Blueberries and blackberries

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Blueberries and blackberries
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Fri, 07-27-2012 - 8:50am

I went blueberry picking again but this time it didn't cost me anything for the blueberries! Dh's uncle called the other night to say he had a big blueberry crop this year and to come over and pick. We got plenty but will be going to pick again when the rest ripen in a few days. Yesterday was at moms and she said she had tons of blackberries. I didn't think to check them this year because dad cut them all back a couple of years ago and they didn't have any last year. Well this year they are taken over!

Looks like I'll be making blueberry, blackberry and grape jam this year! The grapes at my MIL's aren't ripe yet but should be soon. And veggies well I got zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant and green peppers from my MIL and from dh's uncle cucumbers and green beans. I love not having to pay for fruits and veggies!

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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 3:45am
Wow! Sounds awesome! We have a huge blackberry bush on our property that we pick from in mid-August. We get tons of berries, but we usually just eat them plain. Once we made a blackberry sauce for pork tenderloin that was tasty. I enjoy sharing our vegetable crop with friends. Today my daughter gave cucumbers and tomatoes to the guy that cuts our lawn so he could make a salad. I would have shared the zucchini, but just used a bunch making a delicious creamy soup. Enjoy your goodies!

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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 6:59am
I've been giving what we don't use to my daughter, she lives in an apartment so no place for her to plant a garden. I have a small bush that has a few berries but only enough to snack on. You make a creamy zucchini soup? Would you mind sharing the recipe, sounds like something we would enjoy! I use zucchini in soups but mine is tomato base soup.
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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 9:01am
I'll share my recipe if you share yours! : )

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Sun, 07-29-2012 - 1:29am
Oh lucky you this year. This week I am actually running on empty with veggies but next weekend will go to the farmers markets and stock up. Mind you nothing beats home grown and getting them for free. My mind is racing with everything you can make.
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Sun, 07-29-2012 - 1:43am
Blackberry sauce is nice for a change with pork. Raspberry works too. Lately been doing a few soups here as it is cold. Favourite is butternut squash seem to do that heaps. Maybe I should say butternut pumpkin. The one I mean is the one that is longish and kind of fatter on one end. Love the sound of the soup you posted. I have a go to emergency tomato soup I make when pressed for time using canned tomatoes. In winter it beats the tasteless fresh tomatoes in the stores.
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Sun, 07-29-2012 - 6:19pm
Lol thanks Susanne I really need to remember that. I always get confused. Love butternut squash, roasted, as a soup, steamed, mashed, heck just about anyway you can think to prepare it. Been doing this a lot...
roasted then tossed through cooked pasta with crisp cooked diced bacon, season and add some white sauce and pop into the oven in a casserole dish topped with a little cheese. Yum. Nice that it is cheap too.
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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 7:35am
Thanks and I'll post mine...
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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 7:36am
Yes have many ideas but not sure what I'll make. Freezing as much as I can for the winter. Running out of space so will have to go through the freezer and see if I can make more room!
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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 7:38am
That's ds favorite way to eat butternut squash. My MIL has some growing in her garden but won't be ready until fall. Mom has acorn squash growing in hers and getting pretty big.
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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 7:19pm
I am with him on that...yum. It really is very versatile. If you add some mashed potato and stock it makes a nice soup too. Maybe he would like to try that. Just taste then season.
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