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Plum Cranberry Crumble

21 Oct

Recently we’ve been getting an abundance of plums in our CSA. I’ve kind of run out of ideas with them. Then, we received a bag of cranberries! How awesome! Except it wasn’t Thanksgiving so I couldn’t make cranberry sauce. So I came up with this crazy idea of combining them into a delicious crumble.

The verdict? My husband told me it was the best thing I had ever baked, ever. Whoa. That’s pretty extreme. But I knew he was serious when a day or two later it was half gone. Hmmmmm…..

But I mean, he was on to something. Delicious brown sugar crumble on top AND on the bottom? Tender slices of sweet plums plus the tarty goodness of cranberries? Yeah, I suppose I should have just known it was going to be amazing.

Can we talk about something ELSE that is amazing besides this crumble???

Wait for it…..


So many of you know that I’m in grad school studying to be an elementary school teacher. Well, my original plan was to stay at my job at the insurance company I was working for until I had to start my practicum next year. Well, I decided I didn’t want to do that anymore. Mainly because I felt like I was the only person in my program NOT in a school. You catch my drift?

So when my classmate and friend told me that the school she was working at was looking for an aide for a 4 year old boy with autism, I took it as a sign. I interviewed and was offered the job RIGHT after the interview. Talk about AMAZING!

So, to make a long story short, I’m into my third week at the school and I’m absolutely in love. While there are challenging days, exhausting days, new worries over just how I’m going to be able to afford to do anything anymore, there are also the days when everything goes amazing and I feel like I’m really connecting with not just my one on one, but with all the students. And I wouldn’t go back to my old job for anything. It’s nice to find something that you really click with, when you don’t feel like you are going to work everyday, but you are enjoying what you are doing!

So enough of my gushing. But you can help me celebrate by making some of this delicious Plum Cranberry Crumble!

Plum Cranberry Crumble


Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod


For the crumble:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
For the filling:
  • 3 cups thinly sliced plums
  • 1.5 cups cranberries
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized sauce pan, combine the plums, cranberries, sugars, cornstarch, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Once it has been brought to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and continue simmering until the sauce thickens and the cranberries start to burst, about 10 minutes.
  3. For the crumble, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a medium sized bowl. Add the melted butter and mix until the mixture is no longer dry, but do not over mix.
  4. Pour half the crumble mixture into the bottom of the baking dish. Pour the plum/cranberry mix over the bottom crumble and use a spatula to make it even
  5. Dump the remaining crumble on top of the mixture and gently pat the crisp down.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
  7. Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving.




Ground Cherry Jam

19 Oct

Do you know what a Ground Cherry is? Yeah, I didn’t either. So when I started to get bags full of them, I had absolutely NO idea what to do with them!

I tried a bite and found that they were very sweet! The first time I used them I made a salsa verde, as I assumed they were just smaller tomatillos! It worked, but I really wanted to know what I could actually DO with these things!

So when I found myself with about 3 bags of these ground cherries, I thought to myself “Maybe I could make JAM with them?????”

Well  5 jars of beautiful ground cherry jam jars later, the answer to that question was a resounding YES! It makes for a very subtle jam, but when it’s slathered on a piece of toast with some peanut butter, it’ll give peanut butter and grape jelly a run for it’s money.

Ground Cherry Jam
From A Year in the Heritage Gardens


  • 3 cups of ground cherries, husks removed
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 package pectin
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. In a large pot, combine the ground cherries, lemon juice, water and pectin and bring to a boil.
  2. Once they are brought to a boil the cherries will start to burst, however feel free to mash them with a potato masher to speed up the process
  3. Add the sugar all at once and bring to a boil again
  4. Once it is brought to a boil for the second time, continue to boil for about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour into sterilized mason jars and cover tightly. Once they have popped, you know you are good. If they do not pop, then just stick them in the fridge once they have come to room temperature.





Concord Grape Jelly

11 Oct

A few weeks ago, we got a bunch of grapes in our CSA. At first I had no idea what kind they were, and when I took a bite, it was definitely not pleasant. A quick Google search led me to my answer, Concord Grapes.

So what do you do when you get a bunch of Concord Grapes in your CSA? You make Concord Grape Jam, DUH.

I’m telling you, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will NEVER be the same once you’ve made your own Grape Jam. It’s unreal. It’s magical. It’s the best thing ever. The only sad thing about this jam is that I only was able to make one jar and now it is almost gone. Must.Get.More.Grapes.

The link will have the original recipe which makes about 3-4 jars. The recipe below is enough for 1 pint of jam.

Concord Grape Jam
Recipe from The Hungry Mouse


  • 1lb Concord Grapes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  1. Skin the grapes by pinching one grape between two fingers and grabbing the meat of the grape. Separate the grape skin and the grape meat into 2 different bowls.
  2. Add the skins of the grape to a food processor with half of the sugar and process until liquefied. Grape skins stain EVERYTHING, so be careful, ok?
  3. Combine the pureed skins and the grape meat in a heavy bottomed, medium sized sauce pan. Add the lemon juice and the remaining sugar and stir to combine
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then reduce to a simmer and let it cook down for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally again and making sure the jam doesn’t burn the bottom of the pan.
  5. Place a small plate in the freezer. Strain the jam using a mesh strainer into a heat proof bowl until just the seeds are left.
  6. Take your plate out of the freezer. Make sure it is cold to the touch. Spoon a small amount of the jam onto the plate and return to the freezer for ONE minute.
  7. Take the plate out of the freezer and hold it on its side. If the jam runs down the plate, return the mixture to the pan and reduce further. Repeat the test until the jam doesn’t slide down the plate.
  8. For a second test, move the jam a little by running your finger from the bottom to the top. If a slight skin forms, then it is done.
  9. Place into sterilized jars and either process in a hot water bath or let them sit to room temperature before putting them in the fridge.



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