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GOODBYE BLUEBERRYLAND

Blueberry cobbler is a summer staple in my family. Growing up, we had six blueberry bushes in our yard. In late July and August my sister and I would often pick a few cups right before dinner for our mom to bake into a cobbler.

Now, there’s current debate between some unnamed members of the family whether this blueberry cobbler was ever really a cobbler. It seems one side says it’s actually a crisp. I subscribed to the belief that it is indeed a cobbler since the recipe from which it came was entitled “Easy Blueberry Cobbler” and not “Easy Blueberry Crisp.” The recipe can still be found in the 1983 Southern Living Annual Recipes cookbook that sits on the cookbook shelf in the pantry.

My mom, and later, my sister and I, would make this cobbler weekly, even bi-weekly. Between the birds and us, we’d eat every last blueberry on those bushes. After they were gone, it would be another summer until we had cobbler, since you just can’t make blueberry cobbler with cryogenically frozen berries shipped from Jupiter.

For a girl who’s grown up on blueberry cobbler, you’d think it strange for her to go to a blueberryless land called China. Well, okay, I have seen blueberry-flavored things in China. There are those blueberry potato chips for one, and blueberry English toffees, oh, and some expensive blueberry health drink made from berries from a famous mountain. I’ve tried the two former ones and they’re quite disappointing. The point is, I’ve yet to see a real blueberry or even a frozen one for that matter. China is, as far as I can tell, blueberryless.

And so, after indulging on this dessert and breakfast as often as possible this summer, I think I’ve found the answer to the frequently asked question “What food do you miss the most while in China?” Blueberry cobbler! This is the taste of home that I’ll miss. Not turkey, not pumpkin pie, apple pie, or even Christmas cookies. All those I’ve been able to reproduce in China. But blueberries are as American as apple pie, or I guess I should say blueberries are as American as blueberry cobbler.

Blueberry season has just about finished, and I’m returning for another year of teaching in China. I’m sad to see this season of vacationing and visiting friends and family come to an end, but at the same time I’m also excited to see another fruit season begin over in China. And I’ll be home in time for the next blueberry season.

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SUMMERTIME SNAPSHOTS

I stayed a weekend in Boston and visited some friends and family there.

It was my first real taste of Boston. Sure I’d toured colleges there when I was in high school and I went to see fireworks along the Charles one Fourth of July, but those just don’t count when you compare it to an entire Saturday spent walking the Freedom Trail all through Boston followed by a free Beach Boy’s concert.

My Boston visit in short: lots of walking, lots of sights, lots of people, and lots of fun 🙂

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SUMMERTIME SNAPSHOTS

Here are some from my trip to Vermont and New Hampshire (and New York where my sister and I went cherry picking). I took the train there and back. It’s such a nice way to travel, and I get enough hours in the air going to China, anyways. Also, it gives you a great view of New York City.

I just realized that I somehow managed to forget to take any pictures of my Alma Mater … though I guess it’ll still be there when I visit next time! (Or, if anyone has some pictures from my visit, please e-mail them to me).

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SUMMERTIME SNAPSHOTS

Here’s a few snapshots from the family reunion and my first week back in Maryland:

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BACK IN THE USA

Well, I’ve been in the USA for the past 9 days. I think I’m finally over the jet-lag, but a cold is still keeping me a bit under the weather.

It’s been relaxing to stay at my parent’s house in Maryland, to see lots of relatives on both sides of the family, and have a “stay-cation” with my parents and sister. “Stay-cations” are all the rage, this year, I hear. Actually, it was quite a “go-cation” since we drove all over Maryland to look at historic sights and went to a baseball game.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading up to Vermont with my sister and I’ll be there until around the 23rd of July. So, if you’re in the area, let me know, or expect a call from me!

From the end of July until August 20th, I plan to be around Maryland, and hope to see those of you in that area, too!

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