Thursday, April 03, 2008

Sweet Decadence

We have the great fortune of living in a strawberry growing area, and when they are in season the strawberries are delicious, abundant and cheap. This year I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for that last part... cheap. Could it possibly be the R Word? Our government is determined to shield us from glaring truths, but we know better: These abundant, delicious strawberries are a luxury.

And every sensible mother knows luxuries are best served with chocolate. It's like a law or something. I'm pretty sure.

We let Joe run around on the lawn and we opened up Maria's recently refreshed sandbox, so she could make castles and pies. We spread a blanket on the ground. William worked in a school book and I did some sketches for a new quilt.

Max climbed around and chatted... Alex too.

And when the little chocolate cups that Alex baked were cool, we scooped big spoonfuls of strawberries into them. Our Spring picnic. Our afternoon tea. Our elegant gathering

Be real! We ate off paper plates.

Someone forgot the napkins. We did remember to wash hose off her hands.

The air was aglow with the soft afternoon light and birds sang merrily in the branches. We spoke of finer things and savored our pleasing refreshment.

Yeah, right.


Andylynne said...

In the midsts of a Thunderstome and pea sized hail I am craving your beautiful picnic lunch. Love the way the red of the berries mingels with the chocolate cakes. I also love the legos your kids made they are quite spectacular. Have you heard about the Lego Concert Hall in Denmark ? It's called Koncerthalle I Lego I think. I heard about it on great performances the other nigth.
OH and Hi Natalie :)

village mama said...

I know you are not one to brag, but the fact that you live in a strawberry growing area, in March makes me, ahem, VERY ENVIOUS.

What sweet decadence your post is. Thank you for sharing your treats!

Mama Spark said...

MMMMMM...strawberries, still so far away in MI! *BIG SIGH*

Maria's pic made me giggle, I needed that today! She is such a doll, just like her mama!! Any chance you can share that recipe? = )

campbellgirl said...

Strawberries, chocolate, fine company AND no dishes, what bliss is this? ;)

amy smith said...

seriously drooling here. while you all were enjoying your GORGEOUS strawberries and YUMMY chocolate cups, we here in iowa were sitting in the rain and hail at soccer practice!

momthought said...

Those strawberries look scrumptious! You have a great eye for photos. I am sorry to hear about your loss. I appreciate the sincerity and honesty in your blog. I hope you don't mind, but I linked you to a post today and added your blog to my blogroll. Happy blogging!

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Tracy said...

Delicous and fun post...Chocolate and strawberries--perfect combo! Happy weekend to you all ((HUGS))

nikkipolani said...

Now, that is a picture of unadulterated GLEE! I gotta get me some good strawberries!

Tarie said...

Oh, that looks goooood. =9 And I love that last picture of Maria!