Strawberry Fest

The latest In the Kitchen with Marjaneh post, just happens to coincide with strawberry season. This year they are fat, ripe and oh so sweet. So, why not have a strawberry festival for your little munchkin and a gaggle of friends? We did.

We made Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Shortcake, we gave Strawberry Manicures, Bobbed and Hunted for Strawberries and Painted Strawberry Canvases all without saying the word Strawberry!

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE

Caster Sugar (Extra Fine Sugar) Lemons Strawberries

Caster Sugar (Extra Fine Sugar) – Lemons – Strawberries

Squeeze lemons. Set juice aside.

Squeeze lemons. Set juice aside.

blender collage

Dump coarsely chopped strawberries into a blender bowl. Puree until smooth. Set aside.

Pour about 4 cups of ice water into a pitcher. Add the sugar to the ice water, add the strawberry puree then add the lemon juice. Stir and enjoy!

Pour about 4 cups of ice water into a pitcher. Add the sugar to the ice water, add the strawberry puree, then add the lemon juice. Stir and enjoy!

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

White Sheet Cake - castor Sugar or Strawberry Juice - Strawberries

White Sheet Cake – Castor Sugar (Extra Fine Sugar) or Strawberry Juice – Strawberries

Add strawberry juice  or sugar to chopped strawberries, then stir. Set aside.

Add strawberry juice or sugar to chopped strawberries, then stir. Set aside.

shortcake

Cut out eight cake rounds using a 7cm (2 3/4 inch) baking ring. (If you don’t have a baking ring, you can cut the cake into squares.) Place on a serving dish. Top with chopped strawberries. Garnish with whipped cream.

PAINTING STRAWBERRY CANVASES

6x6 Canvas Panels Colored Pencils Assorted Paintbrushes Assorted Colors Acrylic Paints Strawberry Stencils Scissors

6×6 Canvas Panels – Colored Pencils – Assorted Paintbrushes – Strawberry Models – Assorted Colors Acrylic Paints – Strawberry Stencils – Scissors

Cut out the strawberry stencils.

Cut out the strawberry stencils and trace onto canvas panel with colored pencils in the colors you will be painting with. If you use a black lead pencil, it may show through the paint.

painting

Contemplate your color scheme. Then paint!

Amazing works of art!

Amazing original art!

STRAWBERRY MANICURE

Pink or Red Nail Polish - White Nail Polish - Green Nail Polish

Pink or Red Nail Polish – White Nail Polish – Green Nail Polish

Polish nails with base color. Let dry. Then speckle with white polish. Let dry. Then create leaves with the green polish.Let dry.

Polish nails with base color. Let dry. Then speckle with white polish. Let dry. Then create leaves with the green polish.Let dry.

Strawberry Manicure!

Strawberry Manicure!

STRAWBERRY HUNT

Cut out strawberries using red and green craft paper and a stencil you can find online.

Cut out 5 – 6 strawberries per guest.  Use red and green craft paper and a stencil you can find online.

Hide all over the garden.

Hide all over the garden.

The one with the most strawberries at the end of the game is the winner.

The one with the most strawberries at the end of the game is the winner.

BOBBING FOR STRAWBERRIES

Each player needs to large deep bowls. For each player, fill one bowl with water 1/2 way. Then place an equal number of strawberries in the bowls with water. Each player must transfer  the strawberries to the empty bowls without using their hands. Ideally hands should be behind the player's backs.

For each player, fill one bowl with water 1/2 way. Then place an equal number of strawberries in the bowls with water. Each player must transfer the strawberries to the empty bowls without using their hands. Ideally hands should be behind the players back. Play multiple timed rounds about 30 seconds each eliminating the low scorers in each round until there is only one player left.

When Marjaneh first suggested bobbing for strawberries, I thought, 'ewe gross.' But, I figured if everyone got their own bowls, it wouldn't be so gross. But, no, it was still pretty gross. But, the kids loved it!

When Marjaneh first suggested bobbing for strawberries, I thought, ‘ewe gross.’ But, figured if everyone got their own bowl, it wouldn’t be so gross. But, no, it was still pretty gross. But, the kids loved it!

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE

500 grams (1/2 pound about 1 ½ cups) strawberries, washed well, hulled and coarsely chopped

1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar

3 cups ice water

Pop lemons in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Allow to cool completely. Squeeze lemon. Set juice aside.

Dump strawberries into a blender bowl. Purée strawberries in an regular blender or with an immersion blender until smooth. Set Aside.

Pour about 4 cups of ice water into a pitcher. Add sugar, strawberry puree, lemon juice and stir. Taste, then add more sugar, water or lemon juice if necessary. Serve over ice.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE RECIPE

500 grams Strawberries, washed well, hulled and chopped

¼ cup Strawberry Juice or 2 tablespoons sugar

Approximately  27cm X 17cm (10.5 in. X 6.5 in.) White Sheet Cake

1 Can Whipped Cream

Add strawberry juice or sugar to chopped strawberries, then stir. Set aside.

Cut out eight cake rounds using a 7cm (2 3/4 inch) baking ring. Place on a serving dish. Top with chopped strawberries. Garnish with whipped cream.

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