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Jun 022016
 

Spicy Blueberry Topping

I forgot the whipped cream..Dang!

I forgot the whipped cream..Dang!

Yep, I’m on blueberries again and probably will be posting more since our wild blueberries here are thicker than we have ever seen! We’ve picked about 3 quarts so far with more on their way to be cooked up in some tasty food to satisfy our tummies and add a few unwanted pounds, ha ha! Our black berries kind of fizzled out this year for some unknown reason, leaving way, I guess for the blueberries to steal the show! With so many berries, I really didn’t want to freeze them all and was very thankful the other day when I saw that my friend Bonnie over at bonniebanters.com just posted a special trick that she has on keeping all kind of berries fresher for longer in your frig. Go check it out as all kinds of berries are in season as we speak and she has plenty of delicious recipes for you to try. It was a new one on me and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Can't wait to try it.....

Can’t wait to try it…

This recipe has already graced the top of Kenny’s homemade ice cream and my daughter is making up a batch to serve over cheesecake that she is taking to a church supper this week. Now she has me in the mood to make a cheesecake for us here at the homestead. Our berries here aren’t as sweet as the ones that are grown commercially but that’s okay by us, they’re FREE and actually taste more like the berries I used to pick with my dad when I was young; young, when the hell was that? Well, let’s get on with this recipe that has just enough spices to compliment the flavor of the berries………

We have a lot more pick'en to do!

We have a lot more pick’en to do!

 

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Spicy Blueberry Topping
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ teas cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teas nutmeg
  • Generous dash of ground ginger
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. In a small heavy sauce pan, combine the first 5 ingredients and stir to mix.
  2. Over medium heat, stir in the hot water to the mixture followed by the lemon juice.
  3. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and begins to boil.
  4. Add the blueberries and continue to boil for a minute or so, stirring constantly.
  5. If not serving at once over cake or ice cream, let cool slightly and place in a glass container and refrigerate.
  6. Best warmed slightly when ready to serve.

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend and honored all who have sacrificed so much to give us the freedom to enjoy today, and so we can have our cook-outs and good times with friends and family! Hope you enjoy………….Coming up we have pictures of the newest wild life resident, Bambi and our latest vehicle to grace our driveway! Oh, a couple of bacon tricks too, just in time for the BBQ: later, I promise……..

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May 172016
 

Easy Blueberry Cake

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As I told you, I was going to bring you a new dessert to share with you this week, that is if turned out Okay and wasn’t an almost disaster like another one I made two weeks ago!!! Husband and I love to have a big fruit platter in the heat of the summer with slices of pound cake and different kinds of cheeses. I had made a buttermilk pound cake for Kenny and I to enjoy with the fresh melons and berries that are coming in now and after about 12 minutes in the oven, I started to smell something burning! Upon opening the oven and as soon as the smoke cleared confirmed it!! My 2 piece bundt pan was dripping out cake dough through the bottom and cooking on the bottom of my oven, GRRR!!! In a mad dash, Kenny and I grabbed 2 loaf pans, greased and floured them and poured what we could rescue from the old bundt pan quicker than you could bat an eye or maybe I should just break down and buy a new one instead of using something as old as I, ha ha. Well to say the least, they were still edible although a little bit on the dry side, oh WELL. Bundt pan quickly went to the barn for Kenny to fix whatever the problem was which turned out to be a bottom that ended up getting a little bent!

What happened to the ice cream???

What happened to the ice cream???

This weekend granddaughter and husband Andy had a big fish fry to celebrate their new home and of course when I asked what I could bring, her husband insisted on a big dish of homemade cole slaw and some potato salad wouldn’t hurt either! I had decided to try this cake but didn’t tell them I was doing so! Along with the fish we also had homemade grits with cheese, baked beans and rolls; and then, for Gram, she got her very own chicken deep-fried as I have never been a fresh-water fish lover. I did however try the fish and was impressed as it didn’t taste like the fish we had up north when I was a kid (but my deep-fried to perfection chicken, was still better!!). Others brought desserts too and one was a very, very chocolate cake along with a coca cola cake, both very yummy.

What I like about this cake, is that you can substitute any berry flavor you want and it would still be delicious, maybe next time I’ll do a strawberry or raspberry! My blueberries are still not ready, but look like they are going to be abundant this year, so I had to rely on my local produce stand.

Easy Blueberry Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix, I used Duncan Hines French Vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 small boxes blueberry jello
  • 1 container (12 oz) Cool Whip
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, divided
Instructions
  1. Mix cake mix with the eggs, oil and water according to package directions; beat in one box of the jello.
  2. Pour into 2 cakes pans, greased and floured; sprinkle batter with about ⅔ of the berries.
  3. Bake according to package directions.
  4. Cool cake accordingly.
  5. Mix remaining box of jello with the ½ cup of water that has been heated and stir to dissolve.
  6. Blend jello mixture into the Cool Whip and frost cake.
  7. Decorate with remaining berries.

We had a great time and enjoyed all the goodies along with everyone else………..Enjoy!

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