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.
See no sock yarn! I'm proud of me!
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.
You can see she filled her pail better, but I had some issues...could have been serious issues LOL.
See the shoes that used to be lime green..well..um..those 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.
So, 1 bucket o'berries equals 3 qts of sliced berries, none gone to waste at all which was a first.
1 qt used for 2 pies (recipe below FYI)
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)
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.