I just got back from Boston, where the trees and flowers are just waking up. I know that New England is known for its fall spectacular, but I am going to say spring sure comes in a close second. With all the trees waking up comes a great invitation to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
When I got home to Salt Lake City, I was also struck with the trees that are in full bloom and the beautiful weather that is such a treat after a long, cold winter. I spent last night in my yard and immediately came in and created a party. I invited a dozen of my school friends to come over in a couple of weeks to enjoy a fresh outdoor patio get-together.
Yes, sometime my life gets going an hundred miles an hour and I have to stop and say slow down. But what I have found from past burn-outs is that I left the spice of life out of my life. I forgot to put in the thing that nurtures my soul. Sometimes we have to say no so that we can say yes to what we need and want to do. I had to call and cancel two appointments to be able to spend time with my friends.
Today I want to share with you a couple of recipes that work well outdoors. Mixed Berry Crisp is at the top of my list. It’s not hard to make but just a little bit will give you a delicious treat.
Take a few minutes to think about what nurtures your soul and be sure to get that on the calendar. It will make the hard things a lot easier.
Mixed Berry Crisp
Berries in season are always best. When not in season, use frozen.
- 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen raspberries, thawed
- 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen blueberries, thawed
- 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen boysenberries or blackberries, thawed
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
In a bowl combine berries and sugar; set aside. Prepare Crisp Topping (below).
Heat a 12-inch Dutch oven over 9 hot coals. Cover with Dutch oven lid and place 15 hot coals on the top. Preheat 10 minutes. Pour the berry mixture into the Dutch oven. Sprinkle Crisp Topping (below) evenly onto berries. Bake, covered, for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm or cold. Serves 6 to 8.
Follow the above Dutch oven directions. Cook in a baking dish at 350ºF for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm or cold. Serves 6 to 8. A scoop of ice cream makes a great complement.