Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Two years ago we got some strawberry plants from Josh's grandma and transplanted them into our garden. Last year was our first year to get any yield and we got like two or three strawberries a day for a week or so. We expected to maybe get a few more this year and wow did we ever! Every day for at least a week I was bringing in a big bowl full...we had so many we couldn't eat them fast enough. We ended up freezing two bags with some sugar to thaw later and serve over ice cream or pound cake and with the others I made a strawberry pie and two loaves of strawberry bread. I will put the recipes for both of those here. We also have in our garden this year corn, broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, squash, lettuce, and white onion. I will post later this summer on how we do with those once they start producing vegetables.

Strawberry Pie

Chopped strawberries
4 tbsp strawberry jelly
4 tbsp cornstarch

1 maple and brown sugar oatmeal packet
½ cup sugar
½ cup flour
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla

Pour filling into 9 inch deep dish pie crust. Top with topping. Bake for 30-45 minutes.

Strawberry Bread


  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 3 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter and flour two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
  2. Slice strawberries, and place in medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle lightly with sugar, and set aside while preparing bread mixture.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in large bowl: mix well. Blend oil and eggs into strawberries. Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened.  Divide batter into pans.
  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until tester inserted comes out clean. Let cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn loaves out, and cool completely.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Austin's 18 Month Appointment

Austin had his 18 month appointment today. He weighed in at 29.4 lbs (87th percentile) was 32 in. tall (36th percentile) and his head circumference was 19 in. (61st percentile).

Austin has always been ahead of the curve on motor skills, but he wasn't saying a whole lot until recently. As of today he can now say car, ball, shoes, bowl, grandpa, uh-oh, no, yes, eyes, mama, dada...he can also say and correctly identify the letters n, r, l, f, and x. There are also tons of words he understands and will point to certain objects when asked. He knows what sound a monkey and a bear make. He is also pretty good at letting me know what he wants nonverbally too...he will bring me his shoes or hat when he wants to go outside, stand at the pantry or climb into his chair when he is hungry and stand at the fridge or point to my drink when he is thirsty.

Other new things of interest since my last post about Austin....he can now climb steps by himself, he also climbs on and off the couch and kitchen chairs by himself, (he even climbed out of the tub once when i wasn't looking but surprisingly he has not climbed out of his crib yet)! we recently moved him out of his high chair into a regular chair at the table, his new favorite thing to do is play with cars, he loves to stand on a step stool in the bathroom and brush his teeth in front of the mirror (and he almost always throws a temper tantrum when it is time to take the toothbrush away)

That's about all I can think of for now. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. He's really a pretty great kid!