Hubby and I were out and about on the motorcycles when we passed a strawberry farm. I suddenly had a flashback to my first job ever.
Back when I was a kid . . . probably 11 or 12 . . . I got a summer job on a local farm pick strawberries. I don’t remember the actual amount I was compensated but I got paid per bushel picked. It was an easy way for a kid to pick up some funds for summer fun.
Where were the child labor laws then? Huh? Huh!?
Anyhoo . . . as I recall it wasn’t exactly a fun job. What I remember is that it was hot and I spent hours on my hands and knees in the dirt picking strawberries for not a whole heck of a lot of money. But, when they handed over that cold, hard cash it seemed like it was worth it.
Consequently, you won’t ever catch me picking strawberries or any other fruit at one of those pick-your-own farms. Been there, done that and it wasn’t fun. Nope . . . I’ve done my time.
Still, I love strawberries and I’m not opposed to buying strawberries that some other sucker has picked . . . enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor, as it were. Strawberries and champagne, strawberries dipped in chocolate, strawberry ice cream, strawberry jam . . . it’s all good. In fact, our wedding cake was strawberry shortcake. YUM!
1 Box White Cake Mix
3 Tb. Plain Flour
1 (3 Oz) Box Strawberry Jell-O
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Oil
1 Cup Fresh Strawberries, Chopped
1 Recipe Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe below
Combine cake mix, flour, Jell-O and water. Add oil and eggs, one at a time, beating well between. Add strawberries. Beat 2 minutes. Pour batter into well greased and floured 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.
1 Stick Butter, Softened
1 (8 Oz) Package Cream Cheese, Softened
6 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 Recipe Strawberries In Syrup, Recipe Below
Combine and mix all ingredients in mixer or with hand mixer.
1 Pint Strawberries
1/4 Cup Raw Sugar
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Wash the strawberries and remove the green stems. Cut the strawberries and place them in a bowl (I put them in a zip top plastic food bag instead of the bowl). Toss them with the sugar and cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and even overnight.
Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent and sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward. ~Terri Guillemets