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50 Shades of Blackberries: just in time for Father's Day

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Ok, the blog title was simply to get your attention. Although there are numerous shades of color as the blackberry ripens from a tiny green pod, moves into an array of reds (they almost look like raspberries), to a dark purple, and then to the deeper shade of black, for the purposes of this blog, berries are either ripe or not.

I spent an agonizing hour, ok, that's an exaggeration, last Sunday picking a berry here and a berry there, everywhere a berry berry, but the majority were not ripe. Today, oh what a difference a week makes!

I place both hands palm side up, fingers curved upwards under clusters of the ripest berries. I wiggle my fingers ever so gentle and both hands are filled with delicious, warm ripe fruit. Take the right hand and place the berries into the bowl beside you. Take the left hand and fill your mouth with berries. Begin again.

When the fruit it ripe, it is truly that easy.

Items to take: water, long sleeved shirt and heavy pants, shoes with hard soles or boots, socks, sun screen, strap around bag or back pack for keys, cell phone, etc., a friend with compulsive disorder (they just don't stop picking), bug spray (ticks are as thick as the berries), plenty of containers (not too large as your berries will become heavy and squish the bottom ones), and a healthy appetite.

It seems as though berries give off heat. Regardless of how cool the morning is, I find I'm covered in sweat from head to toe within minutes of entering a berry patch. Maybe it's the speed in which I'm picking, or the extra calories I'm getting from the berries, or the competitive spirit as my cousin Teresa and I knock each other into the brambles when we spy the fattest, juiciest berries hanging, as always, just out of reach.

Please share berry picking sites, any items I forgot, and your favorite recipes - I hear there is a great blackberry yogurt soup.

If anyone is interested, we can have a berry picking contest. Find someone willing to time you for half an hour and then count your berries once your time is up and report back to me. The winner will receive a gift to be announced.

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LadyJ 1 year, 10 months ago

Something weird happening on the LJW overnight. I bet it's the gnomes.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 10 months ago

Best tick antidote is to ASAP buck out, throw clothes in the washer and do a soapy shower.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 10 months ago

I took a trail camera out this afternoon to set up on a mineral lick for deer. In the process I blundered into a mondo blackberry patch. So, I started picking and ended up with a couple of quarts which I took to my sister (blackberry ice cream from KSenses recipe). Anyway, on my way out, I stepped on a hidden limb, lost my balance and swung my hand into a blackberry vine and drove a thorn under my fingernail ("the" finger) -a long ways. Agony. I ended up at my older sister's (an RN) and she finally dug it out. It's doing better but I did take half a hoarded oxy tab that I came up with. Going very well with my martini! BTW, these berries were perfect for picking. By week's end they'll be pretty much gone given this heat and wind.

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CollinsAlissa 1 year, 10 months ago

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 10 months ago

Forty years ago, my dad was the first person in Kansas to successfully bring in, cultivate and hybridize thornless blackberries. The bushes covered the front quarter of our front yard (which, given that it was a full acre, didn't crowd things much.) My mom made jam, cobblers and froze them. I just remember the work of picking them. :P

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matahari 1 year, 10 months ago

I am going to have to mul this over~

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

HEY ! What happened to the blog she had up claiming she is Greek??

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

I seen the image of the vegan Mary on my toast this mornin'.

Does this mean my soles is savededed from eternal dalmation?

Or it coulda been Queen Elizabeth . . .

Does it make a difference if it was white or whole wheat? Butter or margarine?

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autie 1 year, 10 months ago

Roe;, are you talkin about the vegan Mary? Or is the Hermione the vegan? Hell, at one time a few years ago we was all British.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

Didn't she used to be a vegan?

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

All this talk of chiggers, . . . tics . . . got me to itchin'

Took my monthly bath afore the 20th this month . . . .

Now I is gonna be off schedule til cold weather hits . . .

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 10 months ago

Why did I think this was going to be a review of smart phones?

