So, a glimpse into my weekend (sorry for you, because I am insanely boring lately!) Friday night my sister graciously hosted my very first book event. I was so nervous that my “nervous sweaty right armpit” was making a spectacle of itself. I had to keep my arm glued to my side all night so that no one could see that yes, indeed, when I am nervous, my right arm pit is a situation. But then someone did see it and proceeded to tell me about this magical deoderant that would cure it. Thank God that someone was my sister. Obviously I was at the drug store the very next morning at the crack of dawn in an attempt to get through the rest of my book tour sweat free. TMI? Now if I can figure out a way to preserve my voice. I talked myself hoarse, and my voice is still not back. Any home remedies? (for the voice. Not the arm pit.)
(SPEAKING OF BOOK EVENTS!! don’t forget to join me this Thursday for “Girls Night Out” at 1000 Spirits in Downtown Seattle at 6:30pm. Details to follow, but mark your Calender!!)
Saturday I drove kind of a long ways to a birthday party that wasn’t actually happening. I was a day early. Classic. There was also a freak hail storm that left (I kid you not) like an inch of hail in our front yard. Our kids were so confused because they thought it was snow. Coco couldn’t pronounce hail and kept calling it “hazel”?
Then Pete and I had a date night Saturday which romantically ended at the grocery store. But while we waited for another cloud burst to finish before we hightailed with our grocery bags, I dragged Pete into the Petco next to the grocery store. I am having sad pangs about Mason, and if I am honest that really go all the way back to Henry. I just wanted to spend time talking to the lizards, the Guinea Pigs and the up for adoption cats. Pete was pretty patient considering that all creatures above horrify him.
Today was even more low key. We retried the birthday party, and turns out second time was a charm. The grils held baby bunnies at the party and it is all we have heard about since. Like literally. And then we had friends for dinner. Since I over-purchased strawberries and blueberries at the store last night, and gleefully picked up some fresh rhubarb, I decided to make a skillet crisp for dessert.
The combination of berries and rhubarb was wonderful and the buttery crisp topping was the perfect sweet addition. Super easy and beautiful too, make this for your family and be a hero!
To make this Strawberry, Rhubarb and Blueberry Skillet Crisp, this is what you do:
In a 10” skillet mix together the berries.
Add the sugar, flour and lemon zest.
In a food processor pulse together the flour, oats, sugar, salt, baking soda and nutmeg.
Transfer the fine crumbs to a bowl. Pour in the melted butter and mix with clean fingers. Crumble the topping over the fruit in the skillet.
Bake the crisp for 45-50 minutes and serve hot or at room temperature with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Recipe: Strawberry, Rhubarb and Blueberry Skillet Crisp
- -2 lbs strawberries
- -1 lb blueberries
- -2 cups rhubarb
- -1/3 cup sugar
- -2 Tbs flour
- -1 lemons zest
- Crisp Topping
- -1 cup flour
- -1 cup oats
- -½ cup sugar
- -1 teaspoon salt
- -1 teaspoon baking soda
- -¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- -12 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- 2. In a 10” skillet mix together the berries, sugar, flour and lemon zest.
- 3. In a food processor pulse together the flour, oats, sugar, salt, baking soda and nutmeg.
- 4. Transfer the fine crumbs to a bowl. Pour in the melted butter and mix with clean fingers.
- 5. Crumble the topping over the fruit in the skillet.
- 6. Bake the crisp for 45-50 minutes and serve hot or at room temperature with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 50 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8