Fresh fruit

Today I made waffles.  I used a cake mix because they turn out amazing.  Everyone in my family loves when I use a chocolate cake mix, but today I opted for lemon cake instead.  Using lemon cake mix as a waffle batter is something I decided to try out a couple of years ago. The waffles turn out fluffy on the inside with a slight crust on the outside.  The aroma of lemon as it bakes in the waffle iron filled our home with a fresh scent that caused the taste buds to salivate.


Just before making the waffles, I drove up the road (literally one minute away) to the local berry farm to pick up some fresh strawberries & raspberries for our toppings.  So fresh in fact that the employees had picked them only moments before & didn’t even have time to get the berries onto the shelves.  I got the berries home and proceeded to clean and hull the strawberries with the help of a friend.  

Thank you Google!


She did the trick of using a straw to remove the stem, and it worked perfectly.  I decided to do a Google search about the best way to clean the raspberries.  Having internet access at the palm of your hand is now something most people take for granted.  Here I am looking up how to clean a raspberry- a knowledge that should have been passed down from my parents and their parents and so on- but it is completely unnecessary in this day and age.

Freshness.


Topping off our waffles was a scoop of fresh made whipped cream.  Earlier this week we went to the store and almost bought one of those spray cans.  It was in my cart until I actually read the label-“Whipped Topping”.  Nowhere in the label did it make any mention of cream.  I may be using a store bought cake mix, but I add the oil, milk & eggs to complete it.  Super fresh fruit was going to go on the waffles, so I couldn’t sully the final product with complete artificial-ness.  I put the petroleum whipped topping back and grabbed a carton of cream.

I’ve never made whipped cream before today.  Even though I looked up online how to clean raspberries a few minutes earlier, I decided to make whipped cream based on what I imagined it to taste like.  I poured the cream into the mixer and started the beater up on a medium speed.  I sprinkled some icing sugar into it and added a few drops of vanilla extract.  It looked like milk just spinning around.  I watched for a moment and became impatient, so I cranked up the speed.  Within seconds it thickened so I stopped the mixer & put the bowl of cream into the fridge.  I didn’t even bother to taste test it, it just looked and smelled perfect.  (BTW it turned out it was!)

This is the view of my backyard. I’m grateful for it.


Breakfast was served.  Coffee and juice was to accompany our meal as we sat outside and lived the weekend country life.  Breakfast among the trees, birds, rising sun and a gentle breeze made this morning one of the best reasons to just get out of bed.  However, I am ready for my mid-morning nap now…

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