TV (take eight!)

by Holly on June 22, 2012

in dessert,randomness,recipes,summer,TV appearances,vegan

It’s FINALLY summer!

In my spastic Everythingtarian life, this means several key things:

(1) My hair is at out-of-control heights. These curly ringlets give new meaning to the term “big Texas hair.” Oh, why wasn’t I in high school during the 1980’s?! I would have been the most popular girl in school (read: biggest hair in school), no contest.

Don’t believe me? Check out my latest TV appearance from the News 3 Morning Show yesterday:

Can’t get it to play? Here is a link to the segment as well.

(2) I’ll be bumping to Fresh Prince’s “Summertime” from now through the end of August.

(3) Summer clothes shopping at Forever21! Yes, I still shop there, even though at times I doubt that decision. Whatevs…where else can you find a cute summer maxi dress for $16?

Mama E’s rule #1: never EVER spend money on expensive summer clothes.

(4) I’ll probably be writing more posts detailing all my favorite summer things. I mean, I only wrote four of them last summer so why not four more this summer?

(5) Downton Abbey. It’s the reason that even though I am unemployed, I am not blogging regularly. Since discovering it Sunday, I’m more than halfway through season 1 and have already pulled my credit card out of its block of ice to buy season 2 on Hulu Plus when it comes out July 7th.

(6) Strawberries! Actually, just berries in general. My consumption of these antioxidant-laden, juicy sweet gems skyrockets come summer, and this month has been no exception. My new favorite combination? Plain 2% Greek yogurt, a hefty dollop of rhubarb lemon compote, fresh strawberries and crumbled graham crackers.

(7) Coconut oil! Did you know that you can use coconut oil in place of butter in baked goods? I swear to you, try it! Make sure it’s solid and cold before swapping this good-for-you fat in place of butter. Then, revel in the subtle coconut flavor it adds to the pastry of your choice.

Put those last two together and what do you get? Lemon Strawberry Shortcakes! Booyah.

Lemon Strawberry Shortcakes
adapted from Strawberry Shortcake by MyRecipes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12 to 15 minutes

2/3 cup milk*
zest + juice of 2 lemons
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
6 T cold coconut oil (to solidify coconut oil, place in the fridge until hard)
1 lb. strawberries, chopped
ice cream, Greek yogurt or whipped topping, optional

*I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

To make homemade buttermilk, whisk together 2/3 cup milk with juice of 1/2 lemon. Let sit. Mixture will thicken and curdle.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, sugar, powder, soda, salt and zest of 1 lemon. Cut in coconut oil with your fingers or a pastry cutter. Mixture should be crumbly. Add homemade buttermilk and gently fold until dough comes together. On a floured surface, gently knead dough several times, ensuring not to overwork it (otherwise the coconut oil will melt from the heat of your hands). Roll out to about 1/2-inch thickness, and with a biscuit cutter, cut 6 shortcakes.

Place shortcakes on a baking sheet, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.

In a small bowl, mash strawberries and the juice + zest of 1 lemon.

To serve, cut a shortcake in half and spoon 1/6 of the strawberry mixture. Top with ice cream, Greek yogurt or whipped topping, if desired.

Makes 6 shortcakes

(8) You’re welcome…and HAPPY SUMMER!


Katie June 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

You are so cute and adorable and poised on TV I can’t even take it – come do that witty banter thing in my kitchen, will ya?! Oh, and please bring the shortcakes.

Karey @ Nutty About Health June 22, 2012 at 10:28 am

Holly, I loved your segment!! I especially loved how you explained the healthy saturated fats in the coconut oil. So many people don’t understand and are afraid of fats. *tsk, tsk*
Anyway, the shortcakes look yummy and I love how they looks so flaky, yum!! Thanks for sharing!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

I think your hair rocks. It’s bold. It’s you. :)

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats June 22, 2012 at 11:07 am

Holly – you are such a natural on tv! Very comfortable and don’t seem like you’re nervous or rushing at all. Next Food Network Star???

Stephanie June 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

These look AMAZING! And so do you. You’re a natural on TV! It seems like you’ve really hit your stride since embracing (f)unemployment… Keep it up, lady!

Mellissa June 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

I watched Season 2 of Downtown Abbey on the PBS website, it may still be there.

Megan (Braise the Roof) June 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

These sound pretty fantastic! And you’re absolutely rocking the big hair. I haven’t popped my Downton Abbey cherry yet- I know I’d become addicted, too!

Dana June 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

oh my gosh, you are adorable, and these look ridiculously delicious. If I don’t make these I would be a darn fool.


Stacie@ Snaps and Bits June 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

You are such a TV rock star now!

I’m for sure making the shortcakes, yum!

Kate @ SaysYes June 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Holly- I will making these on my rest/reunite with the couch Saturday! Oh so needed, and those will be so good.
Love the video, “Good to see ya”- You are so calm and casual, its great!

Kim June 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm

These look so good! I definitely want to try and make them soon! Congrats on yourl atest TV debut- love keeping up with your funemployed life!

Amber June 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

This looks like summer! Love it!!

Hillary June 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm

So, making biscuits terrifies me. But these look so good that I might have to face my fears and go for it!

carrie (actsofrebellion) June 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

word about the curly hair. this wisco humidity maybe the death of any idea for a cute hair-do for any summer outing i had planned. boooo. good thing i love summer so much, i could never stay mad at it :)

em@simplypresent June 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

YAY! Summer (and Forever 21)!

Looks like a refreshing summer strawberry recipe!

Another good thing about this summer is the upcoming Olympic games!

Kelly June 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Oooooh strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite desserts! This looks delicious!!!!

BroccoliHut June 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Delicious!! I can’t wait to try these and maybe even test out the recipe with blackberries and raspberries…

Purely Twins June 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

LOVE strawberry shortcake!

Abby @ Change of Pace June 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm

You sound and look awesome- I think the hair looks fab!
I’ve pinned quite a few of your recipes now…time to start making some! These look delicious.

Erin June 22, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Ohmigosh, Downtown Abbey rules. It was so heartbreaking to finish it though, and hear that the next season isn’t slated to come out for years…is this true, or just a cruel rumor?! By the way, I’ve used coconut oil before but wasn’t aware you’re supposed to chill it until it solidifies and then use it- thanks for the tip!

Kait @ yogabeautylife June 23, 2012 at 12:14 am

Downton Abbey totally sucked me in too…SO good. And I’m happy its coming out on Hulu plus since I don’t have the DVDs through netflix!

formerly crunchy granola gal June 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

oh gosh. you’re freakin’ famous. i want one of these for breakfast, too!

Elizabeth June 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Just check Downton Season 2 out from your library! Completely free:)

Alysha @ Shesontherun June 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Great job on the telly :) I’ve been hearing a ton about coconut oil lately. If you had a different recipe that called for butter, do you think you could sub in the same about for the coconut oil?

joelle (on a pink typewriter) June 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Congrats on being on TV again – that’s awesome lady! And you just inspired me to go summer shopping (at Forever 21). :)

Lauren T June 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

You are seriously great on TV! and those strawberry shortcakes are making my mouth water! Can’t wait to try them! Perhaps for the 4th of July!

glidingcalm June 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

mmmmmmmmmmmmm! sounds sooo good

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