Summer felt like it was coming to an end and we still hadn't gone berry picking. A lot of places in the area were starting to shut down for the season. I thought that were not going to get to go. Kevin knew that I would be really bummed if we didn't go. He scouted out a strawberry farm and planned it for our last weekend before going back to work (and our anniversary).
It was a great way to spend a morning. Bug had fun eating more strawberries than he put in the buckets and I got 5 pounds of strawberries for some baking projects.
First on the list, was freezer jam. I remember a post from Dana at Made a few years ago when she made freezer jam. For some reason this post has been in the back of my mind ever since and I wanted to try it out. Canning has always intimidated me, but freezer jam seemed something I could handle.
It was really easy and pretty quick. I followed the recipe that came with my pectin. The jam turned out great and I love that I have a supply in my freezer that will last us a while.
Next on the list was strawberry shortcake. We had my family over for a BBQ and after a busy weekend Kevin said I had to keep it simple. He wanted me to buy some pre-made angel food cake so that I could relax. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any at the grocery story. I decided that Bisquick would be a good option. I've only ever used it for pancakes and waffles. I also thought that making homemade whipped cream would add a special touch.
It was a hit. Everyone enjoyed theirs. It was a quick and simple
I wanted to try something a little on healthier side as my last project. I found this great recipe for Strawberry Greek Yogurt Muffins. I thought they would be an easy go to breakfast option our first week back at work.
They were delicious. The yogurt made them super moist. They only used 3/4 a cup of sugar and had a little brown sugar on top, so I didn't feel guilty giving them to Bug either.
The strawberries were so fresh and sweet they were also a yummy part of our breakfast and lunch for a few days.
I loved having the strawberries as a reason to bake. I'm looking forward to fall and hopefully some apple picking. I love apple recipes too!