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Fun Friday: So Many Strawberries!

4 Jul
What to do with more than ten pounds of strawberries?

What to do with more than ten pounds of strawberries?

We went strawberry picking!!

I had not been strawberry picking since I was a child. Each year it seems, we’d miss the season between the end of school and the start of summer. This year, when a friend posted her picture of her strawberries on Facebook, I decided that I was going to go that same week. I knew my kids would love it and I knew there was lots that I could do with fresh-picked strawberries.

We went on a beautiful, picture-perfect day. There were just a few clouds in the sky, the sun was bright and the temperature was an even 75 degrees; not too hot, not too cold. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Within an hour we had picked a basket full of strawberries. I was beyond excited!

As we drove home, I began to consider that full basket of berries that was sitting in the back of my car. I could smell them.

I started to think of all the things I wanted to do with all those berries. I knew that although it seemed like there would be a never-ending supply, I’d have to be strategic and prioritize because eventually they’d run out. I also knew that the berries were fresh and “ready,” which meant they’d turn quickly. I only had a day, two at most, to make use of them.

Right off the bat when I got home, I sliced the berries and put sugar and orange juice on them for strawberry shortcake. I used this recipe from Taste of Home for my biscuits and my berries, but I did add more sugar to my biscuits after taking a quick taste of the batter. I like mine sweet! That would be our dessert for that very night.

This recipe from Caramel Potatoes was so delicious!

This recipe from Caramel Potatoes was so delicious!

Next, I started prepping a dessert recipe I’d seen just days before, on the Caramel Potatoes blog for Strawberry Crumble Pie. I get their email every day and the recipe for the pie looked right up my alley. I happened to have a pie crust in the freezer and I now had plenty of berries.

The pie chilled overnight and we cut into it the next night for dessert. It was amazing!

From there, I needed to think ahead. I knew that part of my goal was to have plenty of berries on hand frozen for smoothies, since that’s something we use a lot of all year long. I had no idea the best way to freeze them, so I Googled how to freeze fresh-picked strawberries and found simple instructions for freezing both whole and sliced from Taste of Home, once again. I decided to do both. The whole would be for smoothies, and the sliced would be for a future strawberry compote, maybe even on July 4th for our breakfast!

The following day I picked one more recipe that I wanted to make as I tried to stretch my berries just a little further: my mother in law’s recipe for Strawberry Bread, one which has always been a favorite of mine. I love that it makes two breads, and we usually freeze one and eat one. This time I put chocolate chips in the one we ate that day and left them out of the one we froze.

There are so many things you can do with strawberries, and the summertime is the very best time to do them. Although picking season is just about done for strawberries, eating season can be all year long between using frozen and fresh, if you can find them. Now that we’ve frozen some, we’ll have the taste of summer once again in the fall or winter, if we can hold off that long!

If you’re looking for additional strawberry recipes, you can find several more here on my blog, just by searching Strawberries in the search bar. There are recipes for desserts, breakfasts, shakes and even a strawberry salad!

And then, before we know it, it’ll be blueberry picking season!

Fun Friday: “Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!” A story and an activity for you!

14 Jun
This is a great summer read for you and your family!

This is a great summer read for you and your family!

It’s strawberry season!

Strawberries are one of my all-time favorite fruits no matter what time of year, but in the summertime they are extra delicious! I love to pick them, cook with them and to eat them!

Strawberries are great whether cooked or fresh, and of course, there is nothing like a great Strawberry Shortcake to top off any summer meal!

Last year, my friend Sue brought a book over to my house called “Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!” and it’s a perfect story for this time of year. The story is by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel and is illustrated by Janet Stevens.

In the story, the rooster is on a mission to find something better to eat than chicken feed. He enlists the help of several of his animal friends to cook his granny’s Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake.

Through many twists and turns in the kitchen, the group, who is new to cooking and baking, maneuvers through the recipe’s instructions, learning the true meaning behind such things as beating eggs and cutting butter.

One thing that I love about the story is the fact that in the margins of the pages these terms are explained for the young readers so that they can understand more about the ingredients and how they are used. As cute and humorous as the story is, it’s a learning experience for the reader as well.

But the best part of all? At the end of this fabulous story is the recipe for Rooster’s “Great-Granny’s Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake” and it’s a perfect way to end the story, by baking together with the kids, and of course, by eating the fruits of your labor!

I won’t give away the rest of the story, nor will I give away the recipe here. I hope that you’ll gather your family, your ingredients, and get a hold of “Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!” so that you can enjoy some good times in the kitchen this summer!