Sweet Strawberries!

SWEET SATURDAY

Another sweet image of summer… sweet strawberries!

Can you say yum?

The best part about strawberries in the summer is the price, which makes them hard to resist. And why resist them anyway? They can be used in so many ways:

  • with angel food or pound cake plus whipped cream
  • in protein shakes (my fave)
  • as a cereal topping
  • stirred into Jello desserts
  • as a decorative cake topping and in between cake layers
  • and even by themselves

And who doesn’t love sweet strawberry pie?

I prefer to eat them after they are freshly washed and at the peak of their sweetness, without any sugar added. I have also been known to include sweet sliced strawberries in a salad and toss with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing… another yum!

So, how about sharing other special ways or recipes where you use fresh sweet strawberries?

Sunny Sunflowers

THANKFUL THURSDAY

I’m so thankful for vibrant summer flowers and love the majestic yet down-to-earth beauty of sunflowers. I just had to share this cute photo of someone’s great sense of sunflower humor… even in their garden! [I can definitely see you doing this, Marie!]

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock. —Henry Ward Beecher

Poem to a Sunflower

Created by BelievingHeaven101

I see you there in glory shining bright,
Following the sun and its path of light.
Standing tall above all others in the field,
You grow, conquer, and do not yield.

The little birds take great delight
In playing round you, from day to night.
With your petals of yellow and leaves of green
How very easily you are seen.

But there is more to you than first sight,
More than beauty and grander to delight.
Every beautiful aspect that appears,
Gives praise to the Father dear.

He made you a part of creation,
And you praise him in glorious celebration!
The beauty that within you is expressed,
Gives testimony to his greatness.

Sunflower, how I long to be like you!
Glorifying God in all I do.
Following the Son and His path of light,
To worship Him in His glory shining bright.

I can learn from you, my friend,
With every breath, praise to God, I might send.
With all of his creation telling the story,
Might I, with you, proclaim His glory.