This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

Strawberry Sensation

July, 2, 2014

We’re in the midst of a global strawberry craze! Wimbledon, which has served this fresh dessert since it began in 1877, is breaking records. Its berries are the juiciest ever and, according to the All England Club, tournament-goers are on-track to consume 61,000 pounds of them along with 1,800 gallons of cream!

Strawberry Sensation A

I didn’t get a chance to attend Wimbledon this year, so when I heard that the Lake Washington Strawberry Festival “holds all of the glamour and sparkle of a trip to a foreign land,” I just had to attend. It was bustling with berries prepared in every possible way, fun activities, and musical entertainment.

Strawberry Sensation B

And then there were the side shows… Check out these adorable little twins dancing along to the live music while pushing a doll stroller.

Strawberry Sensation C

In the Cahoon family, the standard-bearer of the strawberry frenzy is Grandma Priscilla, the adorable lady pictured below. Her specialty is Fresh Strawberry Pie. If you’re looking for a classic berry recipe, here you go…straight from this sweetheart in her 90s who still looks like a babe:)

Strawberry Sensation D

Shopping List for Two Pies: 1) two pie crusts, 2) two and a half quarts fresh strawberries, 3) one cup sugar, 4) two tablespoons corn starch, 5) one cup boiling water, and 6) three ounces strawberry gelatin powder.

Bake the pie crusts. Then cut strawberries in halves. Mix the rest of the ingredients and pour them over the strawberries. Put in the crust and chill. Now you’re ready for an outdoor picnic and just in time for the 4th!

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