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Love Weekends: It’s Strawberry Season!

strawberry fields 1 I went a touch overboard on the strawberry picking. In fact, I stayed up until 1:30 am last night cutting up strawberries. I just had to. It was a huge money saver. The strawberries were something like $1.60 per pound. And farm-fresh strawberries are so much better than store-bought. I froze a bunch for smoothies, gave some away and dehydrated a metric ton for our road trip. Ok, maybe not a ton, but a lot.

Strawberry fields 2 This weekend I also gave the commencement speech at my alma mater. It was only the departmental graduation, but still, it was kind of an insane honor. I was super nervous and I spent the majority of last week perfecting the speech. I’ll post it here tomorrow. It was actually a really good exercise and I feel like I really summed up the past 6 years of my life. I also think I gave some killer advice. We’ll see what you all think. :)

strawberries! On Sunday I also visited my mom. We shopped using coupons and I got several shirts and a couple of bowls for a little bit of nothing. Hey, it’s what she wanted to do for Mother’s Day, I swear. She’s a shopping Sherpa. I always leave the store feeling like I just ran a marathon.

How was your weekend? Do anything exciting? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

love,
melanie

Love Puddin’

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I know “Love Puddin'” sounds like something you’d affectionately call your extra stomach fat, but bear with me. The following is the best recipe for rice pudding or love puddin’, as I like to call it. It’s so good, you’ll be calling it love puddin’ in no time.

Ingredients:
2 cups of cooked rice
2 cups of milk (I use almond milk, but soy or dairy milk will work.)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
a dash of cinnamon
strawberries, raisins or whatever fruit you prefer to sprinkle on top

Step 1: Stir the cooked rice, 1 & 1/2 cups of milk and the 1/2 cup of sugar together in a sauce pan on the stove over low heat.
Step 2: Leave on low heat for 15 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes.
Step 3: After 15 minutes the rice, milk and sugar will come together. Then, add the last 1/2 cup of milk and a beaten egg to the mixture. Stir the milk and eggs into the rice quickly or you will have bits of scrambled egg in the rice!
Step 4: Add the butter and vanilla extract.
Step 5: Sprinkle with cinnamon and garnish with strawberries, raisins or your fruit of choice.
Step 6: Enjoy your love puddin’ with the one you love! Or eat it all by yourself, I don’t judge. It’s good warm or cold!

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Recipe courtesy of my mom. Moms always have the best recipes.

love,
melanie