Not Too Sweet Blueberry Raspberry Rhubarb Crunch

I love crunch, any sort of berry crunch, and now is that wonderful time of year when I can get wonderfully fresh ingredients.

Not Too Sweet Blueberry Raspberry Rhubarb Crunch - IdlewildAlaska

Who doesn’t love crunch?

I went foraging in my backyard and picked about a cup of wild raspberries. This year wasn’t nearly as good as last year for raspberries, but I decided to put what I got to good use in my blueberry raspberry rhubarb crunch. The rhubarb was from the garden, and I’ll admit, I bought the blueberries, simply because I haven’t had time to go pick my own yet. (For those of you who follow me on Instagram, I know I mentioned a raspberry sauce on salmon, but the hubby and I love crunch! If you don’t follow me already, come join me @IdlewildAK )

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Fresh from the yard wild raspberries.

I love this recipe. I always use some version of it. As long as the fruit mix comes to 4 1/2 cups, I change up what I use. I decided to cut back how much sugar I usually use, since the hubby and I are both trying to cut back. I have also switched to using whole wheat flour, instead of the bleached, over-processed white flour.

Not Too Sweet Blueberry Raspberry Rhubarb Crunch

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Fresh ingredients are always the best!

 The Topping:

1 1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 sticks of butter

3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

Cut brown sugar and butter together. I used two butter knives, or use a pastry cutter.

Homemade Crunch Topping - IdlewildAlaska

Cut the better and sugar together until butter is pea size.

Add flour and oats. Set aside.

Filling:

1 cup raspberries

2 cups blueberries

1 1/2 cups rhubarb, diced

1/4 cup sugar (For a sweeter crunch, you can add up to 3/4 cup sugar)

2 Tablespoons water

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

 

Mix all filling ingredients together.

Blueberry Raspberry Rhubarb Crunch - IdlewildAlaska

The tasty filling.

Place berry and rhubarb mix in the bottom of a 9″x13″ baking dish. Cover with oat topping.

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I added some blueberries on top before baking.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Fruit should bubble around the edges when done.

 

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Ready to eat!

I love this stuff. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’d eat it for lunch right now, but I need to let it cool off first…

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Road Trip to Fairbanks Alaska

The hubby’s parents came up to stay with us for a week, and we had a great visit! While they were here, we decided to take a road trip to Fairbanks Alaska. I’ll  be honest; Fairbanks isn’t my most favorite part of Alaska. Last time I was there was 15 years ago in January on a school basketball trip. Did I mention it’s common for Fairbanks to hit 50 below zero every winter?

Road Trip to Fairbanks, Alaska - idlewildAlaska

What’s summer without a road trip?

But this trip was special thanks to some history involved. Thirty-six years ago the hubby was born; five days after that, his military dad was shipped to Fairbanks, Alaska, for 40 days of training. He hadn’t been to Fairbanks since. So, we decided to make the long 330 mile drive in a very quick trip (one day up, one day down).

Road Trip in Alaska - IdlewildAlaska

Alaska has four seasons. Almost Winter, Winter, Break-Up, and Construction.

The drive up involved lots of road construction. We couldn’t see Mt. McKinley because of the clouds. We saw NO animals (which was crazy!). We got a flat tire right outside of Fairbanks. And the morning of the second day, I realized I didn’t have all the pictures I had been snapping because there was no memory card in my camera. Sigh…

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Even if you can’t see McKinley, the “foothills” around the base of the mountain are beautiful!

But even with all that, it was a great trip and a wonderful visit.

After arriving in Fairbanks, doing some quick sightseeing, we ate dinner in Fox, a nearby town, at The Silver Gulch. It was delicious! Best creme brulee I’ve ever had! The halibut fish tacos were good too. For those of you who are military or retired military, the Holiday Inn Express on Fort Wainwright is really nice!

