Happy Summer Solstice! The magic of summer is upon us here. We're feeling healthy and strong, and we're starting to hit our summer groove.
Last night the kids and I celebrated the eve of the longest day by staying up wayyyy past our bedtimes chasing fire flies around the yard. We caught two and brought them to bed with us in a small glass jar. Before we went inside the kids found the moon and a single star and sent wishes up into the night sky for the coming season. On their wishing agenda was lots of time with favorite friends and so much swimming. In the river. The lake. The pool. Everyday. Sounds like a fine summer to me.
And with summer come the berries.
Viroqua is surrounded on all sides by Amish country. Some farm conventionally, some organically, some a little of both. With work you can ferret out who your favorites are. The berries in our yard are all eaten by the kids within minutes of ripening, so we buy and pick extras to put up for the year. This year we picked up twenty five quarts of berries. Our freezer is now brimming with fruit for smoothies and our pantry is stocked with a wonderful stash of tart strawberry-rhubarb jam, sweetened with just a bit of honey and a little stevia.
Next up are raspberries, then blackberries and blueberries. Oh, how I love berry season.
Below is my meal plan for the week. Have a wonderful Summer Solstice day!