It's a sheer wonder that I know my way around a kitchen. Growing up, my mother - bless her heart - fed her family via pizza delivery, fast food, and endless frozen TV dinners. Though I love my mother dearly, I'm glad the convenience food gene wasn't inherited. Now, as a wife and mom of two young boys, I take a lot of pride in cooking and baking for my family, creating delicious and healthy foods, and hopefully creating memories in the kitchen.
Not only do I love creating homemade food, I'm partial to growing that food as well. In our backyard, we have the makings of a mini-farm, with apple trees, blueberry bushes, a strawberry patch, vegetable garden, and more, and we try to make the most of what we grow.
In our home, a family favorite is Berry Bread, a quickbread loaf made with strawberries and blueberries from our last harvest. A super-delicious breakfast, afternoon snack, simple dessert, or snack for unexpected guests, we get a lot of mileage out of this bread.
I just recently baked a loaf of Berry Bread, but changed up our usual topping. I spread a generous amount of Country Crock Simply Delicious across each slice, and waited for the responses from the boys in the house. Feedback ranged from "mmmm," to "more please," to "that's good!"
I noticed a different taste to the Country Crock spread - a flavorful tang - so I turned the tub over to read the ingredients, and learned the tang comes from non-fat yogurt as one of the major ingredients in the spread. It's that little bit of flavor difference that made my husband and I then grab a couple other foods and add spread on top of them too, just to see what they would taste like.
I really appreciate that the ingredients list isn't full of chemicals and items that I have to search the internet to find out what they are. In our home, we're going for simple - in our lifestyle and our cooking - so I appreciate the simplicity in Simply Delicious.
Want to make your own easy Berry Bread? Here's a shortcut: purchase a quality blueberry muffin mix from the store (the kind that uses real berries). At home, lightly mash up three cups of assorted strawberries and blueberries, sprinkle with sugar, and let sit in a bowl while the liquid escapes. Follow the box recipe, using this liquid to replace the water called for in the box recipe (to add extra flavor). Jazz up the rest of the mix by adding a tablespoon of cinnamon, the drained berries, and chopped walnuts. Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for approximately 55-60 minutes. When cool, top with Country Crock Simply Delicious spread for a tangy and tasty topping.