Nothing says “spring” like strawberries.  Do a quick google search for “strawberry” anything right now and you’ll see all sorts of articles and trending ideas; ’tis the season.

I harvested all my strawberries (all 7 or so of them) from my bucket garden during the last couple of weeks, but I’m hoping to get some more later on during the summer.  In the mean time, I thought I’d share some of my favorite ways to enjoy fresh strawberries:

1) Homemade strawberry shakes.  Throw a handful of clean, quartered strawberries into a blender with some ice cream.  As simple as that.  We’ve enjoyed these shakes made with both vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

2) Yogurt parfaits. “Everybody likes parfaits” (name that movie).  In a cup, bowl, or small tupperware (it makes an excellent mid-morning snack) layer your favorite yogurt, sliced strawberries, and granola.  Mmmm.

3) Stuffed strawberry french toast.  Surprisingly not too difficult for a super fancy (at least by our standards) breakfast.  Find the recipe here at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

4) Simply sliced and tossed in with my cold cereal.  Preferably Cheerios, though it makes a tasty accompaniment to just about any cereal probably.