Guilt, Love & Excess...

I survived 1200 pounds of strawberries. 
But, this came at a price...
and the price was paid today.

I had friends, family and neighbours all rally.
We chopped from 5am till 10pm, they baby sat my girl, they took her on sleep overs.
Strangers called and came to help.  Really.  No, I'm serious, they did.
And four days later, it's done.
But I feel like a horrid mother.
I had next to no time with her or for her.
So, today was excess strawberry day with all my love!
It started with crepes!

2 eggs
1 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla

Put it all in the blender, wiz till bubbly.
Pop it in the fridge for an hour.
Pour some into the centre of a pan and swirl it around till thin.
When the edges pull up from the pan, flip it over.
Oh so lightly brown each side.

Vanilla yogurt and of course strawberries...

..give it a roll and a squirt (of syrup that is) and enjoy.

Enter the girl. 

Enter the smile.

Enter the food.
There is no shame in really loving crepes when you are three.

And for lunch..strawberry milkshakes in the four room cardboard house we built from the two giant freezers that were delivered to the farm today.
I'm in the good books again!
The crepe mix is good in the fridge till the next day too.
Which can be handy.


Allison at Novice Life said...

She is adorable!

Razmataz said...

It is hard to balance work and kids. I bet she had a lot of fun with all her care givers though. And a special day with her mum.....

Have a great weekend.

A Vintage Green said...

Happy stawberriy day. A lot of work to prep/preserve but what a sweet treat. Love your photos.
- Joy

Anne Marie... said...

they look delicious - and so cute with her happy face!

you totally cracked me up with your last post btw

Vintage Home said...

yummmm...I only did 40 lbs!....ah well the joys of success......beautiful girly!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

That's a lot of work and so nice to have helpful friends.
Kids are very resilient and you can see by her enthusiastic smile that she is a happy and adorable girl!

Hope you can rest up a bit this weekend and have some have some fun,

Amber @ fromtheseeds said...

Congrats! That seems like so much work. Mmmm that crepe recipe looks divine!

Jane said...

Wow Heather, job well done with all those strawberries. You must have a wonderful community of friends over there. I will be trying the crepe recipe for sure. The tug between mother and work can very trying at times can't it. You must have felt like collapsing in a comfy chair at the end of the strawberry chop, but you gave yourself to your little one so I think you've got the balance just right! happy day, Jane x

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Nothin better than pure lovin crepes w/strawberries~Cheers Kim

donna baker said...

I've been thinking about you. How much did 1200 lbs. of strawberries cost and did they give you a good deal since you bought so many? And I certainly wondered if you did it all yourself. I can too and the most I've tackled at one time was 3 bushels of white peaches. Glad you had help.

Kim said...

Good for you!!! We all know the 'good moms' make more than cereal for breakfast!! :0)

Seven Gates Farm said...

I know it was worth every bit of it. I love the look on her happy face. Debi

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That little smile made it all worth while :-{)

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hey! I just received my copy of Anthology via a circuitous re-direct (long story!). And there you were and I thought oh wow it's Heather from the Blueberry farm! Anyway I was inspired and have invited a homes editor for a favourite title over so keep your fingers crossed for me!
And thank you for giving me the shove I needed!

Sarah x

Susan said...

i CANNOT even begin to imagine 1200 lbs of strawberries! good on ya! and i'm sure your daughter has LONG forgiven you... sounds like you have a good support system!

crepes with strawberries, vanilla yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup is my daughter's ultimate favorite breakfast request too. your pictures are absolutely priceless!

i look forward to checking out some of your jams... waiting for some blueberry picking when they are ready :)

rowlind said...

its so cute pic

Casco Bay Soap Co. said...

it is indeed not easy to balance life/business and children. looks like you made up for it. love through cooking, my favorite! :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Your hone must have been sticky and smelled so incredible! I love the look on your little ones face!
YUMMY post!

Alicia said...

She's got such an infectous smile!! Major cutie! I can't imagine all those strawberries. Major bows to you & your helpers!!

Iniyaal said...

The crepe looks delicious.. Your daughter sure looks super happy on seeing those treats.

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Oh, she is too cute! It is really hard to balance life/work/family, but it sounds like you are doing a great job. I don't know if this helps with the guilt, but I work from home with my kids (they are 2 and 1, they go to a sitter 2x a week and are with me the rest of the time). Very occassionally, I have to go out of town for a few days for client obligations, and I feel so guilty. But I try to remind myself that the short time I'm away from them doesn't detract from all the time I AM with them. Compared to how much others are away from their kids, I'm still really lucky, even if I'm without them for a few days. Good luck with all the bustling farm activity!

Lisa said...

Visiting via A Country Farmhouse. I adore your style and this particular post!
Looking forward to visiting....often!
Off to explore more here and your other websites.
Have a great day!