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Very Berry Thursday

by Christa on September 4, 2009

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Since we are experiencing a heat wave here in Southern California… I’ve been trying to find every way possible to keep cool. AND its my Dad’s birthday tomorrow! September is full over birthdays in my family! So I will be doing lots of postings of birthday cakes.

Anyway… For my Dad’s birthday, he requested chocolate. That was the only guideline he gave me. So I decided to make a Double Chocolate Brownie Layered Cake, with strawberry accents.
And with my leftover strawberries I made a delicious and refreshing “Very Berry Smoothie”.

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Strawberry Jam:

Materials You’ll Need:
  • Mason Jars/ Any kind of glass jars
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Strawberries
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • A hungry stomach

1. Cut the stems off of a 1/2 flat of strawberries (6 baskets) and put them into a blender and blend to liquify. If you like “chunky” jam then you may mash them with a fork instead.

2. Combine 5 3/4 cups of pureed fruit , 1 package of pectin, and 1/4 cup lemon juice in a large pot over HIGH. Whisk until the mixture comes to a rolling boil.

3. Next, take the fruit mixture off of the stove. Stir in 8 cups of sugar until it is well combined into the fruit. Return it to a rolling boil and whisk rapidly for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, take the jam off of the stove and let it sit for a couple minutes. Skim off the excess foam on the top of the jam with metal spoon.

4. Fill a small pot about 1/2 way full of water. Put a stick of parafin wax in a tin can and submerge the can in the pot of water. Turn stove onto a low heat and allow the wax to melt slowly.

5. Next ladel the jam into your mason jars. Fill the jars to a 1/4 inch from the top, leaving room for the wax).

Very Berry Smoothie
(2 servings)

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 container of Yoplait Light Strawberry Yogurt
  • 1 tsp. liquid Stevia (no-sugar, all natural sweetener)

Blend, pour into a pretty glass, garnish with a strawberry and DRINK UP!

Total Calories:
180… that’s only 90 for you and 90 calories for whoever you decide to share this delicious beverage with!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary September 4, 2009 at 5:37 pm

These look awfully good. I put-by a load of berries earlier this summer. I'm going to have to give your smoothie a try.


Juliana September 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Yummie, the smoothie looks so refreshing…nothing like that for this hot days 🙂 By the way, love your instructions for the jam making 🙂


Flourchild September 5, 2009 at 12:54 am

Yum! Your blog is wonderful..so glad you left a comment so I can follow you(not crazy stalker type..lol)


Melissa September 5, 2009 at 2:10 am

Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!


Terry September 5, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Your jams are so cute, love the red and white checks!!


Melody September 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm

You have the "cute" touch. Everything you touch turn to cute! Lovely!


Bits of Taste September 10, 2009 at 1:13 am

Hi, your blog is create too! So many mouth watering cakes & pastries! Love it so much! You are such a great baker!


My Little Space September 10, 2009 at 2:29 am

Hi Mini Baker, thanks for stopping by my site earlier. I'm glad I've found you too. Nice to meet you! You've such a wonderful blog and your profile picture looks as adorable as my banner….he he! Love your blog! Hope to keep in touch more often. You have a nice day!

Cheers, Kristy


Diane September 10, 2009 at 4:26 am

mmm… I love strawberry jam!
I saw your post on cookie crazie and when I clicked on "minibaker" I found your great blog. Everything looks yummy. By the way we're neighbors 🙂 I'm in Murrieta.


Kris September 10, 2009 at 6:43 am

Hi! Thanks for visiting me at It's a Sweet Life. I am drooling over your yummy confections!
I will visit again.


Michelle September 11, 2009 at 3:41 am

Your blog makes my mouth water!! I've been craving cupcakes all evening and after coming here I feel like I may lose the battle. 😉


Hanaâ September 11, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Mini Baker. I love homemade jam. In a couple weeks when my homegrown concord grapes are perfectly ripe, hubby and I will be making tons of grape jelly. It's the best (you never go back to storebought).


Bridgett September 12, 2009 at 4:49 pm

What darling jam jars you created! I love them and your smoothie has me craving one this morning.


Maria September 15, 2009 at 12:56 am

Thanks for visiting our blog! Glad I found yours too! I am loving that smoothie!


Liz September 15, 2009 at 1:14 am

How delicious your recipes look. I could enjoy that smoothie right now.


Live.Love.Eat September 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm

That smoothie is right up my alley! And those jams are too cute!!!!!!


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