Last week, my family and I hashed out a summer bucket list around the dinner table. On it are all the things that we’re excited to do while the sun is shining and the days are long. It includes everything from making ice cream to searching for buried treasure and having a water balloon fight. One of my items was to pick fruit together and make something yummy with it.

We are vacationing in Gloucester, MA and it’s strawberry season, so we headed to Russell Orchards a few miles away in Ipswich. We plucked six quarts of juicy, ruby red, and bite-sized (no pesticide-plumped giants) berries. I found a recipe for Strawberry Icebox Pie on and my kids (Clementine and Nathaniel, 5) and I made it together later that day. It has a graham cracker crust, sweetened strawberry filling, and whipped cream on top. Yes, it’s as delicious as it sounds. It was so irresistible that we ate it all in one sitting and made it (and ate it) again the next night.

Ah, summer.

What’s on your family’s summer wish list? Email us on and let us know what you’re excited to do this summer. We’ll share your ideas in an upcoming post.


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Comments (4)


  1. Posted by: Maia

    We did the same just last week – with six kids, the harvest was vast, and lasted us for several suppers!

  2. Sounds like the perfect way to get more out of the kid’s vacation. Keeping them busy and joining in the fun activities is all a good ploy to get them interested in nature. Thanks for this post.. I am adding it to my things to do in the summer list.

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