Some friends gave us some pie cherries off their tree. Roo helped me to pit them, using drinking straws (works great!) I cooked them with some sugar and constarch to make cherry pie filling and then I made cherry crisp for Family Home Evening last night. Yes, some weeks I am on the ball and we have FHE complete with a lesson and a treat! Some weeks...
I enjoyed this project a lot. Back when we lived in Idaho, between 2003 and 2006, I did a LOT of stuff like this. I'd get huge quantities of fruits or vegetables and I would process them in various ways. Here is one of many similar pictures from 2006-- this is plum sauce made from plums picked from my neighbor's tree:
At the time I figured this was going to be my way of life, that I was learning these skills because they would be a blessing to my large family over time. And it gave me a lovely, pioneer-y, provident-living-y self-satisfied feeling. But then my family got larger and for the last few years I rarely have time to do things like can anymore. When I do, I get so excited about it that I take pictures and wax nostalgic. I think, though, that more of this is in my future. First of all, we've moved back to a place where stuff actually grows (I love you, Oklahoma, but, really!) Secondly, my kids are getting old enough to help. And that's fun. Roo would poke the straw in a cherry and push the pit partway out and say "it's an Angry Bird!" And we would laugh together. Good times.
I really believe it's good for kids to know where their food comes from and to help in its production from the early stages of raw ingredients to the final steps of cooking something yummy. I want them to really think about what they're eating and appreciate it.