Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Strawberry Delight

I have a conundrum for you. Let's say that, theoretically and hypothetically, you went to a STRAWBERRY farm to pick lots of STRAWBERRIES. Let's say that about forty five minutes into the picking, after your perspiring mother had told you three times not to throw any more STRAWBERRIES at your siblings or friends, that that same mother decided that everyone had had quite enough ninety two degree sun, thank you, that her poor mama-friend looked kind of miserable sitting amid the rows of STRAWBERRIES and nursing her cranky baby, and that it was time to retreat to the shade, eat lunch, and purchase a nice, cold, refreshing treat.

Let's say that your choices, all homemade on the farm, were as follows: STRAWBERRY lemonade. STRAWBERRY popsicle. STRAWBERRY ice cream. And vanilla ice cream. What would you choose?

Would you care to consult these four nincompoops for guidance?


I'm thinking of taking them all (Ian's friend included) to the nearest neurologist to have their brains scanned for gross abnormalities. Just sayin'.

In other news, we went strawberry picking last week! We had a wonderful time!




Strawberry bushes, it turns out, are a lot like people. Gently push aside the external foliage and you'll find lots of beauty flourishing underneath. 


Over the weekend, I was able to make the Professor a super delicious strawberry shortcake layered birthday cake. I reduced the sugar and made it gluten-free using Pamela's baking mix instead of flour and eliminating the leaveners. If you have any strawberries on hand, please drop everything you're doing right now and go make this cake. It's positively vital to your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Thank you.

Caroline and I also made freezer jam following Katie's easy recipe. It was my first foray into jam-making, and all I can say is, if I can do it, YOU CAN TOO. Just channel your homesteading ancestors, roll up those sleeves, and tie on your most charming apron.

(But if it doesn't work out, I can tell you where to get a good dish of homemade vanilla ice cream.)

8 comments:

Raji P. said...

LOL! something about strawberries - makes kids want vanilla ice cream. We went to DQ on our way home from Sweetberry Farms a few weeks ago!

Tim said...

I love the two points of view in this post. Wonder who has been say STRAWBERRIES around our house?

Anne said...

I love fresh strawberries! We picked gallons of them last week, and I want to go again so I can try some of these recipes! :-)

Jessica said...

Where's the best place to go for picking berries? My family is coming next week and we are thinking about going!

Lynn B said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today,Hannah! I'm enjoying yours now :) You are so funny and your family is gorgeous. Nice getting to know you!
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Lynn B said...

I meant to add:
Must-get-some-strawberries!!!!

Vanessa said...

great photos Hannah. The strawberries look do delicious. Do you think it's too late to take B strawberry picking? Perhaps I would melt though :)

Bear Creek Mama said...

You're good....I likely would have FORCED each of them to partake in a STRAWBERRY something! When in Rome.....