When I read this week’s topic for Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011, I smiled. It’s a great topic, and one that we should all consider now and again. The topic is ‘What makes you happy?’.
The simplest answer I can give is so many things …
That little boy above makes me sublimely happy. So does his little sister? Their gleeful giggles and vivid imaginations are amazing and infectious.
Another thing that makes me happy? Summer strawberries, plucked straight from the plant and popped into a waiting mouth. Nothing compares to a sun-warmed fresh berry on a perfect summer day. Saturday was a lovely day for berry picking (though the fields were a tad wet still from Friday’s rain). The kids had a great time, eating their body weight in berries and occasionally helping with the picking too.
Naturally, berry picking makes me happy too. The kids and I joined two of my dear friends for this weekend’s berry picking and lunch at the beach. It was so much fun. We’ve been strawberry picking every year since Will was a baby. Now, he asks when we’ll go and gets so excited as the time nears.
Our favorite place to strawberry pick is Jones Family Farms in Shelton, Connecticut, which is a great family-run farm that specializes in pick-your-own crops. They also have a winery on-site, which produces some amazing wine.
One of the things we love most about Jones is the Berry Ferry that taxis pickers from the entrance to the fields. Now, granted, the distance isn’t far. It’s totally walkable … but the Berry Ferry is just plain fun.
So, what makes you happy?
Be sure to check out the other ELB bloggers too.
- Cate O’Malley from Sweetnicks
- Joanne from Eats Well with Others
- Chris Arpante – Melecotte
- Patsy – Family, Friends and Food
- Claire – Cooking is Medicine
- Rivki Locker – Healthy Eating for Ordinary People
- Sarah Rogers – Sarah’s Sweet Creations
- Kate – Paved with Good Intentions
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.