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Blueberries and Books

Saturday, June 30, 2012


We visited Blueberry Havens today.  It is a blueberry farm/used book store not far from our lake cabin in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.  I couldn't believe it when I read about it in Lake Martin Magazine...blueberries and books are two of my very favorite things!


I bought a couple of books:  Ivan Doig's Ride With Me, Mariah Montana (on of my favorites) and Elizabeht Berg's Open House, and Oprah Book Club pick from about ten years ago.  I have read a few of Berg's books, and I hope it is as good as The Year of Pleasures.

I bought Shelley a first edition of Alice Hoffman's Aquamarine.


We picked a gallon of blueberries, and lucky for us Blueberry Havens had several blueberry recipe cards they shared with us!  I baked a blueberry crisp, and everyone liked it!


LOL someone got into it before I could take a photo!

Blueberry Crisp

4 cups blueberries
3 T all-purpose flour
2 T sugar
2 t lemon juice
vegetable cooking spray
1/2 c uncooked oats
1/3 c all-purpose flour
1/3 c firmly packed brown sugar
1 t ground cinnamon
3 t margarine

Dredge blueberries in 3 T four in a medium bowl.  Stir in sugar and lemon juice.  Spoon mixture in an 8-inch square baking dish coated in cooking spray.  Combine oats, 1/3 cup flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Cut in margarine with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle topping over blueberry mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.  Serve warm.

Have you done something unique this weekend?

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Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I love blueberries and would love to visit that farm! What a treat to get to shop for books, too. I love all of E. Berg's books and I like A. Hoffman, too but I don't think I've read the book you bought! I'll see if my library has it! Enjoy your weekend! I wish I had been with you today!

  2. i LOVE elizabeth berg! have you read "durable goods" by her? if not, i'll send it to you, it's great! "the year of pleasures" is amazing too, i haven't seen/read "open house" yet!

  3. Hi Ricki! I read one book of Elizabeth Berg, True to Form. It was a sad story but an endearing tale of love and friendship. Happy Sunday!

  4. What a fun place! I loved picking blueberries as a kid. I can't imagine anything better than berry picking and used books together.

  5. I'm glad we don't live near Blueberries and Books - Wilson would spend days in there looking thru books - he loves to collect them! The blueberry crisp recipe looks great - thanks for sharing.

    I've been busy this weekend - it took me all day Saturday to make a westie American Girl doll dress, decorate a matching hat and make a little matching carry bag with a stuffed westie to put inside. Haven't put it on my blog yet - but it is on my other sewing blog. This is one of the outfits that will go into the fund raising auction for the Westie Foundation of America October event.

    Have a nice Sunday ... Katie

  6. We love blueberries and at the moment it looks as if our 4 little blueberry bushes will give us enough for one batch of muffins this year!
    How I would love to have a blueberry farm nearby.
    I read Open House many years ago and enjoyed it, hope you do too.

  7. Oooh, have to wait a few more weeks until we can go picking here!

  8. like blueberries and love books total score here

  9. We love blueberries around here. The crisp looks delicious. Happy Sunday! ~ sarah

  10. Blueberries & books go perfectly well together in my mind. Your crisp looks wonderful! YUM!

  11. Now this is a great place....blueberries and books!! I have that book Open House but haven't read it yet. So many books, so little time. :)

  12. Two of my favorites also! How lucky for you to find a place to pick blueberries and books. Have a wonderful week. The crisp looks yummy. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  13. I got some just picked blueberries at the farmer's Market yesterday. Add a good book and it sounds perfect to me :)

  14. Awesome!! I need to find some kind of fruit farm around here. Mmmm love all fruits.

  15. Ricki Jill,
    I really wish we had something similar here in California. How fun to get the opportunity to buy blueberries freshly picked and used books to boot! Very fun.

  16. Blueberries and books...what a fantastic idea! I could spend hours picking either. :D

    Great job with the crisp, which looks delicious.

  17. Blueberries and Books are two of my favorite things too! I've been in a reading dry spell lately~ I'm looking forward to changing that after the Fourth! Your crisp looks delicious :)

  18. I have been thinking I need to bake a blueberry pie soon. I think instead maybe I will try this recipe! I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th!


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