We didn't get a large amount of kale this time, but just enough to make some spicy kale chips to go with dinner the other night. Those will definitely be shared soon!
The lettuce we used on burgers one night, and then used the rest in a salad. I don't know why but lettuce out of my own garden just tastes so much better than lettuce bought at the store!
Since we had a VERY early lacrosse game on Saturday morning we stayed with friends on Friday night. They live 15 minutes from the field, we live over an hour from it. So rather than get up with the roosters on Saturday morning and drive for an hour ( with 3 kids) they invited us to stay with them and watch the two younger ones for us.
Friday night my friend Jess made a delicious dinner for us-chicken piccata. It's always a treat when someone else cooks for me ( don't get me wrong, I LOVE to cook, especially for other people, but it's so nice when someone else takes the time to cook for me) She has promised to make this again and so I can post the recipe for all of you. It was better than any I've ever had in a restaurant!
Saturday we got up bright and early, ok maybe not bright, but definitely early, and headed out to the Lacrosse field for a game. I love that my daughter has found a sport she enjoys so much! I just wish this spring had been a tad warmer! It's been so cold and windy at most of her games this year. The rest of the day was spent surrounded by kids, watching movies, and dodging rain drops.
Sunday our friends met us at our house for breakfast- Belgian waffles, bacon, and fresh fruit- and then we packed up our 7 kids and headed out to go strawberry picking. We did this last year for Mother's Day and the girls loved it so much we couldn't wait to do it again this year!
Half the fun of where we go to pick is getting there. We have to take a ferry across the river. It was a bit chilly this year, but the girls all had a great time anyway.
We let the girls do most of it on their own this year since the were old pros from last year. My Middle Daughter got her own basket and quickly got to work finding the prettiest berries she could. She was so very proud of herself!
We were a bit nervous that the rain the previous day, the lack of sunshine, and the cooler temperatures would mean there wouldn't be a lot of berries ready to be picked. That was not at all the case! There were tons of gorgeous berries- so many it was hard to convince the girls to stop picking! The cooler temperatures also kept the bees away, which is very helpful!
I think the Littlest One's favorite part was the ferry ride! Both going over and coming back she was all smiles and giggles. Of course as soon as we got back in the car for the drive home she was out!
We have already used a lot of these berries- we topped pancakes with them this morning, I made a vinaigrette out of them yesterday (recipe coming tomorrow!) and today we plan to freeze some and make some into ice cream.
This is definitely one of my favorite activities of the year, and we already can't wait to go back!
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