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Food Stamps Cooking Club: Fresh Start?

July 9th, 2010

There I am, in all my glory…but my absence from this blog has been a journey I’d rather not have taken.  A serious fall with draconian aftermath took me from the comfort of my life and kept me at bay from the computer.

Because of the support of the Club Members, dear friends, lots of prayers and good thoughts, I am slowly making my way back.  Boy, does it ever feel GOOD!

It was extremely gratifying to note that new Club Members have joined the party, even in Mother Connie’s absence; we welcome each of you with open arms! Saving money and feeding our families is something we all deal with on a daily basis so we NEED one another very much!

Just below this post you will find a Guest Blog Post prepared for you by a well known blogger pal of mine, Lorraine Wellman.  Lorraine is a Work At Home Freelance specialist and controls several very popular blogs in her Work At Home business.  Thanks, Lorraine.  You were a doll to take time from your projects to come through for the Members and their fearless leader!

Please leave your comments for Lorraine, guys and dolls.  We bloggers live for comments!  Thank you very much!

STRAWBERRY FIELDS DON’T LAST FOREVER

Guess what,  peeps?  It is strawberry season for most of the country.  There are so many wonderful things to do with strawberries that it would really be a shame for someone to pass up the opportunity to gather as many of the luscious, red sweet berries as you can get your hands on.  Goodness, there is strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry-rhubarb crisp…strawberry jam…the list could go on for quite a long time.  You are only limited by your imagination for these wonderful berries that are packed full of vitamin C.

Just imagine going to your freezer and grabbing a handful of these pretty red berries to throw into the blender for a strawberry smoothie.  Perhaps you could whip up a sweet & tangy strawberry ice cream topping for your soothing vanilla bean ice cream on one of those hot and humid days that are about to come your way.  Have I got your mouth watering yet?  If not, I may have to brush up on my descriptive skills.

Typically strawberry season is from late May through the end of June…although, there are some strawberry varieties that extend the season with strawberry picking throughout the summer as long as growing conditions are favorable.  This would be a perfect time to use your farmers market coupons to pick up enough strawberries to meet your family’s needs.  Many grocery stores will sell their strawberries by the case.  Or perhaps you could save even more money by taking your children with you to one of those “pick your own” strawberry fields.

You can get more strawberries for less money when you pick them yourself.  If you take children old enough to help out…they are a little closer to the ground than most adults; and, if you reward them for an hours work with the promise of a luscious strawberry treat, most kids are more than happy to help out.

I only think it wise to remind you to do your homework before you go strawberry picking.  Find out what the strawberry fields growing practices are to stay healthy.  Organically grown strawberries are healthier and safer for your family.   Ask whether your local field uses pesticides or, where they get their water from to irrigate the berry plants.  These facts are important to know for health reasons; you don’t want to purchase berries that are watered with contaminated water or doused in heavy pesticides.

Wash the strawberries diligently, cut away any imperfections, de-cap them and dry them off.  Then, you will be ready to freeze them.  These frozen gems are perfect to take out of freezer bags one at a time or a whole bag at once.  If you are canning or freezing jam with them, you would prepare them in much the same way.  The trick is to purchase them when you have the time to take care of them right away while they are fresh.  No matter how you choose to use these berries; get them while them while they are ready to enjoy!

-Lorraine Wellman

 

Connie Baum

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