My mother lived to be 88 and worked hard all of her life. She earned a high school diploma when others in the family did not. She sold seed corn when only men were allowed to do so (she used her husband’s name). She wanted me to be prepared for life, too. She said I would need to know how to “dress” a chicken and would have to know how to pick strawberries without stepping on the just emerging berries on other plants. Both jobs were ones that I detested.
Whenever Amelia Bedelia got into trouble – so to speak with Mr. and Mrs. Rogers she made a delicious pie or cake and softened the effect of her misdeeds. She was well known for her Lemon Meringue Pie. Now pies I could make without blinking an eye — when first married and beginning my own baking regiment however, I found out the recipe I had in my head was for 5-7 pies. I soon figured out that I was not feeding threshers or hired men (or at that time a large family) so I quickly cut back on the quantities. Check out a great Lemon Meringue Pie recipe and read someone Amelia Bedelia's book.
Lesson #1: Always let someone else "dress" your chicken, but bake your own pie.
Take a look at a literary sequel to the well-known “Little Red Hen” story, in Janet Stevens’ sequel Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! In this tale Big Brown Rooster (the Little Red Hen’s great-grandson) meets up with Turtle, Iguana, and Potbellied Pig as they set out to make the most “wonderful, magnificent strawberry short cake in the whole wide world.”
You can find strawberries in any major grocery store – most months of the year; fresh or frozen and not have to pick even one of them. You might want to use Big Brown Rooster’s
Lesson #2: Find a great produce department from which to purchase strawberries and help the growers in California support their families -- and enjoy a great strawberry shortcake often.