Raspberries. The Pete and I were at Sam’s Club last week picking up five items that somehow managed to total 70 bucks when a tub of Raspberries impulsively called my name. I try to buy organic berries but I let my guard down and into the world’s largest grocery cart they came.

I segue – as a side note, a giant cart with a listing wheel is way worse than a regular sized cart with a listing wheel and this is all compounded even further when you have a Pete strapped to your front in a sling. You may ask, why not just get another cart? Well, I had already sanitized the handle and had successfully made it past the all important woman checking my card to ensure I was allowed to enter the store. Clearly it’s an exclusive club.

Back to the berries. I’m pretty boring when it comes to fruit consumption. Usually I just rinse and eat. If I feel like cleaning the blender, I’ll make a smoothie. On a wacky day I add them to yogurt or oatmeal (yeah, I do eat the stuff, I just don’t like to talk about it).

So, I like raspberries. They are not my favorite (hello strawberries) but I like them. And they are pretty which nowadays, much thanks to all of you, is a bigger consideration when grocery shopping. Even the Iron Chef’s are judged on presentation so pretty is important in the food world.

The problem with all of this is that if you have a “food” blog (although if I had to classify myself I think “satire” is more appropriate) you are expected to make some crazy and new concoction with your raspberries. I’m not a chef. I just like raspberries. I also just really like photographing raspberries.

What are the chances you’d all stick around if I just told funny stories and posted random pictures of food that had no relevance to anything? . . . Yeah, that’s what I thought.

All of this talk begs the question, what did I do with the raspberries?

Obviously I put them on my new favorite photography prop that I found on the wood pile.

And ate some plain.

And cooked them into coconut flour pancakes, took pictures with my cell phone and then promptly deleted them because my phone was low on storage space and I needed room to take more pics of the Pete climbing over his toys.

And made Raspberry Syrup for the pancakes, took pictures with my cell phone and then promptly deleted them because my phone was low on storage space and I needed room to take more pics of the Pete pulling the DVD’s off the shelf second from the bottom (he is sooooo over the bottom shelf).

And made Raspberry Slush. Oh, a recipe picture finally!

And made Raspberry Chocolate Pecan Almond Flour Thingamajigers.

So I did fancier things . . . are you all happy???

Pancakes are self explanatory. Make coconut flour pancakes from Faith at gracefulfitness . . . top one side with berries before flipping. You’re okay without a visual for that one right? Good.

Raspberry Syrup. Mix some berries, some water (juice would be great here too), some all fruit jelly and a little honey. Cook it down. I didn’t write down quantities here – just dump things in a sauce pan and I promise you can’t mess it up.

Raspberry Slush, also known as a deconstructed popsicle. Blend 1 cup raspberries, 1 ½ cups coconut milk (I used the stuff in the cartoon, not the can, although a can would be fine too), 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey. Pour into a pan. Freeze for half hour. Scrape. Freeze for half hour. Scrape. Freeze for half hour. Scrape. You get the jist here. May I suggest doing this while watching a movie? It makes the time between scrapings slide by.

You could also of course pour the mixture into popsicle molds, which is all the rage in the blog world these days. This is great unless you forget the stick is plastic (and kinda important if you ever want to make popsicles again) and accidentally throw it away when you’re done. Yeah, I did that. Twice.

Raspberry Chocolate Pecan Almond Flour Thingamajigers. Stop back next Monday for a recipe and more on these. I know I’m a blog tease, I just have lots to say on this topic.

And stop back Saturday for June Foodie Pen Pals.

And stop back Friday for a guest post from the Father-In-Law.

– Joanna

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite berry?

19 Comments

  1. Raspberry slush, holy yum. I seriously love raspberries.

  2. I think raspberries are my favorite berry. I didn’t think I like blackberries until I bought the best ones I have EVER tasted…I think fresh and local is the key to great berries. Oh, and strawberries with milk is perhaps one of the best combos ever… Maybe I just love all berries?!

    • It is a tough choice! We have one strawberry plant in the garden this year and I am crossing my fingers it does something . . .

  3. No vodka in the slush?!?

  4. Awesome post Joanna! I feel the same way about shopping at Sam’s Club and now that Lula sits in the cart, I can’t bring myself to redo the whole “get ready thing”, including another round of wiping the cart down. That said, I despise carts with a shoddy wheel.

    The slush looks delicious and perfect for summer and I love your photos of raspberries- absolutely gorgeous!

    Satire rules.

    Also, I’m looking forward to a post from your FIL- is it about Felicity? 😉

    • Hey Kelly….No, I’m so over Felicity since she cut her hair off. That and
      I’m sure she’s still into Ben. Oh, and I’m about forty years older than her
      and it would just cause friction to bring her to family gatherings and flaunt
      her in front of my son. Hey son. Hey daughter-in-law.

    • Don’t give them any ideas! My husband has powers (I have no clue about the technical behind the scenes blog stuff) and he might change the name to “Biting Felicity” or “Felicity Does the Midwest” or “Felicity, I Will Love You Forever” . . .

      At some point I am going to have to slow down on the sling usage and put the kid in the cart. It’s probably about time…

      • Every time I visit your blog, I laugh! Felicity Does the Midwest- yikes!

        I moved to putting Lula in a cart after trying to speed walk to the car with her in a Baby Bjorn carrier while pushing a cart and having her feet hit my thighs with every step I took. I still can’t believe I didn’t fall.

  5. Hope you enjoyed the ‘cakes! I’ve been thinking about these lately but haven’t gotten it together to actually make them in a while.

    • They were great, I’ve made them a few times now. It’s insane how such a variety of ingredients can come together to make such as tasty pancake. The blogger in me immediately asked how I could improve upon them, but I finally decided if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  6. Are cherries considered a berry? Cause if they are, they’re my favorite.

  7. That second picture is probably, no…. absolutely the best picture of raspberries that I ever have seen. Truth.
    Raspberry Chocolate Pecan Almond Flour Thingamajigers sounds pretty much like it could be my favorite new treat. So I will be for sure stopping back for more info on that one. Well and the other ones as well….

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