Strawberry Picking

I took the girls strawberry picking.

Did you know they’re called strawberries because of the straw that is traditionally used to mulch the plants?  I think I read that in one of my gardening books.


We picked eight pounds of berries in less than half an hour, easy.

We came home, washed the fruit and feasted on the fresh berries.

Over the next few days, we made freezer jam and shared it with neighbors and friends.

Then we had some of the berries for breakfast, sliced and spread over a bowl over plain yogurt with honey and granola.

So good.

Next day we melted chocolate in the double boiler, dipped the berries and made chocolate covered strawberries.

And as the last of the berries began to get over-ripe, I sliced them, covered them in sugar and we had them over homemade shortcakes.

What a treat!

Norah’s Blog Update

I had an appointment with my thyroid doctor in New York City this week, so we took advantage of the fact that we had to be in the city anyway and we planned some fun, educational activities for the kids. Norah checked five things off her list of 101 things to see before she turns twelve. With my help, she blogged about them here. We had an incredible day together as a family. We have to go into the city for another appointment next week. If all goes as we are planning, we’ll visit more places on Norah’s list then, too.