Fresh Fridays, March 19

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Happy Friday my fellow foodies!

This edition has all things Spring; decor ideas, new spring desserts, and Easter tips.

Remember the big snowstorm I spoke about last week, well Saturday we had wet, rainy, sleety — nothing. Then we woke up to 8″ of fresh snow on Sunday morning and it just kept coming! 19 inches of beautiful, moisture laden snow later.

Post monster snowstorm, outdoor table and chairs with 19 inches of snow on a bright sunny day.

How’d you all do adjusting to the time change? I actually followed my own tips and have done quite well this time! HA!

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Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry season is almost upon us, and what makes a more beautiful and bright Easter or Spring luncheon dessert than fresh Strawberry Shortcake?

If you are a fan of the biscuit like shortcake, you may not like this, but if you like me are not a fan, then this is the recipe for you!

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake on cutting board with wedge of shortcake in glass bowl with strawberries and whipped ready for assembly.


But wait, there’s more!

That line has always cracked me up! No hook here, unless you are like my hubby and boys and are always looking for everything C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E.

Then this recipe is for you…I converted the above recipe into a Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake — or in Mr. Fresh Cooky’s opinion, chocolate shortcake, with ice cream (chocolate or vanilla) with whipped cream, nary a strawberry in sight.

PSA: TFC is an equal chocolate and non-chocolate recipe blog. <– this is a joke, sort of! 🙂

Chocolate shortcake cake on a plate with scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate fudge drizzled on top.



Spring begins on Saturday! You all know I love winter, but I also love the change of seasons.

There is something spiritual about the transformation of cold, barren, dormant and hard earth; springing forth to life once again.

Easter decor on mantel with word picture, Easter Sign, cherry blossoms and forsythia.
  • I love the brightness that spring decor brings to the house; I don’t claim to be a decorator, but maybe some of these Spring & Easter decor ideas will inspire you.
  • I went more natural and simple this year, fresh forsythia that I forced to bloom (trim the stems and place in water) purchased at Trader Joes’s and combined it with artificial stems of cherry blossoms.
  • I bought the milk bucket and glass vase a couple of years ago and just rotate what I put in them.
  • I love my Luminara flameless candles, they flicker like a real flame, battery operated with a timer. They are pricey, so I try and buy one every couple of years — usually with a coupon.
graphic with trending this week on The Fresh Cooky
graphic with swirl and says favorite tool of the week

The batter bowl, large or small these are the workhorses of the kitchen in my opinion!

I have the 8 cup and the 4 cup, 2 of each actually. I use them for mixing, storing and have even baked in them. Mine are old Pampered Chef bowls which are fabulous, a bit pricy, but these Anchor Hocking bowls are great too.

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God bless your week friends, until next Friday!

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P.S. Be sure to check out last weeks Fresh Fridays for more recipe ideas!

Kathleen Pope, The Fresh Cooky.

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Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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  1. Your mantle is so pretty Kathleen!! Love those spring and Easter vibes. Also heading off to check out that shortbread recipe ~ it looks delish!