Monday, August 1, 2016

Blueberry Peach Crisp, Fair Trade Blankets and Meteor Showers

Hello, Dear Friends! 

I hope that you had a lovely weekend! 

Can you believe it is already August? 

My goodness, the time just flies by........

With fresh berries and fruit so plentiful
this time of year, I thought I would share
with you a very delicious combination! 

Blueberries and Peaches in a buttery, 
cinnamon- nutmeg crisp! 

Can you say, Yum? 

I always keep my favorite recipes inside 
this special box. 

I've had this box for many years. 

I found it in an antique shop
when we first moved here. 

I was a young mother of 4 little ones
- just starting a file of favorite 

This recipe was my first.......


Here's the recipe.....

Blueberry Peach Crisp

Bake at 375 degrees 
30-40 min. 

1/qt. baking dish


5 cups fresh blueberries
2 large ripe peaches, sliced
3-4 Tbsp minute Tapioca
2/3 cup sugar
Grated zest of one lemon


3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup 'Old Fashioned' Oatmeal
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup cold butter

Cut peaches into thick, bite-sized pieces. 

Mix with blueberries in a large bowl. 

Mix sugar and tapioca. 

Mix with fruit. 

Pour into 1 qt. baking dish. 

Grate zest of 1 lemon, sprinkle over fruit mixture. 


In a large bowl, mix flour, oats, brown sugar,
nutmeg and cinnamon, 

Add butter, cut into chunks. 

Blend together using a pastry blender, 
fork, (or you can use your fingers), 
until mixture resembles course crumbs. 

Sprinkle over fruit mixture. 

My Mother's pastry blender retired in my kitchen :) 

I love the 'fancy' handle. 
I also loved my Mother's lemon-meringue pie! 

Ready for the oven - bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes
or until topping is browned and fruit is bubbling. 

I place the dish on a cooking sheet in oven to prevent spill-overs. 

While the crisp is baking, I have time to relax
on the deck, in the shade of the canopy
with a cup of coffee and a magazine. 

Sunflowers from my daughter, Heather :)

I recently found these Fair Trade Falsa blankets.

I loved them so much that I bought 3 of them.

They go so well with my seating,
and are very nice to have when
we are enjoying an evening relaxing outside.

So nice to wrap up in when it starts to get cool.

 These Falsa blankets date back 2,500 years and
are handmade under Fair Trade practices
by the Chichimecs people of northeastern Mexico.

Love that <3

We sat out under our Falsa blankets the other night,
watching the Perseid Meteor Shower.

I saw a very large, bright blue meteor
streak across the face of Mt. Rainier.


The timer has chimed......Oh, the kitchen smells so good!

Shall we take a bite?

The delicate flavor of the
blueberries and peaches are enhanced
by the freshness of the lemon zest,
and the tapioca gives it a wonderful consistency.

Ramblin' Man says this is the best thing
he's ever eaten :)


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
- Leonardo da Vinci -


  1. Your sunflowers look so lovely, such a bright and cheerful colour.

    I can smell your wonderful baking ...
    That quote from Leonardo da Vinci completes your post perfectly.

    Happy August Wishes

    All the best Jan

  2. Mmmm. Love the sight of that blueberry peach crisp! I like to make crisps when the weather cools a little, with fruit I've frozen. Your fair trade blankets are beautiful.

  3. And I bet he's right. That looks delicious. I'll certainly keep this recipe. Your home always looks beautiful, Karen. 'Home Sweet Home'.

  4. That does look good I'm hungry now.

  5. Thank you for posting your recipe, Karen. I've been looking forward to it, since you mentioned it. Love your deck and blankets and that you sat there to watch meteors.

  6. Karen, your crisp looks so tempting! Thank you for including the recipe. I've not added tapioca to mine before but it makes sense to add it. I'm going to try it soon! I posted the link to the natural garden spray in my post today. ♥

  7. Who doesn't love a fruit dessert like this!? I just bought a flat of peaches today. We have these blankets in NM too. Very festive and practical. Especially for summer nights. The meteor showers were too late at night for me this week! But they are just magical. The next weeks temps will be perfect for us. Glad to see you taking it all in. Thanks so much for coming by!

