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Tastemaker Feed: Springtime Sweets

Spring is our favorite time for get-togethers. There’s no need for tedious layers or car warm-ups, no time wasted on trying to mentally will ourselves out the door and into the cold, no getting discouraged by the early onset of night. Everything that required a write-up on a To Do list and a good dose of mental fortitude in the winter, suddenly transforms into a candy-colored breeze of an activity come spring.  That includes hosting.

Spring visits from friends don’t require big, hearty meals to make up for the effort of travel. Sweet bites, paired with refreshing drinks, are more than enough to fuel long conversations on the porch or (in our big city/small apartment case) perched on the windowsill with one leg dangling rebelliously over the fire escape.

To stay visitor-ready, we make sure we have the key baking essentials (butter, eggs, sugar, flour) always stocked, and then swap whatever fruit we have on-hand into a set of trusty recipes. Don’t have your own go-to recipes yet? You’re in luck. This week, a few of our elite members shared their favorites. Let’s take a look at some of their suggestions.

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“In the past we have made banana bread, apple bread, and cranberry bread. I love using whatever fruit is in season to bake a up a delicious loaf of bread. This spring, I have been seeing cartons of fresh, juicy strawberries at local farmer’s markets and I was inspired to try them in some baking” says Vicky P. on her blog, MessForLess.

That kind of willingness to improvise is exactly what we’re talking about!


Have blueberries on hand instead? Dorothy K. of Crazy for Crust just shared an [even-quicker] blueberry bread version! Take a peek at this drool-inducing creation.

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As she points out, there are SO many brunches in the spring. “From Easter to Mother’s Day, Sunday brunch is a spring tradition. Blueberry bread is a great addition to any table.”


If you’re looking for something creamier, this lemony torte may soothe your cravings.

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“The lemon torte definitely scratched my itch for something citrusy and wasn’t overly sweet. The cool whipped layers with that buttery crunchy crust was just perfect. Even better, the whole thing came together in just a few minutes. It’s the perfect buffet dessert to add to your spring party!” advised its creator Tiffany D. on her blog, Peanut Blossom.


 

What’s your spring hosting hack? Which of these creations are you most tempted to try? Are you also thinking about how good that bread recipe would be with some peaches added in? Tell us all your thoughts below!

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Anna Morgan

Mini blueberry muffins are great to pop in your mouth.

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Anna Morgan

Summer time is here and i look forward to eating food fixed on the grill, from steak to sea food. Right now is a busy time trying to plant flowers ,you know all the out door things. In side getting your summer clothes out and wanting to give your house a fresh look,so i grab food and go. Try to keep well balance snacks and drinks.

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Anna Morgan

My dog is very social, I have a dog that will walk anybody back to there car when it is time to leave. He is very active he rides on top of a kayak with his bright orange life jacket.

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Anna Morgan

We do carry a extra things in the car and it stays in the car just for Copper are dog,like snacks, folded water dish ,water, and a full body suite and leash to walk him. That is his first aid kit.

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Anna Morgan

Suave shampoo i have used for years and glad they have made one for color treated hair and has move on to other types of shampoo’s to choose from. My husband will use the men Suave.

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Erin McLean

We always have brown bananas left over, ( my girls never want to eat them when they turn) I make everything from banana bars to breads to cakes. You can never go wrong with a banana.

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Erin M

We always have brown bananas left over. I make everything from banana bars to breads to cakes!!! Can never go wrong with bananas.

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Eileen

That bluberry bread looks awesome!

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Carol

The lemon torte looks amazing

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Alyssa

The blueberry bread looks amazing!!

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Rich

I made blueberry waffles last weekend for a change of pace. Everyone loved them.

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Rodena MacNeil

That blueberry bread looks delicious! 🙂

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Stacie Grantham

I honestly would like to try them all they all sound and look so good!

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Katita King

I would do taster pastries. Yummer’s!

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scott

great work

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connie

Sweets are my weakness,i’LL have try them all.LOL

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Frances Eidson

I love making blueberry and strawberry muffins.

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Carrie hatton

Blueberry looks really good!

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Carrie

I have only made the blueberry muffins

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Amber

Man that strawberry bread looks amazing! I’m really going to have to make this!

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Carrie

I like blueberry!!

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B.b.

I want blueberries.

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Ginger

I made jumbo blueberry muffins with frozen blueberries this morning.

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meg

strawberry blueberry muffins are the best

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meg

Blueberry muffins are the best!

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Laurie Miller

I love to cook-especially spring and summer with all the fresh fruit and veggies. Outside on the grill is the best. Love lemon desserts. That lemon dessert looks great!

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Mary Ortiz

What a fabulous idea, will need to read more about this to see if I may profit from this site.

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lynn sims

I love lemon ANYTHING during the hot summer months!!!

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Lindsey Schafer

Even though I’m not a big fan of lemon, I have to say that pie looks amazing!!
I’m a huge fan of strawberry and blueberry so I will have to try those….they look delicious!!!

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