Saturday, June 29, 2013

U-Pick Strawberries

I absolutely LOVE strawberries.  Nothing beats a freshly picked strawberry. Liam and I have been enjoying them out of our garden the last few weeks. Liam devours them and quickly picked up on how to harvest them.

Fresh Picked Strawberries

When I heard that it was Strawberry Festival time up at Greenbluff I knew we had to get up there before they were all gone.

The weather forecast called for temps in the 90’s…but that didn’t stop us. We packed a couple water bottles, grabbed the baby carrier and hit the road. In less than 20 min we up on Greenbluff looking for strawberries.

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Along the road were these signs, showing you which farms had strawberries. How cute!

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After a few minuets of driving around, we decided on Knapp’s. They had great prices – 99 cents per lb! And they even drove you out to the strawberry field on these deluxe golf carts.

Starwberry picking golf cart

It was very hot! I started sweeting immediately. Luckily, there were still LOTS of strawberries to be had and I was determined to get a least a basket full. In just under an hour, we were able to pick just over 3 lbs of strawberries. If it hadn’t been so hot, I probably could have picked twice as much.

Starwberry Collage

Liam Strawberry Picking

Lima in the strawberry patch

Stan with Liam Strawberries

Do you go to a local farm and pick strawberries? What do you do with them? I plan on making lots of jam. Smile

Friday, June 7, 2013

How to Clean a High Chair

How to Clean a High Chair

I still am amazed at how dirty Liam’s high chair gets. Since we are doing baby lead weaning, meaning we basically give Liam whatever we are eating and let him feed himself, food gets EVERYWHERE. I learned early on, I can’t control WHERE the food goes. Half the time, I don’t think it even makes it into his mouth!

Even with the biggest bib I can find, food makes it onto the straps, on the sides, on the cover and surprisingly UNDER the cover.

Avocado is the messiest, but Liam loves them…as can be seen by this face:

Avocado Face

He also enjoys smearing it around…

Avocado Tray

But that can leave the straps looking like this.

Dirty Straps

And food smeared into the seat cover, as seen here:

Messy Eater

And what I found under the cover was even worse!! Yucky!!

High Chair under cover

This kind of crud needs a good cleaning. Luckily, I found an awesome natural and non-toxic product that only takes minutes to get this high chair clean.

After vacuuming up the “crumbs” I sprayed the seat down with All-Purpose Cleaner made with Shaklee Basic H2.  A quick wipe and the seat was super clean.

All-Purpose Cleaner High Chair

I took the upper straps off the chair and sprayed them down with more All-Purpose Cleaner. Using my fingers, I massaged the cleaner into the stains, and within seconds they were gone. Then I just rinsed them under some water, and hung them on the dish rack to dry. Clean as new!!

High Chair Straps

I removed the cover and tossed it in the wash with some towels and a scoop of Fresh Laundry powered detergent. I hung it up to dry and a few hours later put it back on the high chair. It is like new again. Any stains from blueberries, squash or avocadoes were gone!

High Chair before after

I am so happy to have found a safe and natural product to use in my house and around my baby. And even more impressed with how well it cleans, with not a whole lot of effort or expense.

What is your favorite way to clean up after a messy baby?

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Rhubarb is one of my all time favorite flavors. It is tart and pairs so well with strawberry. It reminds me of my Grandmother. She makes a strawberry rhubarb jam that I can eat by the spoonful…and that is why a jar usually only lasts a week in our house.
When a co-worker offered up a big bag of rhubarb from her garden, I was excited about what I might make with it…jam, a pie, maybe a crisp? I love the flavor and texture of crisp and it comes together so fast. I had all the ingredients already, so I whipped this together after work.
Ingredients
  • 5 cups of rhubarb, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced
  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut up rhubarb and strawberries and fill up (2) 1 quart backing dishes.
I used my vintage Pyrex…love this turquoise color!
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Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and then cut in the butter. I used a fork, but if you have a pastry blender that works best. Now crumble this mixture over the top of the strawberry and rhubarb mixture. I put it on pretty thick. YUM!
Bake for 45 min or until the crumble is browned and the filling is bubbling.
Let it cool till warm and enjoy!!
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What is your favorite way to use rhubarb?

Garden Update–In Pictures

The garden is coming along nicely this year. Here are some pictures I snapped last night. We like to spend a few minuets each evening in the garden. Liam is contained within the fence, so he can run around without escaping to dangerous areas of the yard.

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We have a few things that have really taken off and started growing.

Lettuce

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Spinach

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Carrots

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Beets

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Snap Peas

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Chives

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Onions

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Strawberries and Rhubarb

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And…Corn!

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What are you growing this year?

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