Monday, May 30, 2016

Strawberry Fields Forever: Strawberry Shortcake

It's berry season!
We enjoyed our first trip of the year to the peach orchard a week ago, and have been consuming and passing out peaches like crazy. We enjoyed a new aspect of the orchard this year -
strawberry picking!
A huge field of strawberry plants and ripe strawberries all around!
Pretty yummy berries!
Sabrina had a good time and was munching on the berries as we went.
After coming home with 6 pounds of ripe strawberries, I decided to make good use of them and make some strawberry shortcake! This is the recipe my mom used when I was growing up. It's a basic cake, and we usually top it with fresh whipped cream and our recently acquired berries (we used blueberries as well when I was growing up because we always went blueberry picking).
Start by mixing all the ingredients together. The kids helped me out.
Pour into a square pan and bake.
Lick the spoon, bowl and whatever else has the yummy batter on it while the cake bakes.
Let the cake cool before adding all your goodies.
Cut up the cake and top with berries and fresh whipped cream.
So delicious and a perfect early summer treat!
Strawberry Shortcake
from the Betty Crocker cookbook - aka "Dinette Cake"
1 1/4 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c. milk
1/3 c. butter or oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9 square baking dish.
Measure all ingredients in mixing bowl, beat until well combined. Pour in to prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let cake cool. Cut into single servings and top with berries and fresh whipped cream.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

3 Months: Cruisin' On Caddo Lake

I'm baaaaack...!
Morning sickness got the best of me the last two plus months, so I've been doing very little and posting even less. However, the nausea seems to be winding down and I'm back in the saddle again ("I'm BAAACK!" [Aerosmith voice]), at least for the most part.
The baby is doing well, growing and doing whatever else a three month old fetus does in the womb. We've heard the heartbeat and it's good and strong. We haven't discussed names but we have a little time for that. He/She is also starting to make his/her appearance.
It may seem small, but that bump is growing every day, I know it is!
With my recent re-entry to life, we have enjoyed some fun outings already, including a trip to beautiful Caddo Lake in Uncertain, TX.
Goofing around while Daddy gets the canoe ready.
Ready for action!
Smile Daddy!
Playing in the water. I couldn't help but be concerned for the safety of their fingers from who knows what critter could be in this water.
Hammin' it up.
Selfie with my baby girl.
Gorgeous scenery.
The water was high and the weather was perfect.
The Cypress trees were dripping with Spanish moss.
Our turn to paddle!
We had an enjoyable trip with just our family, but later in the week Nick took out some of his extended family who were visiting from Canada. I didn't make it on this trip but I heard it was a good time.
(Thanks to Lechelle for the pictures!)
Apparently this is his new camera face.
Boat ride!
Fun times!
Group shot! We've got a boat load!
Grandma, Keith and Amanda.
Grandpa and Amanda.
Ryder looking like the most serious boat driver ever. Trevor was making sure he was doing it right.
Sabrina's turn!

Caddo Lake is a beautiful place to visit. We usually like to go there at least once a year. In the fall, all the Cypress trees turn orange and the chinquapins are ready to harvest. It's a natural lake, unique in many ways. Worth the trip!