Thursday, June 19, 2008

strawberry season is here!

I'm used to following all kinds of slow moving farm equipment down our country roads, but this is something I don't see too often!

I was actually quite happy to toddle along behind this strawberry shack a few days could only mean the local strawberries were about ready to be harvested. I went out and checked my little strawberry patch, and discovered the birds were already busy harvesting...they weren't willing to wait any longer!

The strawberry season is a few weeks later than are most of our crops this year. But, as of yesterday the local strawberries are out at the stands.

There's nothing quite like fresh-from-the-field strawberries! I quite like sitting out in the strawberry patch and eating my fill. However, if they make it to my kitchen there are so many yummy ways to serve them.

Here's a quick and simple shortcake recipe...

Hurry Scurry Cake

1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
3/4 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat.
Combine dry ingredients...add alternately with milk and vanilla; blend well.
Turn into a greased 8 inch square pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Slice strawberries...put about 1/4 of the strawberries into the blender, adding sugar to taste.
Stir the sliced strawberries into the pureed strawberry mixture and spoon over the shortcake.
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and/or whipping cream.

Strawberries, cake & cream...a summer delight!


  1. We love farm-fresh strawberries! Stop by and visit our mantel party!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!
    smiles, kari & kijsa

  2. Ah .. .we'll have to go out picking. Terry always says he should be weighed on the way into the patch and then on the way out and pay for the difference.

  3. Our local berries are not yet out, which is the reason I paid $4 for a pint of strawberries just to keep my promise of strawberry shortcake for supper last night. Yes, that's ALL we had...scrumptious.

    I'd love to follow that little strawberry shack in hopes of snagging some fresh, local berries. Thanks for the recipe...looks quick and easy. I used Chocolatechic's.

  4. Yummy Judy! I love stawberry shortcake! I grow stawberries in containers, but we got too much rain this spring and they didn't do as well as usual. I'm hoping for a second crop in Septemnber.

    Thanks for the shorcake recipe --I'll try it!

  5. You had that for the lunch you wouldn't let me invite myself to didn't you? Not very nice. You totally owe me lunch with strawberries.

    (and I could use some more eggs too...)

  6. Yum, yum. I love fresh strawberries. And, your dessert looks delish.

    I'll be knocking at your door soon.

  7. Beautiful photographs and a delicious sounding cake with an adorable name. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Yum. I love strawberries. I used to grow some, but the bed got infested by weeds that spread by runners and I cleaned it all out. I should think about doing it again next year.

  9. Oh Judy....wonderful. What a refreshing little post today! I want to come and sit down right there and try the cake. What lovely photos too. Hee hee....toddling behind the strawberry shack. Great shot! very special thing Judy....with a very trying week you must be told that a little something in the mail helped me SOAR above all else. The photo is lovely....and it is sitting right here beside my computer. What are friends for?! Friends are for sharing...thank you for brightening my week!

  10. Absolutely yummy looking! The dishes are so pretty and I'll bet those strawberries, not only tasted and looked so pretty, but smelled delightful. They are such a delicious fruit when fresh. Happy strawberry eating!

  11. There's that pretty teapot again! The last photo is especially artistic, and the cake looks delicious.

  12. Oh, yes, that rolling strawberry hut is cute.....and nice you ended up behind it to catch a unique photo!

  13. Nice and easy recipe ---thanks!

    I love your very pretty tea set!

  14. Our strawberries should be ready in a week or so - we're also had a slow spring this year. The cake sounds really good - I'm going to try it. Thanks!


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