Friday, June 9, 2023

Summertime Adventures and Blackberry Crumble (recipe)

 It's been a nice start to the summer here in Florida.

Our temps have been nice enough in the mornings to hike.

And I even made a special trip to the blackberry patch at Halpata Tastanaki Preserve. (SR 200 trailhead)

I put on a long sleeve shirt and reached in the brier patch and picked sweet ripe blackberries until I had enough for a Blackberry crumble. 

I saved a few to eat with vanilla yogurt too. Yummy!

One of my favorite sightings this week was this beautiful White-tailed Deer.

 When I looked over into the woods, he was looking right at me. I think it's a 6 point buck.

It was hard to get good photos through the trees and when I moved he bolted.

He ran across the trail in front of me so I got another good look.

But as you can see in this photo

....he easily disappeared into the deer woods.

One of my favorite bird sightings this week was this pretty yellow Summer Tanager.

And here's the best recipe I've tried lately. I took a recipe and changed it up so that is was 'lower' carb and sugar free. The topping came out so crunchy and perfect for the tart blackberries. 

Blackberry Crumble

Wash blackberries and pour into buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons of Erythritol 'sugar'.

Crumble topping

  • 3 tbsp Whole Earth Organic Erythritol
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 1/4 cup of oat fiber
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter cold
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 1/4 cup of slivered almonds (opt)

  1. Mix dry crumble ingredients except the almond slivers.
  2. Cut up the cold butter into chunks.
  3. Work the butter into the crumble.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Sprinkle the crumble over the top of the berries.
  6. Sprinkle slivered almonds over the top. (opt)
  7. Bake at 30 minutes until a golden brown.

I didn't have any almond slivers but I'm sure that would add to the crunch. And it would be really good with sugar free ice cream on top or whipped cream. 

And what do you mean some of it is missing? 
Those crazy kids! You have to watch them all the time! 😉

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Get outside if you can and enjoy the great outdoors!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.  

  Mosaic Monday HERE and I like Thursdays HERE !  


Carol said...

That blackberry crumble looks delicious! I have some blackberries frozen and I may be making this very soon.

Tom said...

...the buck is a fabulous capture!!!

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Your photos of the deer are absolutely breathtaking!! Thank you! Have a grand weekend! Cathy

Irma said...

What beautiful pictures, the deer is really beautiful.
Good thing you were able to pick blackberries to make a blackberry crumble, it looks really delicious, would love a piece like that.
Greetings Irma

Estelle's said...

Good Morning...what a unique recipe....looks and sounds perfect for SUMMER...I'll have to research some of these the pics of the beautiful deer....

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Your crumble looks delightful!
Nice photos of running away deer. They are quicker than they look.

Jenn Jilks said...

Well done with the deer! They are quick!

MadSnapper said...

the deer alone was worth the drive and hike. wow he is gorgeous. I love blackberry anything and the crumble looks delish. the sunflower header is so HAPPY

Debbie said...

the sky is so blue and inviting for a nice long walk!! the buck is beautiful, you got a few really great captures!! i have to say again that your header picture is stunning!!

the crumble looks delicious, the crumb topping looks amazing!! anytime any food is missing around here, the hubs blames it on our kids too?!?! what's up with lives in texas and the other in north carolina!!

have a wonderful weekend, i'm glad you are still able to get your walks in!!

Ann said...

Love the photos of the deer. He sure was checking you out.
That blackberry crumble looks so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh my! That Blackberry Crumble looks delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe.

All the best Jan

Cloudia said...

Thank you for sharing your blessed life with us

Teresa said...

Me encantó tu reportaje y tuviste unos preciosos avistamientos. El dulce de moras seguro que estaba buenísimo, tomaré nota de la receta. Las moras por aquí todavía no están maduras. Besos y feliz fin de semana.

roentare said...

Peeping through the woods to see a deer move is a joy

happyone said...

What a beautiful buck!! Great capture.

Ed Rosack said...

Great photos! And the blackberry crumble looks scrumptious!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Oh that looks SO good! I haven't had a good blackberry cobbler or crumble in a long time. The birds get all the blackberries around here before they get ripe enough to pick them. I guess I could buy the ones in the store, but that's not quite the same as the fresh wild ones. Oh that buck sure is handsome!! So glad you got such a good picture of him before he ran! We haven't seen any around our walking place this summer yet, but I do see hoof prints in the sand, so I know they are out there. We just don't happen to be there at the right times to see them. Maybe we'll bet "lucky" one of these days. I have to remember to take my good camera with me so I can get a good picture. Thank you for sharing your goodies with us! This was delightful.

GreenComotion said...

