Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Cherries Jubilee!

Life is just a bowl of cherries - Lisa Loeb


We had a wonderful cherry harvest this year. The tree started to put on it's show in May. These are tart little cherries, just right for pies!


Click to enlarge for full effect!
So pretty when they're yellow and begin to *blush*


Ooo, click me, click me!!


First day of picking! Here's Kevin, his sister Joyce, and Nova. Actually, I think Kevin had already picked some before this, but I'm not counting it as there is no evidence, lol! These were barely ripe but we had to stay on top of them. The birds certainly were!





I love this bowl. I think I got it at an auction.



I kept thinking of Bubba Gump Shrimp... making Cherry pie, cherry crisp, cherry cobbler, cherry smoothies, and even dried cherries........

Before we new it, it was pickin' time again. Oh, seeding cherries is the PITS!! I never wanted to see another cherry again at this point.

But they sure were perty and a wonderful vintage RED. Click me too!! That's Kevin and my mom, picking away...





Nothin' like retro red cherries! I should dress for the occasion! A favorite vintage inspired dress from Charlotte Russe. $11.00!

Modern Charlotte Russe cherry print dress


I found the sweater at Charlotte's too, for $3~

Charlotte Russe modern sweater


Cherries in hair, slept in pillow rollers


Close up of cherries and sweater detail~

closeup of modern Charlotte Russe sweater and cherry dress

Ok, ok... let's EAT!

How 'bout some cherry pie?

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Now I must admit, these two pie pics were two separate pies made on different days!


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Like to try some dried cherries? These remind me of Craisens. They're great in salads. Some were dried plain, and some were soaked in Tuaca first~ Those were good for snacking!




Or perhaps I could interest you in some cherry crisp? My pie and crisp recipes are from the good ol' Better Homes and Gardens cookbook with the red gingham cover. Sometimes I make the crust, sometimes I buy them.

Click to see the little dish, it's a fave of mine. I love it because of the black and white striped "ribbon"



Cherry smoothie anyone? I didn't get a photo of ours, but this one sure is cute so it will suffice!


Kevin's *CORE* smoothie was a mixture of the following... sorry folks, we don't measure 'round here~



Frozen bananas,
frozen cherries,
soy milk,
splenda,
flax seed,
and plain lowfat yogurt




Life is a just bowl of cherries, hope you're making the most of it!




21 comments:

Mamselle Duroc said...

Oh, how delightful! Everything looks positively delightful... the fun of picking, the treats you made... and you look gorgeous in your outfit! So cute!

Justine said...

Okay wow, that's a whole lotta cherries! But they didn't look ripe enough to be nice and sweet! What the heck is tuaca? Never have heard of that.
I love love love that vintage dress you were wearing, and the cherries in your hair! You've even got that 1940s, looking to the side post down perfect!

Justine :o )

MyBigMouth said...

Ooh,what a gorgeous dress!
We have a Charolette Russe down the street,I may have to look for that dress.
So many cherries,I would be in heaven.
I will eat so many sometimes,I'll make myself sick,lol.
By the way,I tagged you on my blog,please have a look.

Bridget said...

Yummy post! Do you have a cherry pitter...pops the pits out and drops it into a container for easy disposal!

M said...

Please, tell us how you did your hair so cute!

My Maine Cottage said...

Hmm....for some reason I'm craving cherry pie......

Every thing looks delicious and I was being stubborn about not clicking on the pictures to enlarge them, but I gave in towards the end and WOW!!!! Cool pictures of the trees up-close.

Nice outfit too! You are a great bargain hunter!

Fun post! :-)
-Elizabeth

Traci said...

Ok, I'm coming to get some cherries.....great post! Thanks!

Liz said...

Nikki,
YOU are such a flash back girl! I love the dress, shoes and sweater! That cherry cobbler looks yummy! How do you stick to your diet?! LOL!

~~Liz~~

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

You look so cute in your vintage cherry dress!
:)

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Are you the cutest thing, or what! That dress is just too much! We used to pick cherries every year when I was a kid...what memories...I don't even like cherries! :)

M ^..^

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Those cherries look so yummy! My mouth is watering. And then cherry pie and cherry crisp, oh my!!! So delicious.

And aren't you just too adorable in that cherry outfit! I love all those cute clothes you find and they suit you so well!

Kady

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Nikki,
I have never seen a cherry tree before! Thanks, for the pic's. All your deserts look yummy and your outfit is soooo cute!
Hugs~Kelly

Rue said...

Nikki you are so stinkin' cute LOL I love that dress and sweater! Now I need a cherry tree and some pie ;)

hugs,
rue

Heather said...

Oh I love cherries! We used to have cherry trees growing up and would spend hours picking them before the birds could!! I made my first cherry pie one year and as we all were half through our pieces my Dad noticed there were worms clear through it!!! The thought still grosses me out!!! No wonder the birds wanted them so bad!!
Your food looks so good you are making me hungry!!!
Hugs
Heather :)

Heather said...

PS I LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT DRESS! YOU sre such a cutie!!
-Heather :)

CIELO said...

Lovely cherry day.... and lovely lady!

cielo

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Okay, so now the Neil Diamond song "Cherry Cherry" is in my head, LOL. Looks like a grand time cherry picking and those pies look de-lish! Have to say it. You look great in your cherry vintage dress, shoes, sweater and the piece de resistance? The cherries in the hair. Love it!
Good show!

TattingChic said...

What a fun cherry-licious post. The cherry pie looks delish and the cherry dress is very cute and sweet. Love the shoes and the cherries in your hair.

tricia said...

I love your Blog. I just bought cherries today ar our Piggly Wiggly! They were premium price too. I love your dress and the music was so much fun! Thanks for the time on that cute post.

Lallee said...

What a fun post! I'm envious of all those cherries! Yummo!!! I loved all the pics. That's one of my favorites of you--in the cherry dress. Next season you need to have one of those pitting tools! Do you have Martha Stewart's recipe for chocolate chip cookies with dried cherries? It's my favorite cookie recipe. Not core however :P

Hugs,
Lallee

Joanna said...

I love your outfit! And those cherries looks so yummy. :) xoxo, Joanna