blueberries in the forest, Wind from the North

Hot summer days in the forest

It’s the best time of the year for a forest walk right now! The nature is full of berries and mushrooms are starting to grow. I’ve basically spent the last week in the forest picking blueberries.

This year I’m picking berries not only for myself but for my neighbors as well. Many people value self-picked berries but for various reasons can’t go get them themselves. I use a berry picker tool for picking but clean everything by hand to make sure that nothing but the best berries get delivered. The whole process is time-taking but relaxing – definitely a great pastime for a couple of days a year.

blueberries right after picking
blueberries ready to be cleaned

Yesterday I had a girls’ night at the summer cottage with two of my good friends and my dog Kaylee. After the berry picking afternoon we headed to the local pub for a well-deserved drink and later made sauna and barbecue until late at night.

We went to bed rather late and slept in… yet I was the first one to wake up so I sat at the door step with my dog and enjoyed a large mug of coffee.

For the lazy morning breakfast I had prepared some tiramisu berry cake beforehand. 😉  I wanted to create a cake that could be prepared without an oven and would serve as a good base for fresh berries. I think that I really succeeded in that! Tomorrow I’m still gonna try coating the whole thing with a jello gloss.

Tiramisu berry cake recipe

Once we finally got going and to berry picking again I collected a bucket (10 liters) of blueberries, a box of wild raspberries and found one perfect porcino. Now that I’ve just returned home I’m feeling very tired but happy! Feels like I’ve just had a pretty perfect weekend and it’s only Friday now – That’s what I love about summer and vacation. ♥

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