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Raspberry bars

As promised here are some delicious raspberry bars made with jam that we picked at a U-pick farm in Ferndale. These bars are the perfect snack, dessert or maybe even breakfast!

2.75 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup finely chopped pecans (praline or normal)
1 cup melted butter
1 egg 

Step 1. Chop up pecans ahead of time. Make them pretty small like below. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2. Combine pecans, sugar and flour in a large mixing bowl.

Step. 3 Melt butter and add to mixture with egg.

Step. 4 Mix all ingredients together till it forms a crumbly, but moist dough that sticks together.

Step 5. Press mixture to bottom of greased baking dish. A casserole dish works great for this. Set aside 1.5 cups of the mixture to crumble on top.

Step 6. Add jam and spread to edges. Leave about 1/3 inch on the sides, the jam will spread to it.

Step. 7 Crumble 1/2 cup on top cover all jam and the sides.

Step 8. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until crumbs are golden brown. Check around 30 minutes to make sure it isn’t burning. After it’s done take out and let it sit for 3 hours and then cut in pan and enjoy.

Post by Colin
Photos by Colin and Melissa

Raspberry-Picking 101 at Boxx Berry Farm in Ferndale, WA

It’s that season again! Time for U-Pick everything… (or just about.)

As a fairly-new seasonal berry-picker I may not have the most advice to offer (though I’ve been picking blackberries since I was quite young) but Colin has been doing so for longer than I.

We went to Boxx Berry Farm (my favorite place to pick berries) to pick raspberries, my #2 berry preference, just behind blueberries. Raspberries are the easiest to pick, in my opinion, requiring little reaching or bending down/hunching over to yield the best results. They’re also super cheap; they’re a much better deal than buying berries at the store.

Berry Picking Tips:

  • Wear clothes you don’t care about; they may get stained or dirty
  • Call ahead to see if there are enough berries/make sure they’re open
  • Compare the cost of  gas for driving to picking location to in store prices from same farm
  • Go when it won’t be busy (on overcast days), even though sunny days can be more fun
  • Pick berries as close to stem as possible, discard attached stems
  • Give stems a twist if they aren’t snapping off
  • Some farms have a minimum-pick-limit; be sure you can pay for the amount you pick
  • Don’t pick overripe berries as they will get squished
  • Look high and low; don’t accidentally overlook perfect berries
  • Fill bucket only half full as to not squish berries
  • RAINYDAYGAL also has a great post on how to store your picked berries
  • Have lots of fun! Find a farm you love and return there!

The process:

The results:

With this many berries we will be making jam and raspberry bars in the near future and they will be included here of course!

Post by: Colin Diltz and Melissa Rook
Photos by: Melissa Rook and Colin Diltz

Summer Peach Iced Tea

Everyone knows the perfect summer drink is iced tea! Today, we decided to go to the store and get some peach tea in order to create our own iced tea. Because we recently went raspberry picking, we decided to add a few raspberries in the mix as well as some fresh lemon slices, to add that summery hint of lemonade flavor. We also put in one can of Sierra Mist, (free of high fructose corn syrup) to lighten the flavor and give it a little bit of fizz. Hope you enjoy!


2-6 cups of water (depending on pitcher/serving size)
one lemon, sliced
raspberries (or other summer fruit if desired)
3 teabags of your choice (we used black tea, peach flavor)
sugar (if you would like)


1. Boil the water on the stove (or in microwave.)

2. Pour water into pitcher. (Be careful!)

3. Place teabags in water to steep.

4. When water is room temperature, add lemons and place in fridge.

5. Remove from fridge when cold enough.

6. Remove teabags.

7. Add summer fruit.

8. Add Sierra Mist or other lemon-lime flavored carbonated drink.

9. Enjoy! You can add ice to keep it cold and you can be all fancy and garnish the glass with a lemon if you would like. 🙂

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Colin Diltz and Melissa Rook