Thursday, March 26, 2009
we went strawberry picking yesterday! we picked about 11 pounds of berries.
moonpie was serious about her berry picking. at no time was she near me. she zoomed down those rows, filling her basket not once, but twice! after 2 full baskets i asked her what she thought about how sweet they were. she hadn't even tasted one! give that girl a job and she is on it!
buddy, on the other hand, thought he was for sure in heaven. all the strawberries he could eat? and he got to hunt them down? the above picture is of his proximity to his basket. uh-huh, he was no where near it! who needs a basket when you have hands?
and a mouth?
on our walk back to check out he asked me to hold him because his legs felt 'all wobbly'. i picked him up and noted how heavy he was, he replied 'it's all dos strawbewies i ate'. probably so...
and here is what we did with some of our bounty. strawberry jam cooling alongside a loaf of crusty bread. i was really dreading all of the sugar i was going to have to put in the jam, but when i got to the store i found that ball jelly is now offering a sugar free pectin! that was VERY exciting to me! i added a cup of fresh squeezed apple juice and 1/2 a cup of honey to 4 cups of strawberries and then one packet of pectin. it seems to have set well, but i'll let you know after we actually open one!
the jam was a true team effort. moonpie cut off the stems and halved each berry. buddy mashed 'em all up! we also made strawberry muffins for a road trip we're taking tomorrow and put some up in the freezer. man, without my little helpers i don't think i could have gotten it all done! i'm worn out just thinking about it!