Last Saturday I got to get away and spend the night at my aunt’s house in the woods. My mom, sister, aunt, cousin, and I get together every year to bake Christmas cookies. It occurred to us last year that it’s the only time we really see each other, so we thought we would remedy that.
My aunt recently bought a home in the woods on a creek (or river, it was pretty low, being summer and all). I finally got to see her new place and spend some time with nature.
There were four of us picking and I think by the end, we had nearly 20 pounds of berries! In my box, I had 5 pounds for just me and my little family.
After picking, we went to the darling house in the woods. We sat by the river and washed our feet. It was such a great, relaxing feeling! Picking was certainly fun, but it was hot, and dusty!(Photo credit: Kelly Nortrom)
So now, here I am, with a LOT of raspberries. It’s been a few days, but we’ve already had fun making some delicious things with them.For the girls’ night dessert, my cousin and I, (mostly my cousin), made Raspberry Maguire, (Its a recipe made with blackberries, but it worked perfectly with raspberries, too). I had never heard of it, but I am always down for a new dessert, even if it doesn’t involve chocolate.
We ended up putting vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream on top. I will be making this again in the near future.
The next day was Sunday and we always gather at my parents’ house for Sunday Dinner.
My husband and the kids met up with us at my parents’ house. My girl was pretty indifferent when she saw me, but my little guy burst into tears. I know this should make me feel bad, (maybe it did a little), but it was also a bit of an ego boost. Does that make me a bad person? He didn’t leave my side for quite some time. #smittenmama
For dessert that night, I thought I would try my blackberry crisp recipe with raspberries. It was so delicious!! We had ice cream, whipped cream, and a drizzle of chocolate on top.
Once we finally got home from the busy weekend, I had to have a game plan for the rest of my bounty. I decided to keep a few for snacking, but then froze the rest. I have two 1-gallon bags in the freezer full of berries. I’m excited to bake something new with them, and maybe even make some freezer jam. But I am mostly excited for the delicious smoothies in my future.
Since I felt a twinge of guilt for picking berries without the kids, my cousin was kind enough to let us visit her place to pick some of her berries. My son lost interest immediately, but my girl enjoyed it for a bit. From that trip we got almost a cup. Haha!!
I’m pretty proud of myself because none of the berries will be wasted. I picked a lot and they have all been used or prepped for use already. This is something new to me that I have really been working on. I hate to see food go to waste.
Next month, it’s blueberry season and I can’t wait! We have several blueberry parks close-by. I may have to leave the kids with daddy again so I can focus on picking.
Have you ever had Raspberry Maguire? What do you like to make with raspberries? Or any type of berry, for that matter! I would love to try something new! Thanks so much for stopping by!