A Valentine’s Reflection & Easy Strawberry Shortcake
Good Morning Friends!
I hope you all are having a beautiful Valentine’s Day! Today I want to write about self-love. Today is Valentine’s day and I am having to care for myself. Since 2019 began, I have been in a head to head battle with my anxiety. For those new to my blog, welcome! I’m the Noob Chef. A girl who ran a cooking blog for 2 years on here, deleted it all when life got chaotic, and is now beginning again. This time around things are a bit different. Sure, I could make happy go lucky posts about “10 Dishes to Make Your Loved One Swoon Tonight”, and perhaps in the future I will. But this time around I want to be real. I want to use this space to bear my soul, my heart, and of course, my passion for cooking. Today is Valentine’s Day, and I am sitting here with a cup of tea… with no honey.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love honey about as much as Winnie the Pooh does. I prefer my green tea to have half a cup of honey… with a spot of tea on top. 😉 Yes, the ooey, gooey, thick, golden liquid pours into my hot tea and I almost do a happy dance on my toes. I enjoy it that much. But today I’m challenging myself to drink it straight. I’m practicing a form of tea meditation, which if I’m being really honest here, is a challenge for me. Let me explain.
For the past decade I have struggled with anxiety. Like countless others out there I have sought professional help (and still do), taken medication, and gone through therapy. Now at this point in my life, I have declared 2019 to be my year of renewed health. A year to truly love myself well. A year to make time to care for my needs, and be mindful in my journey.
So, that’s what this blog is going to be all about. Well, that… and food. 🙂
I’m just a normal woman, married with a beautiful child. Like many of you out there, my days feel hurried and I have countless “to do” lists on my mind. But unlike many of you, I have the inability to succumb to the frantic pace of life. My body has gotten to the point where it needs me to put myself first. I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. In fact, my husband and I tell each other every year: spend every day loving each other and you’ll find Valentine’s to be a pretty, silly holiday. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a bit of fun, right?
Which brings me to shortcake. Strawberry shortcake.
My mom’s husband first introduced me to this simple dessert and from the first bite I was hooked. “How did you make this shortcake?” I asked with wide eyes. He smiled at me. “It’s just Bisquick” he explained. It was brilliant. So let’s dive into this recipe together.
Classic Strawberry Shortcake
- 4 quarts strawberries sliced
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/3 cup Original Bisquick mix
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
Heat your oven to 425 degrees (F). Then gather your ingredients for the strawberry filling.
Chop the strawberries. Toss with 1/4 cup of sugar. Mix well and set aside.
Gather your ingredients for the shortcake. (I used almond milk in place of regular milk but you do you ❤ ).
In a large mixing bowl, combine the Bisquick mix, milk, sugar, and butter.
Mix well until you form a dough.
Drop onto a pan and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
Meanwhile, in a stand mixer pour in your heavy whipping cream. (I also added a pinch of vanilla extract and confectioners sugar to sweeten my whipping cream.)
Dance to the Devo, “Whip It” song as you wait for your whipping cream to turn into whipped cream! 😉
Assemble and chow down! Enjoy!
Alright, that’s it from me for today, my friends. Have a beautiful, Valentine’s Day. Hug your loved ones, and as always, keep on cooking! 🙂