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riverdrifter 1 year, 10 months ago

This blog has gotten weird! I'm gonna go look for a job.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 10 months ago

Woke up this morning with a smile on my face, Curtains smell of lavender, look like lace, My soul is sweet and full of grace, Tonight I will sleep with a smile on my face. by Me

My candle burns at both ends It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends - It gives a lovely light. Edna St. Vincent Millay, "A Few Figs from Thistles", 1920

Whether life's disabilities Left you outcase, bullied or tease Rejoice and love yourself today 'Cause baby, you were born this way. from Born This Way Lady Gaga

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KSense 1 year, 10 months ago

After finding and killing three snakes and finding one other one (two of which were sizeable copperheads), we decided to forgo the berry picking this year. The brambles are also liberally laced with poison ivy. My favorite way to use the berries is homemade blackberry ice cream. It's heavenly!

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autie 1 year, 10 months ago

If she is not a witch, will she sink to the bottom?

They stuck this nose on me, you know. Burn her!!!

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 10 months ago

Could I sup on blackberry cobbler and lemonade while observing this?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 10 months ago

Rather than picking blackberries you could just watch a demon possessed person drown...

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 10 months ago

Word List

Queen Porn Insult Father's Day Coumadin Warfarin Blood DNA NASCAR Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nuts Irish Ex'sssss

The Queen went riding In her royal NASCAR Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Commissioned to take her fast and far Similar DNA ran through their royal veins Warfarin and Coumadin Kept blood from clotting Like Irish Cream Over blackberries streaming porn Or rotting like your nutty ex'ssssss We just insulted on Father's Day

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LadyJ 1 year, 10 months ago

Darn, I hate having to go to work and miss the fun.

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autie 1 year, 10 months ago

Hermione was a cat lady? I Swear. In-gen---ious. The Irish don't like no Queens. They had them a revolution an run all them britishers out of town.

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LadyJ 1 year, 10 months ago

Totally on topic. My blackberries are not anywhere near ripe enough to pick, which is ok. It should work out that the raspberries will be done and a short time later the blackberries will be ready. I have a huge mulberry tree out front but really didn't have time to pick those. The birds were all over that one. Speaking of birds, has anyone scouted around for the cheapest birdseed? Man, those guys can empty a bird feeder quick, but it is great entertainment for the cats. No, they can't get to the birds.

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LadyJ 1 year, 10 months ago

I was going to add a troll section to my garden but maybe I should rethink that. I had assumed the gnomes would keep them away from the fairies area, but now I don't know if I trust them. I had noticed though that the birds and squirrels have left the berries alone this year. I know the cats are scared of the blackbirds because they let them eat their food and hid in the dog house when they're there.

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rockchalker52 1 year, 10 months ago

I quit harvesting blackberries & started an iPhone patch. It's the easier of the two Jobs.

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LadyJ 1 year, 10 months ago

The book tells you what the Travelocity gnome is really doing when he travels the world over.

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LadyJ 1 year, 10 months ago

Back, safe and sound. Had a couple of sharp garden tools by the back door.

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LadyJ 1 year, 10 months ago

Darn, just remembered I haven't fed the two cats that live in my garden, and it's dark out. There are about 8 gnomes out there. If you don't hear from me in 5 minutes, send help.

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LadyJ 1 year, 10 months ago

Well, since Rhonda brought up reading, black bear attacks and vampires, I feel it is ok to bring up what I have been reading. It's called How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. That book will have you thinking twice about those lovable, happy looking little guys. It's all an act. There is even a website http://www.howtosurviveagardengnomeattack.com/ Scared me.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

"I could write a blog on here from anywhere in the world."

La-La land comes to mind . . .

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riverdrifter 1 year, 10 months ago

Well, nobody came up witha recipe, so here's one:

Camp dumplings:

2 heaping cups blackberries

3 Tablespoons sugar

juice of one lemon

1/2 cup sifted flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

salt

1/2 tablespooon melted butter

1/4 cup half-and-half

Lightly crush the berries and put into a covered skillet with the sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for three minutes. Mix the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt in a bowl. Add the melted butter and and half-and-half and stir to mix. Drop the batter by the teaspoon full into the berry mixture, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve the berries and dumplings topped with half-and-half, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. I just dump a bunch of heavy table cream on mine.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

"I very curious as to who you are and how you come by your ideas."

Wanna be FaceBook Friends?

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

Cleopatra like floating down 'De Nile. . . .

