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Amy Goes Strawberry Picking!

Amy Goes Strawberry Picking!

It’s time! They took their good old time getting here in Wisconsin but, it’s finally strawberry time! Yippee! I know, I know you can get strawberries all year long at the grocery store but, come on there’s nothing like freshly picked berries! Picking them yourself is even better. I’ve been taking my kiddos strawberry picking ever since they could walk. Then, after picking we’d go home and turn those beauties into a special strawberry dessert. Here are Riley and Ireland at ages 8 and 4 looking berry, berry happy! (Sorry. I just couldn’t help myself. LOL) My dad snapped this picture. Thanks Dad!

Riley and Ireland

This year looks like I’ll be doing the strawberry picking all by my lonesome. My son Riley is working this summer and taking a college class and my daughter Ireland is in New York at a performing arts camp. You know what, even without the kids along it will still be a bushel of fun! There’s a place not far from my house called Moder’s Gardens. It’s just north of Green Bay. Pulling up to the farm, I am always like a kid going to a candy store! I get so excited!

Besides those gorgeous bright red berries, what really made me smile is seeing families out there picking together. LOVE THAT!

Picking Strawberries

I met cousins Dylan and Liberty who were with their grandparents. They were having a blast!

Dylan and Liberty-GreenBay

Pick a few. Eat a few. That’s what my kids always did too! Do you blame them?

I asked one family who had picked this whole giant box of berries what was their favorite thing to make with them. The answer. Homemade strawberry popsicles. What a great idea! I got inspired! I got home and made some too! They are so easy! Not to mention pretty much guilt free snacking. So perfect on a hot summer day! What a fun thing to make with the kids!

Fresh Strawberry Popsicles

This is one of my favorite parts of summer!

Box of Strawberries

This is what I mean about cooking up some summer memories. So, come on. Find a strawberry farm near you and get picking. The season will be gone before you know it! Or, at least head to the farmers market or local farm stand and pick up a quart or two. From my shortcut Strawberry Shortcakes to my Strawberry Fields Salad and Strawberry Smoothies, too, I have tons of fun strawberry recipes I think you’ll love!

StrawberryShortcakes

Just click on The Cooking Mom website, type in strawberry where it says “recipe search,” and you’ll find loads of them.

Here’s hoping you have as much fun with strawberry season as I always do! Have you ever been strawberry picking? If so where do you like to go? What’s your favorite strawberry recipe? Please share! I love hearing from you!

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