Saturday, June 24, 2017

Blueberry Dessert... summer is finally here

Blueberry Dessert
1 package white cake mix

1/2 cup finely chopped nuts ( I use pecans )

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

2 1/2 cups  fresh blueberry pie filling (see note) 
(21 OZ. can  pie filling can be substituted)

1 cup sour cream (see note)

1 egg

Combine 1st 4 ingredients until crumbly. Save 1 1/2 cups for topping. Press remaining mix into buttered 9"x13" pan. Spread with pie filling. Mix sour cream and egg and pour over filling. Sprinkle saved crumbs over top  and bake at 350 30-40 minutes until top is golden.
Let cool completely  before serving.
*NOTE: to make pie filling from fresh blueberries
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
 bring to a boil
in small bowl, whisk together
1/4 cup Clear Jell or Cornstarch
6 T. water
till smooth, add to boiling mixture and whisk till smooth and thickened
crush one cup of blueberries, stir into above mixture then fold in one cup whole blueberries  remove from heat and allow to cool.
*NOTE: For a lower fat version that tastes equally as good substitute 1 cup fat-free yogurt cheese for sour cream, see how to make it HERE

Monday, June 19, 2017

Two Summer Tales ( Or Don't Count On Things) Sunny...less humid!

Bossy Britches has had a very bad summer!!!!
Her first clutch of eggs did not hatch, even though she did her best. When all hope was lost,
her owner gave her some other eggs since their
sitter had given up. They did not hatch either, but diligent little
mother that she is, she didn't quit. So in hopes of getting some
bantam chicks, the owner left her sitting until a few eggs bantam eggs could be
gathered. When there were 5--(this took a few days as the bantams are old and don't lay daily!)
 a switcheroo was done. BB didn't object and continued to sit ANOTHER 21 days. For a total of 76 days on the nest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All five hatched, Hooray!!!
We all have heard not to count your chicks before they hatch, right?
Well don't count them AFTER they've hatched either!
Two days later a snake invaded the hen house and took 3 of the chicks.
Just when we thought after 7 years of never a snake in this building this wouldn't happen!
Yes, Bossy Britches has had a very bad summer!

The owner has never had such beautiful tomato plants. Only 4, but theywere loaded with early tomatoes, 42 at last count. Overnight a swarm
of Aphids came by and look what happened. I guess one shouldn't count

her tomatoes before they're ripen either!Reminds me of the words of Irving Petite in his book
 The Best Time of the Year"Nature doesn't always give  warning of what is to come, and herviolence's must be taken as they arrive: the human sojourner in life must roll with nature's occasional punch."

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Quotes.... Summer's a comin'

 No price is set on lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer.

--James Russell Lowell


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fresh Blueberry Streusel coffee cake.... partly cloudy... humid

1/2 cup Shortening
1 cup Sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. lemon extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
2/3 cup milk
2 cups fresh blueberries

mix shortening, sugar, and eggs together, beat till smooth, add remaining ingredients except blueberries, stir well then gently fold in blueberries. Pour into a greased 9 x 9 pan sprinkle with streusel topping and bake at 350* for 45-50 minutes till tests done in center.

2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup softened butter
1 tsp. lemon extract
Mix sugar and flour together, cut in butter till crumbly, add lemon extract and sprinkle over top of cake.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Quotes....Sunny... Hot

It is the month of June,The month of leaves & roses,When pleasant sights salute the eyesAnd pleasant scents the noses. 
  Nathaniel Parker Willis

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