I drove out to my dad’s house yesterday to pick up a load of camping gear for this weekend, only I found something a little sweeter than my tent and cooler. His garden is sprouting and I left with a bags of homegrown sweet red onions, bunches of garlic and red and yellow zucchini.
As I was driving down his country road to go home, I noticed the big blackberry bushes growing between the asphalt and the water-filled ditch. Last week at the farmers market, I tasted the sweetest locally grown blackberries, and I wondered if these would be ready. I pulled over, and sure enough, the thick bushes were dotted with red and black.
I found a bag in the back of my car and went to work picking for twenty minutes, not carrying about my blood-red stained fingers or pricks of the surprise thorns.
I learned last night that wild blackberries make one of the best summer dinners ever (and a great dessert, too, especially when you add them to sorbet).
WELCOME!I’m Lauren — a gentle wanderlust who lives in a little valley nestled between Sacramento and San Francisco. I embrace life’s littlest and most poignant moments, and share them here.
FOLLOW @theurbanhippie ON INSTAGRAM!Petals in the pool. 🌸🌸🌸Finally spent some time giving my plant babies much-needed TLC. Bloom, my pretties. #succulents #aprillove2018Love is being willing to look like a clumsy goofball for the friend and coworker who wanted to spend her final day’s celebration by floundering around trampolines! We all know you’re an Olympic gymnast @auntiesarah97! We’ll keep trying @janelle_meyers! Scroll for our video in which I just basically fall a lot. #skyzone #trampoline #CoworkersWhoJumpTogether... #IUsedToBeCool #IHaveBlueMatFear #HelpThis sweet face. She was the perfect patient today during her a very long and complicated surgery to remove a 3-pound fatty tumor that was mingled with layers of muscle. Though she’s my old lady teenager, the docs say her labs look like that of a puppy. Thankful for this sweetness. #My13YearOld #WellBeInTheDogBedIfYouNeedUs #dogchild #aussiechow #coneheadAlways fun with these girls. Happy birthday to my lil adventuring friend, Andrea! I hope it’s a year filled with boundless ski slopes, hiking trails, tent dreams, hot tub soaks, wine & cheese savoring and paddleboard naps. #happybirthdaySWIPE for some pretty greenery 🌵😍>.>.> Spent the afternoon in the sun roaming one of my favorite nurseries and pretending summer is with us. They have a great greenhouse restaurant, but make sure you get there before 3. #highhands #nursery #succulents #plantsGetting in my weekday steps, vitamin D and color fix. #afternoonwalk #theothercoffeebreakThat time when you’re ranting to God about life’s crazy, and how all you want is to get away and feel some ocean air and your friend texts to say the car’s leaving in 20 minutes. #AnsweredPrayer #APrettyClearConnection #SoThankful #BodegaBay #PacificPrescription #Blessed #RoadtripAnd then there was wheat bread - like six loaves of it! So thankful for friends who teach me how to turn wheat berries into flour and then into bread. #baking #breadbaking #wheatbread
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