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Food Friday: Berries!

September 10, 2010

We went to the Blackberry Festival in Bremerton for the 3rd year in a row over Labor Day weekend (sorry, no food pics), so today’s post is all about the berries. We picked our blackberries and made jam (canned and freezer) a few weeks ago. This week, it was blueberries from our front yard. Yay for blueberry bushes! Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that’s what they were the first year we were here and almost killed one of the two. But it’s starting to come back and even gave us a few blueberries.

I wanted more jam, so I decided to go with the mixed berry jam (although I want to call it triple berry). We bought strawberries (our plants didn’t put out too many) and raspberries and used our blueberries. I followed a Sure-Jell recipe, I want to say it was 1-1/2 cups smooshed strawberries and 1/2 cup (each) smooched blueberries and raspberries. Plus 100 cups of sugar. Well, more like four, but it’s certainly sweet. It was supposed to make 5 cups but we got 6-1/2.

Mixed berry freezer jam

Since the jam didn’t take all of our berries, we made triple berry shortcake. Yum! I decided to do it up right by making it at home, but took the lazy way out and used Bisquick. Heart healthy Bisquick even. Wasn’t too bad. I’ll have to make sure we do this again next summer.

Berry shortcake


Hump day crafts: beach bash cupcakes

September 1, 2010

I was busy all last week getting ready for Thing 1’s fifth birthday. It was a Hawaiian Beach Blast, and although the weather didn’t cooperate for swimming, it was sunny enough to play in the sand. And eat beach cupcakes. Here’s what we ate:

They got the nummy nod, so that’s good. Plus they were cute. I love this cricut cartridge – Life’s a Beach. It is too much fun! I got to try a lot of cuts with this project (not all shown here) and they were easier to assemble than I had feared. (So is the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge I picked up on clearance. Will have to post some of those cards later.)

The picks are some wooden ones I picked up at Joann’s. The background “sun” is from Accent Essentials. Each has a colorful sun center on the back with a 5 (from Life’s a Beach) on it. Did I tell you how much fun these were? And flavor? Strawberry with chocolate and yellow with chocolate with caramel frosting (for the “beach) and blue sugar for the surf. You could always do crushed graham crackers for more of a sand texture, but I just ran out of time.

Happy crafting!