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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

No chickens or children got to them, this time

Success!

This is my fourth year with strawberries, and I am the happy camper. We did well with them for the first two seasons, then my youngest child discovered that they tasted good, as did one of my hens. This year only a few were stolen, squashed and eaten. My first batch of the season yielded me two quarts.

And as our homestead tradition dictates, the first batch went to strawberry shortcake.


Click on picture for recipe

Depending on the yields at each picking, I will be making Jam and syrup and one more shortcake for the Fourth of July celebration.

Click on strawberry tag to see how to plant and care.

My volunteer radishes were picked this weekend, they turned out a little small, but yummy. I pulled six and left two to seed. I couldn't find my seeds, and was very happy to see them come up.

13 comments:

Jeff Roberts said...

Strawberries are not my favorite but I like them in small doses and that looks yummy. (Maybe because I'm closing in on lunchtime)

Katie said...

Congrats on the strawberries! The shortcake does look divine. I have rhubarb - we should get together to make jam and share the results...

Helpmate said...

Glad I found your blog. We just moved from Kansas (after living there for nearly 45 years). The photo on your profile looks like familiar terrain! Look forward to more photos/stories of your life in KS.

rhonda jean said...

Isn't it great when your kids start eating things from the garden. Your strawberries look delicious. All the best for a bumper crop.

Killi said...

I used to grow raspberries in Somerset & never got 1! Chickens & childer ate the lot & even then it was a toss up to see if the childer got to them before the chickens stripped the canes totally. My sister had a tortoise that did his best to eat ALL the soft fruit, even climbing currant & gooseberry bushes to do so..............

It looks great

Wendy said...

Oh, yummy! We're still about a month away from strawberry harvest time, but looking forward to it ;).

The Fool said...

Hi Phelan. Any cool strawberry recipes to share? They are a local take up here, and such a treat.

The Fool said...

...oh, and I'm not dim...any OTHER strawberry recipes to share?

Karen said...

I decided not to bother with strawberries this year and now I'm so jealous. Definately next year

alrescate said...

That looks wonderful!

Phelan said...

Jeff, gasp, not your favorite!?! :) Actually they weren't mine until I tasted the difference between store bought and locally {or homegrown}

Katie, Thank you! nummy! Rhubarb/stawberry jam.

Helpmate, welcome.

rhonda, ~sigh~ at least they are eating their fruits and veggies. :) Thank you!

Killi, oh my!

Wendy, I hope yours goes well.

The Fool yes I will, and yes, I know. :D

Karen, strawberries are a wonderful addition to a home, I hope you do plant next year.

Alrescate, I'll try to save you some.

P~ said...

You inspired me. I just picked some strawberries the other night and thought I'd share them too! I love strawberries!! We call them natures candy.
P~

lisa said...

YUM!! My mom used to open a couple bags of frozen strawberries (thawed 1st), bring them to a boil, and drop dumplings into them-it was great! Sort of like "hot strawberry shortcake". I used to cut open the dumplings and butter them, or dump some of it over vanilla ice cream-oh now I must go pick strawberries!

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