It was the birthday of two people I know.
It was my cousin's birthday. I haven't seen her in nearly 13 years, and her career choice keeps her overseas a lot of the time. I hope she had a happy day yesterday. And for another person, who has spent a lot of her life helping others, I hope it was a good celebration.
But, for still another person, a member of a Facebook group I've belonged to for several years, yesterday was the end of her time here. She left our world yesterday, all too soon, another life taken by cancer.
All the more, I am reminded that every day of our lives is a gift. Whatever each day brings in opportunity, it is our responsibility to take advantage of those gifts. Learn. Observe. Do something to help a fellow traveler on this planet. Or take advantage of the bounty of nature.
Yesterday, there were so many gifts in my life. My spouse and I ate out at a local orchard (more on that later in the week), and then went raspberry picking.
The berry should come right off of the white core without a wrestling match. If the raspberry is reluctant to fall into your hand, move onto the next one. If it is too ripe (it would have turned purple), do not take it, either. Raspberries will not last long, especially if they are overripe.
Examine the berry for mold. Unfortunately, if it rains, ripe raspberries will mold right on the plant.
And use bug spray, because you will need it.
And most importantly, take someone you love to pick with you. Some things are better not done alone.
|Raspberry fields forever.|
You can eat them fresh, over vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.
You can make a raspberry vinegar, which my spouse does, but I need to get a recipe from him.
You can make raspberry quick jam (noting this is a refrigerator jam, and won't keep long). But my jam making days are over (at least for now).
You can put them on a cookie sheet, one raspberry thick (don't pile them), and put them in the freezer. As soon as they freeze, put into freezer bags and store in the freezer. You can use them like fresh in many recipes.
Or you can make raspberry applesauce, which I ate with my breakfast yesterday morning at the orchard restaurant. I decided to try to duplicate it at home. I hope to blog more about in the next few days. I will have my homemade version today with breakfast.
Starting today, in addition to the Ultimate Blog Challenge, I am participating in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #5, a seven day blogging challenge.
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Do you like raspberries? How do you like to eat them?