Sometimes I think that June is my favorite month of the year. That thought usually comes around the middle of June when I start thinking of all the good things that are going on in the warm weather and the beautiful green world around me. I am thinking of fresh asparagus in the garden, fresh mint in my tea and fresh food from the CSA we belong to. Each week we pick up a box containing all kinds of garden eating and I try to figure out how I can use all of it while planning meals. I am learning.
June first has been a special day for me for 48 years as it is our wedding anniversary. This year we celebrated it by attending our youngest grandchild’s high school graduation. It was a beautiful warm, but not hot evening. The class of Three hundred took a long time to get through, but the good thing was they had an excellent speaker. We happen to have known the speaker for some time. He was introduced with a long list of accomplishments and titles, during his welcoming applause, I leaned over and whispered to Dick “we call him Todd.”
It was her night and we were so proud of her. She is a beautiful gal inside and out.
This is our son and his daughter, a precious moment caught on my camera.
I think this is a great new tradition, at least it is the first time I have seen them decorated the caps. Dick says he remembers being told that if they did anything to the caps they would not walk the stage. Her cap is very nice as she is very artistic.
So the next special day in June was when I got to sit on the town square in front of a very popular store to tell people about my book. I did a lot of talking before I did any selling, but in the last hour – –
I sold books.
I LOVE IT WHEN I SELL BOOKS!!!
Then there are those special evenings in June when you get to share a time with friends, watch people, kick back and listen to some good music. Delightful!
We had just had dinner, but the snacks were plentiful and lasted long into the night.
The views at Hauser Winery are always spectacular, no matter what the season, but when you can sit outside in the warm weather, watch the sun set and the moon rise, sing along with the band and laugh with friends, that has got to be the best of seasons in the wonderful month of June.
To be sure you can’t even pretend to talk about June if you don’t mention strawberry’s. They are beautiful, delicious and sweet and taste so good in a strawberry – rhubarb pie. It’s so good I forgot to get the picture before the first two pieces were gone. Here is my favorite recipe for this great pie. It is so easy and comes from a very old “Better Homes and Gardens” cookbook.
1 1/2 (scant) cups sugar
1/4 cup flour +1 TBS cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 cups strawberries
2 cups cut up rhubarb OR you can do 3 cups rhubarb and 1 cup strawberries which ever flavor you want to dominate
Pastry for 2 crust 9-inch pie
1 TBS butter
Combine sugar, flour, cornstarch,salt and nutmeg. Add fruit, mix lightly let stand for 20 minutes.
Spray bottom of pie plate with butter spray.
Spoon mixture into pastry lined pie plate, dot with butter, add top crust, seal and moisten. Bake at 375 degrees about 40 to 45 minutes. Serve slightly warm.
Enjoy and have a delightful rest of June!!