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Strawberries, strawberries and more strawberries!


Jodi and Sarah

Sarah and I went on an adventure to Jenny and Dan Jones' organic strawberry farm.

The adventure was one of a kind. Jenny and Dan have done an amazing job providing Roseau County with a strawberry picking experience!

They are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and definitely know the best strawberries to grow!

We picked A LOT of berries and they were amazingly delicious! Sweet, juicy and great to use in many recipes.

Sarah and I couldn't eat all the strawberries. We decided to make a couple recipes using the strawberries.

If you know Sarah and I, once we start looking for recipes oureyes are bigger than the time we have.

We narrowed it down to four recipes to try to create. We wanted to make jam, preserve some berries and definitely something to eat now. We decided muffins and a dessert would be good for that.

We got going on our canning and baking. Kyle stopped by when the jam was done and he wanted to sit down with the jar and a spoon. I guess it turned out!!

We kept going and going. It was getting a little late, but we were on a mission.

We knew it was getting late when I was putting the lids on and Sarah was putting the rings on and she decided to put the ring on before the lid.

Not a completely hilarious situation if you are awake and normal, but if you are tired and delirious you may almost pee your pants!! Right Sarah?!

We survived and got everything done!

Strawberry Banana Jam


5 cups of hulled and mashed strawberries

2 very ripe bananas, mashed

3 to 3 1/2 cups sugar

2 tsp. lemon juice

1 T butter

(to prevent foaming)

1.75 oz pkg fruit pectin (unsweetened)


Put all ingredients in one large pot and place on stove over medium heat.

Continue to break up the strawberries as the sugar melts. Bring to boil for one minute and then remove from heat.

Spoon into prepared jars. Place in hot water bath for 15 minutes.

Strawberry Crumble Bars


Crust and Crumbles

2 c all-purpose flour

3/4 c and 1 T butter, cut into small cubes, cold

3/4 c granulated sugar


2 1/2 cups strawberries, chopped into small pieces

2 T granulated sugar

2 t cornstarch


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease 8 inch square oven-proof dish and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper, about 2 inches of overhang on each side.

Chop the strawberries into small pieces. If the strawberries seem very juicy, put them on the paper towel to let them dry so if there is any excess liquid, it will be removed. Keep the strawberries aside.

Crust and Crumbles

Place the flour and sugar in a big mixing bowl. Add in the cold butter pieces and cover with flour mixture. Rub them with your fingertips until the mixture looks like bread crumbs.

Put 2/3 of the dough into the ovenproof dish and spread it evenly with a spoon. You may need to lightly flour the spoon to avoid it sticking to the flour-butter mixture. Keep 1/3 of the dough in the bowl and store the bowl in the freezer until ready to use.


Toss the chopped strawberries with sugar and cornstarch. (If there is excess juice left in the bowl don't use it while covering the crust.)

Cover the crust with strawberries. Remove the bowl from the fridge and gently sprinkle and cover the strawberries with crumbles.

Bake for 55-60 minutes until the top becomes golden brown and the crumbles are crispy. Let it completely cool before removing the bars from the dish. Once they are cool, lift the paper from sides, remove the bars from dish, cut into 16 pieces.

Jokes of the Week

Due to a power outage, only a paramedic responded to the call of a mother in labor. The house was very dark so the paramedic asked Lexi, a three-year-old toddler, to hold a flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby.

Very diligently, Lexi did as she was asked.

Mommy pushed and pushed and, after a little while, baby Owen was born.

The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom. Owen began to cry.

The paramedic then thanked Lexi for her help and asked the wide-eyed girl what she thought about what she had just witnessed.

Lexi quickly responded, "He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place..spank him again!"

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• Don't you hate it when someone answers their own questions? I do.


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