The next morning, we took the Riverboat Discovery Tour. It was so much fun! Thankfully, I had my good ol’ 35 mm camera with me, and for the shots I thought I got on my digital camera but didn’t, my father-in-law was gracious to let me use his photos.

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Gotta love paddleboats!

Originally steamboating supplies up and down the Yukon River and it’s tributaries, the Binkley family now operates the Discovery III as a tour along the Tanana River, which flows through the heart of Fairbanks. Read the family’s history HERE.

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Tribute to the original captain.

Our tour started off seeing a real Alaskan Bush pilot land and then take off on the river beside the boat.

Alaskan Bush Pilot - IdlewildAlaska

There he goes!

We then continued along the river until we came to Susan Butcher’s, an Alaskan legend dog musher and four-time Iditarod champion, dog kennels. Sadly, Susan passed away of cancer several years ago, but her husband, Dave, and daughter, Tekla, are doing a wonderful job continuing her mother’s legend! See a mushing demonstration and see cute puppies already training for the big race!

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Getting ready to run!

Further along the river, we swing by a traditional Alaska Native fish camp for a demonstration of traditional salmon fishing, cleaning, and preparing of tasty treats!

Alaska Native Fish Camp - IdlewildAlaska

Smoking salmon.

Near the fish camp, we got to get off the Discovery III and explore a Chena Indian village. Throughout the village were traditional trapper and gold miner cabins, lots of Alaskan animal furs, Alaskan tradition demonstrations, and much more!

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There was so much to see!

The drive back home was much of the same as the trip up. No animals, construction, and clouds covering McKinley. The mountain creates it’s own weather patterns due to its height, so seeing the peak can be rare.

Denali Alaska - IdlewildAlaska

Driving through Alaska always has amazing views.

The Riverboat Discovery was so much fun. I recommend it to anyone touring Fairbanks! (We didn’t have time, but I think Pioneer Land looks fun too!)

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I think our homestead needs a cache.

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One Year of Our Homesteading Journey

Yesterday was my one year anniversary blogging our homesteading journey. I’m not sure where the time went!

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Where has the year gone?!?

Looking back over my posts, it’s fun to see how far we’ve come here on the homestead. It really did “All Start with a Loaf of Bread.” That was our first step towards self-sufficiency. I started making our own fresh bread. The recipe has changed several times, and I admit we do still occasionally buy a loaf or two, but it was a beginning.

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Who doesn’t love fresh-from-the-oven homemade bread?!?

We’re still gathering firewood for the coming winter, an unending chore. The pile in the backyard is growing beautifully and soon we’ll have to buckle down and start splitting and stacking it all. Hard work, but so very worth it.

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Can you ever have enough firewood?

Our greenhouse and garden were built this spring. Both still need work, but the major construction projects are done. I picked the first of our harvest tonight! I’m thinking homemade pizza with lots of veggies for dinner tomorrow…

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The first of our 2014 harvest!

The biggest step, I think, is the addition of the chickens to our lives. I love our little coop! We’ve gardened before; I was an avid baker in high school; and some of my earliest memories are of hauling firewood with my parents. But chickens are a whole new experience for us. The girls are growing fast, and I’m looking forward to those wonderful, fresh eggs!

Raising Your Own Chickens - IdlewildAlaska

They’re getting big fast!

There have been many times when this journey has been overwhelming. The never ending To-Do List is always looming around the corner, but it’s so worth it. In the past year, our diets and habits have slowly changed, and the hubby and I are both healthier for it.

We love our life in our little Alaskan cabin with our three sweet pups and ever curious chickens in the backyard. God is continually blessing us every step we take, and it is because of Him that we lack for nothing and are blessed far beyond what we ever imagined.

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There’s still a lot of work to do, but we’re getting there!

All of the above links will take you back to the previous posts talked about here. Come and enjoy looking back on this year with me! Thank you, to all my readers, for joining us this first year of building our homestead and if you haven’t yet, come join us in the journey for many years to come! Subscribe below and see every step we take.

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