August 7, 2012

A very blueberry crisp, A very quilty quilt, and Some very crazy chickens

Man oh Man!! 
We've been blessed with some REALLY good blueberries in our CSA this summer.
Not to mention they are organic. Double bonus there! 
I made some blueberry pancakes a couple of times, and they were heavenly. 
These blueberries are not tart at all.
They are perfectly sweet.

I love blueberries. 
Yesterday, I made a very yummy, blueberry crisp. 
I was happy that the recipe used the remainder of my blueberry stash, as I didn't want them going to waste. 
The recipe for the awesome crisp will be at the end of this post.... so DO check it out.

I finally got myself going on my sailboat quilt again.
I have really been putting the hours in on this thing.

I am hand quilting, so it does take some time. {but I machine pieced it together} 
Anyhow, I am proud of myself, because the quilt is starting to really come together. 
I am hoping to be done with all  hand quilting by tonight, 
and then I can start making the bias tape that goes around the edges. 
Call me crazy, but I love sewing on the binding. 
It is so fulfilling!! 
I attach the binding edge with my sewing machine... 
and then when you fold it over the edges and tuck in under, I hand stitch it to the back. 
For some reason...I love this part. 
I think because it is just stitch after stitch and it's almost mindless. 
It's just good.

For now, I will leave you with a couple photos of my crazy chickens. 
They look dead, don't they?!
Don't worry, I assure you...they are very much alive!

They are sunbathing on the hot wooden deck.
I have read that chickens don't like the heat and the sun...
so what's wrong with my silly chickens???

They have always done this....this is nothing new....this is a normal thing for my chickens.   
They apparently love the deck because the wood is so warm. 
Sometimes there's 3 or 4 of them all doing this together. 
In the rare occasion the chickens do this when we have a visitor, our guests will look out on the back deck and say "OH NO! I think something's wrong!!"  
I'm like, "oh, ya, they're fine, just get a little closer to the glass and they'll notice you and be up and running." 
My chickens don't do this all the time, but they do it a few times a week. 
Mostly, they do this in the cooler months when the sun is out and warming the wood...
but they do it once in a while in the summer too.
To me, chickens are a constant source of interest and entertainment.  
Too funny!!


3 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. corn starch
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
pinch of salt
4 Tbsp. softened butter

Toss blueberries with white sugar, corn starch and lemon juice
Dump into 8 or 9 inch baking dish.
Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, oats, salt and butter with a pastry blender of fork.
Sprinkle mixture evenly over berries.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes until golden.