Good morning my friends!! I hope all of my American friends had a great holiday weekend! The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, there is so much to be thankful for on this historic day. I truly enjoy spending this holiday with family,but a piece was missing this year because my husband had to work. 🙁
Despite all the rain, the kiddos had so much fun riding the go kart,playing in the mud, and dancing in the rain! They had a blast even though we didn’t have a chance to get out on the boat at Lake Kinkaid.
We did make it out to a town called Jacob, IL where they had their annual Tractor Parade. To say that my son LOVES tractors is quite the understatement! He absolutely adores them and begs me to get him one everyday so that he can help cut the grass… gosh it’s so cute.. sigh.. I love that wild child. These tractors were impressive… they each look like they had quite the story to tell!!! Bonus… they tossed out CANDY!! My kids, niece, and nephew were in candy Heaven!!
Along with all the rain fun, we gathered some veggies from my parents garden. We dug up some potatoes, picked some zucchini and yellow squash, and cut some rhubarb…. nothing like farm fresh food on your table the same day it has been picked!!!
We also had the chance to pic some fresh fruit from a neighbors house! He was so kind to let us take as much as we wanted!! We gathered fresh plums and blackberries… and they were beautiful!!!!!
My kids loved every second of finding the biggest, most plump blackberries on the vine and they couldn’t wait to show me their finds. My mom helped guide my youngest to the ripe berries because she just wanted to pick every berry she saw. Grandma’s are always so helpful!
The plum picking was a bit different, because most of the ripe ones were too high for the kiddos to reach.. so that’s where Papa came in to save the day. Thank God for Papa!!
So I had these fresh fruits and I NEEDED to make something with them.. I was so antsy to get in the kitchen!! At our lake house, we only really have the essentials. So I had to do some thinking… what was I going to make and how was I going to make it?……. I was trying to think of some of my other family recipes and how I could change them up to use the plums and blackberries. Ding, ding, ding…… a custard pie and an added bonus: a sweet sauce! We had all the ingredients to make this amazing pie, so it was time for my Mom and I to get started.
My mom started peeling the plums, which might I add, are not very easy considering their small size and juicyness (I’m pretty sure that’s not a word). I started making the pie crust.
Making the pie crust was interesting because I did not have my food processor and I only had one measuring cup (I used this one both for the wet and dry ingredients.. don’t judge). I also did not have a rolling pin…. “thank you” large bottle of Bloody Mary mix!! I like to roll out my dough in between cling wrap, but we didn’t have that, so I used tin foil, which proved difficult. I’d have to say, the lack of utensils was pretty frustrating (Thank you for calming me down, Mom!), but we made it work and I’m pretty proud of us!!! All in all, you don’t need fancy tools or a fancy kitchen to make a damn good pie! NO EXCUSES!
Since I had the blackberries, I also wanted to use them!! I knew the plums have a tartness to them so I wanted to make a mildly sweet sauce to go with the pie. The blackberries were a perfect pair with the plums and I added a bit of browned butter to the sauce which added a bit of nuttiness… it would have been amazing over some vanilla ice cream too!!
I have to apologize for all of my “talking” and all of my pictures… but I really wanted to share it ALL!!
…… and on with the show!! GET IN YOUR KITCHENS!
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