I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend. I celebrated Easter with family and had a lovely time. This weekend was symbolic in that while I was celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ I was also celebrating some new beginnings and resurrections of my own. I have been experiencing a lot of change lately. I believe change is a good thing but at times it can seem overwhelming. Instead of looking at my personal path of changes as overwhelming, anxiety ridden or filled with sadness, I have been seeing them as a new chapter. Believing in a fresh start and a new beginning. The exciting part of a new chapter is you don’t know how the pages will be written….
I should have known this was coming when 3 weeks ago this was what was inside my fortune cookie. Why I took a picture? I don’t know…Fascinating!
I spent yesterday surrounded by family and really took the space to appreciate the simplicity of Easter at my aunt’s horse farm. I found myself breaking away from conversations to wander out in the pasture with the horses. A cat on the property would not leave my side and followed me into the pasture. I felt a strong sense of peace. I truly believe when making huge life decisions it is so important to be out in nature. To come back to earth, so to speak. Peace, to me comes from being around nature, stillness and thought… being around animals. At times I can honestly say I enjoy animals more than people. Can’t explain the feeling! As Rita Mae Brown said “Peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.” This weekend I was also drawn to baking ….in fact I made the most delicious Blackberry Orange Crumble Bars that I must share with you. I have learned that when I need to really think about something or gain clarity around a decision, I turn to Nature. Baking… Still and Quiet. After this somewhat therapeutic experience I know in my heart that I am excited for the change. After all change is inevitable. So look at it in the brightest light…
….a new city
….my own business
….a new chapter
I cannot wait to share the unfolding of the new chapter on this site!
Onto the most delicious blackberry bars…. Go to the farmers market and find the most eye-catching, mouthwatering blackberries. Then zest an orange and bake these bars!
Blackberry Orange Crumble Bars
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp grated orange zest
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp cold water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups blackberries, rinsed and cut in half
5 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly butter a 13X9 inch baking pan.
To make the crust.
Combine Flour, sugar, orange zest, and salt in a bowl of a mixer or food processor. With the motor or paddle running add the butter a few chunks at a time. In a small cup, stir together the egg and vanilla. With the motor running gradually add the egg mixture. Process until the mixture pulls together. Add the cold water. Crumble the dough into the prepared greased pan to form the crust. With floured fingertips gently press dough into the baking pan into an even layer over the bottom.
To make the filling.
In a large bowl stir together the sugar, flour and nutmeg until combined. Add the blackberries and toss to coat. Spread the blackberry sugar layer evenly over the crust.
To make the topping.
Work the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon until blended. Using a fork gradually add the flour, stirring until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the blackberries.
Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F. Then lower the oven temp to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Allow to cool. Cut into 18-24 bars. Remove from pan. To serve dust with confectioners sugar.
Have a wonderful week everyone! xo