strawberry picking + homemade jam

So we took Xavier to the u-pick strawberry farm last weekend, and it was downright hilarious. He loved it! Maybe a little too much. Lessons from this first adventure: don't dress your baby in a WHITE ONESIE when going to pick strawberries. Opt for red, perhaps? Or black? Or naked? Or even an old tshirt of dad's? White was definitely not the best choice. Lesson number two: don't take your FAVORITE BABY QUILT for them to sit on. Thankfully all the strawberry juice came out of it (breathe easy, Elise!) but I would have been so sad had it gotten ruined. Take an old blanket or an old towel or something definitely ruin-able. Lessons number three: don't bother taking toys, especially a stuffed cow you'll just have to end up washing. The baby will be much more interested in eating strawberry leaves than anything you brought to entertain him, haha.

It was such a fun little outing with my people and I'm excited for it to be a Memorial Day tradition for years to come!

Now, what did we do with 26 pounds of strawberries, you might ask? We made jam! Turns out making homemade jam is pretty easy, and the results are delicious! We made a bunch of jars of jam, using this recipe from Natalie Creates. I just followed the recipe word for word and it turned out great!

We also cut up a bunch and froze them for smoothies later. Pro tip that I saw on Pinterest: spread your berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet to freeze them, then toss them in a ziploc bag later. That way they don't end up as one giant frozen block!

Does your family pick strawberries in the summertime? Any home canners out there? I'm so excited to try my hand at preserving more stuff this summer if our garden produces as much as we hope it does!

local friends: Spencer Berry Farm is awesome! // baby quilt is by Dearly Quilt Company :)