Our meeting spot was usually Bethany, MO. As we got closer I always felt myself getting anxious. As much as I was excited to stay in KS, I had to hide my tears when Grandma's car headed South with Josh and I in it, and Mom and Dad headed back North.
Anyway, about this time of year Josh and I would be getting ready for our two week stay with Grandma. Smells of the season take me back. The chlorine at the pool reminds me of the many hours we would spend in the pool in their backyard; when I smell or taste iced tea I have visions of Grandma's pink Casey's cup and her lipstick-stained straw; the fireworks throughout the day on the 4th of July; and even just the trees in the morning. The trees smell differently this time of year. Anyone else know what I'm talking about? And then there was the strawberry shortcake. A quick and easy dessert that we had every summer. Back then we used KFC biscuits, frozen strawberries, and Cool Whip. I made it a little more homemade and used some biscuit mix, macerated my own strawberries and used real whipped cream with LOTS of vanilla bean added in.
Baking mix (or use homemade biscuit recipe)
Milk for baking mix
1 vanilla bean
1. Bake biscuits according to recipe.
2. Lightly smash strawberries and add in 1-2 tablespoons of sugar.
3. Add 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar to 12 ounces of cream. Whip until light and fluffy.
4. Add beans from one vanilla bean pod to the whipped cream.