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15 Amazingly Simple Strawberry Desserts That Everyone Should Try

15 Amazingly Simple Strawberry Desserts That Everyone Should Try

It’s strawberry season here in Australia, and I couldn’t be more excited. Not only do I get to have them with my yogurt and granola every morning, I can start busting out some delicious strawberry-laced desserts. Let’s have a look at some!

1. Strawberry Cheesecake Pizza

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    Just when you thought that pizza couldn’t get any better, along comes this bad boy. And they threw cheesecake in to boot. I can see myself eating a slice or seven of these on warm summer nights.

    2. Strawberry Roses

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      If you want to be healthy, but also impress the pants off dinner guests, I recommend strawberry roses. Sometimes you don’t need to disguise the natural deliciousness of this fruit with anything else. I only just discovered their existence with some random young gentleman brought me one at work. I probably shouldn’t have eaten something given to me by a stranger, but it was too tempting to resist!

      3. Eton Mess

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        You can’t go wrong with this old favourite from the 19th century. It’s perfect as a dessert or for a summer picnic and proves that you don’t always have to have an “out with the old” mentality.

        4. Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

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          Can we just stop for a second and think about what a legend the woman who thought of this is? Apparently strawberry fudge wasn’t amazing enough, she had to add shortbread, What a hero. This would be great as a quick snack for any occasion!

          5. Strawberry, Lemon and Poppyseed Pancakes

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            What I like about this dessert is that I can get away with having it during multiple meals. Not only is it a dessert, it can also be made for breakfast. Or, if you’re a fan of Scrubs like I am, Brinner.

            6. Strawberry Nutella Milkshake

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              Holy crap, I can’t believe this isn’t in my belly right now. This is perfect for when you want a sweet treat or need to whip up a quick and no-fuss dessert for the kids. I recommend adding a shot of Kahlua to turn it into an adult milkshake.

              7. Strawberry Cheesecake Blizzard

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                Okay, I think we’re established that I’m a little obsessed with strawberry cheesecake. But with ice cream like this to tempt you on a hot summer day, can you blame me? As a bonus, there’s no added sugar in this dessert! Ten more servings, please!

                8. Strawberry and Pineapple Popsicles

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                  I don’t think you can actually get a recipe  easier than this. All you have to do is blend, pour, freeze and then play the waiting game. I personally wouldn’t bother adding the honey because I find that strawberries and pineapples are sweet enough already. Yay for healthy desserts.

                  9. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

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                    I may have just gone into a pleasure overload. Not only are these super cute and delicious, they’re perfect for so many occasions. They’re great for guilt-free snacks, as well as mini-dessert tasters for parties. Plus, they look amazing.

                    10. No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites

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                      This recipe appeals to me not only because the no-bake elements speaks to my inherent laziness, it also just screams summer. Strawberries and lemonade, what could be more refreshing?

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                      11. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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                        Strawberry roses are all well and good, but sometimes you need a little chocolate hit. And sprinkles. Obviously.

                        12. Strawberry Summer Cake

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                          I like the idea of anything that will make my house smell like a strawberry patch. The name says it all really, this is the perfect cake for any summertime occasions – BBQs, picnics, family dessert, or binge eating by yourself. Or is that just me?

                          13. Watermelon, Strawberry and Citrus Sangria

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                            You may be labouring under the misapprehension that cocktails don’t count as desserts. You”re wrong. They just happen to be grown up desserts where it’s totally socially acceptable to also have them with a side of regular dessert. Or is that just me again?

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                            Seriously though, who wouldn’t want to be sipping on one of these on a hot afternoon or on a warm summer night?

                            14. Peach and Strawberry Smoothie

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                              I know I wax rhapsodic about the more indulgent desserts on this list, but I’m actually quite a healthy eater for the most part. If you’re looking for a healthy, but still equally delicious, dessert – this is your answer. Personally, I would forgo the Snapple & Half & Half for regular milk, but that’s just me. You can also easily make this vegan friendly by substituting almond milk in.

                              15. Fresh Strawberry Pie

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                                You can’t have a dessert list without pie! If you’re short on time, or just want to simplify things, you can also get yourself some store bought crust.

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                                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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