Blueberry Oat Crumble Bars

We're fortunate enough to live five minutes away from a blueberry farm. Our fridge is overflowing with blueberries. We've gone through twenty pounds of blueberries in the last two weeks. I'm not exaggerating. Poppy has had some truly horrific diapers.

These bars are rich and buttery but the blueberries add a fresh element so they're not too heavy. They're great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream, but they're also a lovely summer breakfast with a little yogurt and an iced coffee. These bars are versatile is what I'm saying.

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Blueberry Oat Crumble Bars

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup cold butter
4 cups fresh blueberries
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease 9" x 13" pan.

In large mixing bowl, mix together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until mixture is uniformly crumbly. Reserve 1-1/2 cups mixture and press the remaining into the bottom of the prepared pan.

In another mixing bowl, gently stir together blueberries, lemon juice, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and 1/4 tsp salt. Pour blueberries over crust. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over top of the blueberry mixture.

Bake for 45 - 50 minutes until blueberries are bubbly and top is lightly golden.

 

Fresh Blueberry Pie

The BC blueberry crop has stretched into September, reminding us that summer isn't over just yet. This pie is easy to throw together and tastes great topped with a healthy dollop of whipped cream.

Ingredients

1 9-inch pie crust, baked and cooled (a graham cracker crust also works well with this pie)
4 cups fresh blueberries, separated (2 cups + 2 cups)
1 cup water
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon butter

Directions

Place 2 cups blueberries in bottom of pre-baked pie crust.

Mix remaining 2 cups blueberries with water and lemon juice in medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil gently, adjusting heat as needed, stirring occasionally, 3 - 5 minutes, until berries burst.

Mix sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt together in small bowl.

Add sugar mixture to cooked blueberry mixture, lower heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring constantly, until thick and translucent (just a minute or two).

Remove from heat and stir in butter until it melts.

Pour mixture gently over fresh berries in pie crust. Chill until set.

Enjoy!

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Friday Faff

Last week's faff was so fun I thought I'd do it again. You need something to distract yourself from work anyway, right?

Last week I read a couple pieces on vocal fry and the "justs" and the "umms" and I cringed because I'm guilty of all of it at times. And then I read this and felt much better.

tl;dr: "Speak so that those who hear you wonder aloud and say, 'Surely this speaker is a man. Or a grizzly bear who has swallowed a man whole.'"

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The creator of Honest Toddler on Scary Mommy: "Dear Perfect Mom In The Facebook Comments"

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This blueberry cake is on my list to be made this weekend if my kitchen ever cools off enough to turn on the oven without melting.

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I love Shawna's post on wearing clothes versus wearing an outfit. This is something I really struggle with and wish I found easier. Anyone feel like tacking my closet and telling me what to wear and how to wear it?

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BlissDom Canada full conference passes are on sale oh so briefly. If you were on the fence, now is the time to pull the trigger.

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I haven't coloured my hair since before I was diagnosed with cancer. I used to have fun with colour but I started getting really anxious about the different products I was putting in and on my body after my diagnosis. I have a hard time liking my hair. It's different after cancer. It's finally to the point where it's healthy enough to actually grow but I've got a lot more grey these days. I'm not opposed to grey but I don't like how patch it is. This is a really longwinded way of saying that I've booked a cut and colour appointment for two weeks from now and I need some ideas. What would you do to my hair? I don't want to lose a lot of length because I like having it up when I ride my bike. And I'd like something that's pretty low on the maintenance spectrum. Give me your suggestions (please)!

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How are you faffing today?

Blueberry Shortcake

Look, I understand the implications of posting about carbs and whipped cream immediately after posting about being unhappy with my weight but it's berry season and I never claimed to be perfect.

I missed this year's local strawberry crop (sad face) but blueberry shortcake was surprisingly satisfying.  I used this strawberry shortcake recipe but I added the zest of one lemon to the cream scones. The subtle lemon zing worked perfectly with the sweetness of the blueberries. Plus, you know, antioxidants. It's practically health food. #science

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