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June Bugs and Strawberry Shortcake


It’s June, and I’m tired.

Tired of making lunches and putting grapes into plastic containers that are returned at the end of the day unopened, or worse, at the end of the week as a mold experiment. Tired of washing an endless cycle of water bottles. Tired of cleaning out knapsacks with crumpled bits of paper I was supposed to read last week. Tired of nagging my kids to do their homework, put away their rain boots, and for the love of Miss Carroll, hang up their school bags.

The routines and good intentions of September melt into puddles of torment by June, and I need school to end already so I can fantasize about summer.

But aside from the rivulets of hell that June represents to parents nationwide, June also means local strawberries, and local strawberries, for me, can mean only one thing. Strawberry shortcake. Because what’s life if you can’t take something perfectly healthy and make it into something naughty?

Aha. Stop right there. Strawberry shortcake need not be naughty. Nope, nada, nien. Substitute the whip cream or ice cream for vanilla flavoured Greek yogurt and voila, a healthy dessert is born. I discovered this when I opened the empty ice cream container that was in our freezer, and was determined that my strawberry hulling would not be in vain. Who does that? Who among you puts an empty container back in the freezer?

I’m not known for my culinary genius, so when I make a rare discovery in the kitchen, I need to get out the megaphone. And it fits within my criteria of five minute turn-around, leaving me time to dream about swinging in a hammock this summer. Like that’s going to happen.


Whole Lot of Protein Strawberry Shortcake: Feeds 4 and takes 4 minutes, unless you mistake your thumb for a strawberry, which I may or may not have done.

1 pint of local strawberries

1 packet of tea biscuits (Whole Foods makes them better than me)

500 ml 0% vanilla flavoured Greek yogurt

Clean and chop strawberries avoiding thumbs, spoon over halved biscuits, top with yogurt, and thank me tomorrow. Off to buy my hammock.

  1. Laurie Kocher
    June 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Love it! Summer means warm, juicy strawberries, fresh off the vine, dripping down your chin…..and little ones sitting in the dirt picking ’em. Or strawberry shortcake, healthy style. Good luck with the hammock. Ikea is sold out. And this was to be a hammock summer.

    • June 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I’m not giving up on my hammock just yet! Enjoy the strawberry picking.

  2. Ellie
    June 10, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    yum! Thanks Dee! another wonderful part of June – peony blooms!

    • June 11, 2013 at 3:34 am

      If I was clever I would post a picture of the hot pink peony that is in my garden at this moment, but I’m not, so check it out on Instagram. I’m feeling invigorated all of a sudden, thanks Ellie.

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