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Cherry Pickers

There are multiple (irrational) things that both my children are afraid of, including but not limited to:

Germs (they’ve been brainwashed by Matty B)
Ski boats
Loud noises
Asparagus (at least, today- who knows about tomorrow)

However, these fears are tame in comparison to the ultimate fears which happen to be:

J Man: thunderstorms
Miss Rae: cats

So, we went cherry picking. It was a little sprinkly on the way and we could see storm clouds in the distance. But the cherry orchard was a good 30 minutes from our house and now that we don’t live in Portland anymore, 30 minutes is a long way! So we Matty B and I didn’t want to turn back.

Of course, as soon as we got settled in with our cherry picking buckets, the sky opened up and it poured. Poured!

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Matty B grabbed my yoga mat from the car for the kids to sit on and we covered them up with a blanket and an umbrella. J Man was stressed to say the least. You can tell from the above picture that the wheels in his old man brain are turning. “If I multiply the seconds between flashes of lighting and crashes of thunder, I should have that number divided by pi in kilometers to get back to the car…”

Miss Rae is pretty happy in the above picture. This was about 14 seconds before a cat came ambling up through the orchard, hoping for some attention. Baby girl freaked out.

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It was not our most glorious moment. I’m dubious, at best.

But then the downpour turned to a sprinkle.

And it stopped thundering.

And the cat went away.

And the kids picked a few cherries before discovering a playhouse that kept their attention for the remainder of the afternoon.

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And we picked cherries: rainiers and lapins. I wanted bings, but lapins are pretty close. $1 a pound. We spent $16 and I’m so excited to make:

Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Very Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream

Cherry Strudel

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Do you have any “must try” cherry recipes? As long as they don’t involve cats or thunderstorms, I’m game.

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