First off, thanks for all your fabulous comments yesterday on my mothering post! Every one of them meant so much.
Today was a pretty fabulous day. It was filled with strawberry picking, playing with friends at the park, sitting in the shade on the lawn swing watching the kids play, gardening, talking, tree climbing, homemade strawberry sorbets and lots of other good stuff.
There weren’t exactly bluebirds circling our heads (though a grackle did dive bomb me in the back yard as I was hanging laundry!), but the kids were pretty much happy and nobody stripped down, scaled cars, shouted at me or alarmed the neighbors. A success in my book.
Now on to other things…
If you’ve been alarmed about the recent news stories concerning lead found in juice boxes, Z Recommends has another side of the story you might want to read.
Yes, there is probably lead in your child’s box of juice. There is also lead in your honey, your salad dressing, your teething biscuits, your store-bought chocolate chip cookies, your pickles, your lettuce, your spinach, and your sweet potatoes (fresh). There is lead in many of the things you – and your children – eat on a regular basis. That’s because there is lead in pesticides, in the air, in the soil… almost everywhere…
It’s good information that puts it all in perspective.
If you’re like us and have an abundance of strawberries (say 55 pounds!) this page of strawberry recipes might come in handy.
I highly recommend making strawberry sorbet with some of it, though. My easy way is to blend fresh strawberries in the blender with a little water and sugar to taste, and then freeze it in the ice cream maker. It’s that easy! Victoria says she likes it even better than ice cream. You can put the mixture in popsicle molds too.
We also made some jam and syrup but most of it we just froze for later. If you’re new to freezing berries, the best way to do it is to wash and hull them and then spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet in a freezer until they’re just frozen (1 to 2 hours) and then put them in gallon bags (squeeze out all the excess air to protect them from freezer burn). Flash freezing them first means they’ll be individual berries and not a solid lump of strawberry ice when you want to pull some out later.
Lastly, Here’s some sweet little paper dolls of all sorts to print out next time you need a little rainy day fun.
And with that, chickadees, I’m off to read “The House of Dies Drear” to a very impatient night owl.
Kiss your kiddos, count your blessings, and don’t forget to take care of you!