|Nothing like a few strategically placed candles to light the way|
|Gerry ran Boston back in 1992|
|Gerry leads our van to the finish line|
At 70, he is still in fantastic shape and does several local races a year (no marathons, but usually one half-marathon, and a few 10Ks and 5Ks). I hope I'm still running when I'm his age. Happy birthday, Gerry!
I also had the opportunity to spend some time with my cute little goddaughter, Rachel, at the birthday party. :)
Yesterday, my friend Kim organized a group of people to pick strawberries at Pine Tree Apple Orchard up in White Bear Lake. I hadn't picked strawberries since I was a kid, so having the opportunity to do so was a lot of fun for me.
|Taking a tractor ride out to the strawberry patch|
|LOTS of people were picking strawberries yesterday|
|Mmmmm... so plump, juicy and sweet!|
|A flat full of berries|
A couple of us stayed at Kim's house to help her make strawberry jam. I had never done any canning before, so this was a new experience. It was messy and fun and I hope to do a little bit more canning this summer, if I can find the time.
|Pouring sugar into the strawberry and Sure-Jell mixture|
|Ladling the jam into the jars|
|Yum - the finished product! :)|
I've been cooking up a storm myself, trying to use as many of my flat of berries as possible. So far, I've made strawberry salsa and a loaf of strawberry bread that contains no eggs, dairy or nuts. I'm not allergic to any of those foods... I was making food out of what I currently have available in my house. :) I also went back to my bartending roots (I worked part-time as a bartender for two-and-a-half years) and have some strawberry-infused sake and a strawberry liqueur in the works. My house smells fabulous.
Tomorrow, future hubs and I are running the Red, White and Boom! TC Half-Marathon. I've been keeping an eye on the weather forecast and it's going to be a warm one (highs in the upper 80s), but hopefully not as humid as it was on Thursday and Friday. I'm glad the race starts at 6:30 a.m.! I only have one goal for this race...
Mark and I are wearing costumes, and this will be our longest race wearing festive getup. However, if the weather isn't too warm, I think I might be able to pull off a sub-2 hour half. We will have to wait and see. :)
Who influenced you to start running?
Have you ever gone to a strawberry patch to pick strawberries before?