We love strawberries! I mean who doesn't? They are the perfect fruit to me. When I was pregnant and had gestational diabetes it was one of the best "sweets" I could eat and I learned to use them in more ways than just sliced in cereal. We put them in salads, on cake and in smoothies. And this year we are making jam, lots and lots of jam. For us, strawberry season is a sign that Spring is coming to an end and the dog days of summer are headed our way.
Wednesday we met some friends in Pungo to do a little pickin'. Or a lot of pickin' - 19 pounds of strawberry picking to be exact. I am glad the owners of the field didn't weigh the boys before we headed out with our buckets. Because I am certain they each ate their weight in berries while we were there. Yes, I am absolutely certain about that.
We didn't leave until all four of our buckets were full and our little legs (and backs) were tired. Ahhhh, a good day in my book!
With all of these strawberries around I have been thinking about old time summer recipes and some of my family's favorites - like my Grammer's strawberry shortcake. And this prompted an idea. I am going to challenge myself to collect and learn to make as many family recipes as I can this summer.
So, I thought next week I would post one family recipe each day. Consider your self invited to play along if you would like. Just comment to this post if you would like to participate and I will provide a link to your post on the Family Recipe Challenge page.
How fun will it be to have all of our old time family favorites in one place. And to share those recipes with others. What a resource for others this summer who might be looking for the perfect one to use up the excess of zucchinis from their gardens. Or someone who might be looking for the most perfect cherry pie recipe for a 4th of July picnic.
So make those phone calls to the best cooks in your families. Go through your recipe boxes. Let's post those recipes before they are lost forever.
Happy weekending all! See you next week.