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|Concert accompaniments that I did not have at age 11...|
I remember watching VH1 because my parents told me I was too young for MTV and loving Goo Goo Dolls. Later, in middle school I made an older friend--I had just had a falling out with my best friend and was somewhat labeled a "loser" during my middle school years by my peers--who let me borrow her Goo Goo Dolls CD and Acoustic #3 became my regular AIM away message. Sadly, they didn't play that one last night, but they played Name, Iris, Black Balloon and a bunch of others plus some new songs, which was good enough for me. Matchbox 20 was also pretty freaking fantastic. I found myself amazed that the lead singers of both bands DON'T LOOK ANY DIFFERENT than they did in 2000. Music keeps you young, I guess...
|Drinks are $10-$13 a pop at LiveNation, yuck.|
Can I just say it was the most incredible time? Because it was, it totally was. I was not expecting for this concert to make me so incredibly happy, but it did. Best $15 I ever, ever spent. I don't have many pictures where I don't look like a sweaty mess, and the Lifeproof case on my iphone makes it tough to take good quality pics, but I assure you--it was an awesome show. Check Groupon to see similar deals, or click the link up there even to just see when they're coming to your town!
Anyways, these little berry crisps were created when I decided to have low calorie, nutritious, and somewhat low carb snacks on hand for the week. I had the brilliant idea to put them in mason jars and thankfully they had good quality ones at the dollar store that I scooped up. In the future, I'd use a shallower mason jar, since the fruit collapses a bit during baking, but I used what I had. The crisp is lovely--full of fresh fruit bursting with flavor and only a little added sweetness, with a crunchy almond flour top. Plus, it's gluten free!
Gluten Free/Paleo Fruit Crisp
(adapted from Delighted Momma)
- 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced into chunks
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup cherries, sliced in half and pitted
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup, plus an additional 2 tbs
- 3 tbs butter, melted
- 2-2 1/2 cups almond flour or pulverized almonds (latter works better)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Optional: pecans or roasted almonds
-Wash and dry about 6 small mason jars (or, alternatively, a 9x9 glass baking dish) and lightly grease. In a medium bowl, mix together fruits and 1/4 cup of the honey or syrup. Spoon fruit into mason jars and arrange on a baking dish.
-In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and almond flour. Slowly stir in the butter and additional syrup or honey until mixture is crumbly. You may not use all the butter. If too sticky, add more almond flour. Stir in nuts if you desire and spoon crumbs over the fruit.
-Bake at 350 degrees F until crumb mixture has browned and fruit has broken down a bit. Serve warm with a dollop of cream, if desired.