If I were your best friend… Lavender honey berry fools

Oprah and Dr. Phil both agree, you have to be your own best friend, so it got me thinking … this is good advice.  If I were your best friend you could count on me.  For no reason at all, I might bring you flowers or  a berry fool, teach you how to make a pot roast, or just show up with a chocolate chip cookie as big as your head.  I would always remember your favorite flavor of ice cream and never make you feel guilty for eating it, even if… you ate it all. And I would get up while it was still dark to meet you at the gym early in the morning … never mentioning the ice cream.

On those gloomy rainy days of life  when you are ready to give up, you could count on me to stay sunny and remind you how totally awesome you are.  I would pull out my list of your top accomplishments. I would sit you down and start with remember when…  It would give you strength to take on the world.  I would be your biggest fan. 

 

If you were feeling nervous about taking a big step,   I would convince you that nothing is too big for God. I would remind you to think BIG … really BIG, and to expect AMAZING things to happen.

If you were freaking out about doing something that was new, something scary, and you worried that you might make a fool out of yourself in the process … Well, I would smash up some berries, whip some cream, and make you this dessert.  Then I would remind you that sometimes being a simple fool makes life more delicious…

Lavender honey berry fools
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender
  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla
  • ½ cup thick low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup low fat granola (Use the granola only if you are serving the fools immediately, otherwise the granola will become soggy. You can avoid this by only putting the granola on the top as garnish.)
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pot warm the cream with the lavender over low heat. Bring the cream to a scald and then turn off the heat and allow the lavender to steep in the cream off the heat for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Pour the cream through a fine mesh strainer to remove the lavender. Place the cream in the refrigerator or freezer until well chilled, about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place the cut strawberries and blackberries in a bowl with 1 - 2 Tablespoons of honey. Using the back of a fork, begin to mash the fruit. Mash at least half of the fruit to release the juice and set aside. As the fruit sits with the honey it will begin to release its juice.
  4. Once the cream is chilled, pour it into the bowl of a standing mixer with a whisk attachment. Begin to whip the cream on medium/high speed. Once the cream begins to thicken, add in the ¼ cup of powdered sugar with the mixer on. Slowly the cream will begin to thicken and hold stiff peaks. Be careful not to over whip or the cream will begin to separate.
  5. Fold in the vanilla and Greek yogurt.
  6. Using a spatula, fold in ¼ of the fruit with its juice.
  7. Begin layering your dessert cups with fruit, whipped cream, and granola (only if you are serving right away, otherwise just top with granola) then repeat ending with granola.

4 comments… add one
  • Cathy @ ShePaused4Th May 1, 2013, 4:44 pm

    Those look divine. I love how you framed your words for this post… beautiful.

  • Lentil Breakdown May 2, 2013, 12:43 am

    You’ve just made this fool drool. No foolin’.

  • sippitysup May 4, 2013, 9:35 pm

    It’s true. I always remember my birthday. That makes me my own BFF, right? GREG

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