Happy Valentine's Day!! I've gotta be honest, I really couldn't care less about this holiday, but since it comes around every year, I at least acknowledge it. Heath and Jesse usually 'surprise' me with the required flowers and heart-shaped box of chocolates, but it's not necessary. I don't need a specific day for them to tell me they love me and to bask in my awesomeness...they can do that all year.
Now these....these I dreamed up while lying on my death-bed the other night fighting what I believe to be the plague, but is most likely just a really bad head cold. After the tremendous success of the Banana Pie Cups, I was thinking of what other dessert would be good in a cup (I really dig the whole 'cup' thing since everyone gets their own individual serving...plus it looks pretty).
I considered doing a chocolate version, but I just wasn't feeling a whole cup of chocolate. After finishing off the rest of the strawberries from the Nutella French Toast, I realized how long it had been since I'd had fresh strawberries, and I wanted more. That's when the Strawberry Shortcake popped into my head. With only 3 parts it's perfect as a cup dessert! The Nutella I added at the last minute because it happened to be on the same shelf as the sugar. I saw it and though 'Why not?'...so in it went. It was very good, so glad I added it.
Ok guys, whether you love it or hate it, I wish you a wonderful Valentine's Day with your loved ones! I'm off to fill up on cold medicine and half a box chocolates, then hopefully pass out into a blissful sleep surrounded by tissues in my bunny suite (aka: my pink Hoodie-Footie). I know...I am one sexy Mama on Valentine's Day.
'Nutella Strawberry Shortcake Cups'
Source: Myself (though I'm sure I'm not the first person to think this up)
1 pound fresh strawberries
1 package of shortcake cakes (mine had 6 in the pack)
Whip cream (I used Cool Whip cause that's my favorite)
4 tablespoons of Nutella
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1. Slice the strawberries and place in a medium bowl. Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir to coat all the strawberries.Set aside.
2. Cut one of the shortcakes into large chunks. Place in the bottom of a large glass or Ball canning jar. Top with a couple spoonfuls of strawberries, one tablespoon of Nutella, the whip cream*. Top with half of a a chopped shortcake, another spoonful of strawberries, one tablespoon of Nutella and whip cream.
3. Garnish with a whole strawberry if desired. Makes 2 cups when placed in Ball jars. You can always do only one layer in a smaller glass and get a couple more.
*To make getting the whip cream into the cups less messy, I spoon a bunch of it into the corner of a plastic baggie, snip off a small piece of the corner, then use it as a pipping bag. MUCH cleaner than spooning it into the jars.*