Foodie Friday: Kid Favorite Strawberry Shortcake

Well hello, beautiful people, its Foodie Friday, the day of the week where we make a delicious kid-friendly and kid-approved recipes and share it with you! As you can tell by the title this is going to be about a fruity treat!

Storytime: My parents took my brothers and me to the Florida Strawberry Festival one year, and of course what you get at the Florida Strawberry Festival is the Strawberry Shortcake! The Florida Strawberry Festival this year is from February 28th to March 10th, its jam-packed with lots of fun rides, some awesome concerts at night, some shopping, and most of all tons and tons of delicious food.

I wanted to get a head start on all of the yummy treats and make something special for the kids I knew they would love to make it and love to eat it. I can’t remember where I found this recipe but the kids and my husband sure do love it, and will always be something we can make together!

Foodie Friday: Strawberry Shortcake

Cook Time:1 hr 
Total Time:1 hr 40 minutes
Servings: 6

What you will Need

For the Shortcakes

  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing
  • 1 Large egg

For the Filling

  • 6 Cups strawberries ( about 1 3/4 pounds),
  • hulled and halved or quartered
  • 1/4  Cup granulated sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1 Cup cold heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions 

 

  1. Make the shortcakes: Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pulse the flour, freeze-dried strawberries, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor until the strawberries are crushed. Add the butter and pulse until it is in pew sized pieces. Whisk the heavy cream and egg in a small bowl. Pulsing constantly, drizzle the cream mixture into the flour mixture; pulse until the dough comes together. Transfer to a medium bowl and knead 3 or 4 times.
  2. Scoop 6 balls of dough ( about 1/2 cup each) onto the prepared baking sheet using a measuring cup or Ice cream scoop, spacing the dough 2 to 3 inches apart. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly brush each ball of dough with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until a golden brown and toothpick inserted into the centers come out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.
  4. Meanwhile, make the filling. Puree 2 cups strawberries in a blender until smooth. ( You should have about 1 cup puree) Toss the remaining 4 cups strawberries with the 1/2 cup of the strawberry puree, the granulated sugar, and lemon juice; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Crush or finely chop the freeze-dried strawberries until powdery; transfer to a large bowl and add the heavy cream and confectioners sugar. Beat with a mixer on medium high speed untill stiff peeaks form. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Gently fold in the remaining 1/2 cup strawberry puree. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Split each shortcake and fill with the strawberries and whipped cream.

It’s one heck of a recipe and it’s always a mess for us but I promise you it will not disappoint! We hope you enjoy, What are some favorite treats they have at a festival near you? Share in the comments below!

Foodie Friday: Kid Friendly Meatloaf

It’s Foodie Friday!  A new fun thing that will be happening every Friday here at Raising Lost Boys. I will be sharing some kind of delicious, fun, kid-friendly meals, snacks or desserts with you guys! I am truly excited to start this in hopes to help one of you find that perfect meal that your kids will love!

Todays Foodie Friday Recipe is none other than mouth-watering Meatloaf. I know what you’re thinking ” Jessica How will my kids love meatloaf?” Well, the answer is simple. Make it kid size. Read the recipe below to find out!

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Kid Friendly Meatloaf

Cook Time:40 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes
Servings 12 -18 Mini Meatloafs 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 cup Fine Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 Onion Really finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Ketchup for Topping
  • Muffin Tin

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl except the ground beef.
  • Let the mixture sit a few minutes so the breadcrumbs absorb some of the liquid.
  • Add the ground beef to the breadcrumb mixture and mix well.
  • Form into balls and place the balls in the greased muffin tin.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Add a sprinkle of Shredded Cheese to the top of each mini meatloaf and cook for additional 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Drizzle or Drench with ketchup (whichever your kids prefer)
  • And Serve and enjoy!

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The kids will love that the meatloaf is the perfect size just for them, and being covered in delicious cheese is just an added bonus! If you try this recipe let us know in the comments how your kids liked it!

Target Homeschool Mini Haul.

We’ve been homeschooling for 3 months now, and I realized that Bentley likes to change things up a bit for his lessons. So instead of doing the same thing every day for sight words, or math, I have been trying to find fun ways to teach his sight words or how to do his math problems!

Target has been my go-to for finding inexpensive manipulatives to help with our homeschooling! Here is my mini haul of everything I got, and how we will be using them in the future.

Target Homeschool Mini Haul

Magnetic Letters

I had been wanting some letters for Bentley to use to spell out his sight words and I did find a good set on Amazon with 208 pieces for around $30. I wasn’t looking to spend an extra $30 at that time, so while in the Dollar Spot at Target I found these Magnetic Upper and Lower Case for $1 each set. We will be using these as a rotation for his sight words!

Wooden Chalkboard Blocks

Another great manipulative for sight words or spelling, in general, would be the wooden chalkboard blocks I found for $3 in the Dollar Spot. Great for having the kids write the letters and then spell the word out! Also can be used for mathematics by writing equations such as 1+3 = _ and having the kids write the answer on another block!

Two- Color Counters

This was my favorite find of the haul because I remember as a kid using these in my classrooms. Bentley loves them, we use them for adding, subtracting, and grouping! Also, I’m pretty sure you can write on them with a dry erase marker and use them for spelling as well! These were also found in the Dollar Spot for $3 at Target!

Pop for Sight Words Game

The last piece of my haul was a pretty awesome game for sight words! You have pieces of “popcorn” with the sight word on them and you have to try and guess the word and if you get it right then you keep it, unless you pull a little card with “POP” on it then you have to return all your pieces you have earned, the kid with the most by the end of the game wins! We haven’t played this yet, but Bentley is pretty excited and wants to invite his cousins and friends over to play it with him!

I hope you rush off to Target and find you some homeschool goodies if you do come back and tell me what you found!