Monthly Archives: June 2015

Blueberry Muffins

These are easy and delicious.  I’m pretty certain any fruit would work in these.   I use self rising flour and elimate the salt and baking powder.  I got this recipe from  http://www.inspiredtaste.net/18982/our-favorite-easy-blueberry-muffin-recipe

1 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for muffin top

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/3 cup  vegetable oil

1 large egg

1/3 – 1/2 cup reduced fat (2 %) milk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions
Heat Oven and Prepare Muffin Cups
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Then, line 8 standard-size muffin cups with paper liners. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the 4 empty muffin cups (this helps to make sure the muffins bake evenly).
Prepare Muffin Batter
  1. Combine flour, 3/4 cup of the sugar, baking powder and the salt in a large bowl with a whisk. Whisk at least 10 times to make sure the baking powder and salt have evenly dispersed.
  2. Next, add vegetable oil to a measuring jug that holds at least 1 cup. Add the egg then fill the jug to the 1-cup line with milk (this should be 1/3 to a 1/2 cup of milk). Add vanilla extract and whisk until combined.
  3. Add milk mixture to the bowl with flour and sugar then use a fork to combine. Do not over mix.  Add blueberries and use a spatula or spoon to gently fold the blueberries into the muffin batter. Then, sprinkle a little sugar on top of each muffin.
  4. Bake blueberry muffins 15 to 20 minutes or until tops are no longer wet and a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out with crumbs, not wet batter. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Raspberries

IMG_1610Our raspberries are coming in!  We all like raspberries but Julie LOVES them.   Every day she goes by the vines and grazes on the berries.  So the other evening  she had went to close the chicken lot gate and thought she would pick her a few berries while she was out there.  As she was picking she noticed a calf very close to the garden fence.  She thought she would keep an eye on it as it looked like it was thinking about trying to get in the garden.  She picks a few more berries and hears the calf make a strange noise.  She looks at it again, it looks at her and guess what?  It is not a calf but a bear!!  Probably about 100 ft from where she is!!  She starts walking slowly back toward the house.  The bear notices her movement and starts slowly going up the field.  She comes and gets us to see it.  It goes up the field to the top of the hill and then goes under the fence and out into open pasture (hopefully not to return).  Julie then returns to picking her  raspberries.  I told her I guess that means she is a true country girl-not even a bear can stop her from picking berries!!

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Beautiful Days

IMG_1598I thought I would share a few pictures with you all today.  We have been enjoying BEAUTIFUL weather here in Floyd.

IMG_1599I took these pictures the other day as I was mowing.  We keep this little pathway mowed going down to the pond.

IMG_1591This is the view from the lawnmower.  I was hoping to show how pretty the corn rows looked.  The sun was shining and the wind was blowing.  It was beautiful.  Mowing around the pond is my favorite place to mow.  I consider myself so blessed to live where we do.

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Enjoy your day and God bless.

Peas

IMG_1590Can anyone guess what we are having for supper?  That’s right, you guessed it, peas!!  This is very exciting for us as we have not raised peas in several years because they just didn’t seem to do well here.  Well, this variety is doing excellent.  I don’t know, maybe we got them planted at just the right time but whatever the reason they are loaded with beautiful peas.  This variety of pea is called snowbird and we ordered them from Burpee.  My mother used to plant these when we lived in Grundy and they always did well.  I was thinking about them this spring and wishing I knew the name of them.  It occurred to me to check in the freezer as I still had some seeds saved from my mom in there.  Guess what, an empty package was in there with the name and the product number on it of these peas.  If you look in Burpee’s catalog this pea is not shown.  However if you type in the product number it still comes up on their page.  I was so happy.  Also with these peas we will be having swiss chard out of the garden.  This is a new thing for us.  I don’t remember ever raising chard before so we will see if we like it or not.  For dessert I fixed an applesauce pie.  Can you tell Hubby is home and doing amazingly well for all he has been through.  He went outside in the yard today for a while and sit in the green swing.  We are both so thankful for everyone’s prayers and ask you still continue to pray.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

A Reminder

IMG_1586Just a little reminder this morning that God always keeps his promises.  As I was sitting in my swing  this morning drinking my coffee this is what He showed me.   A beautiful rainbow-no rain- just the rainbow.  I know many of you will understand this when I say, I considered it my personal reminder from God that He loves me.  Sometimes I just need to know that and I love all the special ways He shows it to me.

Hubby is doing very well.  He was given a clear liquid diet yesterday and he said jello tasted delicious.  Hopefully he will get real food today.  He is doing a lot of walking as they have said this will speed up recovery.

Well, much to do here so I better get busy.  Enjoy your day and God bless.