Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

1 1/2 pints fresh strawberries (~20-25 berries)
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened (low fat will work great!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup confectioners sugar


In a medium bowl, beat the softened cream cheese, vanilla and sugar in a bowl until fluffy.
Place the filling in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Set aside.

With a paring knife, core the clean strawberries.

cored strawberries

Now fill the strawberries, leaving just a bit coming out the top...

If you want... melt about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Place in zip lock. Snip tip off and

stuffed strawberries collage

Friendship Broccoli Salad

For mothers day this year
my sister in law volunteered to bring a salad.
I gladly accepted!
Although she got sick on Mothers Day
she sent her family our way so she could get some sleep.
With 5 young children - - I could not blame her.
While we missed her deeply,  we were richly blessed!!
She managed to prepare her contribution and send it our way.
Here is her recipe for the best broccoli salad I have ever had.
Start with…
2 heads broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
2 bunches green onions, sliced
1 cup Craisins
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup cashew nuts
1 ½ cups red seedless grapes
½ lb bacon, cooked and crumbled or diced ham
(She used the ham)
Finish by…
Tossing everything together with:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1 TBS white vinegar
Thanks Em! **As a side note I must say
Emily is a remarkable woman.
She is very gifted and talented
and a great blessing to her husband and children.
She is one of my hero’s and I am proud
to call her a sister!!