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Friday Five – Summer Strawberry Mania

Join us every other Friday when we share 5 of our favorite tips, hacks, ideas, or must-haves! Check out five scrumptious strawberry recipes that will be sure to satisfy that summer craving.

One of our favorite summer traditions in Michigan is heading to one of the local family owned u-pick strawberry farms. Head out first thing in the morning to beat the heat for the best berries (and the best chance not to have at least one child meltdown). If you manage to put more berries in the bucket then in your belly, then we’ve some great recipes to put those 10 lbs of strawberries to use.

Strawberry Freezer Jam…

Remember Grandma in the kitchen all day long prepping, cooking, and canning? The whole process was a bit intimidating to me, but I found a way to keep the taste of summer going all year round with this simple Strawberry Freezer Jam recipe. No chemistry degree or special equipment required here. So give your kids the potato masher to let out some of that “sibling love” on the berries and not each other!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie…

This mouthwatering pie is a delightful combination when tart meets sweet…and oh, your taste buds will love it! Don’t forget to serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side…delicious!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Grandma Mary’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This pie is delicious combination of tart and sweet. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Perfection!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 8


  • 2 rolled refrigerated pie crusts Pillsbury
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups cut rhubarb 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp butter


  • Unroll 1 pie crust into a 9 inch pie plate.
  • In a small bowl combine flour and sugar.
  • In separate bowl combine rhubarb and strawberries
  • Place half of rhubarb/strawberry mixture in pie plate.
  • Sprinkle with half sugar mixture.
  • Repeat rhubarb/strawberry and sugar mixture.
  • Dot with butter.
  • Cover with top crust, cut slits in top crust, seal and flute.
  • Sprinkle with sugar.
  • Cover edge with strip of aluminum foil.
  • Bake 40 – 50 minutes. Remove foil last 15 minutes of baking.
Keyword Pie, Rhubarb, Strawberry

Strawberry Smoothies…

You can only make so many strawberry recipes before they start to get a little too ripe, so throw those washed and hulled berries in the freezer to use another day. We like to add them to our smoothies. Whether it’s a quick breakfast or a special treat for the kiddos on a hot summer day, this simple Strawberry Smoothie recipe will do the trick.

Strawberry Spinach Salad…

Here’s a quick and easy Strawberry Spinach Salad recipe that can be served as a side or throw some chicken on it for a light dinner.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This delicious Strawberry Spinach Salad is the perfect summer dish. Great as a light lunch or a side dish for a shower.
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Servings 6



  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1/2 small red onion slice thinly
  • 2 cups strawberries quartered
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges drained
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecans chopped
  • 3/4 cup feta crumbled

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste



  • Toss salad ingredients in a large salad bowl.

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • Whisk all dressing ingredients until combined.
  • Add to salad until well coated.
Keyword Salad, Spinach, Strawberry

Strawberry Sangria…

As picture perfect as we would like these outings to be, sometimes things don’t always go as planned. Maybe it was a little too hot out, the kids forgot to step over the rows of plants instead of on them, or you under estimated the number of squats your body can do…this last one is for you, mama! Grab your favorite bottle of sangria, throw in some berries, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You deserve it!

Be sure to check out more of our absolute favorites on our Friday Five bi-weekly posts.

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