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April 23, 2010

A Trip to the Strawberry Patch

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Yesterday we joined some friends to pick strawberries at Hall Family Farm here in Charlotte.  I forgot my camera but thank the Lord for the iPhone!!  I think Elijah's face is priceless in the first picture, he looks like such a big boy!

We had a great time.  Strawberries are my favorite and these are delicious.  We finished the morning off with strawberry slushies and a picnic lunch.  We will definitely be back.

Tomorrow I will be scouring the internet for strawberry recipes, any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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Strawberry jam! If you'd rather take the easy route get the Ball freezer jam pack (instructions on package, SUPER easy) http://www.pickyourown.org/jam.htm

Hi Holly, you may not have any more strawberries left (catching up on blogs, sorry I'm just seeing this), but you can check out this recipe on my blog I just posted - might be a yummy one for you guys?? The strawberries here in California are starting to be amazing too!!

http://thecookingvent.blogspot.com/2010/04/strawberries-with-balsamic-chocolate.html

Best Strawberry Cupcakes!

Cupcakes
2 1/2 c. cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. sugar (or a little less)
2 eggs
1/3 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c. chopped strawberries(I use food processor for the cake and icing)
Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Sift flour, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl.
-In bowl of mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
-Add eggs one at a time until combined.
-Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla until combined.
-Add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
-Fold in berries.
-Fill cupcake liners 3/4 way.
-Bake for 20 minutes, jumbo size and 15-16 minutes small size - test with a toothpick
Frosting
1/4 c. chopped strawberries
1 tsp. strawberry jam, I used the Just Fruit kind
1/2 tsp lemon juice
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp
1 stick butter, room temp
1 3/4 c. powdered sugar, may need a little more if frosting is too soft
1 tsp. vanilla
-Put berries, jam, and juice in saucepan.
-Simmer for 5 minsutes or until strawberries are soft and can be mashed with a fork.
-Let cool then blend until smooth.
-In bowl of mixer beat cream cheese and butter until creamy.
-Add sugar, then vanilla.
-Add berry puree until smooth.
-Frost cupcakes when they are completely cooled

ohhh, i have a great strawberry pie recipe, if that sounds good, let me know and i can email you the recipe!

We have a strawberry patch here too ... we're actually going next Wednesday. We freeze some (don't wash them first ... lesson learned!) and then we throw them in smoothies over the next couple of months and the added cold&sweet combo is great! My daughter also likes to eat frozen strawberry while we're hanging out by the pool!

The best fruit dip recipe ever ~ and especially wonderful with strawberries! Children love it!

Fruit Dip Recipe

5.1 ounce box of instant vanilla pudding
8 ounce vanilla yogurt
12 ounce container of Kool-Whip
1 ½ cups of milk

*Stir pudding mix in milk and dissolve it.*
*Mix other ingredients with the milk and pudding.*
*Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.*


great and easy strawberry dessert: whisk together a tub of whip cream, and a 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk. Then, add cut up strawberries and chunks of angel food cake and mix all together. So yummy!

Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Covered Strawberries are very good. A strawberry, blueberry smoothie is great here's the recipe:
1. Fill a blender about a forth full with crushed ice
2. Put in two handfuls of strawberry, don't chop them up or anything, just take the stems off.
3. Put in 1 banana, sliced, if you like bananas put in two.
4. Put in 3 handfuls of blueberries, just as they are.
5. Blend, if it looks too thick, put in one cup of water. Then blend some more, until it is a bit thinner then a milkshake.
6. Pour into cups and enjoy.

Try www.howdoesshe.com. They just had a few posts on strawberry recipes!

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