Walking Piper this last week or so, I’m noticing the leaves are just starting to change color. With the first day of autumn being Sept. 22, I shouldn’t be surprised, but it seems as though summer has gone by in a blur.

After our walk, I poked my head in the fridge to decide on lunch, and noticed a bunch of blueberries and blackberries tucked way in the back that needed to be used up. What does one do with a lot of berries? Why, make a crisp, cobbler or crumble, of course. Is there a difference?  They’re all a juicy fruit filling just topped differently.

I pulled out a friend’s tried-and-true end-of-summer berry crisp recipe. It’s quick to put together, and oh-so good!

Crisps and crumbles cook up much faster than a pie!

End-of-Summer Berry Crisp


¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup ground almonds (almond flour)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup cold butter (cubed)

6 cups mixed berries
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, almonds, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Add in the cold, cubed butter, and using your fingertips rub it into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  3. In a 9-inch deep pie dish, add the fruit. I used blueberries and blackberries
  4. Toss the berries in the cornstarch, brown sugar, and lemon juice.
  5. Generously sprinkle the crisp topping over the prepared fruit.
  6. Bake at 375°F for roughly 40-45 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown.
  7. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream. Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Notes on substitutions: Feel free to use fresh or frozen berries in whatever combination you like. By the time it’s all done baking, the berries will be deliciously sweet and mushy, so if you don’t have fresh on hand, frozen will do nicely. If you don’t have ground almonds, chopped almonds or quick cooking oats work well, though the topping will have a slightly coarser texture.

I was so busy working on a new manuscript that I totally missed Read A Book Day on Sept. 6. But while I’m sad to see the end of summer, autumn days are perfect for curling up with a book.  One of my favorite authors, Denise Hunter, released her new book, Harvest Moon, appropriately enough on Sept. 6.

She thought he was arrogant. He thought her walls would never come down. Then they fell in love.

“A tragic accident gives a divorced couple a second chance at love… Inspirational fans will find this hard to resist.” – Publishers Weekly

I always enjoy receiving Denise’s newsletters. (Sign up for them at www.denisehunterbooks.com) Besides being a lovely woman she is a very accomplished author. Denise is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 40 novels, three of which have been made into Hallmark movies.  Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories, peopled with layered characters who struggle with real-life issues.

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