Blackberries are here!

 

We walked around Green Lake and were surprised to find lots of blackberries. I thought that with thousands of people wandering around the lake, they might have picked them clean. We found about 5 cups in an hour.

 

We found some really good bunches up in the trees. It was fun/scary/dangerous climbing trees sitting above the lake picking blackberries.

 

Sugar is a major component of any berry recipe. I made a chipotle blackberry sauce. There wasn’t as much sugar as the jam that we want to make next.

 

The stain that the berries create is kind of pretty. Especially when added to the colorful flowers that we have. I was so paranoid about everything turning purple that I ran hot water over everything as soon as possible. It turned out not to be such a big deal.

 

This is one half of the chipotle blackberry sauce. The other half is the berries and sugar.

 

Mixing the two halves together.

 

We had so many berries that we also made blackberry marshmallows with coconut on the outside.

 

 

For drinks, we had blackberry margaritas. We squeezed a lot (maybe 2 dozen) fresh limes instead of buying margarita mix, dropped thyme in the tequila, and blended fresh blackberries.

 

We ended the night with smores.

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