Sunday, June 16, 2013

June House Quilt Block and Scrumptious Strawberry Squares

This 12" June House quilt block is part of my Calendar of Houses Bee Quilt.  A friend and I organized this on-line bee a couple of years ago after being members of two previous on-line bees.
There were twelve of us in the bee - from the United States as well as England and New Zealand.  Every month, each of us made a block for a member and a different member made a block for us.  The house design was to represent that month.  This cheerful block was made for me by a bee member from Wisconsin. I love the little details that she added - the hanging baskets, the butterflies, and the hen sitting on her nest.  And I love the green "bee" fabric that she used for the grass!

The full moon in June is known as the Strawberry Moon.

Here's a delicious recipe from the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook to eat during the Strawberry month of June!

Strawberry Squares
1 cup flour
¼ cup brown sugar½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup butter, melted
2 egg whites
1 cup sugar
2 cups sliced strawberries*
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Mix flour, brown sugar, walnuts, and melted butter.  Bake in shallow pan for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Sprinkle 2/3 of the crumbs in a 13" x 9" pan.
3.  Combine egg whites, sugar, strawberries, and lemon juice.  Beat at high speed 10 minutes.
4.  Whip cream; fold in. 
5.  Spoon over crumbs.  Top with remaining crumbs.  Freeze 6 hours. 
     Serves 12.

*Instead of fresh strawberries, you can use a 10-ounce package of frozen strawberries, thawed.  Reduce the sugar to 2/3 cup.

There were never strawberries
like the ones we had
that sultry afternoon
sitting on the step
of the open French window
facing each other
your knees held in mine
the blue plates in our laps
the strawberries glistening
in the hot sunlight
we dipped them in sugar
looking at each other
not hurrying the feast
for one to come
the empty plates
laid on the stone together
with the two forks crossed
and I bent towards you
sweet in that air
in my arms
abandoned like a child
from your eager mouth
the taste of strawberries
in my memory
lean back again
let me love you

let the sun beat
on our forgetfulness
one hour of all
the heat intense
and summer lightning
on the Kilpatrick hills

let the storm wash the plates
    Edwin Morgan (1920-2010)
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  1. I also have gone with Blog Login. It seems to be working well. Love your block.


  2. I also joined BlogLovin' - I don't want to miss any of your family history, quilt ideas, or recipes! My family likes a similar frozen strawberry pie in the summer. It has a graham cracker crust, strawberries, a little sugar, cream cheese & Cool Whip. It's rather light and delicious!

  3. Lovely quilt block, this quilt must be full of fun memories!


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