Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Shades of Blue~berries

It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. ~Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib, 1941

Oh, summer!
Emerald green lawns with grass so long and lush. Bare toes meeting the cool earth below. Skin glowing and warm having been kissed feverishly by the sun. Fireflies flicker in the twilight as daylight drifts away a little more slowly each day. Everything seems alive - the sights, sounds and smells let us know that the whole world and every creature that inhabits it is soaking up the beauty that is summer.
And the blueberries.
The blueberries!
As we filled our buckets we dreamed of jams, pies, muffins and bowls full of these little bits of bliss. I'm not sure there is anything better than a few happy hours under the sun picking the fruits of summer. Picking becomes rhythmic ~ one in the bucket, one in my mouth as I wind up the rows around each burgeoning bush.
We headed home buckets full and dear friends in tow. Working together in the kitchen we preserved nature's bounty for those cold winter days when summer seems so very distant and so very far away. As the last jars were dropped into the boiling pots we sat down to enjoy a meal; well deserved and much needed. The wine began to flow as easily as the conversation and I couldn't help but wish in that perfect moment that summer would never, ever end.

Blueberry Lime Jam Recipe
Blueberry Jam Recipe
Blueberry Infused Vodka


  1. I basically love that you infuse every fruit into vodka. We are long lost sisters or something.

    I hate summers here, but reading your posts takes me away from the debilitating AZ sun to a happier place.

    1. When the heat out there gets to be too much you can always head east and share a glass of vodka with me!

  2. The pie looks delish....hope all the family are keeping well Eleanor:)