We got word on Thursday that Groveland Acres strawberry fields were ready for picking. They offer u-pick strawberries for 75 cents a pound and after just 30 minutes of picking, the kids and I had about 13 pounds of berries.
I went home and made a delicious strawberry lemonade concentrate, as well as an angel food cake for strawberry shortcake. That night, we had hamburgers, home made french fries, strawberry lemonade with strawberry shortcake for dessert.
Not used to the kids complimenting my cooking, Ethan's dinner comment caught me completely off-guard. He said, "Mom, this meal is so good, it's like we went to a restaurant and all ordered the same thing!"
It was definitely one of those moments where everything comes into perspective and I realized that life was good. Life was good, but the strawberries were delicious!
Just in case its not too late for you to get delicious strawberries where you live, here is a very simple recipe for delicious strawberry lemonade concentrate. It can be preserved in a water bath canner (let me know if you want these additional instructions), or simply refrigerated for a few weeks or so and used with in that time.
6 cups hulled strawberries
4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used bottled lemon juice)
6 cups granulated sugar
In a blender puree strawberries until smooth. Transfer to a large stainless steel sauce pan and add lemon juice and sugar. Stir to combine. Heat to 190 degrees farenheit over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Do not boil. Remove from heat and skim off foam.
Ladle into clean quart jars and refrigerate or process in a water bath canner.
To make lemonade, mix one part concentrate to one part water. You can also add 1 part lemonade to 1 part of lemon lime soda, club soda or gingerale.