Strawberry Love & Favorite Kitchen Gadget


Hi everyone- Our family loves strawberries! And, it’s a rarity when the entire family likes the same thing!


And, what do we all love as much as strawberries?  The fun kitchen stuff at Crate & Barrel.  Yep, even my boys love checking out the gadgets. Some of you may have seen on my FB page last winter my iPhone pics of my Christmas wish list at Crate & Barrel.  I texted it directly to my kids’ phones {and their dad}!

So when I found these berry basket and the strawberry huller  at my Crate and Barrel, it was a match made in a strawberry patch. Get it?




Here’s a link the strawberry huller.

P.S.  These gadgets make great stocking stuffers: Christmas is less than 5 months away!






Fruit Dip with 1/2 the calories


Hi everyone,

Do you like your fruit plain or with a little something?  I usually go for the “organic” version {no dip}, but when I saw this recipe on  I thought I would try it.  Then, while preparing it I thought I was going to gag-

…… not a ringing endorsement for a new recipe.  The recipe combines peanut butter {one of my favorite food groups} and Greek yogurt {something I am learning to tolerate}.  And, when I went to mix the two it just seemed so wrong. But as a serious foodie {not},  I pushed through the initial  reaction.


So for those observant types I labeled this a 3 {three} ingredient recipe when in fact it lists four ingredients!  That’s something you may not know about me: I find it painfully difficult to follow a recipe.  But, the dip was sweet enough with the vanilla Greek yogurt and peanut butter that I skipped the Agave honey.  No regrets. I served with strawberries and I loved it.  My family isn’t on the Greek yogurt bus yet, but I will sneak it into their diets eventually!

Fruit Dip with ½ the calories
A lighter version of the classic fruit dip!
  • 6 ounces nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ tablespoon Agave honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Serve with apple slices, strawberries or favorite fruit
  2. Store in refrigerator