Memorial Day 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend!
Most importantly, I hope you paid tribute to our veterans. 
We are so blessed that so many have fought for the freedoms we have.
 We work every Saturday, so after we finished Brandon and I headed out to the pool to soak up some sun and relax.
 Sunday morning some of our best friends arrived and the guys headed over to the country club for a round of golf while I took the girls to pick strawberries.
It was their first time ever going to a you-pick farm, and they loved it!
We almost convinced them to leave the city life behind and move to the country...almost.
 After we picked strawberries, we went to the pool to have some much needed girl time and catching up.
 After the guys played golf we all swam in the pool and then headed down to the river shoals to play for a while.
 We ate too much...ribs on Sunday night and burgers and grilled chicken with all the fixins on Monday.
 Our visit was a blast, but too short! We love these people and are blessed to call them friends.
 We're already planning our next reunion!
 We also ate this delicious homemade strawberry pie with the fresh berries we picked.
It was SO good!
 Just in case you missed the recipe from the past, here it is:

  • 1 9-inch pastry crust (baked)  I used a pie crust.
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries (divided)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch I used 5 tablespoons.
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Step 1
Hull the strawberries. Slice half of the berries, and set aside. (You should have about 2 cups of sliced berries. I used 2.5 cups.) Place the remaining berries in the bowl of a food processor. Process until very finely chopped. (You should have about 1 cup of pureed berries. I used 1.5 cups.)
Step 2
Arrange the sliced berries in the baked pastry shell. Set aside.
Step 3
In a medium saucepan, combine the pureed berries and 1 cup granulated sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Whisk the corn starch into the water, and gradually add to the strawberry mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring constantly, for about 10 minutes, or until mixture is considerably thickened. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice. Pour mixture over prepared pastry shell, spreading evenly with a spoon. Chill for at least 4 hours.
Step 4
Just before serving, whip the cream, 2 teaspoons granulated sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Serve chilled pie with a dollop of whipped cream and additional berries or lime wedges, if desired.


  1. Love your side braid Cherish!

  2. Cherish,
    I have loved reading your blog for several years now and find that your blog is the best of everything I love. Between Southern Living, Georgia Traveler, Foodnetwork, and a sprinkling of down home Gospel, I cann't wait for your blogs and feel as though you are family. You and Brandon are in my prayers.

  3. That pie looks so yummy! And I need to you head to St. Pete after I have Anna Grace for a good workout!

  4. Cherish, I just saw your sweet picture on Instagram and am so sorry to learn of your loss. We had to put our 14 yr old sweet boy to sleep last month and I understand just how heartbroken you are. He was lucky to have been loved by you, and if he could've spoken, he would've told everybody how much he loved his family:) My prayer is that your heart will heal a little each day.

  5. Missing your updates !!!! Love all your pictures !
    lmb in So Ga

  6. Sure miss your updates...sure hope you are okay. I really enjoy your blog. :)

  7. Cherish, I just discovered you blog (when linking it to a picture that I found on Pinterest of your cotton field engagement pictures-I definitely told everyone who's they were!) but I was hoping that you hadn't completely stopped blogging, I would love to know how your life is now-everything you write is just perfect!

    xoxo, SS



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