Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21: Strawberries and Cream Day

image from runtvapor.com

Not only is today Strawberries and Cream Day, but May is Strawberry month. Here are some fun facts about strawberries, according to MacaroniKid.com:

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • Each strawberry contains approximately 200 seeds.
  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in spring.
  • Strawberries are low fat, low calorie, high in Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid and potassium.
  • There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries.
  • The average person in the United States eats 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries every year.
  • 23,000 acres of strawberries are planted in California each year, which equals around 1 billion pounds!
You can make this dessert with strawberries and cream to celebrate the day:


Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Materials:

  • Crushed pretzels, 1 ½ cups
  • Sugar, ½ cup
  • Butter, 1/3 cup
  • Microwave-safe 9” x 13” pan
  • Cool Whip, 1 9-ounce package
  • Cream cheese, 8 ounces
  • Powdered sugar, ½ cup
  • 8-cup microwave safe container
  • Strawberry gelatin, two 3-ounce packages
  • Frozen strawberries, one 16-ounce package (don’t drain)
  • Crushed pineapple, 1 cup drained

Directions:

  1. Melt butter at 100% power for 30 to 45 seconds.
  2. Combine butter with sugar and pretzels and spread in pan.
  3. Microwave uncovered at 70 to 80% power for 2 to 4 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Mix cream cheese, Cool Whip, and powdered sugar.
  5. Spread over cooled crust s and place in fridge to partially set.
  6. In container, heat 2 cups water and add gelatin; heat 1-2 more minutes at 100% power to dissolve gelatin.
  7. Add strawberries and pineapple.
  8. Pour on top of other 2 layers and refrigerate until set.
Source(s): cooks.com, adapted for the Toolbox Training book 100 Cooking Activities for Kids (activity H5).


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