DIY Waffle Bar & Homemade Strawberry Preserves

DIY waffle bar and a recipe for homemade strawberry preserves! | read more at happilythehicks.com

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Happy May!
Today I’m comin’ atcha with an amazing (and crowd pleasing) spread that will be a huge hit at your next dinner party! This month’s recipe theme is going to be recipes to feed a crowd, because hosting little dinner parties is something I’ve always loved doing. And it just doesn’t get any better than breakfast (or you know, brunch and brinner), amiright? One of my favorite breakfast foods is waffles, and when I’m in a rush (or you know, cooking for a crowd), Kellogg’s® Eggo® waffles are definitely the way to go, especially when it involves a waffle bar. I used to crave them when I was a little girl, and now that I’m an adult, they are my go-to when buying frozen waffles. I love that they  have so many flavors (like the classic Homestyle or Strawberry), and how easy they are to heat up and enjoy. Oh, and I have some delicious news! Eggo waffles now have no artificial flavors and colors from natural sources. How awesome is that?

DIY waffle bar and a recipe for homemade strawberry preserves! | read more at happilythehicks.com

Not only am I excited about this Waffle Bar I put together, but did you know that they have a Waffle Bar Truck that is traveling to Walmarts around the country right now? It will move a total of 200 times over 100+ days, starting April 24th and lasting through September! I’m going to be visiting the truck this coming Sunday in The Colony, so if you’re in the area, make sure you head out there to see me and check it out. I can’t wait to show you my waffle bar creation, so make sure you’re keeping up with Instagram and Facebook to see what I make!

You can find Eggo waffles in the frozen food aisle at Walmart. I bought all of my waffle bar topping and additions at Walmart as well! 

How to Build Your Own Waffle Bar

If you can’t make it out to see your local waffle bar truck, I’m here to help you put together your very own waffle bar at home. This is the perfect way to host a dinner party for friends, a bridal or baby shower, Mother’s Day brunch, or even just a birthday party for your loved one that’s as simple as 1, 2, 3! 

DIY waffle bar and a recipe for homemade strawberry preserves! | read more at happilythehicks.com

1. Pick your waffles

This is one of my favorite parts, because you get to have fun picking your flavors of waffles for your bar. I always grab the Kellogg’s® Eggo® Homestyle (which will be the featured flavor on the Waffle Bar Truck!), and a fun flavor like Eggo Strawberry, Eggo Chocolately Chip or Eggo Blueberry… Yum! I wanted a springy, fruity vibe in my waffle bar, so I stuck to that when picking my flavors. 

DIY waffle bar and a recipe for homemade strawberry preserves! | read more at happilythehicks.com

2. Choose your toppings

The toppings are what make a waffle bar FUN! Since I was wanting to capture the flavors of spring, I chose some of my favorite fruits (helloo strawberries, blueberries and raspberries!), and added in some pecans and toasted coconut for a little extra pizzaz. Delicious, right? And no waffle bar is complete without some Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter, Reddi-wip® Original Dairy Whipped Topping and Hungry Jack® Original Syrup. For a savory addition to the spread, I included some Banquet® Brown’N Serve™ Original Sausage Link, which definitely hit the spot! 
My favorite topping in my waffle bar was some homemade strawberry preserves I made in less than 30 minutes. It gave my waffles a delicious tartness that I loved, and paired beautifully with the peanut butter and fruit! (The recipe is at the end of the post!)

DIY waffle bar and a recipe for homemade strawberry preserves! | read more at happilythehicks.com

3. Have fun with decorations

I absolutely love decorating for all the different seasons, and a waffle bar is no exception. I wanted to keep everything fun and springy, so I used a floral tablecloth, added lots of flowers to my centerpiece, and found a cute little paper banner that is bright and fun. For the finishing touch, I used some craft paper as a table runner and marked all the different toppings with a marker. Super easy, but oh so pretty! 

DIY waffle bar and a recipe for homemade strawberry preserves! | read more at happilythehicks.com

Now for the easy peasy homemade strawberry preserves! I only used three ingredients to make it, and the result was amazing. This can easily be made while you’re getting the rest of your waffle bar ready, especially if you want to serve it fresh and warm. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week. 

