Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Strawberries::Waste Not, Want Not

I've been helping at VBS this week. Teaching in crafts. It makes for a long day...regular work day 8am-5pm...be at the church at 5:30 for dinner...prep craft of the day at 6:00...children arrive at 6:30...home at 9:15.

One of the benefits to me this week is that I don't have to cook dinner. Yep. Monday - Friday this week a couple of wonderful ladies at our church are preparing dinner for the VBS workers and their families. I can't tell you what a blessing this is. Saves me time. Saves us grocery money. Makes my life easy.

It also means there's a chance that any fresh produce in our fridge may spoil before I get it used. That was nearly the case with the strawberries.

Rather than letting them go to waste, I made a batch of strawberry syrup when I got home tonight. It's cooling right now and i will package it for the freezer before bed. I think Saturday breakfast will be waffles and strawberry syrup. Doesn't that sound good? I reduced the sugar by 1/4 c. but after a taste-test, I've made a note to reduce it by another 1/4 c. next time. It's still very, very sweet.


Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

All I can say is, "YUM". What time is breakfast?

Kristin said...

Yummy! I've made strawberry syrup once before. It goes deliciously well with homemade yogurt ;-) And yes, next time I too will cut the sugar by a little. It's very sweet stuff!

Amy said...

I love fruit syrups. I have a post ready to go for next week with a blueberry syrup over waffles. There is nothing better than that over your pancakes or waffles, is there?

Anonymous said...

yes, in yogurt. perfect.

good for you. i have blueberries I need to freeze!

and how lucky for you not to have to cook!

Anonymous said...

homemade strawberry syrup sounds really really good! waste not want not : )

Beegirl said...

Oh yea!! Breakfast is at your house baby!! Sounds fantastic. How wonderful is that they are making you dinner? Blessings..

Oh, yea.. you are so right! I do need to move the water cannon to the front yard. I can see my house now looking like some kind of naval ship with cannons shooting from every corner.

Have fun at VBS!!

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said...

That does sound wonderful. I have a few containers of strawberry-blueberry syrup in my chest freezer -- the deliciously fortunate results of freezer jam gone wrong. We also have 8 containers of lovely strawberry jam to enjoy as well. I hope it lasts a while!

I enjoyed your comments about the whole "food is love" notion I threw out there over at beauty that moves. And I see several of my favorite reads over on your side bar.

Just thought I'd stop by...