Blueberry Peach Crisp

As soon as I slip on my work clothes, jump in the car and then head up the road, Staycation 2011 will be officially over.  A part of me is really sad–I really have loved jumping into our version of homesteading wholeheartedly.  But the other part is really excited to get back–we have five new people in the office, and once I walk through my office door my new responsibilities will really start to kick in full force.  It’s bittersweet, but there’s always next summer, right?  Right!

But it is Monday Morning, and I figured everyone might could use a pick-me-up (I certainly could), so I got up early to whip this up–sweet, delicious, and not too terribly bad for you, too (if you’re following Weight Watchers like JGL and I, if you divide this into 8 servings, it is 3 points plus a serving).   I used some of the homemade ricotta cheese that I saw on the fabulous Smitten Kitchen (I swear, she’s a genius!) which made the topping rich and creamy, but if you don’t have ricotta you could certainly supplement with butter.

I’m hoping this will make my reentry into the work force a little sweeter, and here’s hoping it’ll make your morning a little sweeter too.

Blueberry Peach Crisp
2 pounds peaches, peeled and sliced
1-1 1/2 cups blueberries
2 TBS lemon juice
1-2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup homemade ricotta cheese
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp almond extract 
  • Combine sliced peaches, blueberries, lemon juice and fresh ginger in a bowl and toss.  
  • In a separate bowl combine last seven ingredients, and mix until crumbly.  If the mixture is too dry, add 1 TBS of almond milk or regular milk to help the mixture come together.  
  • Pour peach mixture into a cooking dish, then top with the crumble. Place into oven and bake about 30 minutes, or until the crisp is bubbling and browned on top.
  • You can serve this for breakfast, but it would be really delicious served as a dessert with some ice cream

Tube Top Gardening

I like to think I perfected the art of tube top gardening last year (for those of you who weren’t with us, I couldn’t afford to get tan lines from gardening last year because of the Sister’s wedding), but yesterday while mulching in my tube top (to make me really feel like I’m on a tropical getaway and not just any old staycation) I forgot my one cardinal rule:

Spray your back with sunscreen, THEN put the tube top on

Why the added step?

Because it slips.  #gardenfail


Let the Staycation Begin!

As of 5pm today I’m officially on vacation.   It’s a little crazy because I’m taking three weeks off (long story and a use it or lose it vaca policy at work), and I’m as of right now not going anywhere.  I’m not calling it a vacation, but a staycation.  I’m hoping that once I get the house picked up and finish all these little projects that I’ve been neglecting since September, I’ll be able to focus on some more lofty goals, like canning, being uber domestic, and catching up with friends that I’ve been horrible about staying in touch with.

But for tonight, we’re throwing on some Netflix, probably falling asleep on the couch, and then tackling tomorrow with a vengeance (a vengeance)!