Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Post July 4th

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter Lucinda and I were standing on
our backyard deck.  She has a keen sense of nature and spotted
these blackberries growing along a fence row of hedges.  Clint and I had never
noticed them before.


Yesterday morning on my way to the gym, there were flashing police cars
and the roads were blocked.  I had to wait a few minutes for a local 4th of July
parade to end before I could cross over to the shopping center.

When I first saw this hearse, the clown-like figure on the right was more
prominent and was beside the hearse. I thought to my self, "a hearse and a clown in the parade, something for everyone!" ;-D  The sign on the back of the hearse reads, "Grim Limos".  I suppose
it can be rented for special occasions.

(Between John Wayne Gacy and Stephen King's "It", the clown image
is not the same as in the olden days of the circus". )
These days even I look at clowns differently.

Back to the berries, they had ripened and Clint picked some
yesterday morning and wanted me to make a cobbler.  Thank
you, Clint, for picking the blackberries.

It has been a long time since we both have had a dessert.  We  have been doing
quite well on our working out and dieting.  I am 14 lbs from my goal.

Heck, it was July 4th and I did make the blackberry cobbler.  We
needed a little treat.

By dessert time I was a little exhausted and didn't
spend time on on my "food styling",   I just put it
on a place and snapped a picture.

Yes, I am feeling a little guilty this morning and did not step on the scales.
It was delicious, though!


Shady Del Knight said...

Hello, Cindy! Those berries remind me of childhood. We harvested berries and cherries growing near our home and my mother made fresh puddings and pies. At an early age we become anchored to the smell of fresh baked goods and they always remind us of home, safety and security, and of love. Maybe that's why they are called "comfort" foods. I missed you, thought about you, and prayed for your well being, dear friend!

Clint said...

You done good with that cobbler. I was doing so well on my diet. Shucks. Now I hate myself. Ha.

Sara G said...

My husband wants some cobbler! hehe He misses the fields back home where the blackberries grow wildly. I grew up with my grandmother's garden and wild spots of strawberries just growing on the side of the path and the pecan trees in the distance.

Looks yummy!

Cindy Ellison said...

Hi Shady, your mom using berries and cherries for puddings sounds so delicious, I had not thought of that. It's just fun to be able to find something in your yard or near your home that you can actually eat! The homemade puddings and pies that your mom made would definately count as "comfort food". I have a chocolate pie I make that is also an ultimate "comfort food" for me. Recently I ordered the Thomas Wolfe book with the short story, "The Far and The Near", in it plus 13 other stories. We are anxious to read it, I found a copy on Amazon. Thanks again for calling my attention to it. Also, a big thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I am better! :~D May you have sunny skies in Florida!

Sara G, it is so good to hear from you. Just yesterday I was remarking to Clint that you are a good writer. Oh, pecan trees would really make me happy! It is fun to have some edible food growing in our backyards. Growing up we used to have a gooseberry bush, I do remember the thorns and the berries being very sour. Hope things are going well with you. (We've had Explorer/Google problems today and could not get back online until a few minutes ago.)

Nova said...

Yammy...I love blackberries and your blackberry cobbler looks delicious.

Greetings to you and Clint

SweetMother ;) said...

Yum! Looks like you did a great job on that cobbler! If only I could grab a bite right from the screen lol.

Shady Del Knight said...

Yessum. I assure you that I always check back to read your replies to comments. I visited your blog yesterday and your "thank you" warmed my heart. It was reassuring to learn that you are doing better. From the look of it you make a delicious blackberry cobbler and I trust that you also have the ability to turn lemons into lemonade. Have a wonderful day, dear friend Cindy!

Anonymous said...

WOW, how lucky you are to have blackberries in your yard!! My grandmother did experiments for seed catalogs with raspberries& blackberries. I wish I knew more about what she did but we always had
lots of berries to eat.
Keep up the good work at the gym, I know your feeling better I always did when I got more exorcize. One of these days I'll get back to it. Take care tell Clint hello from Dallas. Ginny

Sara G said...

Edible food in yards I miss! Apartment living is not for me but that is where we are for now. My other grandmother and my childhood home had oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and banana trees. I hope to get back to writing soon. I have stayed away to do some study and get my daughter back to a routine. She visited her dad for a few weeks. Have a great day tomorrow!