Light Berry Parfait


What is it about summer that you like the most? Is it the outdoor gardening, picnics, longer days, out door grilling, fresh bounty of fruits and vegetables? For me the first pick would be the longer days and close second would be the fresh bounty of fruits specifically the beautiful berries. The grocery is usually flooded with fruits and vegetables; not only are they fresh but they are cheaper as well.

Did somebody say “what about the summer heat”? Well, let’s not go there shall we? If you live in some place like Texas, then the lesser talk about the heat the better. Let’s just focus on the fresh and fruity for now like this summery, low-fat dessert, parfait.

If you are wondering what is a parfait? An American parfait is a dessert normally made by layering cream, ice cream, or flavored gelatin dessert with other ingredients such as granola, nuts, yogurt,   fresh fruit, or whipped topping. A parfait is normally made in a tall clear glass making all layers visible. (source).

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Blueberry Syrup and Blueberry Tea

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In our house DH is a huge fan of tea and has a wide range of tea collection. One of his weekend activities during summer is to brew a big pot of one variety and then refrigerate it. While serving he tops it off with ice, fruit juices, lime, mint etc.  This is a cool and refreshing way to beat the summer heat. 

Speaking of summer here in Texas it is at its peak and that means temperatures in the range of 100-110 F. It is hot and sultry both inside out with the feeling of thirst all the time. What better way to quench thirst than with some cool and refreshing ice tea topped with fruit juices/syrups? 

This time we decided to make our own Blueberry Syrup, thanks to the splurge of blueberries that we had after our BlueBerry Picking escapade. We googled and after looking for some recipes we got an idea and came up with this one.

Fruit Syrups are very easy to make, and the number of flavors one can concoct are endless. Substitute raspberry or blackberry or strawberry or even a combination and that makes a terrific syrup. The uses of it are endless, use it on pancakes, toasts, toppings on cakes, parfaits, combination with lemonade, iced tea etc and the list goes on.

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Blueberry Picking an experience and Blueberry Smoothie

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We had been to a berry farm last weekend to do our own blueberry picking and I wanted to share some of my thoughts here.  We had done berry picking almost 4 years ago when DS was still an infant.  So we decided to do it again this year so that he could have a first hand experience about the trees, farm, berry picking right off of the grove etc. Coming from a concrete jungle it is easy to loose touch with nature and forget where the produce came from.

We started off very early in the morning toward the country so that we could avoid the warm sun during the picking. After all Texas Sun is notorious not without a good reason. Driving through the country is an experience in itself; far away from the hustle bustle of the city the view is calming and relaxing. With long stretch of greenery on either sides of the road, panoramic view of blue skies, view of grazing animals and no sight of buildings or vehicles it is a treat to the eyes. Even people seem warm, down-to-earth and talk through their hearts rather than their minds.

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