Strawberry Picnic or that saying "Everything old is new again."

I know that just about everyone has heard that old expression “Everything old is new again.”  And lately that phrase has been very true for me.  The last few weeks I had been working on a family cookbook for our upcoming reunion in beautiful Pennsylvania.  The hand-written recipes by the sweet family that are very much in our hearts, but no longer with us have brought back memories of my childhood: family picnics, dinners together, birthdays, and family reunions.
While writing one memory kept coming to me and it involved strawberries.  When I was growing up I loved strawberries (still do).  When we went out for Sunday lunch at the S& S Cafeteria (no longer around) I would always get strawberry shortcake for dessert.  At home my favorite thing was strawberries with cream.  One of the best desserts ever!
In this photo:  Stangl Pottery, Longaberger basket, old quilt from my late Grandmother, hand-made hearts from old material (made by Amy (my sister-in-law)
Being summer and the memories flooding through my mind I felt like sharing a few strawberry recipes, along with a few old photos.
My Daddy and Papa
Me (8 yrs) standing by the first car I ever remember my Daddy driving
One of my all time favorite photos (Papa holding me, my Uncle, my Dad.  In front my Aunt and my sister.
Strawberries and Cream
(Which I found out is a traditional English dessert and served at afternoon tea.  Who knew this country girl had a slice of sophistication.)
2 cups strawberries (cut in halves or quarters)
(divided into serving dishes)
Mix together:
2 cups half & half
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
Pour the cream mixture over the strawberries and serve.

In this photo ‘Stangl Pottery’; Flemington, New Jersey
 Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar
3 cups strawberries (halved or quartered)
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup blasamic vinegar
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Place berries in a bowl and toss with the brown sugar.  Put aside so that the sugar dissolves and makes juice.  This will take about 10 minutes.
For the syrup: place vinegar, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan.  Simmer over medium heat until syrup is reduced to half.  This will take about 3 minutes.  Pour syrup into small bowl to cool completely.
After cooling, pour syrup over the berries and toss to combine.  To serve divide the berries & syrup into individual bowls.  Serve immediately.
 Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream
2 cups strawberries (halved or quarters)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 cup mascarpone cream cheese (softened)
1 cup plain yoghurt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 vanilla pod (scrape out vanilla seeds)
Place strawberries in a bowl with the sugar.  Toss to combine.  Set aside.
In a large bowl whisk to combine mascarpone, yoghurt, sugar, and vanilla seeds. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Divide the mascarpone cream into individual bowls and top with the berries.
Serve immediately.
Stay Cool and have a Wonderful Summer,

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