Blueberry Plum Butter

I’m slowly working my way through the fruits of my summer picking and gathering spree, and after the overwhelming response I got from friends and family who tried my attempt last week at Apple Butter, I thought I’d give my blueberries a chance to shine.. and oh how they did.

I did some searching online for a quick (haha) slow cooker recipe (Because who DOESN’T love being able to toss stuff into a crock-pot and walk away?) and found one at Food In Jars  that looked easy enough.

I started out with these amazing looking Maine Blueberries:

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and then added in some beautiful plums– (halved and pitted)

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Tossed it all into the blender to puree it and then poured it into the crock-pot:

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Place a lid on the pot and turn it on to low. After about an hour, give it a stir. At this point, you want to use something to prop the lid a bit just enough room to let the steam evaporate. I stirred it about once every hour to hour and a half or so, just to make sure it wasn’t sticking on the bottom. After about 5 hours, I added in the sugar and a bit of lemon juice/zest and took the lid off and turned it up to high in order to help it cook down faster. (about 45 minutes or so — times will vary depending on your crock-pot, and how thick you want your butter) Once it’s cooked down to your liking, you can store it how ever you desire. I’m not one for canning, but the original recipe has instructions on that.

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This stuff tastes amazing on some whole wheat bread in the morning with a lovely cup of coffee:

IMG_20130924_221039Enjoy– Let me know how you like it!

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Blueberry plum butter recipe

 

 

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Seek The Joy…

I was fortunate to spend last summer working at the best all-around YMCA summer camp for boys — Camp Belknap. While I was there, a phrase kept being bantered about– ” Be joyful.  Seek the joy of being alive–Seek the Joy” . When I woke up this morning and pulled on my hoodie from that same camp to ward off the slight fall chill in the air, I couldn’t help but think of the things that make me joyful.

What makes you “joyful”? Is it that first cup of coffee in the morning, steaming up your glasses and warming your insides?   Seeing the sunset over an island on the lake ?  Watching a storm roll in from the safety of a cabin?  Clouds rolling in over the valley? View from what feels like the top of the world? Sunlight through the trees on a hike? Knowing you can drive less than an hour and see the ocean expand out into forever?

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These very things have all made me joyful this week– Show me what’s brought you joy, I can’t wait to see.

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If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive. –Eleanora Duse