Sunday, May 17, 2009

Berry Happy

Early morning sun twinkled through my Holly Hobby curtains. Its warmth snickered me out of my bed and onto better things. With nightgown and barefeet, I would tenderly and ever-cautiously deal with the creek-whining of the backporch screen door maneuvering its old age long enough to find my feet on the handcut patio stones. It was time.

Sneaky and anxious, nightgown hoisted just above my knees to avoid the morning dew, my barefeet barreled to the end of my house just outside the garden gate as well as my bedroom window.

It was time.

My nightgown as a simple maskeshift basket, I picked.
I ate.
As fast as those ripe red rubies could find my lips, I was blissfully consumed.
Tossing remaining leaf bundles this way and that, down the rows I would go.
Dirt smushing between my toes like cake batter to my moist feet, I troddled along determined to not leave one, not one, behind.

With belly full, enough in my basket for the makings of sweet milk in my cereal, and the most crimson smeared lips and cheeks of Estill Springs, I made my way back inside.

Muddy footprints. Grass blades sparkling. I was ready for my day to begin.

It is time.
I love strawberries to say the least. And May is prime time in Tennessee for strawberry pickin'.

Above is a Strawberry Pretzel Salad I made last week. The recipe is very simple and utterly divine. Kenny has now named this his most favorite dessert I make. The man eats it out of the pan with his fork in clear concise, clean rows.
Leaving Casey and myself to "plate up" if you will. How did I ever give birth to a son who DOES NOT like strawberries? I have no idea.
Eli's aversion to the berry of my heart...
Hmmm. I think I will blame this one on Aunt Kristi and Aunt Kim.

This week I made Strawberry Napoleon. Yummy. The phillo dough gave it a more whimsical puffy vibe.
And the rest of the strawberries were gobbled up by one sweet Casey face and his mama. That boy and I sat on the back porch with basket in hand and did what I loved to do best when I was a little girl.

Determined to leave not one, not one, behind.
And we didn't.
They didn't last more than 2 days each week we have had them.
Eli Garrett is off visiting Nana and Papaw for a few days.
Casey McGill and I have an adventure planned for tomorrow.
Bet you can guess what it is.

Muddy footprints. Grass blades sparkling. I am ready for my day to begin.

.mac :)


2 Little Irish Boys said...

Oh so yummy!!
I really like that pretezel dish, too. Although I have never made it. I love those berries.
Great post! Wish I knew about that place to get berries last week, Greg was over that way for work would have love a little treat!
Loved hearing your pregnant nightmare cowboy story!

April said...

When we lived in Lenoir City/Knoxville, Tennessee, we used to LOVE going out and picking strawberries on the weekend! We'd have most of them eaten by the time we got home, dirt and all! Strawberry Pretzel Salad is one of our favorites, too!

Sew Many Ways... said...

Thanks so much for the recipe, can't wait to try it. It looks delicious!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I love the strawberry pretzel dish!!!
Yea! for strawberries-our ripen in late June or July, so I got some time until picking begins...and I love it!!!

The Pink Potpourri said...

hey! i'm so glad you stopped by my blog! thanks for all the sweet comments. i love your blog! i just became a follower, so i can keep up!

that strawberry dish looks INCREDIBLE. i think i may have to try it. we're huuuuge fruit fans (especially strawberries) at our house, so this would be a winner!

have a great day!

The Blonde Duck said...

I would love to pick strawberries in my nightgown! The images you stirred up are breathtaking!

Alas, I have aloe vera and jalepenos. And a husband allergic to strawberries. Le sigh.

Toia said...

It is currently strawberry picking time in SC. The ones I have encountered so far have been juicy, sweet, and MMMMM, MMMM, Good!! You can't eat just one.

My 6 yr old daughter loves strawberry!!

I would love to have those recipes. But I never heard of a strawberry pretezel. From your picture, it looks delicious!!

pam said...

Oh my!! What a gorgeous picture you painted. I have got to find your recipes, I will look on Allrecipes.

Our strawberry season is about 4 or 5 weeks away still. My favourite time of year.


Sarah said...

Yummy yum! I want to come over the next time you make one of the scrumptious desserts. Garyn and I loooove strawberries! Tyler not so much. so I guess you got your garden?

Carla said...

Great post! Thought I was reading a chapter in a book. Made me feel like I was there, watching you. Sure looks good.

TateandLily'sMom said...

I love me some strawberry pretzel salad. Robbie adores it as much as Kenny does.

Anonymous said...

Can I come over for dessert? Yum!!!

Jessica said...

Yummy strawberries!

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