Happy Solstice!

Summer!!  And blackberries!! Our spring of bountiful rain has brought out thumb-berries so thick you can pick them by the handful.  Thanks to our local park which has conveniently mowed right up to the bushes, you can pick them with minimal risk of poison ivy and no chiggers.  Brought home 5 cups worth Saturday and made a blackberry roll for my dad for Father’s Day.  Got it just about right this time – not too runny, fluffy dough, and sweet/not tart. 

We didn’t grown sunflowers this year – they don’t fit the scale of our garden.  So these came from a u-pick lot nearby – three for a dollar!

Here’s the recipe I used with the blackberries:

Blackberry Roll (aka Cobbler)    Aunt Ruby Schumaker via June Smith 7/4/2004

 4 c Blackberries – wash and sprinkle with 1 c sugar, cover & put in fridge.

 Mix on stove: 2 T cornstarch, 1/2 c brown sugar, 1 c water.

Pour in blackberries and cook on medium heat until boils and starts to thicken a little.  Add 2 T butter, 2 T lemon juice.  (takes awhile – may need more cornstarch)

 Pour into oblong baking dish.

 Mix together 2 c flour, 1 c sugar, 3 t baking powder, 1 t salt, 1 c milk, 1/2 c melted butter.  Pour over blackberries in a crisscross pattern.  (when I mixed it, it was too thick to pour.  I may have doubled the flour.)

 Mix 4 T sugar, 1/2 t nutmeg and sprinkle over batter and blackberries.

 Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serve warm. 

And I’ve been sewing – a new pocketbook! Used a Tammy Tadd Designs pattern called ‘New Girl’.  Found the pattern and fabric at Quilting Adventures, but here’s the website for Tammy Tadd: http://www.tammytadddesigns.com/  If I made it again I’d make a few more changes, but overall I’m pleased.  It has two pockets on the front, and more inside. 


Happy Summer Solstice to you!


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