Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hi Ho Cherrio!

The weather this week has been something out of a story book. Sunny, breezy and NOT miserably hot. Yesterday was the perfect day to take the kids to the farm and pick some fruit. We put the little gator in the back of the truck and headed out. I had to take this photo of AK who always has her hands busy making something. She is currently making bracelets for all the swim coaches in her swim team colors.Going out here to the farm seems to give us the best of both worlds, the suburban and city life with a little bit of country. The girls loved driving the gator out and around. We probably should have asked for permission first - but the resident farmer did not seem to mind.

The strawberry patch was pretty picked over and I feared this was all we would find
but we got a fair amount to make some jam

and for Sally Jane to sample in the field
We then drove out to the Cherry trees. It seems like everyone that I admire around here picks tart cherries in the summer and freezes the for a Thanksgiving pie. So I thought this year I would do the same.The best ones were at top.

And even Caroline climbed the ladder to get some.We got enough for two Thanksgiving piesmanaged a family photo - notice Sally Jane's kung fu pose, this kid is cracking me up!
Jeff again wins most prepared dad and had water on his back to share with the thirsty littles
I even remembered to take a photo of me at the cherry trees.
little family photo with the Apples on the farm

This winter they added all the names of the animals on the front of their homes. It was so simple and cool at the same time.

This is Elmo the new cow that the kids love to feed

There were three little pigs to watch run around, one of them was named Kermit, but I am not sure which one.

And we even heard a great Cockadoodledoo from this part of the farm.

I told Jeff this is probably what it is like hanging in Dave and Mindy's back yard. Life seems to just slow down when we are out there and it was a great day for a day on the farm!

Have you ever made a tart cherry pie?
Have you ever thought 5 months in advance about what you are going to make for Thanksgiving?


stacy{s} said...

5 months ahead? are you kidding? I don't even know what I'm having for lunch today yet. :) Can we come sample the pie?

Beautiful shots. Looks like it was a great day for everyone. So jealous of the weather and the green. The comment about Dave & Mindy cracked me up!

Rebecca said...

What a dreamy kind of day. And talk about being prepared--you rock!

Kim Sue said...

fun fun fun day

Price Cream Parlor said...

Ok - this proves to me that you are ALWAYS thinking ahead! WOW! Thanksgiving pies? Fantastic! Love the shot with the kung fu pose! Too funny! - Sounds like a grand day out with your littles!

Autumn said...

how fun i wished we had some place like that around here!

no i don't plan 5 months in advance i'm trying to plan next weeks supper menu! said...

Looks like a great family day! I don't like cherry pie so I would never make one.. but I am impressed you are planning that far in advance!

Amanda L. said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that first photo of the fruit and your toes...great colors!

We picked berries this week as well. I would totally freeze cherries for Thanksgiving pie. We freeze all our fruit in the summer to use throughtout the winter for smoothies, muffins and pies.

You say looks awesome.

bradcarrie said...

I think the same as the poster above me. I love the picture of the fruit and your feet!

lelly said...

i usually prepare for Thanksgiving on, oh.... Thanksgiving Eve!!

i remember making bracelets like AK's like crazy when i was younger!

i don't think i've ever had a tart cherry, nor it's pie...

Charity said...

I love being prepared! I wish we had fresh fruit up're the 2nd person I know that has picked fresh this week...oh can I wish! I had to order mine from the internet...sad, I know...funny that you posted about this, I just had a dream last night that you moved out to a farm...does that mean I'm reading your blog too much???

Great pictures, even better that you did it as a family.

patsy said...

I am very guilty of thinking my menus out way ahead. I usually invite guests for thanksgiving months ahead too- & they always seem a little shocked.... I am a compulsive planner.
My mom used to make cherry pies with tart cherries! We would pick & bottle them in the summer- they are the BEST! I haven't had one in years. I thought people stopped making them. I hope yours are wonderful.
What a fun place to visit!

Deb said...

i love the country-i grew up in northern VA-and was just there at the beginning of june. i miss all that green.
there is a berry farm out here that i want to go to, but the berries still need two more weeks before picking. love your pics.

Adam said...

love the sandals kristi. cant believe jeff wears that hat, im so proud of myself. what can i say??

The Shabby Princess said...

That looks like so much fun!

I've never had a tart cherry pie, but it sounds so yummy...And no, it is not possible for me to even think about Thanksgiving until, well, November.

Looks like a fun day! I wish there were some pikc your own fruit farms like that where I live!

Holly said...

Next time, may I please stowaway in the back of the gator? What a fun afternoon of fruit and farm fun!

Barb said...

You really do have the both of both worlds - small town swim team, big city sites, local berry farm. No kidding.

Tasha said...

I haven't made a tart cherry pie, but I would gladly taste some of the one you made if you need someone to sample it!

That IS what David & Mindy's is like!

That looks like a great day! I love your hat and SJ is too much with the kung fu moves. You and Jeff made three kids with amazing personalities! No boring kids in the Cutler bunch!

I especially like the picture at the end of the gator. Awesome.

Shauna said...

Go to for amazing cherry recipes.

michelle said...

That first photo is so beautiful! It really tells a story. I don't recall having a tart cherry pie, but I LOVE cherries, so I'm sure it's delicious! You do have the best of all worlds there, Krist.

Jill said...

I've never made or eaten a tart cherry pie (it doesn't sound good to me at all...I have issues with cooked fruit), nor have I thought about Thanksgiving desserts 5 months in advance.

I want to go berry picking too!