Top Your Own Short Cake Dessert Fruit Bar

Taking a fun twist on the traditional Strawberry shortcake, creating a fun top your own short cake bar with a rainbow of fruits, a drizzle of sauce, and a squirt of whipcream, makes a fun dessert for a gathering.

Strawberry Short Cake Ideas

It was my turn to provide a birthday cake for the next coworker's birthday, but everyone was on a diet and eating healthy. So I decide that an angel food cake was a great choice of cake to bring. Rather than just a traditional Strawberry Shortcake, I thought I'd make it a little more special for all my coworkers, yet still give them healthy options by creating a top your own fruit bar with a rainbow of fruits, and then a side dish of fresh strawberry sauce for those that do want a drizzle of sauce. and of course whip cream for topping as an option as well. 

I know this seems like an ultra simple dessert to throw together, but it got rave reviews! Desserts for a party, bridal or baby shower, or summer cook out with friends should be easy and fun. This one fits that bill! It provides the sweetness everyone loves, and isnt' too over the top out of everyone's diet plans either! Those that just want a bowl with the fruit could even do that and enjoy the dessert too!

Healthy Dessert Ideas

Forgive my more unprofessional photo shoot on this post! It was taken at work, just as the first people were digging in, back in the break room! So you get what you get sometimes! lol!

But next time you need a quick, easy, refreshing dessert for a crowd that will work for all types of people.. create a top your own short cake dessert fruit bar!



3 Ingredient Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam is an easy to make Jam with only 3 ingredients. You can control the sugar content and also the artifical ingredients that usually is required to make other jams. Once you try this version, you may not ever go back to your traditional jam again!

Low Sugar Strawberry jam

My daughter moved back home, and when she did, she introduced me to this recipe from The Busy Baker. My husband is a diabetic and controling sugar is important to him, and my daughters health requires her to watch her Sugar consumption also, so this homemade Jam with honey in it, and a natural Chia seed as the thickener is the perfect answer. 

She made the rolls too! These are the "famous" Lion House Rolls! Ok.. if you aren't familiar.. just google it. You'll find a kazillion blog posts on versions of the recipe I promise! They are easy and quick to make and scrumptious with the Jam!

we love using locally sourced honey and strawberries for our jam! 
Low Sugar Strawberry Jam

Jan's Tips' This makes a great freezer jam. But you can also "Can" this jam, just follow the traditional canning instructions for regular strawberry jam.

Let's get "Jammin'"

Yield: 1 jar

3 Ingredient Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

A Strawberry Jam with 3 ingredients, where you can control the amount of 'sugar'content. Made with a natural thickener of Chia seeds, you'll never guess they're in there! Simply Scrumptious!
prep time: 10 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 40 mins


  • 1 Pound Strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds


  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the strawberries and honey. stirring strawberries as they begin to heat up and soften.
  2. Mash the strawberries to break them up into smaller pieces.
  3. Let the mixture come to a slow boil, stir continually. Once You see Bigger Bubbles on the surface, add the chia seeds.
  4. The chia seeds will help thicken the jam.
  5. Continue stirring the mixture over low heat for about 15 minutes, and then remove the pan from the stove.
  6. For chunkier Jam pour mixture into jar and seal with lid. 
  7. For Less Chunky jam, run jam through a blender, or use immersion blender in the sauce pan, to desired consistency. Pour into Jar and seal with a lid.
  8. Jam will thicken as it cools! while it is still hot, it will seem runnier than you may wish, no worries! they Chia seeds are hard at work. Let the jam cool to room temperature in the jar before placing in the fridge for several hours. then it will achieve a perfect Jam texture!


Recipe Notes
 It keeps for a couple weeks in the fridge, but beware: since it doesn't contain any preservatives and hasn't undergone the proper canning process it must be kept refrigerated.
This jam can be canned, but please follow proper canning instructions to ensure food safety.
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Grilling Recipe Round Up: Celebrate 365 Blog Party

With Summer here and Father's Day on the horizon, we all need some new inspiration for a full summer of grilling and cooking out! We just need some fresh new ideas once in awhile to inspire us for meals in the heat of summer and parties or reunions without heating up the kitchen!

grilling recipes

One of my time saving tips for quick dinners at home or on the go for the summer is a my picnic caddy. I keep it filled all summer at home and we can grab it to take in the car too. you can use paper disposable products or reusable dishes too. It's easy to make! I'll share the how to link, but just find a basket or wooden caddy with handle, glue in 3 recycled tin food cans (I spray painted them) to hold the utensils and cups near the front of the basket, and then leave room behnd them for the plates and napkins. DONE!

Celebrate 365 Blog Party is hosting a Recipe Round Up! 

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What Recipes We are Rounding up:

Feel free to come on over and link up your favorite recipes for grilling, bbqing, picnics, etc. Meats on the grill, Veggies, and desserts to grill are fair game! Dishes that start out with a grilled item are perfect too! grilled chicken salads, or pasta salads with grilled veggies, etc are great inspiration! 

Come on and share your best with us!

We are cheering you on:

Here's how we try and support you: We Pin all links to our Pinterest board, as well as try and create  one recipe round up post with the top visited links to share on all our social medial pages!  


Monthly Meal Planner June 18

With June comes Father's Day Celebrations, Schools ends, and busy Summer beginnings. With the transition to summer comes a tranition in our cooking style too I think. Easy, quick meals are the usual name of the game, but with the need to feed crowds once in a while, or pull out a special meal for those celebrations.
Menu Planning Ideas

Today's monthly meal planner has a slowcooked rib recipe that doesn't require a grill, but will promise to deliver a finger licking, tender to the bone recipe for that special "father" in your life, along with a feed a crowd ziti recipe that is one of my most popular posts!, round this out with a few quick meals, side and a pie recipe that makes 3 varations to choose from  and we are set for June to begin!

