Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Saturday Teacupcakes and Sunday Strawberry Festival

On Saturday, Nuno went to a fishing tournament on Orr Lake , so it was just the girls and I at home for the day.  Anita was flipping through one of my cookbooks and asked, "Mommy, can we bake something today?".  I told her I would think about it, since I still had to finish up some chores and after all, it was Saturday, and I thought I should relax a bit.  Her request lingered in my mind and I remembered I had  new cupcake molds I still hadn't experimented with.  So the answer was, "Okay, we'll make cupcakes!".  And then, of course, Anita and Annabel cheered and waited as patiently as they could for me to finish my chores. 

Annabel sifting flour into the bowl.

Anita adding softened butter

Annabel adding sugar

Vanilla cupcakes cooling on the rack

I decorated them with cream cheese frosting (which I tinted pink).  The teacupcake molds were a hit! 

This past weekend, our local "pick your own" farm, celebrated their 5th annual Strawberry Festival.  We decided to go pick some strawberries on Sunday and enjoy the festivities.  The morning started off very grey and cloudy, so we waited till later in the afternoon to see if it would improve. 

Nuno and the girls on the tractor trailer, getting ready for the ride to the strawberry fields.

Fresh picked new potatoes, sweet peas and snow peas for sale.

Fresh spinach and asparagus for sale too!

We had to wait a while for this strawberry shortcake, as the organizers had run out of cake, but Annabel didn't want to go home without eating it.  So, we waited, and it was definitely worth the wait!

This is what we purchased at the farm on Sunday - fresh picked strawberries, new potatoes, and sweet peas! 
The weather did improve and we had a fun afternoon at the farm!  I feel so lucky to live within a few minutes of this wonderful farm that provides such a large assortment of  fresh-picked produce from May to September!

Sunday's dinner - grilled pork, local new potatoes and sweet peas.

And don't forget dessert! Our vanilla cupcakes, cut in bite-size pieces, vanilla ice cream, and sliced strawberries soaked in their own sugar syrup. So simple, yet so delicious!

I will end this post with the beautiful backyard sunset I captured on Sunday evening.  Sorry for the rather long post.  I just had so many pictures I wanted to share with you.  I hope you are enjoying your Wednesday.  It is rather chilly and blustery here in Barrie.  Hoping it's warm and sunny where you are!  Thank you for stopping by.  I so enjoy having you.  Happy Wednesday! xo


  1. I have seen this darling little cupcake teacups and I'm glad to know someone who has tried them and likes them!!! The strawberry picking is one of my most favorite things to do---how fun to share that experience with your family. The dessert looks fantastic!!!!!!!!!

  2. What charming day with the strawberrry festival and such a great thing to do with the family! The girls look so happy in the kitchen...just like Mommy does! That is the way I learned how to bake...right beside my mom! I had seen the molds in stores, and they bake so nicely and I thank you for telling us all!! By the way, I adore the Adirondak chairs by the fire pit!!
    Hugs, Sherry xx

  3. You see--this is why people have children--so you have someone shorter than you (at least for a while) to pick strawberries. Looks like a super fun day with gorgeous produce and a fantastic dinner. So fun to bake with little girls.

  4. The only things cuter than the Teacupcakes and the Brambly Hedge tea set are Anita and Annabel :) Adorable!

    The farm produce looks fantastic and it must have been so much fun to pick your own strawberries at the farm, then gobble up some of the goodness (I would have waited for the cake too)!

    Your backyard looks so peaceful in the sunset. You've created a beautiful haven there..

  5. Hello darling Rosinda! Just catching up on posts after my busy week!! I love this...your girls are such sweetpeas themselves & I love the little teacup molds so much - will look out for them here! It looks like your farm visit was a wonderful family outing. Hope the weather has warmed up now! Sending love & hugs xoxo