Monday, August 2, 2010

Blueberries. We've got lots of blueberries!

How can it be possible that I only posted SEVEN times in July! Seven.  That's pretty weak.  My only excuse is that it's summer vacation and since the kids and I are spending all of our time together, nothing they do seems very postworthy. 

We've been going to the pool.  A lot.

And while I don't mind it, the kids are getting a little bored with it.

We've been playing with Jennifer's kids.  A lot.

My kids will never bore of that.  It amazes me that the first thing out of their mouths in the morning is usually, "Are we playing with them today Mom?  Are we?  Are we?  When?  When, Mom?"  I think I might need to do an intervention or something.

Last week we took the kids blueberry picking.  It was hot and we got sweaty.  Very sweaty.  But we also got lots of these...

That's a large mixing bowl full of the good stuff!  This weekend I tried a new receipe (compliments of my friend Mary.) 

It's for Blueberry Buckle which we love.  It was my first time making it and it turned out great.

Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a square (9x9x2) pan or a round (9x1 1/2 or 2) pan.

Cake ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
2 cups blueberries

Blend all of the above ingredients except the berries. Beat for 30 seconds. Stir in blueberries. Spread in the pan and sprinkle with crumb topping.

Crumb topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened

Mix the crumb topping ingredients until they are clumpy.  (I use my fingers.)
Bake 45-50 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.  (I used an 8 inch round pound and ended up baking this an extra 15 minutes.)

Drizzle with glaze and serve warm.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 - 2 tsp hot water

We ate this for breakfast on Saturday morning. And with all the antioxidants from the blueberries, it's easy to overlook the fact that essentially we had cake for breakfast!

Today I'm going to make a blueberry pie.  Remember this from last year?   Can't wait for dessert tonight!  More antioxidants and no guilt.

(If anyone has any really good blueberry recipes, let me know.  Otherwise, I'm gonna flash freeze these and make lots of buckle and pie in the winter.)


Pam said...

I have been eating blueberries like CRAZY! It has been a great year for them! (Though I do like blueberry pie and blueberry buckle, I have just been eating them plain...yummy!)

Kimberly said...

Do you like cream cheese? B/c my mom has a good blueberry, cream cheesy, keep-it-in-the-fridge cold dessert thing. I'm not a blueberry fan myself, but everyone who eats it loves it. Let me know if you would like it.

Courtney said...

Another cake, but still good:

Combine yellow cake mix, 1/2 cup oil, 3 eggs, and a block of cream cheese. Once mixed, gently stir in 2 cups of blueberries. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. When cooled, pour 1/2 cup lemon juice mixed with 1/2 cup powdered sugar over the top. YUM!

Mari said...

I love blueberries! I need to get some and freeze them (and then try out that yummy cake recipe!)

Denise said...

Yummy blueberries, love them.

Rebekah said...

that looks Yummy! now Im hungry. I understand about being too busy to blog. I cant beleive how little I've blogged over the past year