Our Homestead Treasure Find
Making fresh, from scratch blackberry crumble wasn’t something that I expected to do this week. However, a homestead treasure that we found changed that. Don’t you love it when you stumble upon something that may be something you are looking for? Don’t you love when you stumble upon something that to you, is a huge treasure? I love a good find. Whether it is new or old, whether you are looking for a particular thing or not. I love stumbling upon something that truly is a great find. I am always on the hunt for vintage baskets, old pictures, white vases, old tables and chairs, and even old dishes. But something I love that happens is when you stumble upon self-starting and growing veggies and fruit around our homestead. That truly is a blessing and treasure to my family and me.
A bit of Back Story
We purchased our homestead a bit over two years ago. It was such an amazing find in itself. We were looking for about 5 or so acres, something to help us get started on growing our own food and having a horse and a goat or two. Little did we know that the Lord had something else in mind for us.
We searched high and low on the eastern side of Oklahoma for about two weeks, looking at plot after plot, acre after acre, house after house, struggling to find something that even came close. Until we found it, nestled in an old buffalo wallow, hidden away from the world on a long dirt road driveway, giving us the privacy and seclusion that we were looking for and dreaming about. We are SUPER hidden here on the farm and couldn’t have asked for more. It is such a blessing to be where we are.
Over the past two years, we’ve been working on adding things to the farm. First, we started with animals (and there are MANY more on the list to come). We added Bill, our beautiful American Quarter horse
and then came Herbert, aka Herbie, our mini donkey. They truly are such a sweet pair of equines and roam free on the farm. And when I say “roam free” I really mean FREE. There have been many times when there has been a crazy horse or donkey face looking at us in the window or a butt when we open the door.
Furry 4-Legged Friends
We now have three doggies that we adore. One spends most of his time inside but he is a great mouser. We added our farm dog, Dusty a few months after we got here and he has been the best addition ever to the farm. He is definitely a livestock guarding dog. And then there is Marble. She was left at our gate (we think she was gun shy so they just dropped her off) but we took her in as our own and adore her so. She chases rabbits and other dogs off the property. And recently, we’ve added two adorable barn kitties. They are still so wee small but soon, Camilla and Mrs. Norris will be prowling the barn and stables looking for rodents.
Chickens, Guineas and more
We have added guinea fowl over the years. Some have come and gone but we have a great little family that roams the fields and around the house, eating all of the bugs and ticks and spiders and snakes. Although they are sort of ………… well, for lack of a better word, ANNOYING, they really are a great addition to the farm.
We’ve added more chickens since we got to the farm. When we got to Oklahoma, we traveled with our original subdivision three, Chicka, Cupcake, and Juliet. Our three old girls, as I call them, are thriving and continue to lay for us. Our flock is now a total of 13 with 15 more coming in August from a great company in Ohio (Meyer Hatchery). We are able to have fresh eggs daily and even nicer, are able to sell a few here. That truly helps us to make ends meet on the farm.
We have been working hard to put in gardens, both raised beds and also a cut-flower/ in-ground vegetable garden. The gardens are always a work in progress, but they continue to produce food for our family along with being able to sell some produce on the side, again to help ends meet. We had finally put in our orchard full of lots of different types of fruits like apples, pears, plums, figs, kiwi, and peaches. We have finally put in blueberry bushes although taking care of them here in Oklahoma, a place where the soil is very alkaline instead of the acidic soil that blueberries thrive in, proves to be a bit difficult. The farm was finally coming together with every plant and seed. Blackberries and raspberries were next on the list.
Gardens, raised beds, orchard, & Blackberries
Last year, hubby and I started clearing out spots on our 25+ acre farm. There were so many spots where nothing had come through and brush hogged or even spots that had never really been traveled by humans. Hubby began clearing our front pasture and through the thick, thorny brush. And while doing that, he stumbled upon such a sweet site. A blackberry bush! A LARGE blackberry bush perfect for making fresh, from scratch blackberry crumble and cobblers. For a while, I thought it might be a dewberry bush but after looking closer at it and doing a LOT of research about them, we know now that it is definitely blackberries. And although I wonder still about it being wild or planted, it continues to grow and thrive and produce the most amazing blackberries.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago. We were again working out in the front pasture. Closer to the fence line, we found yet another massive bush of blackberries. Could it be? Oh yes, and they were bigger and even more beautiful than the ones from the little bush we found the year before. As you may remember, as I stated above, there is no better feeling than finding a treasure, new or old, big or small. This was the big surprise that made us all so excited and thrilled.
I’m not much of a blackberry eater but y’all, these blackberries are NOTHING like what the stores have to offer. NOTHING! They are SO SO good and make beautiful jellies and preserves, cobblers and crumbles, syrup too. They are SO good! Today, I want to share with you my favorite fresh, from scratch blackberry (or raspberry, blueberry or peach) crumble. Delicious. Easy. Truly a summer time dessert blessing for all to enjoy. Hope you enjoy this simple dessert, and be sure to tag me when you post any pictures of your delicious dessert!
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Blackberry bush video find
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Wild Blackberry Crumble
Topping/ Dry Ingredients:
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar (dark or light)
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1 cup or 2 sticks of butter (16 tbsp), very soft
8-10 cups fresh blackberries, blueberries or raspberries (approx.. 4 ½ pints)
1 tbsp lemon juice and some zest
1/3 cup raw sugar (granulated works as well)
1/3 cup flour
1 tbsp butter for pan
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar and salt.
3. Cut in butter to the oat and sugar mixture, like you would biscuits. It will be crumbly once it is mixed in well. Set aside.
4. In another medium sized bowl, place blackberries, sugar, flour and lemon juice. Mix together without crushing the berries. Mix until combined.
5. Melt in 9 X 13 pan, 1 tbsp of butter and coat all sides. Spread fruit mixture on entire bottom of pan.. Sprinkle topping mixture evenly over the top of the fruit.
6. Bake for 45 minutes or until the fruit is bubbly; the topping will be golden brown. (Add time as desired to have a light brown top).
Allow crisp to cool for about 10 minutes to set. Serve your fresh, from scratch blackberry crumble with ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
Recipe for Easy Blackberry Crumble
TOPPINGS/ DRY INGREDIENTS
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup brown sugar (dark or light will work)
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 1 cup or 2 sticks of butter (16 tbsp), very soft
- 8-10 cups of fresh blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or even peaches.
- 1 tbsp lemon juice and some zest
- 1/3 cup raw sugar (granulated works as well)
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 tbsp melted for pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar and salt.
- Cut butter into the oat and sugar mixture, like you would for biscuits. It will be crumbly once it is mixed in well. Set aside.
- In another medium bowl, place the blackberries, sugar, flour and lemon juice. Mix together without crushing the berries. Mixed until combined.
- Melt in a 9" X 13" pan, 1 tbsp of butter and coat all sides. Spread fruit mixture on entire bottom of pan. Sprinkle topping mixture evenly over the top of the fruit.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-55 minutes until the fruit is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. (Add time as desired to have a light brown top).
- Allow crumble to cool for about 10 minutes to set before serving. Serve with ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
My family picks our own berries from our wild blackberry bushes but you can use fruit purchased from the store too. You can also use frozen fruit as well but you may need to add a little more time to cook completely.