Strawberry Therapy

May 11, 2007

I’ve had one of those weeks- the kind you wish you could get back some how?  Dealing with my MIL and all her “stuff,” etc.  Trying to make chicken salad out of chicken $&@#.  A no-win situation when the person who needs help fights you tooth and nail!  As with all of life, it can only be fixed by- da-da-da-DAAAAA!!!  GOD!!!  I just pray that nothing tragic happens to her and he will change her heart.  God was the only thing keeping me strong and sane these past 7 days……

So, what did I do today to soothe my nerves? Some Strawberry Therapy!!  I went berry picking at Adams Acres in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

Strawberries

It was great- warm day in the 80*s, breezy, very quiet.  I had some nice “alone” time.  The fields were brimming with berries- I made one pass down a row and picked this much.

I plan on making jam at some point this season, but tonight I will make an awesome dessert- strawberry pudding.  The name leaves a LOT to be desired- I’d rather call it “strawberry delight” or something.  And if you use low-fat or no-fat and sugar products it’s not that bad health-wise.  Just in time for Mother’s Day!  Here’s the recipe:

Strawberry Pudding

1 qt. fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 c. sugar
1 pkg. strawberry jello
3 boxes instant vanilla pudding
3 c. cold milk
1 c. sour cream
1 large container cool whip (I used 2- 8 oz. containers)
1 box vanilla wafers
Combo first 3 ingredients in saucepan and heat until jello dissolves. Set aside.Mix pudding with milk. Fold in sour cream and 3/4 cool whip (I did 8 oz.).Use a 9×13 dish. layer vanilla wafers in dish and then put layer of pudding mix, then layer strawberries (including liquid)- continue to layer wafer, pudding and strawberries until all 3 ingredients are used up. Put in fridge to let the strawberry layer jell- about 15 minutes. Top with remaining cool whip. (I add fresh sliced strawberries on top as decoration.) Refrigerate 2 hours before serving.

I saw this as I drove through the country- cracked me UP!! Nope, can’t tell at all what’s there.

I’m working on a baby quilt for a friend- SHHHH!!! It’s a secret!  And now I’m behind because of the MIL fiasco…… But anyway- this is the mock-up.  I’m still trying to decide what else to do- I want it to be baby-sized, which is much bigger than what i have so far. Work in progress!

 The kids are hungry and that dessert won’t make itself…. talk to you later!

Samantha

Hello Out There!

May 6, 2007

I was surprised to see me as the “featured blog” in the latest Kids Craft Weekly!!  It’s a great newsletter.  Hello to all you who came to peek in on me!

I’m having one of those weeks- the kind you hope is quiet, but is NOT.  My MIL is still in the hospital, I’m dealing (well actually dealt) with a someone questioning my integrity (they were WAY off base and need to examine their own guilty thoughts!), helping someone with problems that are WAY out of my league, etc.  But, if this is what God wants, then that’s ok.   It’s those trying unknown times that allow God’s grace to seep in and fill us up, if we only ask and patiently wait.  I have a book called Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman- awesome when one needs encouragement.

I can’t believe it’s MAY already!! I’m behind in many things, but I’m very behind in my Christmas planning. Yes, I said THAT!!!  I like to make many of my gifts- budgetting necessitates it and I just like to make stuff.   And if I use seasonal items I can’t start in November!!! Here are some things I’m considering:

I’m off to put little ones to bed and get ready for the week! 

Thanks for visiting!!