Last week's heat wave really helped to ripen all the tiny green strawberries in our garden. We have about 5 rows, each with 8 -10 plants. Too much for us to eat and giveaway, so I usually freeze some of the berries for smoothies. I also make a several dozen jars of jam to enjoy throughout the year and to give to friends.
This week it's been cloudy and cool, very pleasant weather for strawberry picking, actually. Hopefully summer sun will return again soon though!
I had two boys in the kitchen helping me make jam and one girl who designed and hand wrote two dozen jam labels. I also am happy that everyone in the family took turns picking. It's always fun to help when you can nibble something sweet while working.
My mom sent me some recipe links for strawberry syrup which I hope to try soon. In the meantime, one recipe, which included orange juice and liquor, inspired me to add a splash of Cointreau to one batch of jam. I have a faithful bottle that is quite dusty :) Mmmmm - a delicious combination!
In a few days I'll be back with "sweet, part three". With or without the calories? You guess!