Guys, this weekend was bus-ay! Honestly though, it wasn’t the kinda busy where to get it all done I needed so much coffee that I could actually hear colours. It was more like the kind of busy I couldn’t wait to get going!
Jam packed weekends or not, we savour our slower paced mornings like a boss. They always revolve around lounging in PJ’s (sooo the best) while eating breakfast and playing with something Raisin has chosen. This weekend it happened to be a combo of dominoes and Lego. Let me give you a liiiiittle run down how playtime went with these toys. I grab a Lego/domino, I put it down where I’d like to, Raisin takes it away and tells me it doesn’t go there. Grab another piece, and repeat process. I pretty much laugh it off and call him silly. Which he then tells me, I’m not silly, I’m Mason!
Ever play dominoes? Answer here is a 50/50 shot, right? Anyways, it’s always been a fun go to game for Chris and I. In fact, we’ve have some pretty serious tournaments. We’re both competitive so it gets heated in a good way. FYI I’ve caught him cheating red handed! His sly hand was peeking and swapping out his own tiles for favoured ones in the boneyard, but he’s also caught me doing the same thing playing scrabble, so it evens out. We don’t let each other live those moments down anytime we play either game again. Cheeky teasing all the way.
I remember our VERY first tournament at the lake. We couldn’t wait for the sun to go down. We sat in the screen in porch after dinner, grabbed some wine of course, and laid the tiles out for the first game over dessert. The dessert and tournament became a perfect accident. I decided to try baking berry crisps in individual mason jars – who knew? The perfectly portioned single serving was deliciously devoured while playing serious domino sessions. It became the perfect combo. What started out as one game, steam rolled into whoever scored 200 points first wins. Wine, dominoes, lake view and berry crisp. I’d call that the real-deal of summer time in the making.
After that tournament of dominoes and baking berry crisps in mason jars, we found 3 winners! An amazing game, a delicious dessert, and ME! I made it to 200 first! You didn’t think otherwise, right? Thought so. For some reason I get better at adding tiles when I’ve had a glass of wine and some dessert. This is astounding, because a for real fun fact, I suck at math.
Served warm, or at room temperature, berry crisp is always a winner hands down. The added bonus is if you decide to add ice cream. À la mode, all the way! I don’t dare you, I ENCOURAGE you. You know this has a crumbly streusel topping, right? A simple match made, but a dangerously delicious one. The spring temperatures had me thinking of summer desserts so I pretty much made the right decision to bake these in mason jars over the weekend. We may have eaten some while playing dominos with Raisin while he told us the tiles were in the wrong spot. He’ll experience a tournament with us one day, and hopefully not regret it! But I guarantee there will be berry crisp while we play so no one really loses here if you ask me.
Recipe adapted from: Your Home Based Mom
Yields: 6, 250 ml Mason Jars
1 Cup fresh raspberries *
1 Cup fresh blueberries *
1 Cup fresh blackberries *
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 Cup flour
1/2 Cup rolled oats (I used gluten free certified, but not necessary)
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 Tsp nutmeg
1/4 Cup butter
1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 – In a bowl, combine berries and sugar. Mix gently and set aside.
3 – In another bowl mix together your dry ingredients: flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
4 – Add butter to dry mixture using a pastry mixer until crumbly. Or if you’re like me, use your hands and mix that all together.
5 – Pile berries into each mason jar evenly.
6 – Add crumble on top of berries.
7 – Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the fruit is bubbly and the topping is golden brown.
8 – Serve warm from the oven, or at room temperature. Add ice cream for an extra special topping.
* The beauty of this dessert is you can mix and match berries depending on what you’d like to use. Use all raspberries if that’s your thing, or blueberries…you get the idea.