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Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails

These Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails are not only gorgeous, they’re totally delicious too. Sweet strawberries are muddled with aromatic thyme and white rum, add some crushed strawberry ice and soda water and you have the perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail to share with your sweetheart. It’s so easy to make, with a little help from your Vitamix!

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Strawberry & Thyme Slushie Cocktails - These Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails are not only gorgeous, they're totally delicious too. Sweet strawberries are muddled with aromatic thyme and white rum, add some crushed strawberry ice and soda water and you have the perfect Valentine's Day cocktail to share with your sweetheart.

Love is taking over Giraffes Can Bake at the moment, and I am a-okay with that! Valentine’s Day seems to be a bit of a marmite holiday, and I am one of the lovers! Sure, you could say it’s a commercial  holiday exploited by Hallmark and chocolate companies but it’s also about love, and what’s wrong with that? A day to celebrate love, in all forms, is a day I’m a fan of. You don’t need to buy into the commercial side of it to celebrate love. And in this often scary and sad world, I think we all need a day where we take that extra step to tell the people we care about that we love them and wouldn’t be about them. So yes, I am firmly in the pro-Valentine’s Day camp. 

Strawberry & Thyme Slushie Cocktails - These Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails are not only gorgeous, they're totally delicious too. Sweet strawberries are muddled with aromatic thyme and white rum, add some crushed strawberry ice and soda water and you have the perfect Valentine's Day cocktail to share with your sweetheart.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Upside Down Bundt Cake

A delicious and moist yogurt bundt cake, with creamy strawberry cheesecake and fresh strawberries baked right into it. So easy, so yummy and perfect for summer!

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Hello my lovelies! Boy, have I got a real treat for you today. This Strawberry Cheesecake Upside Down Bundt Cake is so full of summer flavour, moist and delicious and easy to make. But this scrummy cake is not the only treat I have for you today, because today is the first Yum of the Month! Yum of the Month is a brand new group I am so excited to be a part of, it’s a team of really talented bloggers and bakers facing yummy challenges every month and sharing the results with our lovely readers. Each month we pick a theme and create recipe based around that idea, this month the theme was fresh fruit – absolutely perfect for summer coming up! As you can see, I chose delicious strawberries!

Strawberry Cheesecake Upside Down Bundt Cake - a delicious and moist yogurt cake with creamy strawberry cheesecake and fresh strawberries baked right into it. So easy, so yummy and perfect for summer! #YumOfTheMonth #YOTM

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Jumbo Muffins {Bakery Style}

Really moist bakery style jumbo muffins full of chocolate chips and a gooey strawberry sauce centre. These Strawberry Chocolate Chip Jumbo Muffins are super-sized, absolutely delicious and taste just like they came from a fancy bakery. With no mixer or fancy ingredients required and simple tips on how to get extra tall muffins with perfect tops (even without a king-size muffin pan), you don’t wanna miss this recipe!

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Jumbo Muffins - Really moist bakery style muffins full of chocolate chips and a gooey strawberry sauce centre. These Strawberry Chocolate Chip Jumbo Muffins are super-sized, absolutely delicious and taste just like they came from a fancy bakery.

Muffins are usually my treat of choice when visiting a bakery, they just look so inviting towering over everything else, and there’s just something about a bakery muffin that is so delicious! Well, I’m here to help you recreate that amazing flavour and those sky high muffins at home, with just a wooden spoon, some mixing bowls and some every day, not-so-secret ingredients and methods. Not all heroes wear capes, some of us wear aprons 😉 In all seriousness though, these bakery style jumbo muffins are absolutely scrummy and totally customisable to whatever flavour your heart desires.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Jumbo Muffins - Really moist bakery style muffins full of chocolate chips and a gooey strawberry sauce centre. These Strawberry Chocolate Chip Jumbo Muffins are super-sized, absolutely delicious and taste just like they came from a fancy bakery.

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No Bake Strawberry and Chocolate Boozy Tart

A rich, decadent chocolate tart with fresh strawberries, boozy strawberry jam and an oreo crust. So easy to make, this No Bake Strawberry and Chocolate Boozy Tart is the perfect dessert to serve on a nice summer’s day!

No Bake Strawberry and Chocolate Boozy Tart - decadent chocolate and boozy strawberry filling with fresh strawberries and an oreo crust. The perfect dessert to serve on a summer's day

 I think it’s fairly obvious that I love to bake! I definitely get the appeal of a no bake dessert, they’re usually easy to prepare and it’s great to not have to turn the oven on when it’s hot out – plus, they can be delicious! But, I usually prefer the baked alternative – there’s just usually an extra depth of flavour you can’t seem to replicate in a “no bake” version. Cheesecake is the best example of this, while no bake cheesecakes can indeed be yummy, you’ll never beat a baked one as far as I’m concerned. So why, you ask, do I have a no bake dessert for you today? For the same reasons they’re so popular, it’s really easy to whip up, with the day’s heating up you don’t want the oven on all the time and it is amazingly tasty!

No Bake Strawberry and Chocolate Boozy Tart - decadent chocolate and boozy strawberry filling with fresh strawberries and an oreo crust. The perfect dessert to serve on a summer's day

 

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Strawberry and Chili Cheesecake Empanadas

Buttery, flaky pie crust with a sweet and spicy cheesecake filling! Dessert empanadas are easy to make and so delicious, everyone will love them!

Strawberry Chili Cheesecake Empanadas by Giraffes Can Bake - buttery, flaky pie crust with a sweet and spicy cheesecake filling
I love going into the town centre around the end of the week because it’s when all the market stalls are there, with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables for way cheaper than at the supermarket, and much better quality too. They also have stalls with all kinds of other things, but I don’t usually pay much attention to them. However, last month I was there and a jam and preserves stall caught my eye and I had to go have a little look. All the jams looked so yummy and I was very intrigued by some of the flavours. After a lovely conversation with the lady that runs the stall and sampling lots of delicious jams, I came away with two pots of strawberry and chili jam. Thanks Poppy’s Preserves (I did ask for a website or facebook to link to but she doesn’t have one unfortunately).

Strawberry Chili Cheesecake Empanadas by Giraffes Can Bake - buttery, flaky pie crust with a sweet and spicy cheesecake filling

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