A Year in the Secret Garden

Secret Garden Wednesday:: Strawberry Fields Forever

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Hello and welcome to our Secret Garden! Every Wednesday you can drop by here and find new and special happenings in the Secret Garden. There will be crafts, great food, fun and laughter. So please be sure to come by and see us in our Secret Garden created just for you.

Ah, finally the weather has turned warm, the sun is shining upon us and yes folks, the strawberries have ripened!

I can just imagine the great thrill that Colin and Mary must have felt in those first few days of summer sun that washed over their secret garden and lavished them with flowers in full bloom and wonderful wild strawberries hidden in the beds.

As we venture further into The Secret Garden it’s time to get outdoors, and pick ourselves some berries. We’ll be making jam for sure but who could resist strawberry shortcake.

Here’s a look at our berry picking day along with a little help from The Beatles. Don’t forget the strawberry short-cake at the end. You’ll also find a great recipe for strawberry jam in A Year in the Secret Garden

Strawberry Fields Forever……

What would you think if I sang out of tune,

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Would you stand up and walk out on me?

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Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song,
And I’ll try not to sing out of key.

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Oh I get by with a little help from my friends,

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Mmm, I pick some yummy berries with a little help from my friends,
Mmm, I’m gonna try with a little help from my friends.

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Strawberries are in y’all.  Have a great day!

Strawberry Shortcake Southern Style

strawberry shortcake

Ingredients

2 (16-oz.) containers fresh strawberries, quartered
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup cold butter, cut up
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Combine strawberries, 1/2 cup sugar, and, if desired, almond extract. Cover berry mixture, and let stand 2 hours.

2. Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add 2 Tbsp. sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Cover and chill up to 2 hours.

3. Combine flour, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl; cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender or two forks until crumbly.

4. Whisk together eggs, sour cream, and vanilla until blended; add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Drop dough by lightly greased 1/3 cupfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet. (Coat cup with vegetable cooking spray after each drop.)

5. Bake at 450° for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden.

6. Split shortcakes in half horizontally. Spoon about 1/2 cup berry mixture onto each shortcake bottom; top each with a rounded Tbsp. chilled whipped cream, and cover with tops. Serve with remaining whipped cream. Garnish, if desired.

Strawberry Jam Shortcakes: Prepare recipe as directed. Before topping shortcake bottoms with strawberry mixture, stir together 1/4 cup strawberry jam . Spread cut sides of bottom shortcake halves evenly with jam mixture. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Have you missed the last few Secret Garden Wednesdays? These are too much fun not to read!

 

Enjoy more month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together.

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Whimsical author/illustrator Marilyn Scott-Waters and I created this book to not only encourage families to read and participate in some “unplugged” activities, but to also delve into the beauty and the wonder of this classic children’s tale. Get the full scoop on this vibrant book HERE and “meet me in the garden!”

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