Saturday, June 2, 2012

Singing the blues............. a happy way!

 Early morning baking....................right 
from the oven.  Wonderful friend heading this 
way for coffee and a catch up chat. Don't you love 
to sit with a dear friend and discover all the 
great things happening in her/his life when you've 
been separated far too long?

Vanessa and I have shared our lives for several years, 
and even shared a booth at SuzAnna's Antiques for 
a delightful year, until we got too busy. 
We miss being able to spend all that time 
together, treasure hunting. However, to see what Vanessa 
is now up to, and it's keeping her busy in 
a wonderful way, 
do stop by here A WHITE BARN ~ her painted 
furniture pieces are awesome!
Yesterday we were able to relax over coffee - in 
lovely new mugs she brought as a gift - nibbling my 
'old fashioned blueberry muffins', a favorite recipe.

Right now the blueberries are awesome as the 
local North Carolina crop is in, plump, tender 
and right off the bush. You don't even have to 
~Pick Your Own~ if time is your enemy, they bring 
them right from the farm to the local grocery store, 
and the Farmers' Market on the weekend.

 Here's the recipe if you feel like baking 
something good and quick some morning for 
friends or family.................

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Muffins 

2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon each salt and grated nutmeg
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed/dried, or frozen berries partially thawed
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/4 cup sliced almonds, and 2 tablespoons sugar for garnish

In large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, 
salt and nutmeg.  Add blueberries, stir to coat evenly. In small 
bowl beat eggs with fork, beat in milk and melted butter. 
Add to blueberry mixture, stir until just blended.  

Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full. Sprinkle with almonds and sugar. 
Bake in preheated 400º oven until pick inserted in center comes out 
clean - 15-25 minutes for muffins - (or 30-35 minutes for a 9-inch 
square coffee cake).  Makes 12 regular size muffins. 

If you want calorie count etc. let me know - otherwise to heck 
with it, just dig in and enjoy!!!


  1. Ah! Dear, what a great time! Thank you for a wonderful day together. I loved seeing you and Bob, and the blueberry muffins were so delicious and yummy! Thanks for posting the recipe. I'm going to make them, and I bet Luna and Ryan will love them too! Wishing you a safe trip, and that you and dear Bob enjoy every single moment of it. Love ~ Vanessa

  2. Those blueberry muffins look and sound wonderful. So glad you had a chance to catch up with Vanessa!

  3. Blueberries! Already! I'm thinking a move to the Carolinas might be a good thing. We have to wait until at least the end of July. But I freeze lots of them, so I could still make those yummy-looking muffins now.
    Are you celebrating the Jubilee, Mary! What a fantastic event. I'm hoping to watch snippets on television, and then hear all about it first hand when my daughter returns from London on Tuesday.

  4. Thanks for the recipe. I have frozen blueberries I need to use up before the new crop is in here in Oregon. How lovely to have the time to chat with a dear friend.

  5. Old friends and old recipes are treasures to be cherished!
    Just popping by, as I still have a very full house - last trip to the airport will be tomorrow and then I shall collapse on a garden lounge (weather permitting!)
    I enjoyed your 'packing' post very much - in the odd quiet moment I mentally pack for my September trip to the UK and Europe. I may ask for pointers!

  6. Yum! I made blueberry muffins a couple of weeks ago and gave a bunch away at school. My co-workers are always happy when I share my baked goods. Have a wonderful day. Tammy

  7. I would love to come sit with you and have a muffin and coffee. Just wish I lived closer.

  8. Blueberries are a rare and expensive treat here so I try and grow them myself without too much success I'm afraid.
    I'll book mark your recipe though just in case!

  9. I'd say to heck with the calorie count....yum! Our blueberry bushes are loaded, and my son-in-law's uncle has a ton more so I'll be busy if they would only hurry up and ripen. Patience on this will be well worth it especially for making yummy muffins!
    Hugs to you both!

  10. Must add a new note here. I made this recipe yesterday and love, love it. Thanks so much!

  11. We have blueberries on oatmeal about twice a week. I love the beautiful, healthy berries! Love muffins and will use this great recipe! Thanks for sharing! And thanks so much for your comment on my anniversary post!

  12. .....just found them! I'll copy it with your permission and safe to my favorite recipes. Love you! xx ~ Vanessa


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