Nectarine Crisp | Summer Days

nectarine and wild berry crisp recipe

Suddenly, it is the middle of August.

It’s silly, I know, but I find myself feeling a bit desperate. It’s a familiar feeling. It’s one I recall from childhood when the burden of school loomed large as the days grew shorter. It’s really no different now. I feel like I’m constantly reaching out with frantic hands in an effort to grasp every morsel of sunshine and every bit of summertime fun. It doesn’t last long around here, you know. One must take full advantage.

I’m not sure how to describe our days because they aren’t the typical summertime fest. There are things like naps, breasts, and diapers to consider. Such considerations change the scope of a day, for certain, but they do not dampen our fun. We are spending loads of time outdoors with Maeve. She goes to the park or wading pools nearly everyday. She is tasting lots of different types of berries and stone fruits. She spends countless hours sitting in grass and beachy sands. A single blade of grass or a lone dandelion can capture her attention indefinitely. It’s quite amazing and absolutely fun to watch. Baby television really is the best thing out there. I never get bored.

We also took on a major home renovation project. It was a task I didn’t relish, but the timing seemed right. I realize that sounds ridiculous, but bringing a wee one into your home suddenly makes home remodeling urgent. Making our house really ours was of great import. It appears I was living in limbo for years. The house was always in a state of transition, but never complete. I painted walls countless times. I took off the cupboard doors and removed more than a little shag carpet. I planted flowers. I did my best to improve the soil. All these things were wonderful and rewarding, but there was always something a little awry. There was always the ghost of the former owners, their lives, and memories.

nectrarine crisp recipe, summer dessert recipe

So we did our best to let in the light. We painted the walls for the umteenth time in the lightest shade possible and sanded our floors until they were shiny and safe for tiny hands and feet. It felt good and, quite suddenly, everything seemed sort of luminous. In fact, I was admiring my surroundings just this week as Maeve was scooting backwards across the floor on the hunt for a pink toy, but managing only to find herself farther and farther away. I picked her up off the shiny new floor and soothed her. She calmed and as I leaned over a laundry basket brimming with freshly laundered clothes, she spit up into the basket. I pulled back. I looked at her and there she was smiling and laughing.

In that moment, I knew I was done. No more renovations. And, really, who cares about laundry? This is home. We walked outside for some fresh air and I spotted a tiny log cabin we unearthed recently. It was probably buried there 30 years ago when the previous owners’ children were toddlers. It made me smile. Of course, there is room for their memories and for our new ones as well.

So we celebrated home here in the our little northwest house with stone fruits and wild berries. Catch them while you can and bake them into this super easy but utterly delicious crisp. And, please tell me, what you do around your house to truly make it home?

nectarine and wild berry crisp

Nectarine and Wild Berry Crisp

6 medium nectarines, about 2 lbs.

1 cup wild berries (I used blueberries and huckleberries)

4 tblsp. sugar

2 tblsp. lemon juice

1 cup oats

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 stick unsalted butter

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tblsp. roasted and roughly chopped pistachio meats

Leaving the skin on, slice the nectarines into 1/2 inch chunks.  Mix the nectarines together in a bowl with the berries, sugar, and lemon juice. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Prepare the topping by mixing together oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and pistachio meats.  Add the butter and using a pastry tool or your fingers, mix the ingredients together until the mix comes together and resembles small peas.

Pour the fruit mixture into a shallow baking dish (about 9 inches in length).  Cover evenly with the oat mixture. Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes or until the top is evenly golden brown.

Enjoy warm with ice cream or cool.

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  • August 16, 2011 - | Permalink

    I love your photos! I agree, letting as much natural light in as possible is what makes a home for me. I also love being surrounded by items that remind me of something or mean something to me – I don’t have space for soulless stuff! ;-) This nectarine crisp sounds amazing, I can’t wait for stone fruit to be back in season here in Oz!

  • August 16, 2011 - | Permalink

    Gorgeous! The photo of you nursing is simply beautiful! I would love it if you’d contribute a shot to my breastfeeding project!

  • August 16, 2011 - | Permalink

    Love the nursing photo. You have guts and I love it. Its a beautiful snapshot of real life.

  • August 16, 2011 - | Permalink

    Of course by now, it was only their house, because it is your home……

    PS, love the fact you are nursing. Those were my favorite years.

