How did you spend Memorial Day Weekend? Family? Bar-B-Que? Swimming Pools? Remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom?
First, let me begin by saying. I am proud of our military personnel. When these men and women enlist, they are willing to give their lives. They agree to serve us 24 hours a day. Unlike most of us, if we don’t like our jobs we can change, but these brave men and women sign a contract that they will serve for 4 years, sometimes longer. They will do whatever is asked of them, regardless to the cost to themselves or their family. They will pick up and move upon request and leave behind friends and family. They will put themselves in harms way regardless to whether they agree with the cause or not. They agree to die for us and our freedoms, and many have. How can words ever express our appreciation? For their is no way to repay them for all they do.
But I digress, I was able to spend Memorial Day Weekend with my family. We spent the first part of the weekend at the NCHE Homeschool Convention in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was nice to get away for a few days. When we returned we went and picked strawberries. Four gallons to be exact. This means that Memorial Day was spent processing strawberries.
What did I do with 4 gallons of strawberries you ask. Here is a list of things that I did with them.
- Fresh Strawberries topped with whipped cream by the bowl full
- Angel Food cake with fresh sliced strawberries
- Dehydrated strawberries for later use (great for cereal – think Special K with Strawberries)
- Strawberry ice-cream topping (recipe to follow)
- Homemade jam (recipe to follow)
- Real fruit snacks (recipe to follow)
- Froze the rest for later
I thought I would spend the next couple of days sharing these recipes so stay turned.
But don’t worry I did get some bar-b-que (smoked chicken to be precise).