  8. Thank you for the recipe, Karen. I just bought some peaches at a road side stand, and have blueberries in the fridge. Wonderful that you got to see the meteor shower!

  9. Hi Karen,
    your Blueberry-Crisp sounds so delicious! Thank you for the recipe and your wonderful pictures!
    To see a meteor shower must have been wonderful!
    The Blankets are great!
    Wishing you a wonderful week, sending Love and Hugs and Blessings,
    Claudia xo

  10. Now that is an impressive dessert, looks delicious. Love the sunflowers and those gorgeous throws perfect for snuggling into. Have a great week.

  11. Now you have made me feel so hungry! Lots to love in your post, beautiful blankets. I can imagine sitting under one watching that meteor shower! Intrigued by the pastry mixer. That's a new device to me! B xx

  12. What a great post and a delicious combination of goodies. I can definitely say yum! You have started my day off with a smile. x

  13. Oh ye, I can definitely say "Yum!" What a treat this would be right now to enjoy with my morning coffee :) I have been craving peaches and can't seem to get enough of them so maybe I shall have to make this crisp sometime this week. Thank you for such a tasty recipe, my friend.

    Have a beautiful week. Hugs!

  14. Hello, your crisp treat looks delicious. YUM! I love the pretty sunflowers and blanket. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

  15. Oh my, what a wonderful statement from your Ramblin' Man, about your lovely crisp, Karen! Oh how I wish I had a bowl right now, with my cup of tea. I love your pretty blankets and your cheery sunflowers. I can just picture you all cuddled up under them while watching the view from your deck. Have a wonderful week and thanks for the special recipe! xo

  16. Sweet post ~ and I love Ramblin' Man's comment at the end. It is always good to hear encouragement and appreciation from our husbands. :-)

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  17. Dearest Karen,
    LOVE that very first recipe printed on the inside of the wooden box' lid!
    And yes, the smell of anything baking in the oven is heaven.
    Yours looks indeed very inviting and your husband is spoiled with such a wife at his side.
    Saturday I did bake Vanilla Butter (essence) Cashew Meal (ground ourselves from raw cashews...) cookies in the oven. That was also for taking as a gift to our best friends on Sunday afternoon. Baked things bring happiness.
    Love your photos.

  18. It is too hot here to bake but I will be saving this recipe! I love berry crisps and this sounds so good with the peaches. The blankets are so pretty. Your sitting area looks so inviting too.

  19. Karen, I would loved to have seen the meteor shower with the blue streak in the sky. The blankets are nice, and I love the fact that they date back 2,500 years by the people of Mexico. I like to learn about others' cultures and traditions. Your blueberry peach crisp certainly looks tasty, and I really like the old box that you put your recipes in. I can smell the warm peaches and blueberries from here.


  20. I used to travel to Nogales Mexico often to buy those colorful blankets. I had dozens. Finally gave most of them away.

    Love the sunflower bouquet.
    And your blueberry/peach crisp. Yum.

    As for the pastry blender....I have my mother's too. Along with many other kitchen gadgets that are now considered antique. What does that make me?!!!

    1. PS...per your comment you left for me that I am now reading while I'm online, catching up --- I too lived in Tucson, AZ. For a decade. Now, even tho the TX summers are hot and miserable, I wouldn't trade the seacoast for anything.

  21. You have the recipe for summer, Karen - not just the food, though that crisp looks delicious! I love your deck and can see that it would be a place to easily and pleasantly pass many summer hours.

  22. That looks so yummy and your little area out on the deck looks so nice and cozy, those blankets are so pretty, so good that some traditions hang on.

  23. I don't know how I missed this post earlier this week - but I'm drooling now & keeping this recipe!! YUMMY!!!!!! Xoxo

  24. Your recipe sounds so delicious, Karen. I'm cutting back on carbs and blueberries are A-OK!

    I so enjoyed seeing the gorgeous pictures of your flowers. Of course we can't grow the same sort of things due to the differences in our climates but that's what makes blogging so interesting...seeing a variety of plants, foods, climates and local fun!

    I love your deck and the wildness around you. You are adventurous...I'm afraid of our raccoons!

    Thanks always for your visits!



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