  • August 16, 2011 - | Permalink

    Beautiful, all of it.

  • August 16, 2011 - | Permalink

    A delicious crisp! That nursing picture is wonderful.



  • August 17, 2011 - | Permalink

    This crisp is gorgeous, as is the photo are you two. “baby television”…I love it! It is wonderful rediscovering the world (or some part of it) through someone else discovering it for the first time.

  • August 17, 2011 - | Permalink

    As Lauren has said, all of your post is simply beautiful, from your crisp to, of course, the wonderful little Maeve.
    As for us being in the middle of August — I know so well what you mean. To be honest, I feel as if the year has actually started three months ago. I do not feel we are in the summer (maybe being in cold San Fran helps with that) and even less the end of it… I want to be back at the start of June, before all the craziness that is approaching with the fall…

  • August 17, 2011 - | Permalink

    Beautiful post and beautiful photos too!
    The crisp looks yummy!

  • August 17, 2011 - | Permalink

    Such beautiful pictures. And I love that you’ve completed your home and now it’s yours. I always paint to make my home feel like my own- I like bright colours so each room is different. Right now I’ve got ocean and turquoise blues, peach/ pinks, bright yellows and more. I love love love it.

  • August 17, 2011 - | Permalink

    Such a beautiful post, Robin. The crisp looks fantastic and crisps are one of my favorite ways to enjoy stone fruit.

    When we moved into our house, we painted the whole thing. Walls, ceilings, doors, and windows. All new door knobs, light fixtures and baseboard molding. When I look at old photos I can’t believe it’s the same place!

  • August 18, 2011 - | Permalink

    look at her beautiful red hair! too bad her and Gabriel can’t hang out and scoot backwards together. :)

    a lovely post, Robin, and a lovely looking crisp! enjoy the sunshine!

  • August 18, 2011 - | Permalink

    Watching your little one experience all the ‘firsts’ is a delight, and you’re right, you’ll never tire of it! My summer days are waning swiftly, next week is ‘In-Service,’ then we bid our school bus routes and buses to prepare for the first day of school in my school district on September 1. PS (I too, love your nursing photo, brings back sweet baby memories for me!)

  • August 18, 2011 - | Permalink

    How lovely. I think I need to summer in your neck of the woods next year. I’m actually looking forward to getting August the heck out of here to make room for some cooler temps. I haven’t taken my little guy outside to play in a month because of the daggum heat.

  • Melissa & Jules
    August 18, 2011 - | Permalink

    Amazing photo of you breastfeeding, so beautiful!

  • August 18, 2011 - | Permalink

    Glad to hear all is well and that you’re able to enjoy the summer. The baby is beautiful. Cute little house too!

  • August 19, 2011 - | Permalink

    I left two comments, it crashed both times! Here we go, third time might be the charm:)

    I have been in the mood for warm desserts with icecream on top. Will definitely getting some fruit today at the farmer’s stand for this.
    And I am always full of renovation ideas to make the “house” ours! My husband keeps reminding me it is our name on the deed so just chill and enjoy what we have :)

  • August 19, 2011 - | Permalink

    Don’t you love it when the world stops spinning, time stands still and you just know your home?

  • August 25, 2011 - | Permalink

    Oh no, I’m too late — you’ve posted again! Here I was with the page bookmarked thinking I’d responded already. Apparently this Irene chick coming our way has my brain fuzzed. I just wanted to send a big thank you from all the dietitians at WIC, staunch promoters of breastfeeding. Not a day goes by at work when I don’t have a woman BF in my office. Such a special thing, I’m so happy it’s coming back into favor. Also, a thank you from my crisp-loving fiancee as well, naturally.



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  • September 6, 2011 - | Permalink

    Love the photos! Especially the one of you feeding Maeve…precious!

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  • Norene
    July 17, 2012 - | Permalink

    Just made your nectarine crisp recipe! It is perfect. I have blackberries in my yard, so I picked enough to put on top of the crisp. I am a Northwest native and the fruits in season are abundant and it is wonderful. I’m glad I choose your recipe, thanks!

    • redmenace
      July 18, 2012 - | Permalink

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed the crisp!

      Also, blackberries in your yard already? That’s wonderful. Is it both a blessing and a curse? I love them so much, but I’m too afraid to plant them!

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