Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Strawberry Syrup

Letting children explore and experience life unfettered from parental supervision can be unnerving… especially when your kids are hot wires…like mine. I can’t help but wonder what reflection of my parenting they will project when I’m not around? 

Well three weeks ago, I got my chance to find out. Grandma and Grandpa asked to take our 8-year-old with them on a 10-day trip to Houston to spend time with his cousins. TEN DAYS! Who knows what manner of chaos could unravel in 10 days without mom or dad!  So we did what any parents would do, we packed his bag, gave him a kiss and said goodbye.

That’s not what most parents would do?
Oh well, me march to a different drum around here.

He had a blast while he was gone. So much fun in fact that he wouldn’t be bothered to call and let his parents know what he was up to. I was certain he had forgotten all about us. My fears were put to rest when I ran to give him a hug when he got home. He hugged me back and then promptly handed me a recipe card, “Mom, will you help me make this for breakfast tomorrow?” Ahhh, he hadn’t forgotten about me. And of everything I’ve tried to teach him, it was my love for all things kitchen that he projected while we were apart, and I’m ok with that.

Strawberry Syrup

Makes 2 cups
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
½ sugar

  1. Puree strawberries and sugar in a blender.
  2. Pour puree into a heatproof container (a mason jar) and then warm the container in a pot of boiling water. (if you have a Blendtec, apparently you can puree and heat all at once.)
  3. Serve syrup over your favorite breakfast bread or over ice cream or smothered on a slice of warm bread…the possibilities are endless.
Source: Amy-Jo, family file



Unknown said...

Too cute! This looks scrumptious! I'm not surprised he brought this home for you to make. Yum!

Chris's Gourmet Fashion said...

Looks delicious! Wanting just your help to make this at 8 years ... hey you have a chef in the making there :)

Trac said...

Gwen, you are so funny! I'm off to pick some strawberries tomorrow morning, so we get to try this one. yay!

AmyJo said...

He was so cute when he asked me for the recipe while eating pancake after pancake dripping with the syrup! We loved having him here and hope we can do it again sometime.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious syrup looks wonderful

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

What a great adventure for your son :) And I love this syrup...I'd pick this over maple syrup every single time...YUM.

Unknown said...

simple yet superb strawberry syrup - wow got a small alliteration out of that one :) Nice going - this is summer and as a parent of 3, I say let them run free and enjoy life before getting their noses back to the grind stone! cheers, priya

Kim Bee said...

This is such a cute story. I love that your son likes to cook. The recipe looks fab. This is one my daughter would love. Might try it when all her friends are over again this weekend. They were all just here for grad, now they're coming back for the fair. I'm going broke feeding all the hooligans. Teenagers eat like their legs are

Rivki Locker said...

Letting kids spend time away from home is the best thing you can do for them - especially in a safe and homey place like grandma/ grandpa's!
This syrup looks lovely. that rich red color is amazing.

The Harried Cook said...

Yummy sauce and such a cute story! Glad he had a blast on his trip :) My daughter is a strawberry fiend... I bet she would love this! Thanks for sharing...

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Mmmm, mmm mmm! This sounds great! It seems so easy, never thought to give it a try :)

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