Homemade Strawberry Preserves

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. In a medium nonstick saucepan, heat the strawberries, sugar and water on medium high until it reaches a rolling boil. Stir every minute.
  2. Lower the heat to medium low and cook until a thick sauce has formed. Stir the mixture every few minutes to make sure it's not sticking to the bottom and to prevent burning.
  3. Transfer to a bowl or glass container to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week.
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  1. Harmony at Momma To Go

    May 2nd, 2017 at 9:31 am

    This looks beyond yum, my kids would love this they are obsessed with eggo and frankly, on nights when we have baseball games or i am working, its our go to dinner.

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Girl, no shame! I love me a good Eggo when I’m too lazy to cook haha. They are just SO GOOD!

  3. Heather @FrenchPress

    May 2nd, 2017 at 10:14 am

    this is such a fun brunch idea! my kiddos would LOVE it

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I agree! And YES, I’m sure I would have loved this when I was a kid!

  5. Ayanna

    May 2nd, 2017 at 11:04 am

    How cool!! My girls wold love to do something like this on a lazy Saturday morning. I did not know that Eggo waffles now have no artificial flavors and colors from natural sources. That’s great to know!

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Ohh I would have LOVED doing a waffle bar when I was little. Saturday morning breakfasts were always my favorite. :D And yes, isn’t that awesome?! Like I needed more reasons to love Eggos. ;)

  7. Adriana Martin

    May 2nd, 2017 at 11:53 am

    What a cool idea having a brunch party and serving easy yummy waffles is a good way to go. Loved the strawberry preserves recipe too. Thanks for your participation we cannot wait to see how much fun you are going to have at the Waffle Food Truck at Walmart coming soon to your area ~ client

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you Adrianna! Those strawberry preserves are so yummy- I make them all the time! And that waffle food truck was a blast. I still dream about the waffle I had!

  9. Corey Wheeland

    May 2nd, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    How fun! I like putting peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon on my waffles!

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Ohhh yum! I’ve done the PB and banana, but never with the cinnamon. I’ll have to give that a try!

  11. Jessica Rose

    May 2nd, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    This is such a great idea for a brunch!!

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I thought so too!! With the sausage, waffles and all the toppings, you just can’t go wrong!

  13. Krissie Aguilar

    May 2nd, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    What a cute idea! This would be so fun for a baby shower!!

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you! And I agree!! It would be perfect for a fun brunch baby shower.

  15. Candy Kage

    May 3rd, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I love setting out any kind of food bar. Gives everyone a chance to make their own personal food plate.

  16. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Me too! All I had at my wedding were various food bars haha. And that’s why I love them so much! Everyone get to have what THEY want!

  17. Rachel Ritlop

    May 3rd, 2017 at 7:05 am

    this is such a cute idea!!! I love it!!

  18. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks Rachel! I had a blast doing it :)

  19. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    May 3rd, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I adore this idea! Perfect for everyone!

  20. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Aww thank you!! <3 And yes, that's what's so great about having a bar… Everyone gets to do their own thing to make their waffle!

  21. Patricia

    May 3rd, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I absolutely love this idea!!! I’m definitely going to try it!

  22. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Thanks Patricia! You should definitely give it a try. It’s so much fun!

  23. Lisa

    May 3rd, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Yum! What a delicious brunch idea! Pecans are something I don’t often think to put on waffles, but they’d be delicious!

  24. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Girl, you need to try them!! They add such a yummy nuttiness and crunch to the waffles. Especially when it’s paired with some toasted coconut- YUUM!

  25. Amanda Lauren

    May 4th, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Yum! Such a great idea, would be perfect for a Mother’s day gathering!

  26. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Yes I agree!! You just can’t beat a fun waffle bar for brunch. I mean, who doesn’t love building their own waffle creation?

  27. Courtney Connolly

    May 4th, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    This is the absolute cutest idea ever!!! I definitely want to do this at my next girls brunch!

  28. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Thanks so much!! <3 It would be such a fun thing to do for your girls brunch. I love throwing together fun things like this!

  29. Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy

    May 5th, 2017 at 5:40 am

    I love it!! Now I want all the waffles ;)

  30. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Me too! Eggos are SO good! Especially with fun toppings on them :D

  31. Suzanne

    May 5th, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Ok, this looks totally delicious! As if I wasn’t already hungry enough ;)

  32. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Aw thanks Suzanne! The waffle bar was so fun to put together- all those toppings!!

  33. Ginger Marie

    May 9th, 2017 at 9:26 am

    This looks SO good!

  34. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    August 3rd, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Thanks Ginger! It was SO fun to put together, and now my hubby is hooked on Eggos hahaha

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