Let me teach you the trick to baking a rack of ribs to be fall off the bone tender, but still taste like you  grilled them also. This "how to" is worth keeping year round, long after grilling season is over!

This quick, yet flavorful dinner is perfect to put on your planner for a busy night.
You can pull this one off in mere minutes with the side of mexican beans in this planner too, and your family will be wowed!

Reunions, Wedding Rehersal dinners, Church Suppers.. Whatever your summer plans are. This Baked Ziti is sure to please and feed the masses! It is tried and true and can be made ahead, and then baked the day to warm up to serving temperature!

Grilled Foil Packet Dinners
Making easy no mess foil packet dinners while grilling is a fun camping tradition, but you can make them regularly at home too, and the clean up is easy! kids will have fun building their own too!  But there are a few tricks to making sure they cook evenly and thoroughly. Let me help you build some great foil packet dinners your family will have fun memories of!

this easy side dish is perfect along our 15 minute Chicken Fajitas, but would also be great along side enchiladas, tacos, or to toss into a taco salad! Perfect for anyone who does not love refried beans.

This Banana Cream Pie recipe is a keeper! The taste is amazing, plus it makes 2 pies! It is a base recipe that comes with 2 extra flavor variations you can make: Chunky Monkey and Peanut Butter-Snickers Pie! So take 2 pies to that reunion or church picnic: Banana Cream and ....???  ooh.. which one will be the other????

oh.. and bring the recipe along. you'll get asked. (or not! and tell them it's a family secret!)


Cherry Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Grilling Pork Tenderloin is easier than you think, and when you add in a wonderful Cherry Chipotle marinade  and sauce. you'll find yourself fighting over the last piece!

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. I received product samples from sponsors to use in creating #BBQWeek recipes. However, all opinions are mine alone.

Grilled pork tenderloin

If you have never tried grilling a pork tenderloin, you must try! It grills up pretty quick since it's a smaller, boneless cut of meat. I'll teach you my trick though, for keeping it moist, as pork can dry out quickly especially on the grill. 
grilled Pork tenderloin

The secret to today's Cherry Chipotle Marinade starts with Not Ketchup's Cherry Chipotle Sauce. Not Ketchup has a wonderful line of sauces that have no added sugar, corn syrup or artifial sweeteners! I kid you not! they have a wide range of grilling and dipping sauces that will tantilize your taste buds!
I love that I can just order them on Amazon! My husband is diabetic, so finding sauces that won't send his blood sugar levels sky rocketing is impossible.. till now! I love that I can trust the ingredients in them, and the flavors are just amazing!

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Website: https://www.notketchup.com

This Cherry Chipotle sauce is not too hot! I can barely handle mild heat.. I am such a wimp, and I love this sauce! It is very kid friendly, so don't let the name scare you off! This sauce is a wonderful blend of flavors that goes great with pork, salmon chicken. 

I love to make a marinade for it, with the sauce, and then use the sauce to dab on just at the end of grilling as well for serving. I use a gas grill, but you can use charcoal as well. 
grilled pork tenderloin

Let's get grilling!

Yield: 4 servingsPin it

Cherry Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 55 mins
Grilled Pork tenderloin in a cherry chipotle marinade and sauce. Lightly sweet, but not too spicy, this mild sauce is perfect for every one in the family!


  • Approx. 2 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 2 Tablespoon Vegetable oil for brushing on the grill. 
  • 1/3 cup Cherry Chipotle Sauce such as Not Ketchup Brand 
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup Lemon juice or water


  1. Combine marinade ingredients. Pour half into a resealable bag with the pork tenderloin.  Seal and cover pork. refrigerate and marinate for at least 1 hour prior to grilling.  
  2. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade. to use in a later step.
  3. Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Drain and discard the marinade from the pork. Brush grill with oil to prevent meat from sticking.
  4. Place tenderloin over direct heat.  Let grill for 4-5 minutes on each side turning to cover all 3 sides. 
  5. Remove from direct heat and place tenderloin back onto indirect heat toward the edge near the heat for about 8-10  per side, or till internal temperature reaches 145° with a thermometer. 
  6. remove the pork tenderloin from the grill, and place onto a sheet of aluminum foil. Bring up the edges of the foil around the pork. Pour in the remaining marinade. seal the foil.  Allow the pork to rest for 10 minutes. 
  7. Before slicing and serving, brush on 2  Tablespoons of Cherry Chipotle sauce over the top of the tenderloin.  Serve warm.
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See what the bloggers served up Wednesday for #BBQWeek

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Charred Corn Salsa by The Freshman Cook

Cherry Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin by Tip Garden

Everything Bagel Pasta Salad by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Grilled Asparagus Salad by Cindy's Recipes and Writings

Grilled Chicken Tikki Tacos by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Grilled Lemon Pepper Asparagus by The Chef Next Door

Grilled Nam Prik Shrimp Skewers by 4 Sons 'R' Us

Grilled Spiced Blue Hawaiian Cocktail by Daily Dish Recipes

Grilled Stuffed Meatballs with Pineapple Sauce by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad by Jonesin' For Taste

Jersey Style Hot Dogs by Jolene's Recipe Journal

Peppercorn Blue Cheese Burgers with Cherry Ketchup by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

Seasoned Barbecue Butter Shrimp Skewers by Family Around the Table

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