Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Grandma and her legacy...

As with many of us,our Grandmas are our role models,our great treasure and we are their legacy.We lived in Tennessee,down in the hollow(that's hollar down there);),my grandma and I would go blackberry picking.She'd always tell me to watch out for bears,my eyes would get big and I'd look around,but I was with Grandma and nothing could hurt me.We'd go back and she'd make blackberry dumplings on the stove,oh,how good that did smell,what wonderful memories.The best memories you can give a child are the love and times you share together.

Blackberry Dumplings:
1 quart blackberries, rinsed 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
Dumplings- 1 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon(or more) sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 2/3 cup milk (I just use cinnamon sugar,I always save the little bear honey bottles and mix my own cinnamon/sugar to taste)Some add a little nutmeg in the dumplings also.

Mix berries,water, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 t salt and lemon in large, wide saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. For dumplings: Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and milk. Stir until mixed. Drop by TBS into berry mixture. Cover tightly and simmer 15 minutes. Serve in bowls with a dollop of whipped cream.

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