Thursday, June 21, 2012

Top of the Heap!

We are coloring our imaginations with nature's magical seeds! Monday's Riddle sprung forth the topic of gardens, and my mom, Pru, who is the zen master of gardening, was our guest reviewer. She had a wonderful time telling us all about her favorite book, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. And, today, we're keeping it growing, enjoying the simple and sunny!

This weeks top of the Heap: A shout out to fabulous garden bounty!


Fairday: The strawberry has always been a favorite of mine and here's why...

This is my dad's amazing concoction
Simply Sumptuous Strawberry Shortcake:


  • Find a bowl of some sort and walk out to Pru's garden
  • Try not to eat all of the fresh strawberries before getting back to the kitchen 
  • Marvel at the delectability of the red berries while rinsing them in the sink
  • Thinly slice the juicy berries and then sprinkle on a little sugar 
  • Let them sit and soak in the love ♥
  • Have bowl ready with a sliced shortcake biscuit, split in 1/2
  • Pour a little drizzle of milk or cream over the dry biscuit
  • Spoon amazing strawberry goop onto the soggy biscuit bottom
  • Add one scoop of all natural vanilla bean ice cream
  • Spoon on some more awesome strawberry goop
  • Put the top of the biscuit back on
  • Finish with a dollop of whipped cream
  • Serve to smiling faces : )
**Delicious Shortcake Recipe by Patrick Morrow
**Fabulous Summer Strawberries by Pru Morrow

It seriously doesn't get better than this! Thanks to my awesome parents for whipping up such summer fun! What's not to like about the strawberry? They are rosy, sweet, beautiful and pretty at the same time, and they grow like crazy when they are happy. Definitely one of life's marvels, and I love, love, love to eat them. Thank you mother nature! ~ F 






Lizzy: When I think of fruits and veggies I can’t help but picture juicy, red tomatoes.  Especially since scientists consider them a fruit, but most people consider them a vegetable! Crazy! Either way, they are my favorite. I love biting into one like it is an apple because, once I break the soft outer skin, the juice squirts into my mouth- never too sweet or too tart, but just perfect. Tomatoes also taste delicious when they are sliced next to mozzarella and basil and then drizzled with olive oil. Grill them, dice them into salsa, or chunk them for salad- there are so many possibilities! The fact that they come in all shapes and sizes makes them a perfect snack. Cherry tomatoes can be eaten in one bite, with or without dip!  Best of all, I can pluck them from my garden where their aroma is just so enticing!  YUM!  ~L



12 comments:

  1. I want that shortcake! * mouthwatering*

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  2. Hi Adriana, It is so delicious! I want one right every time I think of them! Thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  3. I LOVE home grown fruits and veggies. And don't strawberries and tomatoes taste SO much better from the garden than the store? WAY more flavorful, in my opinion. Now I can't wait for ours to ripen! And that shortcake...mmmmm. :0)

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    1. M. Christine- I couldn't agree more! Everything tasts so much better from the garden. The flavors are so much more distinct. I can't wait for all our goodies to come up, too! ~F

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  4. Gardeni time is my favorite time of the year and these look delicious. I remember sitting in the strawberry patch of my aunt's farm and just eating them right there. Shortcake is a favorite, along with cobbler and I'm with Lizzy on how to eat a tomato.

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    1. Alex- There is something about sitting in a strawberry patch and just eating as many as you want! I love cobbler, too. Fresh fruits and veggies are just the best. :) ~F

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  5. These are two of my favorite ways to eat tomatoes and strawberries!

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  6. The Simply Sumptuous Strawberry Shortcake is making my mouth water – it looks and sounds delicious.

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    1. Hi Barbara, It definitely makes my mouth water. I can't get enough of it- lol! Thanks for stopping by : ) ~F

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  7. Perfect choices. I love fruits and veggies, especially if they are fresh from a garden.

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    1. Thanks, Donna! There is nothing like fresh fruits and veggies from the garden. YUM! ~F

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