My Fingers are RED!

Actually, more a burgundy/wine color – been outside picking wild blackberries (black raspberries) in our back yard! I LOVE this time of year – they grow wild all over our yard and it’s my little ‘fun thing’ to go see how many are that wonderful, shiny black color which means they’re just perfect for picking! Do I actually MAKE anything from them? Well…no, unless you count making my tummy happy! I just stroll along – picking and eating as I go – it works for me! Tomorrow (if it doesn’t rain AGAIN) I’ll take my grandson out to see if he remembers picking them last year; he really thought that was a great thing to do.

For those of you who might have blackberries readily available in your area, I’m posting a recipe found on which sounds really yummy! (and doesn’t take a ton of blackberries!)


Berry Rhubarb Pie

(*overnight process-see directions)

1 cup fresh blackberries

1 cup raspberries

2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

3/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup shortening

2 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons ice water

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 1/2 tablespoons half-and-half cream

2 tablespoons white sugar


To Make Filling: In a medium bowl, combine blackberries, raspberries, and rhubarb. In a separate bowl, mix together 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Sprinkle over fruit mixture and stir gently.* Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight.

To Make Crust: In a large bowl, mix 2 cups flour with salt. Cut in shortening and 2 tablespoons butter until texture is like coarse cornmeal. Place 1/3 of mixture in a separate bowl. To the smaller portion, add water and mix to form a paste. Add this mixture back to the rest of flour mixture and stir just until dough forms a ball. Allow to rest at least 20 minutes before rolling out. Divide dough in half. Roll out bottom crust and place in 9 inch pie pan.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Mix 1 tablespoon melted butter and lemon juice into fruit filling, then spoon into pastry-lined pie pan. Roll out top crust and place over filling. Crimp edges and cut steam vents in top. Brush lightly with half and half and sprinkle lightly with sugar.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F and bake an additional 40 to 50 minutes, until crust is golden brown.

recipe by: Susan Gills

“This pie won First Place in the Fruit and Berry Category at the American Pie Council’s 2000 National Pie Championship.”


Doesn’t that pie sound really tasty?! (Too bad I don’t have the patience to ‘save’ enough to actually make it with…maybe someday…nah, never mind –  they’re too tasty straight from the vine!)

Hope you’re having a great day; it’s muggy here (again). A big, but very quick thunderstorm just blew through here. We’ve been having quite a few BIG thunderstorms this past week; if I had a garden I certainly wouldn’t have to worry about watering!

It’s now mid-week; just finished Knit/Crochet night last night, tonight is my special needs group, tomorrow babysitting and maybe delivering half of the 32 completed afghans (this batch will go to Ghana). Still trying to solidify the delivery of the S. Africa batch as I know my friend who’s the missionary there is home this week for the golf outing/fund raiser this coming Monday. Friday night is Gym Night for my special needs group; Saturday is the all-day knit/crochet/embroidery demo then Sunday is church, more demo until 5 p.m. then my grandson’s birthday party.  Looks like I’ll either need a HUGE cup of Tim Horton’s coffee or something for energy! Oh well…come Monday it will all be over (at least THAT part, anyway! I’m sure next week will bring it’s own set of ‘adventures’!)

Hope that all is well with all of you; remember to smile a little, relax a little and take a little time for YOU!



ps: Thought it was cute today, while crocheting in the orthodontist’s office while waiting for youngest’s appointment – there was a young girl maybe 7 there with her (what do they call them these days?) babysitter. She asked her ‘caregiver’ what it was that I was doing and I heard the reply: “I don’t know – I think it’s crochet; if it were knitting she’d be using 2 needles”. (I nodded when she said crochet) The little girl then replied: “I want to do that – it looks COOL!” Caregiver responded: “You’ll have to ask your Mommy if she can teach you.” Ah, the crafting desire moves on to the next generation!


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  1. It has to promote a bit of satisfaction when your activity grabs the interest of a youngster. You and Diane seem to have that knack.

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