Monthly Archives: April 2016

It’s Blueberry Pickin’ Time

Now that fair is over, I’ve been anxiously awaiting for the sign to go up for my friend Melanie’s, Sand Hill Blueberry Farm.  There is nothing like the taste of fresh picked blueberries.  Really, the store ones do not compare.

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So, my friend Michelle and I went today and had a blast.  She has an adorable 12 year old son and two more adorable twins, boy and girl.  How lucky is she?  I babysit my pastor’s daughter on Thursdays so I brought her along as well.  The kids had so much fun!  If only we could keep them from eating the blueberries (sorry, Melanie).  We ended up having a picnic lunch and then headed home to give the little ones their naps.

Prior to going pickin’, I already had in mind I wanted to make muffins this afternoon when I got home.

So, that is what I did.  I had several recipes, but being the “rule breaker” that I am (not in a bad way ha), I combined a few recipes I had and made it my own.  I love doing this because I can make adjustments to how my family likes things.

 

So, would you like my recipe?  Of course, I’m going to give it to you!

From Scratch Blueberry Muffins

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
2 Cups of Fresh Milled Flour ( I used Soft White)
1 Teaspoons of Himalayan Salt
2 Teaspoons of Aluminum Free Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons of Homemade Bourbon Vanilla (Recipe HERE)
2 Eggs
1 Cup of Coconut Sugar
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter (softened)
½ Cup of Raw Milk (Crooked Oak Farm)
3 Cups of Fresh Picked Blueberries (Sand Hill Blueberries)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 and line your muffin pans. I used eco-friendly liners from The Fresh Market.
In a large bowl or if you are using your Kitchenaid Mixer, beat the butter until it’s all nice and smooth. Add in the sugar and blend together. Next, add eggs, one at a time and then the vanilla, baking powder and salt.
Gradually add the flour and the milk at the same time. Try not to let it splatter everywhere like it did to me! Mix on medium speed until it’s all creamy.
Finally, coat the blueberries with a tablespoon or so of flour. This helps them stay all nice and firm. Now, fold them into the batter with a spatula.
Fill the muffin liners and bake for 15-20 minutes. I have a convection oven and mine took 20 minutes to bake.
Let cool just a little bit, open one up, put a sliver of butter and enjoy!!

So, do you ever go blueberry pickin’? What do you make with all of your blueberries?  Stay tuned for more recipes!!!

 

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Batman – Gift Idea For My Nephew

Coloring T-Shirt Tutorial

Who doesn’t like Batman?  Well, I guess Superman, right?

My nephew was having his birthday party last Saturday and he was turning the Big “6”! So, I usually like to do a themed gift but I this time I didn’t want to go and buy something.  I’ve done framed portraits before, but I wanted it to be really cool!

Well, I asked his mom what he was in to and she said Batman.  Well, that’s what I was thinking of doing for him.  I thought about a custom pallet sign he could hang in his room but then I though, he’s only turning six and he probably wouldn’t appreciate it as much as this cute shirt I made him!

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It actually was so easy to make once I figured out what I wanted on it.  I knew I wanted Batman something and my nephew’s name on it.  So, I went to my private FB group where I get inspiration and asked some of my peers what they thought would be cool.  One girl suggested doing a coloring shirt.  I looked at it and came up with this one!

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Here’s how I made it:

 

Supplies Needed:

T-shirt of any color

A Heat Transfer Vinyl Stencil ( you can make one yourself or have one made for you).  I used my Silhouette machine to make mine.

Fabric Markers

 

Directions:

  1. Pre-wash t-shirt or buy one that is already done like that.
  2. Place stencil on t-shirt where you want it to be placed.  I took my tape measure and measured the center and sides and made sure it was straight.
  3. Turn your iron on and let it get real hot.  Then, go grab a piece of fabric and lay on top of the stencil.  Press down with the hot iron.  Keep working around all the different corners, making sure all the stencil gets placed on the t-shirt.  If you have a heat press, then that would work even better.  For now, the iron I will use!
  4. After you the pull the iron off from the t-shirt, make sure all the stencil is secured and there are no pieces that are NOT attached to the t-shirt.  If some of the stencil didn’t get adhered, just put your piece of fabric back on and move that hot iron around until it’s totally adhered to the t-shirt.
  5. Next, look at it and smile!  You made a cool custom to-shirt!!
  6. You can now wrap it in some cute tissue and simple wrapping paper.  I used a fun primary color tissue paper to match the markers and then wrapped it in brown kraft paper and tied it with a twine bow.  Don’t forget to put the markers in the box and a note with directions. 🙂

 

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If you’ve ever made a coloring t-shirt, I would love to see it!  Please comment here or you can post them on my Facebook page Here .

Until next time!

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