Better late than never, right? I missed posting about my sweet niece’s first birthday. I never knew I could love another child as much as I love my own. Only love for this sweet little girl! Happy 1st Birthday Callie May...
In this neck of the woods, we have 3 seasons. Rainy season, slightly less rainy season, and blackberry season. And suddenly this year we were hit with a new one: drought season. After weeks of scorching temperatures and minimal rain, I can't begin to tell you how happy I was to see blackberry season arrive. Sure, there's the fact that it means the rain isn't too far behind, but more importantly...blackberries!
With an entire field full of blackberries at my disposal, trying to decide what to do with the inevitable buckets of these juicy berries that end up in my kitchen is a task I am happy to tackle. There is the always delicious blackberry apple crisp, the classic blackberry pie, and last year's new discovery of blackberry apple sauce (have I mentioned we also have three apple trees in our yard?), but there is nothing more delicious than Blackberry Lemon Sticky Buns.
There are 3 ways to make these Sticky Buns: The Martha Stewart way (hand made from scratch) the Proud-to-present-these-to-the-inlaws-and-never-tell-them-I-used-a-bread-machine way (bread machine dough) anddddddd the it's-too-hot-to-spend-hours-in-the-kitchen-but-I-love-dessert way. I won't tell you which method I subscribe to. Suffice it to say you can buy frozen bread dough in the freezer section of your local supermarket and no one will be the wiser. I've used all 3 methods and you truly can't tell the difference. I won't judge you if you go all Martha Stewart and outshine me, I promise.
Blackberry Lemon Sticky Buns
You know how sometimes you make a recipe and think “That was amazing, I can’t wait to make that again" ? Then you forget about it, the piece of paper you write it on disappears, and the recipe is never created again?
This is one of those recipes.
I only remembered it because I ran across the pictures I took of it for the blog! It was so good, I had to share. The next step was to dig through my recipe binders to figure out what I did with the scrap of paper I wrote it on.
Couldn’t find it.
So now what? Hmmmm…… Google the ingredients to see if I could find a similar recipe (I had a picture of the ingredients after all).
Success! Thank you, Martha. Seems whoever I stole this recipe from, stole if from Martha originally! So, for Martha’s version of the recipe, visit here.
Here’s what you need:
Here’s how you put it all together:
You can do this in a dutch oven if you have one, or if you don’t have one, cook this in a large pot.
1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes, and then transfer to a plate.
2. Next, add coconut milk, broth, 1/2 cup of water and 3 tsp of curry paste (you can add more later if you don’t find it spicy enough). Bring to a boil, stir in 1 cup of jasmine rice. At this stage if place the chicken back on top of the casserole and pour any juices from the chicken on top, put the lid on and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
3. Put your bell peppers and green beans on top of the chicken, replace the lid, cook for about 12 more minutes.
It’s that easy. And OH SO tasty.
Impossible to lose the recipe once you’ve blogged it! Try it - you will thank me!
Every summer I come up with a list of things I’d like to accomplish, and every summer I end up disappointed at how little I actually got done. The list usually includes things like “paint the bathroom” and “lose 30 pounds” and “go camping for a week” (I want to like camping, I really do…) - all reasonable, concrete goals. This summer I took a bit of a different approach. I managed to get all of July and August off, and really wanted to focus on spending the time being happy.
Happy? I know, seems so simple. Who has to focus on being happy?? Well, THIS GIRL. It’s so easy to just get wrapped up in working, cleaning, LIVING, that you forget to be happy. So, with that in mind, this is my summer bucket list:
This might seem a disappointing “bucket list” to those who prefer the kind that involve sky diving and swimming with sharks, but it’s really just perfect in my eyes. Most of these can already be checked off, and the few that remain will be complete before I head back to work and Meegs to school.
This has been an atypical summer for us west coasters. Hot and dry weather have been lauded by some as a "real" summer, while still others (ME!) much prefer the cooler, damp summers of years past.
As we make our way into August, I'm already mentally preparing for fall. I'm writing this from my picnic table, after finally receiving a showery day. Sweater and pants, but still enjoying Meegs and her friend laughing while jumping on the trampoline. I can hear crickets, but still see blackberries on the vine.
You see, August is the best of both worlds. The sun is lower in the sky, and the nights are cooler. We can enjoy what's left of our oft too short summer, and we no longer take it for granted. We start to realize what my ol' buddy Will once wrote: summer's lease hath all too short a date.
I had a summer bucket list this year, and I feel like I've made some serious progress. Maybe tomorrow I'll post it on here, and you guys can let me know about your summer bucket lists. In the meantime, I'm content to sit here, soaking up the August-ness of this evening.