Thursday, June 2, 2016

Creation Inspiration

 Something amazing happened today. I got cleaned up, took extra pains to corral my strubbly hair, and put on a halfway decent outfit to go to the store. Then, before my cart even hit the entrance, I ran into someone I know and was able to have a nice chat while feeling okay about my appearance. I'm telling you, ten times out of ten, I can go to the store perfectly presentable and never see a familiar soul. It's that one or two or TEN other times that I step out while look like I've just been cleaning out the garage that I meet every long lost friend and acquaintance. I guess once in a while you are thrown a curve ball and you actually catch it.

   Right now, the end of the school year activities and picnics are colliding with our booming strawberry harvest. I love this time of year. The beginning of the harvest, the preservation. The satisfaction. Even the exercise.

   It can be a little tiring. I am the night owl, not the early bird. Even the birds outside the window know this. I hear a bird trilling something that sounds like "Truuuuue, truuuue, truuuue!" When I think about what motivates and energizes me for such a time as this, it is the glory of creation. The fragrant honeysuckle blooms as the grass tickles my feet and I walk towards a field of corn stalks only a few inches high yet. The earth has burst forth in glorious new life. The warm sun, buttercups, and scenery that changes with new blooms before I even done admiring the old ones. Was it ever this good before? The newness is refreshing every year. I love bringing things into my home that are inspired by nature. Or just plain bringing in nature, in case of Little Mister's penchant for housing orphaned insects in various containers.



Inspired by the real deal.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation...

The real deal.
   I remember as a child finding my first hatched baby robin's egg on the ground. What a thrill! To think that a real live baby bird had hatched from there and left it behind. What must it be like to see such a thing? It was such a pleasure to experience that anew through my own son's eyes when we found a hatched robin's egg one evening. What a poignant reminder that God cares for the baby robin, and sparrow, and us. Another gift? His mercies are new every morning. 

   Back to picnics. While I could best be described as "ïn-doorsy" there is something special about sipping a cool drink outside on a warm day while sharing food with those you love. Extra points if the children are enjoying it. This dessert is a timeless classic and has probably been on the table at every church carry in meal (pot luck) that I've ever attended. You can make the top layer with any thickened fruit pie filling, but for this one I used strawberries.



Prepare your fruit filling and allow it to cool completely. For this recipe I used:
3 1/2-4 cups of fresh or thawed frozen strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
3 T corn starch

Combine and stir over medium heat until thickened. You can add more sugar according to your taste.

1 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar

Melt the butter and combine with the graham crackers and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Stir until crumbly, and then press into an 8x12 baking dish.

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. of whipped cream or whipped topping

In a mixer, use a paddle to thoroughly mix the cream cheese and sugar. Add in the vanilla while mixing. Next, use a whisk attachment to mix in the whipped cream or whipped topping until you have a light, creamy consistency.

Spread the cream cheese evenly layer over the graham crackers. Chill until set. Last, spread your fruit filling over top. After everything is chilled, cut into squares and serve. Finally, take your empty dish home from the picnic. 


6 comments:

  1. Mmm! Boy, does anything scream summer like a fresh strawberry dessert?! I have a recipe from my Grandma Gibson that's been in our family for years. It's almost like this one, but has a different (actually, quite delicious) kind of crust. Grandma called her dessert "Cherry Supreme". Of course, she used canned pie filling, rather than your absolutely delicious-sounding fresh fruit version. I have needed a recipe for making fresh filling for a long time! Thank you so much for this. I had stopped making Grandma's recipe because I refuse to use canned filling anymore. Now I'll be able to make all kinds of real fruit toppings for cheesecakes, too!
    PS: I'm going to email you my grandma's recipe, too.

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    1. I can't wait to see the cherry supreme recipe. Cherries are actually my preferred fruit, so perhaps I'll try it. Last year I canned a lot of strawberry pie filling and wouldn't hesitate to use my own canned filling in this or any other, but when I make fresh fruit filling, I do it on the fly with just a pot, a little water, frozen or fresh fruit, corn starch, and sugar to taste. I'm glad you got some use out of this post!

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  2. This is a special, busy time of year, isn't it, with all those fresh wonders of creation. It sounds as if you're making memories for the Little Mister.
    Strawberry Delight, especially made with fresh fruit, is one of my favorites. I've also made this with crushed hard pretzels in place of the graham crackers.

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    1. Yes, strawberry pretzel dessert! We enjoy, that too. My husband really enjoys it.

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  3. Beautiful thoughts, beautiful words.

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  4. I like your word, "strubbly". �� Hope you are doing well!

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