in the north so I wasn’t sure if I’d have to pay an arm and a leg for fresh Strawberries this time of year. Just so happens I caught them on sell for $2.00 a quart at a local market. Outside of the visual appeal, a cup of strawberries are packed with more vitamin C than an Orange. Combine a low fat or fat free strawberry yogurt with sugar free gelatin and we’re on our way to a low cal, guilt free dessert bite. Go ahead and lick the spoon.
Bruno Mars, The Lazy Song - I like this song because it reminds of those few weekends when I did nothing. Remember the first part of our mantra is “Look Good” which is a priority. This recipe is quick for the diva who needs to spend less time in the kitchen and more time taking a beauty nap before that date. Fluff up a satin pillow and relax. It’s simple and cost very little to make so you can use your Christmas cash for shopping at a post holiday sale.
3 6oz containers of low fat or fat free Strawberry Yogurt
12 Foil Cupcake Liners
1 3oz package of sugar free Strawberry flavored gelatin
Your secret recipe could secure your family’s future
How much is that family recipe worth? Just ask Wendy Thomas of Wendy's or the decendants of Colonel Sanders, KFC.
Around 8 or 9 years ago, I read a success story about a woman who used a secret family recipe handed down by her great grandmother, to create a condiment known as Honey Crème Syrup. I’ve read a lot of success stories but this one had a greater impact. Michele Hoskins created Honey Crème Syrup with the hope of leaving her daughters a legacy. Today, she’s a huge success with Michele’s Foods. Her products are sold nationwide in over 10,000 stores. Mission accomplished.
Who Has the Secret?
Someone in your family guards those secret recipes. Got an uncle than can throw down on the grill? You know your mother’s sweet potato pie recipe is finger licking good. There are a lot of families out there with really great recipes that could possibly generate a little or a lot of cash. It’s worth exploring. What it is? A beverage, a jam, a dish or a dessert? The creations are endless and nobody does it like you. Preserve those secret recipes. Sell your best dish and create your own family legacy.
Your Money Maker
Start off with something small to get your feet wet without investing a large sum of money. Market your product to friends, co-workers, or associates and let it fly. You’ll soon know if you have a hit worthy of a larger investment. If you decide not to invest in a long term effort, use the proceeds from your sales
to create a family scholarship fund or as a fundraiser for reunion expenses. If
nothing else, it’s a good bonding project for the entire family.
My wheels are already turning.
You can read more about Michele's Foods and check out her story by visiting
Time to call Ma Ma!
As always, Look Good, Cook Good and Entertain in Style
I Thank You
We are just starting the new year and I wanted to begin by thanking my followers, my mentors, Tastespotting, Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook and God. I'm humbled by the year end stats for this blog. It means a great deal that people take time to view my entries. I hope more of you will take a few seconds to comment or send me an email. I love connecting with people through technology.
Budget and the Fiscal Cliff
A great number of us are faced with more and more economic and financial challenges, including the cost of food everywhere. This year, I'll focus more on adding budget friendly meals for diva's and home cooks. I'll also do some coupon challenges to show you how to really stretch that dollar. After all we still need a few bucks for the mani and pedi.
Some Things Never Change
New for 2013
Diva Basics 101
I love learning new cooking terms and techniques. I'm going to spice up the blog by adding a small blurb as I discover new things in my kitchen and answer questions from followers. We'll grow together.
I have very special co-workers who are extremly supportive .
Thank you Jeanie James-Ashley! I nicknamed her "Pinkie" because she loves the color pink and keeps me on my toes with regard to followers with special diet needs.
Everyone needs a partner in crime.
Thank you Dionne Sanders for listening to my one million and one light bulb moments. Many lol's.
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As always, look good, cook good and entertain in style.
Heidi L. Smith