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Its cherry season!  A very cheery time of year.

Come on up and sample, I mean, pick cherries in the tree with me!



A pretty little basket just my size.



Then we will set up for a picnic under this beautiful, colorful tree.



I’ll set out the tea things…

(Please shoo away that fly!)



And we’ll both invite a friend…



Let’s celebrate together…





We must get back to work because the birds will soon be carrying away all the cherries they can eat.  We want to stockpile enough to can and freeze for the family until next year.  It may turn into a race before long!  Hurry, hurry!



Let me share a yummy recipe with you.  These cherry bars are a quick and easy treat, for when there isn’t time to make a pie.


Grandma’s Cherry Bars

  Mix  -   1 1/2 cups flour
           1 cup brown sugar
           1/2 tsp. baking soda
           1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  Chop in - 3/4 cup of butter

  Spread half of this crumbled mixture in a 9x13" pan, 
  press down as a bottom crust.
  Now pour on 1 quart of prepared cherry pie filling.
  Sprinkle remaining mix as a crumb topping.  

  Bake at 350  for 45 minutes (Or until golden edged)










Welcome to our kitchen!  Would you like to join us in baking some chocolate chip cookies this afternoon?  Notice our faded old recipe card, all worn and hard to read.  We use the classic Nestles recipe.  First we will gather all our ingredients, and as a special treat, we will include some walnuts this time.

(These photos are actually from last year, but the recipe remains a favorite.)

Step One:  3/4 cup of each white sugar and brown sugar.


Step 2:  cut in  1 cup butter

Penny is unwrapping a roll of homemade butter, made fresh here on the farm from our cow’s thick cream.  It is not yellow now as it is in the summer when the cow is out on grass.  Each ball is 1/2 cup.



We often use this antique fork for mixing our cookie dough.  Electa was a great-great-grandmother in our family tree.  The long tines are useful for blending our ingredients.  It is special to hold a little bit of history in your hand.




Step Three:  We will add 1/2 tsp. of vanilla to the mixed sugar and butter.




Step Four:  2 beaten eggs.  Fresh brown eggs, of course.

Uh, oh, do I see a fragment of a shell in there?  Fetch it out, Penny!




Step Five:  1 1/4 cup of white flour

1 1/4 cup of wheat flour  (we grind our own in the electric mill)

and 1 tsp. baking soda.




Step Six:  1 cup chocolate chips




Always be on guard when other persons are wandering about waiting for this step to produce snitching opportunities! Hands out of the Nestles bag!!




Step Seven:  Drop by spoonful onto the cookie sheet.  Then bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.




Never mind about the mess, this project is worth it!




As we smell the cookies baking, let us fetch some fresh cow milk from the frig.




Then let us invite over a few friends from the kitchen shelf.




“Come join us for a sample cookie and a tall glass of cold milk.” (Served on an upside-down bread pan.)




For those of you who wish to see the recipe in its entirety, it will be rather challenging.




We even saved a few cookies for the rest of the family,  with love!  ♥