Sunday, April 13, 2008

Saturday Fun

Yesterday, DD had an Algebra class review for upcoming big 8th grade test so I found myself with a few hours free waiting for her (and I wasn't on/call), so Christine and I went to Pots and Patches in Dunn, NC.

A cute little store with 2 of my favorite things in one place, yarn and kitchen things. Mostly cottons there (almost every colorway of Peaches and Cream cottons and a few of their other lines of yarns as well), I got 3 cones of double worsted that will make 2 small Absorba bathmats for my bathrooms (they are small bathrooms)and a couple more for dishcloths. The lone acrylic is for more...Meathead hats! Stay tuned for them.

A tale of cotton and a lone acrylic See no sock yarn! I'm proud of me!
Kitchen goodies A new Santoku knife, sea salt and black peppercorns to fill my grinders, coffee and teas.

While we were there Christine's sister called to let us know there were strawberries to be picked. So onward we went.
Christine and me You can see she filled her pail better, but I had some issues...could have been serious issues LOL.

Hey..these used to be See the shoes that used to be lime rows in between the strawberry rows, they looked innocent, but you can see they weren't! At one point both feet were on the sides of these strawberry lanes trying to avoid the mud. So picture me, legs apart trying to straddle over the muddy lane and try to still move along and pick my berries. Well, they both got stuck and I looked up for help to pull my feet out no one was near. So I put the bucket o'berries down and pulled each leg out. Only a few berries were dropped in this incident. ;) Made it home by driving in bare feet, that was wild. Shoes didn't fare well, can't get the mudstains off.

1 bucket o'strawberries So, 1 bucket o'berries equals 3 qts of sliced berries, none gone to waste at all which was a first.

A two'fer 1 qt used for 2 pies (recipe below FYI)

Strawberry pie goodness close up of the pies! Pam lookey here! I was drooling last nite looking at her sign of Springtime, well this is mine. (sorry for all of you in snowbound land, I truly wish I was there with you)

Strawberry Pie
This recipe makes 2 pies, for 1 pie ½ it
2 baked pie shells
1 quart (4 cups) strawberries, sliced
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups water
2 small 3 oz boxes of strawberry gelatin (or 1 6 oz. box)
Mix together sugar, cornstarch, and water in saucepan and boil until thickened. I love using my whisk for this part.
Take off burner and add strawberry gelatin, mix until all is dissolved.
Add strawberries and pour into already baked pie shells and chill until firm.


Trillian42 said...

Oh, man. I'm totally drooling at those pies. Those look FAB!

weezalana said...

Those pies look delicious! Fresh berries, yum yum yum!

Hehehe, check it out,you can dye with mud! Who knew! ;)

IrishgirlieKnits said...

What a fabulous Saturday!! How fun! yarn and food :) And strawberry pie :) yummy!!! love weezie's comment above...dye with mud!

Anonymous said...

Yum! I have been craving fresh fruit & that looks so yummy! :D

sgeddes said...

The pies look wonderful! I'll be making one soon. I'm hoping to go strawberry picking soon too.

I've always wanted to try a bathmat with some of the double worsted. I'll have to stop and get some.

thegabbyknitter said...

It sounds like a fun wayt to spend a Saturday. The strawberries are beautiful certainly worth the mud right? Your pies look really yummy as soon as the strawberries are in season here I'll have to make one!

kemtee said...

almost berry season… it's almost berry season… it's almost…

ah, who am I foolin'. Soon enough.

(files recipe)

kasiaiscarly said...

holy crap! strawberry picking already! i'm only 5ish hours north and we don't have our strawberry festival until Memorial Day!

DPUTiger said...

Wish I could figure out where to get some double worsted P&C. Guess I could just use an extra few strands of the worsted weight, but ... I'm a geek and would like to use the yarn that's called for if I ever get around to knitting Absorba :)

Anonymous said...

those strawberries!!!! I want to reach through the screen and eat them all up :-)

My Mom got me that knife and it's by far my favorite knife. I need to get me some more.

gilraen said...

Oh wow!!! Your poor shoes! But the Strawberries look worth it. Yummmmmmm :)

PocketSize said...

Yum, pie. Those look waaaay too delicious. Let me save you from them *nom*

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Lauren said...

Those pies look delicious!

cpurl17 said...


Looks like you have to go shoe shopping!

turtlegirl76 said...

Oh yum! Those strawberry pies look awesome!

Dkswife said...

That is exactly how I make my strawberry pies too, except I had cool whip on top....Ahhhh, I want to make a pie right now :)