There’s just something fantastic about having family traditions, centered around the joy they bring to our children especially. Not every Sunday, but most, I make breakfast. That’s tradition. We go beyond the yogurt or cereal, and I heat up the oven. My mom made bacon and eggs all the time, but Joe has no desire for that. He does however, like a sweet bread or a scone or something similar on a Sunday morning.
With it, I serve Strawberry Julius. It is something I have adapted and changed over the years and certainly never need to get our a recipe card for anymore. But first, let me tell you about the strawberries we use! Each summer, we make the 25 minute drive to Getting’s Garden of Sanborn, Iowa. We just visited there on Thursday and had so much fun. Kids are welcome to pick and they absolutely love the “Strawberry Express” John Deere Gator ride out to the patch. It is always neat to visit with the people picking in the rows next to us and the flats seem to fill up fast. This year, after we had finished picking and while the kids were enjoying a chocolate malt and a strawberry slushie as a reward for good behavior in the patch, I had a chance to visit with Mary Jo, part owner.
She said it has been a great season, made especially wonderful by the mild weather that has provided a long stretch of picking days. I was curious as to the total number of pounds of berries picked this year, but she said they don’t keep track of that exact figure. She said there are only a few days left to pick this week, so hurry out there if you want a chance! Later in the season, one can also return for raspberries and then pumpkins.
The 20 pounds of berries we picked were perfect for freezing. I don’t get wound tight about getting the biggest berries…the small ones are actually nicer for my blender. Other than a few pounds to our family and neighbors (as well as fresh strawberry syrup with whipped cream on some pancakes that night), we froze them all to use for Sunday morning Strawberry Julius. Here’s the recipe.
1/2 can frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. milk
2 T. sugar
Splash of vanilla
1 c. frozen strawberries
Blend all ingredients except for frozen strawberries. Then, add the berries slowly and blend until smooth. It’s that easy.
I had made just plain Orange Julius for years, but was in a pinch one Sunday morning with no ice cubes so I threw in strawberries instead. Much tastier.