Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer vacation & more strawberries!

Summertime has a whole new meaning now that school plays a part.  I've always loved summer, but even more so this year, as i anticipate Adam's summer break.  Just 2 more days of school, and he's done Kindergarten.  It was a very good year, God is so faithful!

I'm hoping this summer is better then last year with regards to the boys, as they just couldn't get into anything for long periods of time, and would end up fighting and following me around.  Adam was also on a negative streak, which brings everyone down.  Now 1 year later, they can disappear on their bikes for a while, or be at the creek for a long stretch.  They even play better together (still have a ways to go!), and Adam has "come around".  This all keeps mama more sane, as "quiet time" went out the window years ago :)   I also plan to follow an activity/devotional calendar i received with my Thriving Family magazine.  It'll provide a little daily productive fun for us, i hope, and a change from our normal devotions.  They've shown lots of interest in the garden this year too, and i usually have at least one with me while weeding, planting, harvesting, puttering around. 

I've gotten about 20 quarts of strawberries so far, and don't know where they all went!  i have some in the freezer, but not many.  Here's a few new things i've done with the berries this year. 
Most people have probably made this one, but i never have......

Strawberry pound cake dessert: 
Pound cake:
2 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup milk
- Mix the above and add 4 eggs, mixing between each one.  Bake in a 9x13 pan at 375 for 30 minutes. 

*For the strawberry mixture i combine 3 boxes of strawberries, mix in some agave - between 1/4 c - 1/2 c - and let sit 20 minutes.  Mash the berries a little bit. 

Whipped cream:
Whip 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, and add a couple drops of vanilla and agave or other sweetner to taste.

The next one is a dressing that goes great with Strawberry Spinach salad

1/3 cup agave or other sweetner
2 T sesame seeds
1 T poppy seeds
2 tsp. minced onion
1/4 tsp worchestershire sauce
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup vinegar

Mix this in with a bowl of spinach and a quart of sliced strawberries!

This is a yum sherbert recipe i got off pinterest, which uses a quart of strawberries:
Strawberry Orange Sherbert:
4 cups strawberries, sliced
1 cup water
1 cup fresh orange juice plus the zest (2 large oranges)
1/2 cup sugar

In a saucepan add the sugar, orange juice, and water and bring it to a boil.  Let it boil until sugar dissolves.  Add the strawberries and the orange zest and let the mixture boil for about 8 minutes.  Using a hand mixer (or blender), puree the mixture and then pass it through a fine mesh strainer.  Let it come to room temperature and place in the refrigerator to chill.  Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
*i zested only 1 of the oranges and that was plenty. 

Have a wonderful summer!

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