Friday, July 6, 2007

Berry Pickin

Last Saturday we went to a farm called the The Berry Patch. Where you can pick your own berries, take a hay ride, and view the farm animals. My husband and I spent about 2 hours picking raspberries with the help of our little ones (at least they felt like they were helping). The kids had a fun time talking about the birds and the bees, the mud, the corn in field, and the farm animals.

We picked more than a flat of raspberries. Which turned out to be 5 pounds or 12 cups.

When we got home the berries were washed thoroughly and frozen in 1 cup increments, with Fruit Fresh sprinkled on them and placed into the freezer. The plans for these raspberries are to make smoothies, a cobbler, and when the peaches come in - some Peach/Raspberry Jam.

Here is a picture of the smoothies we made and my little girl really enjoying hers!


The amount needed for each family will differ. We make one blender full to feed our family of 2 adults and 2 toddlers.

We eat wheat toast with our smoothies and for our little ones we give them about 1 cup of smoothie and for adults a full that's about 2 to 2 1/2 cups full or 16 to 20 oz. for each big person. Do what works best for your family though.

~We purchase plain yogurt in a tub. One tub (32 oz) that costs about $3.00 lasts us two weeks and makes 4 blender fulls. (we don't measure we just try to use 1/4 of the tub for each blender full that we make)
~We use 1-2 bananas per blender full
~We use 1 to 1 1/2 cups of fruit per blender full
~We use milk to fill blender and to make it the proper consistency (we don't measure)

You can use fresh or frozen berries, peaches, cherries, or pineapple to make smoothies.

You can also add fruit juice instead if you prefer that over milk.

We don't add ice....but you could.

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