the old chokecherry tree (and raw apricot cheesecake)

101 thoughts on “the old chokecherry tree (and raw apricot cheesecake)”

  1. Kristin, you have such gifts–for writing, for photography, for cooking AND for making us want to eat everything you describe and show us! (I wanted to dive into the apricot cheesecake immediately.) Your photos are luminous. The text is resonant. As my editor always tell me, “Put us in the moment.” You do.

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    1. Thank you so much, Aunt Marian—for taking the time to read my blog posts and for your support and encouragement. I’m hoping to be more consistent with my writing and posting in the coming months. Next time you are in Montana, this cheesecake is on the menu! 🧡

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    1. That’s a great question! I actually had to look it up, and it appears they are different (though they look quite similar). The chokecherry is in the rose family, and the elderberry is in the family Adoxaceae. And thank you for your kind words on the cheesecake. It’s a tasty treat!


  2. Beautiful photos. The story was sad and sweet. So much developing it pushing wildlife into smaller spaces and here in Florida people are up in arms when they see a bear on a panther crossing their land. The demand overshadows the common sense voices. The cheesecake looks soo tempting! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Lindi, and for taking the time to read through my post. Florida has such a rich and unique wildlife heritage; I hope that people realize the richness we enjoy when we share our wild places and wild spaces with other creatures. (And I hope that you are able to make and enjoy the cheesecake!)


    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my post and for your appreciation of the natural world. There is so much beauty and inspiration all around us if we pause long enough to notice. (And I hope you like the cheesecake!)


  3. Hard to ignore photos and recipes..both perfectly complementee eachother..a job well done👍.

    I write short Nd long stories Nd all sorts of writeups ….have a look at my page Thanks in adv

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  4. I will make this! ❤️Two years vegan beating hubby’s type 2 diabetes 1 day at a time! We don’t eat many desserts but I’ve been wanting a pretty one so enticing even finicky family will eat! Thank you for sharing photos of beautiful place also!

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    1. oh, that’s wonderful, sharon! food is incredibly powerful—more so than we often think. i am so happy to hear that a plant-based diet has been successful in helping your husband manage diabetes. i hope you enjoy the dessert! i would love to hear your thoughts/feedback once you’ve had a chance to try it 🧡

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  5. Wow! Your writing, photography and recipe are amazing! I appreciate the hard work that you put in to this and will be trying this recipe. Nothing short of spectacular!

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  6. I really enjoyed the writing in this post. As I look out at our smoke-filled skies in Alaska, this week, I find the line about the mountains, stacking them like so many cardboard cutouts, particularly appropriate. I have been trying to figure out how to describe this visual and you captured it perfectly!

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