June 29, 2011

Strawberry Days

We have quite a lot of strawberry-ness to discuss today . . . .

I believe that it is universally agreed upon that June is The Month of the Strawberry, is it not? I so look forward to this time of year, when a strawberry is RED all the way through to the core, as opposed to the rest of the year when a red outer layer only masks a sad, pale inner middle.

My mother picked up these crimson lovelies at her local Farmers’ Market and Julia and I consumed nearly two boxes over the course of one afternoon. And look at my strawberry pot – this year I decided this was THE year that I was finally going to make my growing-a-real-strawberry dream come true! We have about five varieties growing in the pot, including a French strawberry that was supposedly just introduced to the U.S. a couple of years ago – and I am so sorry but I have totally forgotten the name.

And I have so much Strawberry Fun for you today! Starting with this Strawberry Summer Cake – doesn’t that sound like something we all MUST try? There really is no choice is there? Just an imperative to go forth and make strawberry cake!

You can find the recipe for Strawberry summer cake here at Smitten Kitchen. I highly encourage you to take a look through the recipes on the site and try a few! I made the lemon tart a couple months back and it was unbelievably good.

Now here is another kind of strawberry cake and isn’t this something? Life will not be fully complete for me until I try this pinkalicious cloud of cake . . . .

The cookbook that contains this amazing creation is called ‘Sweets: Soul Food Desserts and Memories’ by Patti Pinner. And if you are interested in just the cake recipe, you can find it here.

And do you all know about Kathe Kruse dolls? They are so lovely and each one is made by hand, using natural materials whenever possible. They also possess a price tag that reflects all that craftsmanship. However, they are truly stunning and special. And sometimes you can find them on sale. Julia received the Strawberry Elf doll (the one with the cotton candy hair) from Santa (Who found it on sale! Clever Santa.) and she just adores this doll. And Julia is not a doll girl!

1) Kathy Kruse Strawberry Elf Doll, $34. 2) Waldorf Baby Doll Strawberry, $69.95. 3) Kathy Kruse Strawberry Princess Doll, $176.95.

“Where is Strawberry Moshi” is a puzzle and activity book that has been on my radar for ages, but I finally just got it for Julia last week. AND SHE DID NOT PUT IT DOWN FOR 4 HOURS STRAIGHT AFTER SHE RECEIVED IT. Not even television will enthrall her to that degree! To say she loved this book would be an understatement.

On each page you get to find Strawberry Moshi (I have no idea what a moshi is, by the way.) and her pal, Super Moshi. And you can also look for bonus moshi friends, like Samurai Moshi! Panda Moshi! Baby Moshi! On some pages, you will help your moshis find their way through mazes – the goal is to get to DELICIOUSLAND, while avoiding SCARYLAND. Got that?

There is a ‘Strawberry Mermaid Moshi’ coming out in August, my bookstore source tells me, and I can promise you that one will be in our home the day after it hits the stores!

“Strawberries are Red” and “The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear” are adorable board books that smaller toddlers would just love. But here’s the fun thing – simple, easy text stories have another use past the toddler years, I’ve discovered. They serve as great books for early readers to practice their beginning phonics and word recognition skills!

“Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Strawberries” is the cutest story about three sisters living in Sweden. There is a whole series of these books! We have several and each one is a delight. The sisters have small, sweet little adventures, which seem Big in the eyes of small child – looking for wild strawberries! Where did the lost kitten go? Will Mom’s birthday cake turn out as they hoped? Beautifully illustrated and classic, you really should get your hands on these books. (And we’re going to look for ‘Snip, Snap, Snurr’ very soon as well.)

Well, I’m exhausted! Do you have any strawberry fabulousity to share?


  1. I saw the Strawberry Moshi book the other day and thought it was quite cute. Like Waldo, but crazier. It crossed my mind to get it for our niece, but she's only 2, so I thought maybe a little old for her.

    Speaking of strawberries - kidnap Natalie and have her make strawberry shortcake for you. Or get her recipe. So yummy!

  2. Yeah, I saw the Moshi book over a year ago and thought, need to wait, need to wait.... Oh how I wish we could have been there, strawberry shortcake is my favorite all time dessert! ~Melissa

  3. Strawberries are definitely my favorite summer fruit! xoxo

  4. Hey Melissa! May I compliment you on your fantastic, AWESOME name?? Hurray for Melissas!! I dearly love strawberries, but I have to admit that my ultimate summer preference is for a perfect ripe peach -- which is kind of like the Holy Grail to find around here in the rainy climate in which I live. Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you come see us again soon :) ~Melissa