Strawberries

Growing up I have always loved strawberries, but I never knew I could love strawberries so much until last week. Last Thursday my Mom, Aunt, and I woke up and went strawberry picking at a local farm called Stacy’s at 7 in the morning. The only reason I was okay with getting up that early was the thought of fresh strawberries and the fact my Mom told me I could make the fresh strawberry cupcakes with fresh strawberry buttercream icing. So as soon as we got to the farm and opened the doors you could already smell the strawberries, I was in love. We ended up picking berries for about an hour and a half, the results of an hour and a half picking was my mom and I coming away with roughly 66 lbs of strawberries and my aunt had roughly 33 lbs of strawberries.

The back of my Aunt's car right before we left.

The back of my Aunt’s car right before we left.

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After we got home my friend Marissa and I cleaned some strawberries and put them in our cereal. We were both pretty sure that was the best cereal we had ever had.

Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds and fresh picked strawberries.

Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds and fresh picked strawberries.

After we ate breakfast we got cleaned up to go out and get some ingredients so we could make the fresh strawberry cupcakes with fresh strawberry buttercream icing. While we were gone my mom went to work removing the caps to all the strawberries because we got most of the strawberries to make jam with. Some of the strawberries were saved to eat fresh, for the cupcakes, for two pies, and to make some smoothies.

So about the cupcakes. They were amazing! This was the first time I have ever made cupcakes and icing from scratch. Marissa and I were in heaven and everyone who tried them said they were amazing. One friend of mine said “it’s like a party in my mouth.” Needless to say there were a hit and will totally become a strawberry season tradition. Making the cupcakes though made me really wish I had a kitchenaid mixer. It would have been ideal, I ended up blowing out my moms little cheap mixer and having to run up to my aunts to finish the icing with her kitchenaid mixer.

The amazing batter.

The amazing batter.

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Marissa with all of the cupcakes.

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The pretty finished product. It was so good!

I would recommend that recipe to anyone. After all of the cupcakes were gone, either from us eating them, family get together, or me giving them away to friends my mom made a homemade strawberry pie. The pie filling recipe came from my grandma and boy was it good.

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The pretty pie.

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This is my nephew. He decided to eat the pie like it was a piece of pizza.

All the strawberries are either gone or in the freezer already mashed waiting to be turned into jam, which though the jam is good I am totally missing the fresh strawberries, but I over heard my mom saying that she may go picking again before the season is over to make some more pies. I can only hope.

Do you have any good strawberry recipes? Have you ever had fresh hand picked strawberries?

Spring has sprung

Fun fact daffodils are one of my favorite flowers. This picture was taken in my front yard.

Fun fact daffodils are one of my favorite flowers. This picture was taken in my front yard.

Well most recently my life has basically been consumed by grad school work, which is kind of miserable, but also good because it means the end of the semester is in sight. But though I have been consumed by school work with all of this nice spring weather I have been really inspired. I have been so inspired that I started making jewelry again. I haven’t made any new jewelry since November and those were just copies of ones I have already made.

In the past two days I have made 5 new necklaces and fixed two for various reasons mainly because I thought something looked sloppy. So here’s some pictures of the newly finished projects and a group shot of all of my necklaces that I have made and still have in my possession at the current moment.

All of my necklaces together.

All of my necklaces together. I just love how they all look when they are together like that.

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This one and the next one I made because I saw Eliza from if&any make some and I really liked them and wanted to make one or two for me.

This one and the next one I made because I saw Eliza from if&any make some and I really liked them and wanted to make one or two for me.

Here's the second one I made. I personally like the first one better.

Here’s the second one I made. I personally like the first one better. And the one to the right is another new necklace I made.

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Here’s a group shot of all of the new necklaces.

And well this I think is my favorite out of all of the new ones I made this week so far.

And well this I think is my favorite out of all of the new ones I made this week so far.

 

In other news my friend Alicia and I started our KAL together via skype on April 1st. We had a lovely time skyping and knitting together and then this past weekend I went down to visit with her and some other friends. Basically for the whole day Saturday and part of Sunday we worked on our strathcona (a Jane Richmond design) scarves. At the current moment I am over halfway done. I just passed the center mark of the scarf. Overall I really love the pattern, which seems to be the general feeling I have for all of Jane Richmond’s designs. I just love the aesthetic to them, they are just a fun simple knit with just enough of a twist to make them interesting. This scarf is no different the design of it is great and I can’t wait to finish it so I can wear it, it’s definitely is going to be a go to spring/summer scarf in my close, but I doubt I will only limit it to those two seasons.

Now it’s not only the pattern and design that makes a project great, but a good yarn makes a lot of difference and boy is this yarn wonderful. I usually don’t like working with cotton yarns, but this yarn is totally an exception to the rule. The yarn is Riveting from Kollage yarns it is 100% recycled yarn from recycled blue jeans. My friend Alicia and I are both super happy with this yarn and know that we will use it again, we were considering using it to make a 3/4 length cardigan or something.

Here's a pictured of my Strathcona so far.

Here’s a pictured of my Strathcona so far.

Over all I love this scarf, pattern, design, and yarn and totally recommend it to anyone.