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Welcoming Your College Student Home With Tasty Treats

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After your child has been away at college for several weeks or several months, it’s always a good day when you see your child’s face in your home again. Celebrate the homecoming with a delicious strawberry treat, especially if your child is home for summer break. The refreshing fruit can be used to make everything from waffles to beverages that you can enjoy outside while you catch up on classes and things that have happened in the community.

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pop

A fun recipe that you can make that uses Monin Strawberry Syrup and a few other ingredients is a Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pop. You can add other fruits to the lemonade or elevate the flavours with a sprig of mint or even a hint of black pepper that can bring out the fresh flavours of the berry. To make this beverage, you’re going to blend 4 oz. of Monin Strawberry Syrup and 6 oz. of lemonade in a pitcher. Keep in mind that this recipe serves about six people. Once everything is blended together, you’re going to pour the mixture into Zipzicle pouches. Place the pouches in your freezer, removing them to enjoy when they are frozen.

Waffles

Prepare a feast for your college student the first morning of being home by making strawberry waffles, eggs, fresh fruit, and bacon. You’re going to prepare your waffle mix as you would any other time you’re making the breakfast treat. Before putting the batter in the waffle machine, you’re going to add slices of strawberries or strawberry puree. Top the waffles with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, and slices of strawberries for a delicious breakfast to enjoy with your college student.

Strawberry Shortcake

A comfort food that can be made for any occasion is strawberry shortcake. It can be as simple as you want to make it using refrigerated biscuit dough, strawberries, and whipped cream or as homemade and elevated as you want by making everything from scratch. Once you’ve made the shortcake using biscuits, slices of vanilla cake, or shortbread cookies, you’ll add slices of strawberries and cream between two pieces. Top with more cream and berries before serving.

Pie

If you have an abundance of strawberries that you need to use, then make a pie. You can make your own crust or get a refrigerated crust if you’re unsure of the right amount of butter to use or how to get just the right flakiness while baking. Add strawberry syrup to your fresh berries before putting them on top of the crust. You can leave the pie open, add strips of dough, or cover the berries completely for a closed pie depending on how much crust you like. Top with vanilla ice cream for a treat to enjoy after dinner or at the end of the day.

Fruit Salad

When your child comes home from college, it’ll usually be the summer season as your child will likely stay on campus for classes during the year unless coming home for holidays. The summer season is a good time of the year to use fresh fruits to make a salad. Combine slices of strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, and kiwi in a large bowl. For a light dressing, you can use poppy seeds and a small amount of honey mixed with vanilla yogurt. Any fruit can be used if you want to try something a bit different.

Breakfast Tacos

Another fun breakfast treat that you can make combines a favourite food of many college students and fresh berries. Toast soft tortillas for a bit of a crunch before filling them with strawberries, cream, and a few other berries if you want more flavour. You can use strawberry butter if you don’t want to use cream along with a drizzle of chocolate sauce. For more colour, you can use slices of kiwi to serve as what would normally be lettuce on a traditional taco. This is a dish that you can customise in any way and that you can have a lot of fun with any day of the week.

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