On Pinterest: Stars and Stripes

If you took a day off from work today (like me) to get a jump-start on your holiday weekend plans, then I hope you’re not battling too much traffic right now to get where you need to be. Better yet, maybe you’ve already arrived or opted to skip the crowds and stay home, and with a drink in hand are currently catching up on a good book or TV series. Either way, I hope you enjoy. ūüôā

I certainly hope to have a relaxing extended weekend, myself. My plans for the actual holiday will likely include throwing something on the grill and kicking back with a few cocktails, but tomorrow I’m looking forward to a day in the city with my mom. We have tickets for a matinee performance of Jersey Boys and are planning to go for dinner after the show. (P.S., if you have any suggestions for me on where to eat in NYC, I’d love some new ideas. Let me know in a comment or DM me on Twitter @fromannakitchen.)

If you’re planning a big bash to celebrate the holiday, check out these red, white, and blue food and entertaining ideas curated from Pinterest and have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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Strawberry Picking and Preserving: Strawberry-Balsamic Jam and Strawberries in Syrup

A few weeks ago, Steve and I went on an impromptu strawberry-picking adventure to Grim’s Orchard and Family Farms¬†in¬†Breinigsville, PA. We visited the farm last year for pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, which was a lot of fun, and decided that we would¬†go back for¬†strawberry-picking¬†as soon as the season came around.

Steve picked strawberries when he was younger, so he was an ol’ pro at it. We ended up hauling home¬†a whopping 10 lbs of strawberries for about $25 — not bad at all for some of the sweetest, ripest strawberries I think I’ve ever put in my mouth.

Of course, Steve was tasked with¬†the all-important job of¬†carrying our harvest, too. ūüėČ

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I had a total of 10 quarts of berries on-hand after I included the ones¬†that I picked up from the farmer’s market earlier in the week before this adventure. Those berries were leftover from the¬†strawberry-rhubarb preserves that I made and have been eating with my morning breakfast ever since because it’s that damn¬†delicious.

It may sound like a lot, but I assure you: Not a single strawberry went to waste.¬†A small batch of strawberry-balsamic jam was up first followed by strawberries packed in syrup, using up every single berry¬†that didn’t¬†otherwise end up in my mouth during the washing and chopping process.

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PA Brewery Tour Weekend

Originally posted on Fuchsia-Revolver.org.

These months are flying by so fast; I can’t believe it is already¬†June!

I recently celebrated my 6-month anniversary at my now not-so-new job. It has also been nearly a month¬†since I graduated with my MBA and commemorated¬†my 7th anniversary with Steve… wow, wow, wow.

Since plans fell through to get away for my graduation weekend¬†on account of the rain,¬†Steve and I decided to take day trips¬†to¬†a few local breweries a few weekends ago, a “bucket list” item that we’ve had for some time.¬†We had fun visiting the Slyfox Beer and Victory Beer brew pubs on Saturday, and on Sunday took a trip to Hershey, PA, to visit Tr√∂egs Independent Brewing.

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Farmers Market Finds for June 2016

Originally posted on Fuchsia-Revolver.org.

The passing of the Memorial Day weekend means that some of my favorite times of the year are approaching. It’s not so much the summer weather, which tends to get too hot for my comfort, but the other things that come along with it that I enjoy.

I‚Äôm talking, of course, of grilling outdoors, going to farmers markets and food festivals, taking trips to the beach to eat lobster rolls… the things that, for shameless food-obsessed people like me, make dealing with the hot weather a little more tolerable.

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