My very favorite sister came to visit this weekend. (Okay, okay. You're right. She's also my only sister. No need to nitpick.)
She drove up from Milwaukee and soon after she arrived we were on the road again, headed an hour and a half away to pick blueberries.
This is what we do together, my sister and I. We talk about our dogs, the kids, and our mom and dad. We talk about crafting and we make stuff. We talk about dreams and manifesting.
(See what I mean? She really is my favorite sister.)
And then we forage, we harvest, and we put food by.
Yes, for all of our city mouse – country mouse differences, the growing-or-finding-then-preserving-amazing-food gene is one that we share. And with passion.
We picked berries for a couple of hours and hauled home an impressive ten pounds each, with the kids adding a couple pounds to the mix themselves.
(And yes, if you must know, I did buy more. Not as crazy pants style as I went with the peaches, but still a few extra pounds. Or so. Ahem.)
It was fabulous picking, a gorgeous view, and the best possible company.
A delicious day.
And then we drove back to our farm to relax for the evening and plot what we would do with all those berries in the morning.
And what did we do with them?
So many marvelous things.
Blueberry-buttermilk ice cream. (Scream!)
Blueberry-ginger jam. (Classic.)
Blueberry-lemon balm jam. (Sublime.)
And blueberry-basil jam. (Yowza.)
So. Who wants recipes?
Because my sister and I – we also both love to share.
P.S. Some notes about our shoes above, in case you're in the market for some new favorites. Both pairs shown are ethcially made in the US by small family companies. Lupine's (hand-me-downs from Sage) are Soft Star Shoes and mine are from the Aurora Shoe Company.
These two brands are crafted to last, foot healthy, and sweat-shop free. They feel-good in every possible way. Now you know!