Sometimes, life just gets to be too busy. There's always a million things to do, and then they all kind of begin to overlap with each other, and then the little Moleskine notebook that you use to keep your entire life organized to maintain your sanity begins to overflow with notes on upcoming assignments, random sketches, a to-do list that just seems to get longer and longer everyday. Let's not forget the little hopeful reminders of weekend fun that get hastily scribbled onto the top corner of a page. Those little reminders are like little promises that fun times lie ahead (provided you survive the week before them, obviously). But anyway, this is what my pretend Moleskine looks like. I say it's pretend because while I actually have a real little Moleskine notebook, I don't actually use it. Sketches go inside some other sketchbook that I have, my desk and computer are literally full of sticky notes, I keep the to-do lists inside my head, and my weekend plans get a countdown-widget on my computer dashboard. My Moleskine notebook is really just a cover-up. I just like to seem more organized than I really am.
Busy schedules call for simple and quick fix type of desserts. I mean, I may be getting busier and busier by the minute, but this doesn't mean that I should restrict my dessert cravings simply because I don't have time to bake up something elaborate. It's just a matter of making something simple, like a fruit sauce, to finish off a dessert. I chose to make a simple strawberry sauce; so simple, it takes like ten minutes to make.
Having a strawberry sauce (or any fruit sauce) like this on hand at all times is a really smart idea, because it is incredibly versatile, and can help make a store-bought dessert so much better. You can pair it with a slice of plain cheesecake (the one photographed is store-bought), or some vanilla bean ice cream (also store-bought!). I would think that this strawberry sauce would be delicious served over a stack of pancakes, or accompanying some Belgian Waffles, and strawberry sauce with a slice of pound cake and a scoop of ice cream sounds soooo good right about now. Wait. It's 10 in the morning...I shouldn't be craving ice cream right now. Anyway, taking ten minutes out of your schedule to make this sauce is a super smart thing, as it helps make any old scoop of vanilla ice cream into an even more delicious way to finish off your day.
Simple Homemade Strawberry Sauce
1 pound strawberries, washed, hulled, and quartered
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
juice of 1 small lime
cornstarch (This depends on how much juice your strawberries release, I used about 1 teaspoon)
Combine the strawberries, sugar, water, and lime juice in a small saucepan set over medium heat, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a simmer so the strawberries begin to break down. Stir in the cornstarch, and cook for about ten minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat, and allow to cool. The sauce can be served at room temperature or well chilled.