Strawberries in October

Four small strawberries in a garden pot

This really wasn’t a sight I expected to see on my front porch in October. It’s even more surprising right now, considering we’ve been getting snow nearly every day for the past week.

Based on this weather, though, I doubt I’ll be getting any more than these few. I’m not even sure that these ones will continue to grow, or that the partially ripe one will get any more ripe than it already is. Not that I’m all that concerned about either of those things; I was happy enough just seeing these few berries at this time of year.

Plus, as an extra little bonus, that bright red one was one of the best-tasting strawberries I grew this year.

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Strawberries and chocolate

Strawberry and chocolate pie

They make such a good combination, don’t you think? This pie seemed to take that a step further, though I can’t say for sure. I made it for a fundraiser at work, so I didn’t actually get to try it myself.

Well, not in its entirety, at least. There was chocolate custard left after I filled the pie, so my family and I indulged in that a little bit.

I’ll have to make this again sometime, so that I can try a piece for myself. I’ll make sure to post a recipe review when I do. In the meantime, if you’re curious, you can find the recipe over on Love and Olive Oil.

Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

I’m not gonna lie: strawberries are one of my go-to fruits. I turn to them regularly, whether it’s to eat them as they are or to use them in a recipe of some sort. You don’t have to look far for proof on that last point; just check out the “strawberry” and “strawberries” tags here on my blog.

In these Strawberry and Cream Cupcakes, however, the strawberry flavour is just a little more subtle than you might expect. It’s definitely there, it’s just not overpowering. Instead, it’s nicely balanced by a soft, creamy vanilla base–perfect for a light-tasting dessert.

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Recipe: Strawberry-Swirled Lemon Loaf

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Cravings–we all get them. Yet there are some flavour cravings that I rarely get. Salt, for example, or anything sour. Lemons fall into that latter category.

And yet, every once in a while, they happen. A couple of weeks ago, I was hit by a major craving for something lemon-flavoured. Especially a lemon-flavoured baked something. I tried staving the craving off with something a little more healthy, but that attempt didn’t work (mostly because that recipe didn’t work out for me).

So, I went back to an old favourite of mine: lemon loaf. This time, though, I added a little something extra, which led me to a new spin on the old classic. I ended up with this Strawberry-Swirled Lemon Loaf.

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Recipe: Strawberry Brownies

Strawberry Brownies

Brownies are amazing, don’t you think? Especially when they’re warm. They’re chocolaty, soft and chewy, and perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and strawberries.

At least, they’re that amazing when they’re done right. Unfortunately, in my quest for the perfect brownie recipe, I’ve come across a lot that don’t quite meet the mark.

This one, though. This recipe checks all the boxes. And, as an added bonus, it has the strawberries built right in.

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