Strawberry Fields Forever

24-06-2019 03:06

 

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Nothing better then fresh strawberries in the Summer. Even better picking your own. 

Strawberry picking is one of my favorite activities to do with the boys.  With all the rain, I wanted to time going just right so the fields weren’t too muddy.  The forecast on Wednesday said no rain so we packed up and headed to a local farm that we have been picking at for the last five years.

When we got there and Huck decided to have a timely blow-out. Typical.

Trying to change a baby in a front seat while not getting it everywhere is not easy. Just a reminder to expect the unexpected and come prepared. Sanitize and GO!

Life with a newborn is always messy!

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Unfortunately, I didn’t time this well and it was right during his feeding time. He was hungry and mad!  He cried and cried.  Thank goodness for the Boba Wrap! I was able to conveniently nurse him and while staying concealed. 

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This may be my favorite photo from the day. I had it developed to frame.

 Link for wrap: Boba Wrap

However, this counted me out of bending over to pick.  I pointed out the jackpots. They picked them. We ended up with some white ones. I think Oliver thought we could get done faster if he just filled the bucket fast. 

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I think Sawyer ate more than what we paid for 🤣🤣 He said he just came to pick and eat. Fresh-picked are the best. I hope the farm doesn’t see this!

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Normally when we go I wear long pants, long shirt, and boots. I’m allergic to the leaves and hit or miss, I break out in hives. I always look like a hotmess in pictures. I wanted to snap a few while we were there so this cotton button down skirt was an easy choice to throw on. When we got back home and I looked at photos, it had country chic look to it.

And if you ever do have a break out from strawberry plants, I have found that Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oil helps calm the irritation.

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I love the button details and pockets. It also comes in other colors, but I love the yellow the most. It’s a perfect, under $20, skirt for church, concerts, showers, and weddings. It can be casual to dressy depending on the top you wear with it. Like below when I wore it church.

yellow skirt

Skirt- https://amzn.to/2XojC6D

We picked out  close to ten pounds of strawberries. I was hoping for more, but the boys began to complain how tired and hot they were. I love to have enough to eat, freeze for smoothies, and bake with. Here are some of the things I use my fresh-picked strawberries for.

Freezer jam

strawberry jam

Freezer Jam Recipe

Cookie strawberry pie

strawberr cookie

This is one of my favorites. It mixes chocolate-y goodness of warm cookies with a fresh strawberry pie. The mascarpone cheese is incredible!

Strawberry Cookie Recipe

Strawberry Ice Cream

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This recipe is so so so easy and unbelievably good. So rich and creamy! We use an electric mixer against my husband’s old fashioned wishes. Only change I made was adding a teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract.

Simple Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry salsa

strawberry salsa

A great refreshing appetizer or even a treat to take to cookouts. I like serving this with Cinnamon and sugar pita chips.

Strawberry Mango Salsa

We had a great time and boys said they couldn’t wait to eat them when we got home.  On the trek back we made wishes on dandelions.

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But halfway back, they claimed they were too tired and I ended up hauling all the load. Typical.

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Peace, Love, and Strawberries Forever,

The Purdy Woman

Alicia Purdy

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