Fruit Trees + the Highlands

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Our new neighborhood is commonly referred to as the Highlands, which collectively refers to Highland and West Highland, neighborhoods in Northwest Denver.  Even when we lived in LoDo, I frequently ran through the Highlands, but it wasn't until we were under contract on the house that I actually paid close attention to my surroundings on these runs.

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As it turns out, the neighborhood is a veritable fruit orchard!  Not only do we have a fruit-filled peach tree in our side yard (the peaches still need a few weeks but are coming along nicely), but I discovered that we have not one but three plum trees positively bursting with fruit in our front yard!  To my untrained eye, the plums appeared to be olives when we first saw our house.  I have a lot to learn.

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On jaunts through the neighborhood, I've now spotted apricots, peaches that are already ripe, choke cherries, apples, crabapples, more plums, and pears.  The pears were the most surprising and exciting.... I even made Rob pull the car over so I could take a photo.  The things we do for those we love...

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Between trying to unpack and organize our house, working, and training for an Ironman in September, I've found little time for cooking.  As of late last night, our kitchen is finally organized and I managed to bake not one but two things with the fruit I picked up at the farmer's market.  I promise a post with a real recipe this week!  I have put our lovely plums to use by making a Plum Crumble.  I now swear by this crumble recipe... the top is just delicious (as anything with that much butter ought to be).  You can decrease the butter if you'd like and certainly it will still be good... either way, try this recipe with whatever fruit you have available.  You will not be disappointed.