A staycation (a portmanteau of “stay” and “vacation”) is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance of their home and does not require overnight accommodations.
In other words, the perfect option for our family of four that includes a 3-year-old and a 17-month-old.
That’s just what we did June 28-July 7.
It was amazing. Not only did we all get good sleep at night by being able to sleep in our own beds, we also were able to check off plenty of N’West Iowa destinations for family fun.
One of those places was Getting’s Garden by Sanborn, which is celebrating its 35th year this summer of selling juicy, delicious strawberries.
My husband and I checked it out during our first summer of marriage nine years ago. We thought it would be a great option for our two fruit-loving little girls this summer.
The red mouths, hands and clothes from the juicy strawberries proved to us we were right; the strawberries were big hit has a handful of them went from plant to stomach.
But what do you do with a flat full of strawberries?
Besides just eating the berries, we had three plans in mind for the 7 pounds of strawberries we picked:
1) Strawberry shake
- 1 cup of strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar (if using frozen strawberries, as they get more tart being frozen)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend until smooth. Makes about two 12-ounce glasses.
2) Strawberry pie
- 1 pie crust (we prefer graham cracker)
- Sliced strawberries, filling the pie crust to “level full”
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 package Jell-O Strawberry Flavor Instant Gelatin
On a stovetop, cook sugar, cornstarch and water until thick and clear. Bring to boil. Add Jell-O. Remove from heat and cool slightly, then pour over sliced strawberries. Refrigerate until Jell-O is set.
3) Strawberry wine
We used about 3.5 pounds of the freshly picked strawberries. We need to wait about three months to taste test this.
Next year we hope to try out the u-pick strawberry patch we at the Cornucopia strawberry patch in Sioux Center, which we learned about by reading the Sioux Center News while on staycation!