I have been away for a bit -- away to spend a few days with my mom while my youngest daughter attended volleyball camp in the same city where my mom lives. My daughter had fun at her camp, and I had fun with my mom. We went out to lunch, shopped at antique stores, and stopped by my brother's house with an agenda in mind -- that agenda being to pick cherries. He has a number of cherry trees, all of which are absolutely loaded with cherries this year. While my mom supervised from a nice shady seat on their outdoor swing, my brother, sister-in-law, daughter, and myself all grabbed a bucket and headed over to his orchard. Within probably an hour's time, we had picked a plastic tote box filled with bing cherries. My brother estimated that we had picked between 50-60 pounds of cherries! So needless to say, I have been spending my morning going through my big canning book choosing a variety of recipes to give a try today, tomorrow, and most likely the next. Besides the bounty of bing cherries, we also picked a bucket full of Rainier cherries. What are your favorite ways to fix fresh cherries?