I love to eat berries for breakfast. Usually I mix strawberries and blueberries into my yogurt and top with walnuts and coconut. Recently I have begun drinking fruit or vegetable smoothies, but later in the day.
Raspberries used to grow along the side of my house in New Hampshire. I only picked a few at a time because the birds would usually eat them first. The flavor of raspberries cannot be beat, but all those seeds get to me. Strawberries are my favorite fruit.
At the end of June the blueberries would begin to turn blue. My favorite place to pick them was around Gregg Lake. It’s a quiet area and I was fortunate enough to live just up the road for three years of my life. Although the house was a rental, I enjoyed that area of New Hampshire immensely. The Girl Scouts ran Camp Chenoa which ran along one whole side of the lake, which meant that the area was mostly wooded with few residential houses. I used to write about that area at my old blog New England’s Narrow Road. I was not familiar with blogging back then, so the blog is a bit of a mess. I liked to share photos of that area of the country and I still link to it from time to time.
As I’ve said, strawberries are my favorite fruit. My grandparents grew them in their big garden and I remember helping pick the berries in summer. Now that I live in Florida, this (January and February) is strawberry season. Maybe the season hits twice here, I don’t know. There are many boxes of strawberries at pretty good prices in the store, but they are not organic. I buy organic everything as much as possible, but especially when it comes to the “Dirty Dozen”, and that means strawberries.
Are you craving berries yet?
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Just made myself a salad with ingredients from my (very) small backyard garden. In fact it’s really just a few pots with lettuce, parsley and scallions / green onions. I added some flaxseed meal and a side of potato salad, but the greens came from the yard!
When there is fresh food growing just outside the door, it’s hard to choose NOT to eat it. After all, it took work to plant it and care for it, so why not enjoy it as often as possible? Plus I am lucky enough to still have food growing in January! I am in Florida now, and I have to constantly remind myself that it IS winter…. in other places.
Floridians believe it is winter here. When the temps plummet to 60 degrees they put on their heavy hoodies, tied tightly around their heads as they head out to walk the dogs. What? I wave to them as I stand there in my capris and t-shirt and then I turn and laugh. My blood will thin out again too, and one day I will think 60 is cold… I guess. For now, the icy cold of a January day in New Hampshire is still fresh in my mind.
Back to garden talk. I know that planting season is coming soon down here in Florida, and I am stressing a bit because my raised bed is not filled with dirt. BUT, a friend made a suggestion, which I may do because it seems easier than trying to buy a load of dirt and move it into the container. I also have a sprinkler system to worry about crushing. If I decide to try the “new way of gardening” I’ll share it in a soon-to-come post.
For now I am enjoying my greens. I can’t wait for the citrus (lemons and limes) to grow. Fresh lemonade would go well with this meal!
Because I took ideas from more than one recipe, I need to write it down here. Thanksgiving Day 2016 was spent in Florida, in my new home, with my two sons.
Because I didn’t have any cranberry sauce, but I had a bag of fresh cranberries, I made my own sauce. Here’s how I did it.
Rinse cranberries and pick out defective ones.
Dump them into a pan. Add 1/3 cup of water or cranberry juice (I used juice – real, not sweetened). Add 1 cup of sugar. I would cut down on the sugar, or use real Maple Syrup in it’s place. One recipe called for syrup. How I wish I was in NH where the syrup is plentiful.
Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook until it looks mushy. Add orange juice. (I had an orange so I squeezed the juice and added that.)
I also added cinnamon. It’s good for you, and I love to add it to everything I can.
The sauce came out very tasty, if chunky. I could strain the chunks out, but don’t have to.
I have to write about my Thanksgiving Day so next year I will remember what I cooked and how it turned out. Because this year I did a couple of things differently and I want to do them again!
First, my son smoked a turkey. He took care of the bird, and it came out yummy. I took the neck, kidneys, liver and neck (is that what those things are?) … anyway, the inside stuff… and made stock, or broth. I then used that stock to make the stuffing and gravy. It was tasty.
Because we were having our heating / AC unit replaced the day before Thanksgiving, I never got to the store to buy my wine (I drank whiskey instead), or pick up some cranberry sauce, I decided to make my own … cranberry sauce that is. Here is how I made it.
We also had mashed potatoes, and I never got around to cooking a vegetable, but my sons don’t care about that, so it was okay. I will cook veggies to go with the leftovers.
I am in Florida now, so it was a hot and sunny day. Not too hot, but shorts and sleeveless tops hot. My son smoked up the neighborhood while cooking the bird, but I think all the neighbors were gone. It was a quiet and peaceful day.
We still don’t have living room furniture, and the table was crammed with stuff that needs to be put somewhere, so we sat in chairs and watched tv. We’ve only been living in the new house for about a month now. Then the boys played some video games, which was fun to watch. I called my son in Kentucky and my daughter in New Hampshire. I’ve given up thinking that one day we can all be together for a holiday.
The thing I was most thankful for was the dishwasher.