U-Pick Strawberry Season.

This time of year is just so perfect. Pollen aside, there isn’t much I don’t just love about late spring / early summer. One of our family-favorite activities is strawberry picking, loading up basket-fulls of fresh, plump berries to bring home and enjoy.

Strawberry Picking by heirloomed

The weather and our sports schedule hasn’t cooperated just yet for us to head out to the local u-pick fields, and quite honestly the peak season here in Atlanta-area really kicks off early May so we have plenty of time still.

Strawberry Picking by heirloomed
Strawberry Picking by heirloomed

I thought I’d share these sweet photos from one of the last times we went when the kids were oh-so-young (tear). This was during an early March visit to central Florida just a few years back, the season starts much earlier there due to the warmer weather. We were down for Spring Training and to visit my Dad.

Strawberry Picking by heirloomed
Strawberry Picking by heirloomed

One of my favorite things growing up was attending the Strawberry Festival in nearby Plant City. It’s a huge event filled with people, music and literally every recipe you could ever imagine being made with strawberries - my favorites being fresh strawberry ice cream and strawberry shortcake (of course).

Strawberry Picking by heirloomed
Strawberry Picking by heirloomed

I’d love to know if you go strawberry picking and some of your favorite recipes to make with the bounty you bring home!


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The Creation of Family Traditions: Summer Vacation.

100_1643There is nothing quite like summertime, especially in the South. My family has a wonderful tradition that has lasted back as far as I can remember, of taking a very special summer vacation each & every year, the first week of August.

We visit the most wonderful town, Burnsville, North Carolina, driving through many small mountain towns to get there and nestling in with the rest of our extended family for a week of hiking, waterfalls and wildflowers, rocking chair porches and mountain views.

It is one of the most wonderful & memorable places in the whole world. And times I wouldn't trade for anything. Just as a family summer vacation should be.

What summer vacation traditions do you & your family have?