Do you remember when you were a kid and so many things seem just… magical? You didn’t understand how things work which made it all amazing and astonishing for the little person. “Wow” was all you could exclaim.
I love that.
And being a mom of three little ones, I get to witness those moments quite a bit. But recently, I realized that with our almost 7 year old daughter (she is the oldest one) learning so many things – she is not so amazed with things anymore. We are homeschooling so we are the teachers. We explain how things work. Science is amazing. But it got me wonder: am I taking some of the magic away?
I know, just like every mother, I want the time to slow down and my kids to slow down and not grow up so fast. I am frantically trying to soak up every moment of motherhood. Every moment of them being little and adorable and so naive. They do not know about all the bad in the world, they still believe in princesses and knights and the tooth fairy. And I want to keep it that way for as long as I can. It’s a part of a happy childhood, right?
And you know what else is a part of a happy childhood? Strawberries! In the summer! Fresh and so deliciously sweet!
And you know what else? ICE CREAM! Don’t we all have happy memories that include ice cream?
I was asked by Driscoll’s Berries to come up with a new way to enjoy strawberries and strawberry shortcake. We are huge fans of strawberries so this task was super fun and it turned into a family project.
Strawberries, ice cream and shortcakes = fabulous summer dessert!
Few notes about the recipe:
I used my very favorite shortcake recipe, the same one you can find in my Classic Strawberry Shortcake post.
For the ice cream part: you can use store bought ice cream and mix in chopped fresh strawberries or you can make my evaporated whipped milk ice cream that require no machine and no yolks or cream. Super easy and quite… well…. magical. See here for my photo tutorial.
I sprinkled the tops of my shortcakes with slivered almonds just for looks. So you can skip this step or dress them up. It’s up to you.
Disclosure: I was provided coupons for a free product from Driscoll’s Berries. All opinions are 100% my own.