Picking Strawberries with My Family

 

It’s strawberry season! Spend the day outdoors and pick some of your own.

strawberry

One of our family’s favorite outdoor activities is driving to our local U-Pick and spending the day picking (and eating) all the strawberries we can!

In fact you can find your local U-Pick here.

As you can see, Olivia loves it! I think she ate more than she added to our basket.

There’s a few things you need to look for when picking your own strawberries: the color, the size, and of course, the flavor!

You’ll see a lot of berries on the plant so make sure you pick out the best. I like to pick up the brightest berries that are free of blemishes and are fairly heavy for their size. If the berry seems soft it might be on the way to an overripe stage, so those you have to either eat fast or use in a recipe such as a cooked strawberry jam.

Today we are looking for those perfect berries that are firm and fully ripe. We are making Strawberry Salsa!

Strawberry Salsa

I love this Strawberry salsa because it is spicy, sweet, and acidic. And I found the salsa pairs perfectly with soft scrambled egg tacos.

Whip up some scrambled eggs and place them in a warmed tortilla. Top with my strawberry salsa and your breakfast is ready to go.

Egg tacos

Get the Recipe for my Strawberry Salsa.

Celebrate Memorial Day with a Picnic in the Park

 

There’s nothing better than spending the afternoon in the park with your family.

picnic

One of the things my family loves to do on the weekend (especially this Memorial Day weekend) is to enjoy a fun and fancy meal at the park.

Today I am sharing with you some of my favorite picnic dishes as well as some tips to make your picnic fun, easy, and a little bit fancy.

Picnic Essentials

picnic essentials

When packing a picnic, I find it to be helpful to write out a list of everything we’ll need for the day. This usually includes plates and silverware, a cozy blanket, and some comfy pillows to lounge on.

on a picnic

Planning out what you are going to bring to your picnic is also a great way to plan your menu. I like to make and pack items that can be eaten at room temperature. This makes serving the picnic a leisurely activity rather than a rush to make sure your food is hot.

Salads

Today I decided to include three dishes into my family’s picnic:

Lamb Sliders

These bite-sized sliders are filled with lamb, red pepper coulis, and some veggies to add a nice crunch.

Lamb Slider

Peaches and Corn Salsa

This fresh and sweet salsa is great served with tortilla chips and guacamole. Make sure to use ripe peaches to give this salsa its great taste.

 

Corn Salsa

Asian Zucchini Salad

I love this salad simply because you create noodles with the zucchini and squash. You can make this salad ahead of time and combine just before serving for best results.

Asian Zucchini Noodles

Plus you can never go wrong with a cheese plate!

Cheese Picnic

Take this weekend to enjoy the outdoors and spend some time with your family. I know that’s what I’ll be doing.

Keep it fancy, keep it easy, and above all, keep it about family.