The Social Butterfly and her two youngsters proceed their Mom’s Day custom by selecting berries
Yearly as a particular Mom’s Day outing, the “Fruits of My Loins,“ Forrest and Jenavieve choose strawberries with me.
As a result of COVID-19, I wasn’t certain if we have been going to have the ability to achieve this this 12 months, nonetheless, Adams Acres situated in North Dinwiddie was open for enterprise.
Two guidelines have been established: no one below the age of 16 is allowed within the discipline, and social distancing is required to be able to forestall the unfold of the novel coronavirus.
A drive-through checkout was in operation. Whereas remaining within the automotive, we paid $13 for every 4-quart bucket to put our newly harvested crimson lovelies in.
Once we arrived on April 28, there have been over a dozen pickers searching for edible treasure. Strawberry-lovers-on-the-hunt saved steadily arriving.
Not everybody wore masks. Most took additional precautions together with me in addition to my youngest baby Jenavieve.
Since I used to be carrying my Mama Llama ears in addition to my press move, I saved my reporting duties to a minimal. Therefore, the not-so-flattering selfie.
Usually, I politely ask somebody close by to take a photograph. Nonetheless, throughout this unprecedented time, I play it protected and chorus, if doable.
Two people have been already again for a second serving to of strawberries.
“I grew up round right here and have been selecting all of them my life,” shared Cindy Baker of Carson. “Hopefully, subsequent time children can come.”
Baker eats her berries with slightly sugar on them and deliberate on making a strawberry cheesecake in addition to a shortcake.
“I’m 100% certain I’m going to simply eat them,” shared Keri Jernigan of Prince George. “I’ll be again for blueberries round July.”
I busted each Forrest  and Jenna  sampling the juicy, candy berries.
What did I do with my freshly picked strawberries?
Like at all times, I froze some berries to serve on prime of salads, cereal, and pancakes each time I expertise a hankering.
My must-do was to make a favourite dessert: Strawberry Pretzel Salad. Nonetheless, since it’s removed from being a ‘salad’, I renamed it Pretzels with a Twist. It’s straightforward to make and is at all times an enormous hit!
You will want: 6 oz. strawberry Jell-O, 2 cups boiling water, 2 half cups salted pretzels (measured earlier than crushing), 1/Four cup granulated sugar, eight Tbsp. unsalted butter, eight oz. package deal cream cheese softened, half cup granulated sugar, eight oz. cool whip thawed within the fridge, and 1 lb. contemporary strawberries hulled and sliced.
Our household recipe makes use of frozen strawberries, so I found this scrumptious gem on-line at natashaskitchen.com which requires contemporary berries.
First, preheat your oven to 350F. Mix strawberry Jell-O with 2 cups boiling water and stir till utterly dissolved. Put aside to chill to room temperature. [Tip…do NOT use the instructions on the box.]
Secondly, you get to whack out some COVID-19 Social Distancing frustration. Utilizing a rolling pin, crush 2 half cups of pretzels in a sturdy ziploc bag. [Tip…you’re going to want to beat them to smithereens, however, it is best to leave a little life in ‘em.]
Subsequent, in a medium saucepan, soften eight Tbsp butter; then, add 1/Four cup sugar and stir. Combine within the crushed pretzels. Switch to a 13 x 9 casserole dish. [Tip…use a glass dish for a pretty presentation to show off its scrumptious layers.]
Press the pretzel combine evenly over the underside of the dish and bake for 10 min. at 350°F; then, cool it to room temperature.
When the pretzels have cooled, use an electrical hand mixer to beat eight oz. cream cheese and half cup sugar on med/excessive velocity till fluffy and white. [Tip: don’t freak out, if it doesn’t turn a pure, angelic white.]
Fold in eight oz. Cool Whip [thawed in the refrigerator] till no streaks of cream cheese stay. Unfold combination over cooled pretzels, spreading to the sides of the dish to create a ‘tight seal’. Then, cowl [with plastic wrap or a lid] and refrigerate it for 30 min.
Subsequent, stir 1 lb. of hulled and sliced strawberries into your room temperature jello. Lastly, pour and unfold the strawberry jello combination evenly over your cooled cream cheese layer; cowl once more till jello is ready [2-4 hours].
In keeping with Natasha, her Strawberry Pretzel Salad was the primary video recipe that went viral on Fb and has been considered over 50,000,000 MILLION TIMES!
In the event you’re ever within the temper to choose your individual produce, go to pickyourown.org/VA.htm to discover a location.
Whether or not you’re a mother, grandma, caregiver, or devoted pet proprietor, get pleasure from your big day and maybe add an journey together with your family members to your cherished reminiscences.
Kristi Okay. Higgins, aka The Social Butterfly, will be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @KHigginsPI.