Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Blues and a Recipe for Blueberry Crisp

I love the sea, 
so I brought in some beautiful blues
 to remind me of lovely 
summer days spent at the shore. 

Blue and white stripes have 
a wonderful 'beachy' vibe, 
and here I have found some 
woven napkins to add 
to my 'new' vintage wire basket. 

Blue hydrangeas remind 
me of seaside cottage gardens
with weathered picket fences. 

The blue striped crock
 was a gift from my daughter. 

Pillow covers sewn from 
vintage sheets and a softly worn 
 quilt give the daybed 
a summery update. 

Thrift store paintings provide
a 'view'. 

I painted the unattractive brown wood frames. 

I simply 'shopped' my home
to gather all things blue. 

I recently found this pretty paper covered box. 
A thrifty find. 

The 1950's kitchen gadgets
are fun to display. 

The bottle opener comes in handy
on a hot summer day! 

The box holds my garden notebooks where 
I jot down things I want to remember ....

My pathetically empty wine rack
is the perfect place to add some
pretty colored glass. 

The stained glass was a recent thrifty find. 
I think it was $6.00! 
The cobalt bottles were my Mom's. 

The seltzer bottle was a gift from my son. 

The tiny blown glass pitcher and bromo-seltzer 
bottle were also my Mom's. I remember these
from my childhood. She always kept them 
on her kitchen windowsill. 

They frequently held bouquets of wildflowers
brought in by little hands. 
(I was the eldest of 5 daughters)

The marbles were found digging in the garden
in my children's former play area.  

Another recent vintage find - this Anchor Hocking
measuring cup.
It has wonderfully thick, heavy glass
and it adds a little touch of blue. 

A book of inspiration - published in 2001
by the editors of Victoria Magazine. 

A favorite page. 

This is where I always sit. 

Won't you join me for some Blueberry Crisp and tea? 

Here's the recipe:

Blueberry Crisp

Bake in a 9x13 in. buttered baking dish
 @ 350 degrees for 10 min. 
Reduce temperature to 325 degrees
and continue baking 1 hour. 
Toss 8 cups blueberries with 
   1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour,
and the juice of 1 lemon. 

Pour into a buttered baking dish. 


Mix together
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon

With pastry blender, 
cut in 1 cup cold butter
(2 sticks)
cut into pieces. 

Mix until crumbly and sprinkle over blueberries.


This will keep for several days, 
 loosely covered with plastic wrap,
in the refrigerator. 
This recipe can be halved
and baked in a 9 inch square pan. 




  1. Hi Karen, I love your blue decode and the blueberry crisp recipe. Thanks for sharing at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J this week!

  2. Hello, I love your blue theme. I love anything beachy! Your blueberry crisp sounds delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy Monday, have a great new week ahead!

  3. I love everything about this post...and all the things you love! Blues and lavenders, and fruit desserts! Oh my! Life is indeed good and we are blessed. Enjoy your afternoon! Sweet hugs, Diane

  4. You found a really great collection of blue things around your home didn't you! I especially like all of the blue glass. The blueberry crisp sounds delicious! A great treat after all that hard decorating work! xx

  5. These are beautiful, lots of pretty blues.

  6. I love your bottles and the seltzer one is especially nice!

  7. You forgot the ice cream! :-) Your recipe sounds really good and similar to one I make in the fall with apples. Your beach-themed sitting area looks very pretty. I did some "shopping from home" today too, looking through closets and cupboards for the perfect touches for my sunroom. Thank you for sharing your pretty decorating ideas. Heather

  8. I love your blog! I can't remember how I came upon it but thanks so much. It's a joy to sit and look at all your beautiful pictures. I made your recipe of strawberry shortcake with the BB corn muffins and my family loved it! Praise!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful life with us, love and joy ~g

  9. Your home looks so lovely for summer, Karen...I love the blues! The dessert looks delicious!

  10. Your home is just lovely! I would love to visit to have some of that delicious crisp. Yum Yum! I love all of your blue treasures too! Have a wonderful week! Diane

  11. Dear KAren, my sweet friend, your home is lovely , so warm and so filled with Love, I can always see it on your pictures! Thank you for sharing and thank you for this so delicious recipe! I LOVE Blueberrys and this kind of crisp, hmmmm, realy Yummi!
    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead and sending Love and hugs and blessings to you,
    Claudia xo

  12. Delicious! So pretty, love the blue glass. Have fun :-)

  13. Thanks for the comment. Your home reflects warm and cozy. Well it's 60 degrees and my Dog Benny is going crazy we have thunder and lighting now for 1 hour. This is some storm, sky
    pink and red and tons of fog. Have to get Art to the Lobster Fest contest. what a day.
    Enjoy your lovely home. yvonne

  14. Hi dear friend !, a mi me encanta cocinar ,, gracias por esa receta ,, y cada vez que veo su casa me maravillo
    Que tengas un buen día

  15. Hi Karen, your blues are just gorgeous, and do remind me of a beach cottage. I can almost hear the waves! Have a blessed day!

