A year ago today I embarked on my own blog journey. And it's been fun, eventful, liberating, inspirational, and delicious.
Some of my favorite (and most popular) posts were about Lucky Charms, my favorite cookies, my first story time, holiday baking with my best friend, a delightful salad, themed parties, a variety of sweets, a new home, and my life in the library.
I have some ideas in motion and plans for Sweet B's Impressions this next year, including more recipe reviews, fitness posts, book talks, and challenges. But, most importantly, I want to share more of my family dishes and my faith. I feel those were the two topics which motivated me to begin my blog in the first place, and I need to bring them to the forefront. My faith is my foundation and food is what brings people together at the table, where we share our days and love for each other. Actually, food and faith are equally present at my dinner table, and I'm encouraged to display that here on Sweet B's.
I'm happy to share my life and food with others, and am always happy to inspire new dishes and change in my readers' lifestyles. I'm very thankful and blessed that friends, family and strangers take the time to read what I have to say or cook. Please continue to comment, sharing your thoughts...and I really enjoy reading what you have to say....and feel free to suggest any recipes or challenges you may like to see on Sweet B's. I love hearing from you all.
It has been one year (and it went so fast) and I knew I had to celebrate in some way.
One of my favorite go-to desserts when company drops by or I need to make when short on time is the puff pastry. It's a blank canvas, allowing me to constantly invent new desserts with whatever ingredients I have on hand. It's lovely. It's delicious. It's fabulous.
I call these my Puffs. I've made Banana-Peanut Butter Puffs, Apple-Caramel Puffs, Berry and Cream Puffs, and many more. BUT, I have one rule: No more than five ingredients....including the puff pastry dough. So I thought what better way to celebrate turning one than to share one of my classic Puffs. And what do I have an abundance of in my refrigerator...strawberries. So here it is, my Balsamic Strawberry Puff. (Ohhh, strawberries and balsamic vinegar....a favorite combo.)
Balsamic Strawberry Puff
1 sheet puff pastry dough, thawed
whipped topping (I'd prefer vanilla ice cream here, but I was all out.)
Unfold the puff pastry as directed on package and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or sprayed really well). Pinch up the sides, creating an edge so the filling won't fall out. Arrange strawberry slices on top of pastry. Brush berries with equal parts honey and balsamic vinegar. (Make sure the berries are coated, but not soaking wet.) Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Garnish with whipped topping and serve warm.
With Love and God Bless,