Beautiful snaps of everything including that delicious crumble.
I notice you use Erythritol & almond flour - way to go!
Be well :)

orchid0324 said...

Dearest lavenderdreams;
How wonderful to have great nature like you have♬ Loved to see the beautiful & sweet White-tailed Deer. I always wish to have nature like you have around me p-;) I wish I could try to have your recipes & also made me feel how foreigner friends in my blog feel Japanese menus. Maybe I'll try post our dinner someday, haha.
Lot's of Love from Japan; Miyako

Barwitzki said...

Your cake looks great...I'm about to start baking, but I have to go to the woods first.
What a photo of the deer. Class.
Many greetings to you.
p.s. Our blackberries aren't ripe yet... it's rhubarb and strawberry season.
Hug of Viola

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I tend to leave wild berries for the animals. We have taken so much of their habitat and are burning what’s left, so the least I can do is not deprive them of food.

eileeninmd said...

Love the deer, he is a handsome buck. The Summer Tanager is a beauty too.
Great critter photos. Your blackberry crumble looks delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I'm all in for anything blackberry! Sighting the deer was magical. I love the woods you were in. Reminds me of the woods at Gulf Shores State Park in Alabama. The white sand!

carol l mckenna said...

Awesome deer photos ~ so beautiful ~ Xo

Raspberry Crumble looks delish!

Wishing you good health, laughter, and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Mae Travels said...

Birds and berries! What a great pair of delights they are. Blackberry crumble is one of the special items on the menu at Shenandoah National Park, and it’s delicious with blackberry ice cream.

best, mae at

Terri D said...

That crumble looks and sounds SO good!! Thanks for the recipe!! Summer is here with temps in the 90s. Even in the morning, it is too hot for me.

Barbara said...

ANY fruit crumble, crisp, pie or cobbler works for me. Yours look wonderful. I bought some lactose-free ice cream just this morning. It would go well with your dessert!

Bill said...

Great capture of the deer.

Phil Slade said...

Good work Diane.I know only too well how difficult it is to photograph the creatures. Today I made a gooseberry crumble. Swaps?

RedPat said...

The crumble looks wonderful and how nice to have wild berries in it. The deer pics are super. Have a good week and stay cool.

Wally Jones said...

Well, now I'm hungry!

Great looking recipe. And thank you for passing the Buck so the rest of us could marvel at a beautiful creature!

Looking forward to a new week and we hope yours is fabulous!

Lea said...

How exciting to see a deer!
The Blackberry Crumble looks delicious!

italiafinlandia said...

The buck is very pretty indeed.
I do like the crumble...I believe it deserves!
Happy Sunday! 🌞

italiafinlandia said...

The buck is very nice indeed.
I like that crumble...I believe it deserves.
Happy Sunday!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful shots of the nature, and I love your pie, yummy.

Debbie said...

Wow!! what a great picture of the buck!
The crumble you made looks delicious!
It's been a hot Summer so far. We are finally getting some rain here.
Enjoy your week.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Diane, I'm glad you are enjoying some summertime adventures. I love those sunflowers. The blackberry crumble looks good. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I hope you have a nice week.

Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog

Sharon Wagner said...

That's what I'm going to miss most, when we live in Florida full time, our black raspberry patch. I'm glad you can find blackberries in Florida. I love to put summer berries on toast with a coconut cream cheese spread, raw suagr and toasted almonds.

Linda said...

Delightful post! Pretty deer!

Linda said...

We used to pick blackberries at the ranch but not in the last few years. I miss them!

Rainbow Evening said...

great adventure...
love to see deer in nature

Gillena Cox said...

A beautiful deer. Thanks for sharing your post at the Monday WRites linky

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Ricki Treleaven said...

I enjoyed looking at your deer action shots! Very cool! I want to try the blackberry crumble with vanilla ice cream. Does that make me a bad person? I'm pinning the recipe for Independence Day.

Red Rose Alley said...

Your blackberry crumble looks so Yummy. How nice that you could pick some blackberries from the patch and use them. And that white-tailed deer is fantastic! I often see the mamas, and don't see the bucks that much. I really like the woods picture too. It's always a gift when we see the deer along the way. And I wanted to mention the Zebra butterfly photo on your Header is very nice.

Have a good rest of the week, Diane.


Ginny Hartzler said...

I have never seen a Tanager; he blends right in with the leaves. You got gorgeous shots of the deer! Your recipe looks so good, really restaurant worthy.

EricaSta said...

Lovely captures of the deers, from the reservat. And of course, I love blackberries. In my childhood, dear Diane, we collect each summer blackberries in the woods around. It was such a unforgetable time. I must try your recipe!

Thank you for sharing at

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