Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Berries, Berries and Cherries


Abundant blessings of provision!


We have been picking strawberries for about a month now from our small patch in our backyard.  Not enough to make jam or freeze, but enough to enjoy for lunches and an occasional snack.  In recent years I haven’t been a huge strawberry fan.  The strawberry varieties that I have picked have had a wonderful strawberry smell, but lacked in flavor.  If I’m going to eat strawberries I want them to taste like they smell.  So, I have been super happy with the little jewels coming from our patch.  They aren’t big in size, but these berries definitely make up for it in flavor.  They make me want to eat them and when I do, I truly enjoy them.


SycamoreLane Photography- strawberries


This past week and a half has kept us busy in the field beside our house.  This year it is LOADED with black raspberries.  Last year with the drought picking was minimal, I barely got enough for jam.  This year is a bumper crop year and I am so thankful that the Lord is providing over and beyond.  We have picked several times already and yesterday my middle son took the 3-wheeler back to pick.  He came up to the house after an hour with a 4 qt bowl full of berries and asked for another dish.  I gave him an ice cream pail and he filled that 3/4 of the way full.  Needless to say black raspberry jam is done for the year and I have 16 cups of frozen berries in the freezer.  Tomorrow we pick again!


Black Raspberries-1



I haven’t picked cherries since I was about 11 years old.  Every June I say I am going to pick cherries, but I never quite make it.  There aren’t any cherry orchards near where I live and so it is about a 1 1/2 hour drive to the nearest orchard.  This year, however, I was able to pick at an orchard over by Lake Michigan while I was visiting my brother’s family.  In half an hour my two youngest and I had around 13-14 pounds of cherries.  It was as much fun as I remembered and they tasted even better!


cherries-sycamoreLane Photography





With all the berries in our house I decided to make a fun, fruity drink for our most recent family gathering.  Joel, turned his nose up at it when I told him what it was, since we tend not to be sweet tea drinkers I didn’t blame him.  But, a couple of days later when I had the last glass of it sitting on the counter enjoying it after almost sweating to death out in the garden, he admitted to me that he had tasted it and it really wasn’t all that bad.  HMMMM!


Peach Tea Sangria-SycamoreLane Photography



Peach Iced Tea Sangria (Non-Alcoholic)


4 cups boiling water

4 peach tea bags or any fruity tea ( I like red raspberry for this, too)

4 black tea bags


Steep tea bags in water for 20 minutes.  Remove bags and place  1  1/2 gallon glass pitcher or drink dispenser. (A 1 gallon would work also just cut back on the Lemonade and possible the simple syrup, too.  Just keep sipping at it until it tastes the way you want it to!)


Add following:

Country Time powdered Lemonade mix enough to  make 1  1/2 quarts

1-2 sliced peaches

1 cup sliced strawberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen sweet black cherries, pitted


Make a simple syrup:

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Place in small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Cool and add to the tea.


Fill your container the rest of the way with ice.  Chill your tea and let sit in fridge for at least 4-6 hours, then enjoy!


  1. This is something I want to make! YUM!!! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful summer. :)

  2. Isn't summer wonderful! I got some fresh blackberries this week and hope to get a pie made with them. Also more fresh strawberries. The one's that grow here locally are the best berries I've ever eaten. My daughter planted some plants this year but those berries are mighty tart tasting in comparison. Your photo's are lovely and show off the delicious fruit perfectly.

  3. Your berry pictures are so pretty! And the sangria was so good! I'm glad you decided to make it :)

  4. Looks too like you have been having a wonderful summer! Busy and blessed you certainly are :)

    Enjoy Jenn!

  5. Yum and Yum! We love sweet tea! Especially flavored sweet tea. We were on a mulberry run but now those are done so we have turned to blackberries. My bushes are not super productive yet but I am waiting patiently. Kansas is not known for being extremely easy for berry growing. I envy you. ;o)

  6. Your blog is truly beautiful.




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