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Endless gifts

I've been reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann VosKamp this weekend.  What a beautiful book this is.  I can't stop pondering her words.  The book is about embracing everyday blessings and writing them down.  I have practiced writing down the endless gifts in my life before, and I've also used photography as a way to document them.  This practice has always been rewarding, yet in the busyness of life, the habit tends to fade away after a few weeks.  It seems like today is as good as any, to start once again.  The act of writing down the gifts helps me to be more intentional about looking for them- and there are so many.  I'll keep a notebook for this purpose, but to get me started today, I thought I'd share a few here:  a mountain that comes out with the sun Saturday preparations for a Sunday brunchsummertime food at the farmer's marketa private retreatcharming neighborhoods to explore with friendsfreckle faced cutieingredients from nature, perfect as isbut also very good in a crisp....That crisp was delicious...too good not to share.  Here's the recipe, from this month's Country Living magazine:

  Mixed Berry Crumble

1 pint blackberries

1/2 pint raspberries

1/2 pint strawberries

   (or just use whatever berries are available)

1/4 cup honey

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 stick butter


1.  Preheat oven to 375 F.  In a large bowl, mix berries.  Drizzle with honey.  Sprinkle with 4TBS flour and toss.  Transfer fruit to an 8x8 baking dish

2.  In a large bowl, mix remaining flour, oats, brown sugar, and butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture forms large, crumbly lumps.  Sprinkle over berries.  Bake until golden brown, 45-50 minutes.  Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Reader Comments (5)

Lovely pictures! :-) As usual!

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteradie

I've been thinking about getting that book! It looks so good. I agree, sometimes the busyness of life seems to take away from the documenting to remember. Cami still says these sweet misused words, and I think I'll be sad the day that goes away. Thanks for sharing, the crisp looks awesome! Love summertime berries. :-)

July 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentererin

Lovely pictures Dawn. I have put that 1000 gifts on hold at the library upon your recommendation. Hey, have you got your girls homeschool plans made yet? Oh man, I have barely started. This week's plan for sure. M

July 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Michelle- I just picked up the book you recommended from my library! Poser....I can't wait to read it. : )

July 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterDawn

Yummmm - want some!!!

July 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterK

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