And I don't have to grow them, spray them, harvest them, pit them or freeze them. I simply pick them up, and when I get home I fill 8 gallon freezer bags with cherries, pop them into the freezer and DONE.
It's such a cool thing to have all that goodness put away for the year and I expended little effort. Now all y'all know that's a rare thing, but it's so worth it. They do blueberries, too, but while we love to have some fresh blueberries around, it's not the same kind of love, love, love we have for cherries.
So this week we put the cherries on ice, I made a wonderful pie RECIPE HERE and I had about 16 oz. of leftover pie filling.... so I thawed some Phyllo dough and made two strudels.
Because why not?
And I made friends with my family because they will love eating strudel. The pie lasted a day.... and a last piece tucked away disappeared today.
I did the strudel with Phyllo because I was out of puff pastry and while it's good, the puff pastry holds together better.... and doesn't flake all over the place.
But I'm not complaining! :)
We've been busy growing things and tending things, and now we're moving things and building displays.... we bought the adjacent plot of land and Dave and Zach have been clearing it... and this week our contractor came and put in the new driveway access so we (and by "we" I mean Dave) can get back to the firewood and split wood for firewood customers.... but in three weeks we'll be stocking the pumpkin displays so in order to do that we have to be ready. We've been moving displays, painting the donkey shed, moving dirt, grading, trimming things out.... and there's still a lot to do to make the 8 weeks of magic come alive, but we're getting there!
Day by day....
Honestly, if I thought about the amount of work, effort, coordination and cooperation this whole thing takes I WOULD RUN AND HIDE IN A COZY CABIN.
So we don't think about it.
We just roll up our sleeves and get to it.
Ben Franklin said "Plenty of time to rest in the grave."
You're one smart dude.
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