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riverdrifter 1 year, 10 months ago

I spent the day in a swather mowing brome. AC soon stopped blowing cold and gave out mid-afternoon. Opened up doors on cab and promptly mowed through a bumble bee nest and the mothers were everywhere (on Father's Day). Didn't get stung though. Mowing with the wind, the cab filled with diesel exhaust. Gag. Radio worked good and listened to the Royals beat the Cards in 15 innings. I was ready to strangle Jonathan Broxton at one point. Am now nursing a few martinis. I'm 60 years old and deserve them. So, Ronda: add topics accordingly to what should be an epic tome (or whatever).

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 10 months ago

You favor cobbler, pie or shortbread?

I'm reading Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's latest novel, The Divorce Girl. It's excellent and available soon. Waiting until seven - crap, it is seven, and off picking berries again. I close my eyes, I see berries. It's as good as it gets for the here and now.

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autie 1 year, 10 months ago

Most.., most entertaining...you people really didn't have much to do today. I would advise pursuing more meaningful activities. Reading a book would be good. Or catching a fish for supper...or drinking beer. Picking beeries is a good activity also.....but make a pie or a cobbler. Ticks and chiggers are just part of the game...be a player.

I grewed up riding and shooting...???? Oh, really...A horse named Patrick O'holihan and shooting grouse and your uncle's estate maybe?

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riverdrifter 1 year, 10 months ago

I remember my Dad used to pick blackberries on the farm. He was in his 70's or even 80's and was on Coumiden (warfarin, a blood thinner) and he got stuck by the thorns while picking berries. Well, bloody berries! Anyway, he picked them by the gallon and we rinsed them real good. We always joked that were consuming our own DNA whenever we used up that blackberry jelly a few years after he passed. On other fronts, Junebug finished up on the sharp end of things today, ending a NASCAR winless streak of 143 races dating back to 2008. So, Junior is back in the berries.

So, Ronda, you have to add to your blog list the following:

Coumiden Warfarin blood DNA NASCAR Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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camper 1 year, 10 months ago

Has been a long time since I have picked berries. I remember there was a Blackberry (or Raspberry) patch in the yard next to ours when I was a kid. The berries were red at first, but when they turned black, we knew they were ripe. I wish I could go back just for one day to that very patch.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

frankie8 - of course you have the right to speak your mind just as everyone else does! And most of us want to hear it, agree or disagree with the content. As a matter of fact, this old post comes to mind . . . .

"The first time I went deer hunting there was a lot on my mind. Would I kill the animal as humanely as possible? Would I skin out and cut up the deer with as little waste as possible? Would I freeze up and not be able to pull the trigger? Or break down and cry like a baby after taking the life of one of God's creatures? When the buck stepped out of the woods at 80 yards . . . ."

I certainly hope you aren't the sort of person who would tell me to go to H3## for that. After all, it ended in almost the exact words used in the blog it was posted on . . .

"The only thing I can do is what I believe is right for me. Everyone else must, of course, decide for themselves.Please forgive me for offending anyone or making anyone angry who is reading this. I am writing about something that is very important to me. "

Have a nice day.

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tange 1 year, 10 months ago

Ticks, I tell ya... ticks and chiggers.

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 10 months ago

How did a simple blog about picking blackberries turn into: a blog about the Queen a pornographic blog insulting Fathers a blog about nuts a blog about Queen a blog about ex'ssssss (there are so many) a blog about finding out if someone is Irish.....

You are a creative group! Hehe

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

Cleopatra VII Philopator was a queen . . . or a pharoah . . . or sumpin.

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 10 months ago

50 shades of nut cases might be a more appropriate title for my next blog. Hummmmm, wonder what that should be about....

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tange 1 year, 10 months ago

"... Items to take: water, long sleeved shirt and heavy pants, shoes with hard soles or boots, socks, sun screen, strap around bag or back pack for keys, cell phone, etc., a friend with compulsive disorder (they just don't stop picking), bug spray (ticks are as thick as the berries)...." — Ronda Miler, 2012

"... Hey! Look out! Bugs are crawling up my legs! You know, I'd rather see this on TV...." — Laurie Anderson, 1984

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JackMcKee 1 year, 10 months ago

I'd prefer my Fathers Day to be devoid of fifty shades of anything including Twilight.

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LadyJ 1 year, 10 months ago

I wish somebody had told me that there are more chiggers than berries in those berry patches.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 10 months ago

Koehn Bakery down in Butler, MO is the king of the blackberry pie.

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