Monday, August 13, 2012


I'm back and blogging again! Happy day! My main computer is on again- and it will stay that way until I'm convinced that I won't find it in that dead and lifeless state anytime soon.

Big news at my house- the blackberries are finally ripening! It's going to be a banner blackberry year with more berries than we've ever had before. I picked at least a quart this morning and that's just scratching the surface.
We brought the blackberry plant back with us from a family trip to Washington state in 1999. It has a tendency to sprawl all over the place and send up shoots in random places. I cut it back brutally in the spring and I guess that was what it was waiting for. Occasionally (rarely, in my world!) a vicious pruning can be a good thing. :)

So, what to do with the bumper crop? I will freeze, then juice a bunch to make grape/blackberry jelly for neighbor gifts at Christmastime. I'll make blackberry muffins and peach/blackberry cobbler. I'll search the web for a blueberry vinaigrette, because that sounds kind of good.

What else should I do with these blackberries? Ideas would be appreciated.


  1. Wow! They look awesome! The only thing I've ever done with blackberries is serve them with raspberries on waffles or pancakes, or make jam with them.