Strawberry Pineapple Parfaits and some Blog Awards

by jerseygirl on July 10, 2008 · 17 comments

Jeena from Jeenas Kitchen is holding a nice blogging event that takes you down memory lane. To participate, you have to post a recipe that reminds you of a food memory. I decided to do these parfaits.

When I was little, I remember my Nana making a creamy strawberry pineapple pie. Unfortunately, I did not get the recipe and at 97, Nana’s memory is a little rusty. I looked all over the Internet and found various pies but decided to go by memory. From what I remember, the pie consisted of a graham cracker crust, strawberry yogurt, cool whip and pineapple. It was a great summer dessert. I decided to make the dessert into a parfait. I bought some new parfait/ sundae glasses and I just had to use them! I had some Nilla wafers and thought I could use them instead of graham crackers. If you are watching your diet, this is a fairly low fat dessert . To make it even healthier, some type of cereal could be substituted for the cookie crumbs.

Thank you Jeena for hosting this event! Stop by her blog and you might want to do a memory of your own! I am looking forward to reading about all the food memories.

Strawberry Pineapple Parfaits (makes 4)

1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
8 ounces low fat strawberry yogurt
1 1/2 cups low fat Cool Whip, divided
1 cup sliced strawberries plus 4 whole strawberries
1 cup crushed Nilla Wafer crumbs (or you could use graham crackers)

Mix the pineapple, yogurt and 1 cup Cool Whip together in a medium size bowl. Layer 1/2 of the strawberries, 1/2 of the yogurt mixture and 1/2 of the crumbs in four parfait glasses. Top with the remaining strawberries, yogurt mixture and crumbs. Top with the extra Cool Whip and a whole strawberry on each parfait.

Now, I’d like to pass on the E for Excellent award that I received from Bridgett at La Bella Cook. Bridgett has an awesome blog with great pictures and good recipes for the home cook.

First we have Jeena’s Kitchen. Does her blog sound familiar? You just read about her blog event. Jeena’s blog has good healthy recipes, step by step directions and bright colorful pictures. I love how her blog is very health oriented.

Next we have Veronica from Supermarket Serenade. Veronica is a fellow contesting buddy that I met at cook offs. Her blog has beautiful pictures and creative recipes. She also features creative ingredients that you can find at your market. She will inspire you to try the ingredients she uses.

Another great blog is Aggie’s Kitchen. I love all Aggie’s recipes with fresh ingredients and her beautiful pictures of herbs. If you read her post from today, you will see she can weather any storm!

Now Prudy from Prudence Pennywise has no more room on her shelf for trophies but I’m giving her another one anyway. She is the MOST dedicated blogger and you will find a fun, money saving post almost everyday. Creative recipes, fun family stories, great music, beautiful pictures…you name it, she’s got it!

Another blog with a crowded trophy case is Picky Palate. Jenny has so many creative recipes and her blog is so darn cute! I can always find something my kids will love.

Have fun reading!

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Jenny July 10, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Wow Lisa,
Thanks so much for the E award! What an honor, I truly love checking in here, you’ve always got something good cooking up in your kitchen! Your parfaits look incredible! Have a great night!


Bridgett July 11, 2008 at 3:53 am

What a sweet tribute to your Nana! I have been thinking of what to contribute to Jeena’s memory post as it is such a fun idea. Thanks for the kind words and I see we have the same taste in other blogs as well!


Clumbsy Cookie July 11, 2008 at 4:09 am

Some of my favourite sweets are still the onde my gradma used to make me. She doesn’t cook or bake anymore but I managed to copy all her recipes! Cool idea to transform the pie into parfaits!


Beth July 11, 2008 at 8:05 am

Looks like a great summer dessert. Its great re-visiting some of your childhood foods every once in a while. My nana used to make an awesome apple crumble – made with Bramley apples from her orchard and served with her own cream – yum!


Patsyk July 11, 2008 at 9:31 am

Oh those parfaits look so yummy! It’s always fun to try to recreate a beloved recipe… too often we forget to ask for the recipe when the memories are sharper!


Prudy July 11, 2008 at 10:28 am

YOu are so kind. Thanks so much for being a truly supportive blogging buddy. I’d love to meet you if we ever get to a contest together. Who has time for contests now that we are blogging?:) Thanks so much again.
Nana’s strawberry pineapple parfaits sound so yummy and comforting.
I read every blog that you passed the honor too. They are all great-yours included so congrats to you.


Jeena July 11, 2008 at 10:50 am

Wonderful entry Lisa I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your nanna. The parfait looks really delicious and would sure stick in my mind too if my naana make it. 🙂

Lisa, you are such a kind and caring person so it is an honour to receive this award from you. It is such a nice feeling to get such lovely feedback for my blog thank you so much. I also think that you have wonderful blog and I love visiting and seeing what you have cooked up next. 🙂


Leslie July 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Congrats on your award!


Aggie July 11, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Wow – thank you so much for the E award Lisa! I just started blogging a month ago and I am just loving what a community of food bloggers there are out here. I love reading about what everyone is doing in their kitchens!

Your parfaits look delish, and what a sweet memory. That’s something to cherish.


Lisa July 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Hi – it’s a different Lisa here – living in Seattle but grew up on Long Island – really enjoyed reading your last few posts and the parfaits are an inspiration – there are so many flavor combinations to try with fresh fruit before we move into the fall and winter chocolate season!


Veronica July 11, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Thanks, Lisa!! You’re too sweet! Like Prudy I’m feeling like I don’t have enough time for contest cooking…I haven’t entered anything lately-just blogging! I would love to meet up with you again though on the contesting road!


Kevin July 12, 2008 at 9:00 pm

That strawberry and pineapple parfait sounds good. Congrats on the award!


Jackie July 13, 2008 at 11:01 am

Mmmm! The parfaits look and sound so delicious!


Annie July 13, 2008 at 8:35 pm

I love recipes like this. So simple, healthy and low-fat. Oh and it’s no bake, what could be better??
I just made a “mock” tiramisu using yogurt and strawberries and fat-free cool whip…No memories though, I made it up myself.


Emiline July 15, 2008 at 2:44 am

Your parfaits look yummy! I bet you made Nana proud.


Mrs. L July 15, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Your parfait sounds wonderful and what a nice way to remember your Nana.


Leah July 15, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Wow, I’d serve those to my kids for breakfast just cause I could get fruit in to them that way! Pretty too!


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