Then a Piglet.
This is Lucy,the newest member of the family.
Could she possibly be any cuter?
Farmers are such smart folk.
They stand in a ditch of water, in the middle of a field while a lightening and thunder storm is going on.
But, hey, when the field needs irrigating, the fields needs irrigating, right?
Hope your week hasn't been shocking;)
A friend called me the other day and she said "I have a problem" to which I replied "What can I do to help?" she then went on about how she just had way to many strawberries.
She told me I could have as much as I wanted to pick.
So,yesterday I was kneeling in a large strawberry patch picking the lovely little red rubies of the fruit world.
On the way home, with red stained hands and mud covered legs, the whole car scented with sun kissed strawberries, I immediately thought of what I was going to make with these little jewels.
Obviously I put some away for those dark and desperate days of winter (you simply cut their tops off, DO NOT wash them and place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer till frozen solid, then bag then in freezer bags marked "Unwashed Strawberries" so you can remember to wash them before use:)
Now we all know my love of Rhubarb, well, strawberries and peaches are a close second.And we know we can make shakes or ice cream with them, which are all tasty, however I would like to present you with a couple of other ideas:
~Strawberry Bourbon Basil Spritzer~
1 1/2 ounces of your favorite Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 to 1 cup strawberries
6-8 fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
Place strawberries and most of the basil in the bottom of a glass and kinda lightly smoosh them together.(such a technical term...smoosh)
Add the bourbon. Stir.
Add ice cubes, and desired amount of Sparkling water (I liked mine a little stronger,so I just put in about 3-4 ounces)
Top drink with remaining basil leaves.
Even Manly pointed out that this drink would be tasty and refreshing without the alcohol, so if you are not too fond of the bourbon,it is still a tasty summer beverage!
Also, this drink is quite yummy with fresh mint instead of the basil.
(don't you love how I couldn't resist putting a kitchen photo in even though this post is about strawberries...I love that sink and the open shelving!)
~Strawberry Shortcake Cookies~
2 cups strawberries, tops off and diced into smallish pieces
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plus one tablespoon sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter,cut into pieces
2/3 cup of heavy cream
extra sugar for sprinkling on top of cookies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place strawberries, lemon juice and one tablespoon of sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
Whisk together dry ingredients(flour,salt, 1/2 cup sugar and baking powder)
Cut in cold butter with fork or pastry cutter, until the mixture looks like course crumbs.
Stir in cream till mixture starts to come together nicely (might not use all 2/3 cup of cream),then add strawberry mixture.
Use a tablespoon to drop mixture on parchment covered cookie sheets, spacing cookies to factor in growth.
Sprinkle with sugar and bake in preheated oven for 24-25 minutes.
Transfer to cooling rack to let cool, store in airtight container in fridge...if there is any left to store;)
Have a Wonderful Weekend Everyone!!