Friday, July 2, 2010

Strawberries and lettuce

The gnome of all gnomes number one “sprite” of the house in the roses, planted strawberries this year...
You know how it goes—the queen of the fairies who inhabit the house in the roses takes care of the flower garden, but the kitchen garden and herb garden are all Mr. Sprite’s pride and joy... so we have strawberries this year... gorgeous yummy strawberries.
I've been patiently looking at them each day since my sweet Sprite planted them, waiting until they were perfectly ripe to pick...

...Plump, ripe berries, best when still warm from the sun.

I wanted to make strawberry syrup.

Strawberry syrup over freshly baked French bread is the ultimate goodness, but this yummy syrup can be also enjoyed over ice cream, cereal, pancakes, waffles and almost anything... the best thing about it is that you can always carry all your sweet summer memories through the dark winter months with you by keeping it in canning jars or containers... now, I like that!

My sweet Sprite also planted lettuce this year... have you ever tried growing lettuce in your back yard garden? This is amazing--to have heads of fresh lettuces right outside your kitchen! And the best part: You won’t have to worry about any pesticide residues because it’s easy to cultivate organically grown lettuce in the home garden.

So I left the garden and went inside to cook!
Don 't you just love the easy going days of summer! During the summer growing season I love it when all or most of my meal comes from the garden... no, we don't have carrots growing in our kitchen garden, but it was fun opening a can! And so easy!
I will announce the winner of our give-away on Monday. And don't forget to come back for another Spectacular cottage at our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday"
Have a lovely weekend!

12 comments:

  1. Happy Fourth to one of my favorite bloggers...

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  2. Delicias hechas de tus propias cosechas, que buenas manos tienes Cielo!

    Cariños
    Charo

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  3. I have strawberries too, and raspberries, they grow and grow giving me lots of delicious berries to eat with fresh cream. It's the best!
    Love from Spain.

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  4. Strawberry Fields Forever! ;)

    Wonderful blog! :O
    Kind Regards, Lucy

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  5. Everything looks so yummy……
    Have a very Happy 4th of July.
    Sweet Blessings,
    Virginia

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  6. EVERITHING IS DELISIOSO YOUR HANDS HAVE MAGIC,HAPPY 4TH.OF YULY ...BLESSINGS...SANDRA

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  7. everything looks wonderful.

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  8. Cielo! You are a winner! Please select one of the prints from The Mad Tea Party on the blog
    wood-wings.blogspot.com
    then send me an email with your address and selection to woodwings@comcast.net
    Congratulations
    I am so happy that we met! Elizabeth

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  9. We love strawberries here, in fact made some shortcakes today for the holiday. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday.

    Willow

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  10. Looks so appetising, so much nicer when you have grown them yourselves.

    Happy 4th July

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  11. Your blog is quite beautiful. I shall be keeping an eye on it from now on!

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  12. The strawberries look delicious! We have strawberries and blackberries....but the critters eat them before I can ever get my hands on them! Love your blog!

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