This has been one of the longest summer breaks since Graham started school. On the one hand it has been great, on the other, I feel like it means that next summer will be cut so short! It is nice to have a happy medium in my opinion. With all of the time we have had and our commitment to try to stay local this summer, we have been finding a lot of different ways to entertain ourselves. Of course, one of those ways is reading. Graham has always been an avid reader and I definitely enjoy a good book and some peace on the swing. Davis is just learning to read, but enjoys to be read to. So, how do you keep it fun and entertaining especially on a long summer? Well, for us, that means making it relevant.
One of the things we have enjoyed this summer is picking the wild blackberries that grow right in our back yard. There are bushes and bushes of them and I think I get more excited about them than anyone else. They are so sweet, gorgeous and bring back a waterfall of memories of summers picking them with my grandmother. She’s still around and the boys have enjoyed getting to know her even more this summer (she will be 93 on the 23rd)!
So, with all of the blackberries and creek days around here, I thought it would be fun to find a few good blackberry related stories and whip up a delicious blackberry recipe. You may have heard this referred to as Blackberry Slump, but I like to call it Blackberry Dumplings! Dumplings just sounds way more appealing and it truly is what you are eating. I mean, who doesn’t love dumplings, blackberries and sugary goodness? Besides, it is super simple to make and if you do not have blackberry bushes in your backyard, now is the time to buy them at the grocery store. You can also pick up a bag of frozen ones.
BLACKBERRY DUMPLINGS RECIPE
- 4 cups of blackberries
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup water
- squeeze of lemon
- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- Mix together all of the ingredients for the blackberry sauce and set aside.
- Mix together all of the ingredients for the dumplings.
- Cut the butter in until it forms a dough.
- Make about 6 balls our of the dough and set aside.
- Bring the blackberry mixture to a boil.
- Add the dumplings to the boiling blackberry sauce.
- Turn the pot to low, cover and let simmer for about 25 minutes.
- Serve warm!
So, what are your tips for keeping summer reading fun and entertaining? I’d love to hear!