  16. Karen, BLUE in the home is so pretty, and I don't have much of it - only my turquoise couches and a picture that my sister gave me with blue in it. I have a lot of turquoise, but I have really been into the deep blues lately, like the cobalt bottles on here. You have so many blue items, and I really like the blue glass jars and the ones that belonged to your mother. Your blue hydrangeas always put a smile on my face. How funny that you were the oldest of five, and I was the youngest of five.

    Enjoy this precious day, Karen.


  17. Such a cottage feel - so lovely and inviting.. Show casing marbles found in your garden how unique and love those seltzer bottles.. blueberry crisp I don't have very often - and this one you are sharing looking SO YUMMY..
    Have a great day - Hugs
    Ps.. I am the 3rd oldest of 8 and #2 girl - wink..

  18. I just love all of your blues! They would go perfectly in my cobalt blue and white kitchen! Your kitchen area is so cozy!

  19. What a lovely room you have shared or should I say room :D the quilt that covers the daybed is just lovely...but then so is everything else.

    So blessed to have found your lovely place Karen ... mari

  20. Making a house a lovely home !

  21. All your touches of blue are just lovely, like the pictures of waters you found, great job of dressing up the frames. Oh my that crisp sounds just delicious, I made an apple crisp the other day, oh so good!

  22. I love that beachy feel - and it works so pretty in your house. The cobalt makes me feel at home as my FIL collects cobalt vases and has many around their home. I love the little treasures here and there too, especially those old marbles of your kiddos'. Just precious.

    I will gladly share some blueberry crisp with you and try to contain my manners and eat only one piece. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful looking recipe! ;)

    Happy summer days to you in all colors my Dear! xoxo

  23. Karen always a delight to stop by at yours, your place (blog included) is always so warm and welcoming. Shame we are not closer otherwise I'd be saying but on the kettle, plump up the cushions I'm coming over for some of that blueberry crisp!
    Wren x

  24. I love your idea of "shopping around the house" to change things out, great idea! Your blue's are warm and welcoming, Karen.
    I always enjoy a walk through your home. Maybe some day I will share a little piece of my home with my dear blogging friends??

    Thank you for your lovely visit and precious comment on my last post, Karen. I appreciate your tender thoughts and prayers for these past few months, God bless you.

    Much love and hugs to you ~ Debbie

  25. Oh I lost my comment. I think :)
    Anyway, I was saying how delicious that blueberry crisp looked. I love any kind of fruit crisps; they're so easy to fix, and so delicious.
    Your summer blues look so peaceful. So satisfying to shop the house. Saves money, and lets us be creative. I love the pillows you've made. xo Deborah

  26. i always love the photos of your home and all that you do for every season. Loving your summer blues and especially that pitcher and jar that have been in your family for so long. Would love to join you for tea and some of that blueberry crisp.... Looks yummy

  27. I loved seeing all your soothing summertime blue around your cottage, Karen. Your home is so warm, cozy and a hug!!
    Yes please, I'd love to sit at your table and have a serving of your blueberry crisp...mmmmm!

  28. Dearest Karen,
    Love this post, so calming and soothing all that blue!
    You do find some great treasures from time to time and that makes life interesting.
    Thank you for the Blueberry Crisp; will for sure try that out.

  29. This was such a neat post! Such neat ideas and goodies you have!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  30. The colours are so cool and calming, I love blue!, and the blueberry bake looks so yummy!x

  31. I love blue, such a lovely color and you have incorporated it so beautifully into your charming home!!

  32. Yum! I don't know which I love more, your decor or the crisp! Both look divine.

  33. I love that shot where we can see the whole room with all the touches of blue.

  34. Lovely at your the blue!

  35. Your blue hydrangea is so pretty ... looking almost magical with the pretty shade!
    I love water and sea as well - and your longing for the sea must be feeling all the way to the bones - such a great idea to create a feeling of sea life with the lovely blue woven napkins and other pretty blues!
    Wishing you sunshine and many moments with smile this weekend, Karen!

  36. Blueberry was all it took for me to hop over and visit, via Julie's Lifestyle link party! Enjoyed looking at your summer BLUES! Gee, the 2001 book sounds "so long ago", but I keep my Country Sampler magazines, dated back to the late 1990's! Some items and decor just never go out of style.

  37. My sweet friend, how I adore your beautiful home. Your touches of blue are so beautiful and give a peaceful look/feel to your home. How do you ever leave your sweet space? I think I would want to stay there all day, all the time :)

    Thank you, dear Karen, for sharing with Roses of Inspiration - I hope you're able to join us again this week. Hugs!

  38. Thanks for recipe. Just picked the wild blueberries on my rock garden.
    Best part of Summer. yvonne

  39. Thank you..I'd love some tea and blueberry crisp....Looks delicious....I too love hydrangeas and blue and white and you have done such a good job at making your home so inviting and peaceful.....

  40. Your photos are gorgeous. So smart to shop from your house. Thank you for the recipe. Wish there were a piece of that delicious dessert sitting in front of me about now. :-)

  41. I loved seeing all of your beautiful summertime blues. I collect blue glass also. You got a great bargain in the stained glass piece.

  42. What a wonderful post. I love the color blue and the ocean. You have quite a collection of blue bottles and I love the blue hydrangeas. Thanks for sharing your photos of your beautiful summer decorated home and that delicious recipe for blueberry crisp.


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