July 19, 2010

The Smells of Summer


When I was a kid we lived near a U-pick garden. My mom would take my brother and me to pick a variety of vegetables and fruits – carrots, peas, cucumbers, and watermelon. The garden was huge but it did not have berries. And I wanted there to be berries. Summer meant berries. The smell, the taste. The juiciness of those petite little globes of goodness. It didn’t matter whether it was blueberries or blackberries or boysenberries, I would eat them by the bushel if I could.

There was one elusive berry though. Strawberries. My grandma is highly allergic to strawberries. Because I lived with my grandparents I couldn’t eat strawberries unless I was at a friend’s house, and even then I had to be very careful to wash it off thoroughly.

Fast forward 15 years and I was visiting California during the summer and saw a U-pick strawberry patch on the side of the road. And there I was, wearing my work clothes standing in the middle of a strawberry patch. I couldn’t help myself. I had to stop. And I was rewarded with perfect red heart-shaped berries that were kissed by the sun, perfectly juicy and so happy to be picked and gently placed in my little white bucket. It was as if I was standing in my own piece of heaven.

I wanted to share this with BabyGirl. So when she was about 3, I took her to a U-pick strawberry patch in Carlsbad, California. I was so excited for her to have this experience of seeing where berries were grown and tasting their juicy deliciousness straight from the vine. It was so much fun and we ate so many strawberries our lips were stained red.

So when this sweet bag of goodness arrived, I wondered if I had died and gone to summer heaven.

Perfectly crunchy, chocolatey and a hint of fresh strawberry, these new Pepperidge Farm Strawberry Milano® Cookies are sinfully delicious you’ll try to convince yourself that they should be considered fruit. What with the strawberries and all.

I opened the bag, and while I’m normally a fan of the Mint Milano Cookies, I was immediately transported back to that U-pick strawberry patch. It’s the perfect mix of chocolate and sweet strawberry. Decadent, delicious. And I wanted to grab a warm cup of tea and enjoy a quite Me-moment.

The folks at Pepperidge Farm, the makers of these these delightfully summery Strawberry Milano® Cookies, want to know what your Me-moment is. Visit the Pepperidge Farm Milano facebook page to share your Milano Moment and be entered to win a ‘bushel’ (case) of Strawberry Milano® Cookies. As a mom it’s often a challenge to find those Me-moments. Whether it’s snuggling up with your favorite book or a cup of tea after the kids are in bed, it’s your Me-moment. And you deserve it!

Pepperidge Farm is also offering a $0.55 coupon so you can try Strawberry Milano® Cookies for yourself. You will need to ‘Like’ Pepperidge Farm on Facebook to get your coupon. You can find these  distinctive cookies at most major retailers. The suggested retail is $3.39. Enjoy!

Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary bag of Pepperidge Farm Strawberry Milano Cookies to try and share my personal opinion about this new product. This fabulous post contains my own opinion, my thoughts and beautiful photos of my daughter. And if I had smell-a-puter you’d be licking your screen, they were that tasty.




Maggie @ Tethered Mommy July 19, 2010 at 6:53 am

The only thing better than strawberries is chocolate covered strawberries and those Milanos look like they’re a pretty good substitute!

Found you from Our Homeshool Home!

Robyn OHSH July 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Oh my goodness, these look delicious! I’m going to have to steer clear of the cookie aisle or I’ll become addicted to these. I just know it!

I’m so glad you joined in on Mingle Monday.

Unplanned Cooking July 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I have such fond memories of berry picking with my grandmother! For some reason I have yet to take my children. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now July 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Just visiting from Mingle Monday. Your post brings back memories of picking strawberries in my grandma’s strawberry patch. I think the picking was as fun as the eating!

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