Babies, Blueberries & Brambles

A Country Farmhouse
A visit to
A Country Farmhouseget’s me every time.
First Blueberry Harvest at A Country Farmhouse
All it takes is a sweet little hand to pull me aside to give me those old familiar pangs!
But there is also much goodness in the garden.
First Blackberry Harvest at A Country Farmhouse
A recent visit with Catherine at A Country Farmhouse  yielded a heavenly harvest of berries, the privilege of sharing her beautiful photographs & a great opportunity for me to share my recipe for
Blackberry Syrup Liqueur
Blackberry & Brandy Liqueur Over Ice Cream
Picking blueberries and picking blackberries can be two very different experiences.
Be prepared!
Soft and squishy blackberries are hiding in brambles.
Brambles come with these!
brambleSo I would go with this!
via johnson-johnson-history-on-the-web
It’s sooooo worth it though!
  • 1 1/2 pints blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons or 3 or 4 of your favorite brandy
  • 2 tablespoons of orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  1. Pick over the berries and reserve 1 cup of the smallest and most attractive. Muddle by hand or in a food processor, puree the remaining 2 cups berries with the brandy, orange juice, and honey. Transfer the mixture to a sieve set over a medium bowl. Press the puree through the sieve and discard the seeds.
  2. Just before serving, stir in the reserved whole berries.
  3. Makes about 2 cups of syrup.
  4. Serve over vanilla ice cream or custard.
purple by david Prince
Tonight I’ll use our favorite Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream but just in case you’re somewhere that’s still nice and warm, here ya go!


  • ⅔ cups Sugar
  • 2 whole Large Eggs, At Room Temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 2-½ Tablespoons Heavy Cream, Plus Enough Skim Milk To Equal 1 2/3 Cups Liquid
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
        In a medium mixing bowl, beat the sugar into the eggs until thick and pale yellow. Beat in the flour and salt and set aside.
        Bring the 1 2/3 cups of heavy cream and skim milk mixture to a simmer in a medium-sized heavy saucepan. Slowly beat the hot milk into the egg and sugar mixture. Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat. Stir constantly with a whisk until the custard thickens slightly (it should coat the back of a spoon). Do not let the mixture boil or you will have scrambled eggs.
        Pour the hot custard through a strainer into a large, clean bowl. Allow the custard to cool slightly. Add the remaining 1 cup of cream and the vanilla. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled or overnight. I prefer to let mine chill overnight.
        Stir the chilled custard mixture and then freeze in your ice cream machine, according to the manufacturer’s directions. This ice cream is delicious when it is at soft-serve stage. You can also freeze the ice cream for a firmer texture.

      • purple by david Prince

    I urge you to curl up in your favorite spot and have a nice long visit at the farmhouse.  She’s already harvesting pears!
    A Country FarmhouseThank you Mike & Catherine for sharing the berries, the babies, and your bountiful country life.
    Y’all have a wonderful weekend!
    xo Lisa


    My Dog-Eared Pages said...

    Oh, how completely delish... and, beautiful!! Have a great weekend, dear. I think my farmer's market has some blackberries! Hmmmmm. oxo

    The enchanted home said...

    Hey I am craving blueberries, you made them look so appetizing:)

    What a fun trip and those little pudgy hands made me smile.

    Have a great weekend.

    Dustjacket Attic said...

    Oh I used to pick blackberries on our farm when I was a kid. Love this!

    Thanks for the link to A Country Farmhouse, such a gorgeous blog.
    xxx DJ

    annechovie said...

    Thanks for the delicious recipe, Lisa. Love blackberries. Thanks for your sweet comment and enjoy your weekend. xo

    A Country Farmhouse said...

    Dear Lisa,
    Sounds absolutely delicious! We just started making our own ice cream and haven't found a really great recipe so can't wait to try yours!
    It's always a pleasure to hear from you.
    The warmest regards,
    Trina xo

    Renae Moore said...

    I love visiting 'A Country Farmhouse'. And those babies....just want to squeeze 'em. I'm lovin' your blackberry syrup liqueur...may have to make a batch. Ice cream looks good to and brings back memories of the days when we hand-cranked!

    Katherine said...

    It looks so delicious. I can't imagine anyone not having a craving after reading the recipe.
    Your pictures are great.

    Privet and Holly said...

    Blackberries, blueberries
    and babies remind me
    of a month spent at my
    parent's last summer in
    the Pacific NW where we
    enjoyed them all! My
    brother married at 41 and
    six years later is now a
    daddy to three little ones,
    four and under, so I get
    to enjoy those babies : )

    I've always admired Trina.
    Her blog is so beautiful,
    as is yours!

    Happy Monday,
    xx Suzanne

    Renée Finberg said...

    i would love to go there!!
    what fun!!!


    Nantucket Daffodil said...

    Blueberries here in early summer...oh how I miss them

    quintessence said...

    My absolutely FAVORITE type of dessert - going straight to the MUST TRY file!!

    Marcy said...

    Good morning, friend! Thank you for your sweet comment. Your blog is one of my must-reads!

    I adore Trina's farmhouse and those two cute babes - wonderful!

    Dumbwit Tellher said...

    You are always so delightful to visit. I always feel a warmth even though it's through my computer screen. The syrup would make great gifts but it'd be hard to part with. A Country Farmhouse sounds like a delightful place and great people. As I end my day, I'll be dreaming of berries, blue skies and Blue Belle ice-cream. I always wanted to visit Blue Belle while we lived in TX. I'm afraid I would of never left the building.

    Have a great weekend Porter Family xx oo

    shiree segerstrom said...

    Sweet post Lisa. I made a salad yesterday with romaine lettuce, blackberries, roasted chicken, chevre, and balsamic vinaigrette. Oh was it good. Shiree'

    Chic Coles said...

    We are huge fans of A Country Farmhouse. Such a beautiful blog. We wanted to send you a warm Thanksgiving wish to your family and friends and Gracie from all the Cole's and the boys.

    My Notting Hill said...

    I love all manner of berries, especially on vanilla ice cream!

    Chic Coles said...

    This reminds me of the book "Blueberries for Sal" that I used to read when I was younger! Such a fun post and book.

    Millie said...

    I was reading this months CL on the old iPad on the plane home from Melbourne last week. I swiped a page & there was Trina & Mike's gorgeous house staring back at me. It was all I could do to not jump up & down in the aisle squealing with delight! Yes you are so right Lisa, the loveliest of things come from ACFH.
    Millie xx