Only moments ago, Jordan and I were eating blueberries by the fistful. There is something so indulgent about berries. It seems that they should be eaten only a few at a time, carefully, with great consideration.
But, July is here now. Berries are everywhere. Just look. Wild blackberry bushes have birthed bushels of sweet fruit, the drupelet clusters hidden in plain sight. In a few weeks, though, the berries will disappear.
So, on an early July Sunday such as this, all hesitation dissipates. Unabashedly, we greedily devour blueberries. In a few hours, we'll walk in the woods and pluck the sun-warmed wild blackberries from their vines and eat them until we feel sick.
And I'll think to myself that this is living. This is grace. My man and berries and a warm summer evening. This is good.
This week, I made Triple Berry Chia Jam for the Relay Foods blog. I've shied away from making jam for a long time. The sterilization process freaks me out. I also dread dumping cup after cup of sugar into a simmering pot of perfectly sweet berries. Why ruin a good thing?
This recipe requires no sterilization, uses only an itty bitty amount of sweetener, and is packed with chia seeds. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for a year.
You can get the recipe here.
And, since it is Sunday, a few things I'm loving this week:
1. Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. Author some of my favorite fiction -- Room, Slammerkin, and Astray, Donoghue's newest novel is yet another stellar work. I have a feeling some of you would love it and some would hate it, but, in my humble opinion, it's a perfect warm-summer-evening-on-the-porch read.
2. Bombay Bicycle Club is my go-to summer band.
3. Joule in Raleigh, NC. If you're in or around the city, carve out a morning to spend sipping an almond milk cortado in a window seat.
4. I just discovered Twice, an incredible online consignment shop. You can sell and buy. I snagged a gorgeous Anthropologie dress and sleeveless blouse for 75% off.
5. I've been craving these Peach & Vanilla Floats for days.