Take Your Pick!

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer”
Psalm‬ ‭19‬:‭14‬

I always look forward to late April and May for one of my favorites-fresh strawberries!  All of the rain that we had in April made for great conditions for the juicy, sweet berries.  Last week, Katy and I headed over to Norris Farms to pick our own!  There was a pleasant breeze and the day was perfect for filling our baskets to the brim!  Grab your straw hat and join us in the strawberry patch…there might be some tasty treats after we finish picking!
You can pick your own or they will pick for you!
When you realize the sweet reward…the work is fun!
You have to test for sweetness before you do all that work!
They were berry good!  Well-kept vines make for juicy berries!Norris Farms has abundant strawberries, in spite of all the rain!Katy and I picked 2 gallons quickly and then I bought a gallon already picked!Ready for a gentle washing!Our local gourmet popsicle shop makes a fresh and fabulous strawberry pop!  Wish you could just taste the flavor!An easy and delicious way to enjoy fresh strawberries…you can make this little snack in 5 minutes!  If time permits, make your own shortbread.  But a  delicious alternative is Walkers Shortbread petticoat tails (TJ Maxx usually keeps these).  Then, add one of the greatest gifts from Italy, Nutella, and top with a fresh strawberry.  Could it get any easier-and it is so good!I made strawberry cobbler from my Mother’s recipe and it is perfect with or without ice cream!A great appetizer…a bite-sized salad!  I used the original Wheat Thins with a baby spinach leaf on top, but you could use any cracker of your choice.  A slice of strawberry is placed on top of the spinach and drizzled with poppyseed dressing.  Strawberry salads are not complete without candied pecans. Needless to say, I ate way too many! My take on strawberry shortcake…Mother’s pound cake recipe, juicy strawberries, and fresh whipped cream! With fresh strawberries on hand then there has to be pancakes…I made my usual pancake recipe and then topped with bananas, toasted pecans, and sweet berries!  Delicious! Fresh strawberry-lemonade on the patio!  So refreshing!! So…what’s your pick?  How do you like to eat your strawberries?

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  1. Rhonda says:

    I love fresh picked strawberries. We lived in Northern California in the 80’s and I had never in my life seen such huge strawberry fields. Thanks for sharing and making my mouth water!

    • Rhonda, thank you for your comments. We have visited Northern California and have witnessed beautiful vegetables and fruits! It is fun to pick strawberries and bring them home and eat them or use them in a recipe! Blessings, Pam

  2. Madonna says:

    I love your post. Mother’s Day is peak season for strawberries in my area – I always think that was not accident. Natures gift to all Mothers.

    I love the photo of you walking down the strawberry row.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Oh Pam, my mouth is watering like crazy! When I lived in Canada my mom, sister, and I would go to the local strawberry patch and pick strawberries and we were allowed to eat as we picked – it was so much fun and extra delicious! 🙂

    Thanks for bringing back some sweet memories with your post. And thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

  4. Heaven says:

    We have strawberries in our yard. My favorite way to eat them is straight off the vine when they are warm from the sun! They won’t be ready until June, though. I’ll dream of yours instead! Stopping by from Work It Wednesday.

  5. AnnMarie says:

    Love Strawberry freezer jam and strawberry shortcake! Lucky you to indulge already….ours aren’t ready here in Upstate NY till June! Love all the different ways you used them.

  6. Jann Olson says:

    Nothing like fresh fruit plucked from the vine! This farm is gorgeous and the strawberries look so juicy. Wish I had one of those tasty popsicle! All of the dishes look yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. You’ve done some things with strawberries that I’ve NEVER thought about! Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas. This post makes my mouth water!

    Thanks for joining Grace at Home. I’m featuring you this week!

  8. Janet Parker says:

    Love the ideas! We planted everbearing strawberries this year which will give us berries all summer. I was looking for recipes. I would love to have seen the recipes for strawberry cobbler, strawberry shortcake and strawberry lemonade.

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