Sweet New England Blueberry Muffins

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We always get 10 or 20 pounds of blueberries every July. We use a lot for eating and baking (like this delicious blueberry crisp!), but then freeze the rest of them.

Here is one of our favorite blueberry recipes for a special treat. I grew up in New England, and this has been a favorite recipe since I was a kid.

Sometimes I make the batter up at night and then bake them in the morning.

We always fix a special birthday breakfast for family members on their birthdays and this is often one of those favorites.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I always have!

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Springtime Tradition- Fresh Strawberry Jam

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Boy, do we ever love the month of May when the strawberries are ripe and ready to be picked!
We have a strawberry farm nearby, and it’s become a fun spring-time tradition to pick fresh strawberries several times during the month and make some of our favorite recipes!

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Homemade Bread – All Year Long!

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Mom, wondering what to ask for, for Christmas?  Here are a couple of things I got years ago and have been SO glad I did. These would also be a wonderful gift for a newly-wed couple, or a grown daughter who is interested in baking.

Have you ever considered baking your own bread with your own freshly-ground wheat? It’s one of the best decisions I ever made for my family. I hardly ever buy store bread anymore. The taste of whole wheat bread with freshly ground flour is not even comparable to store bread. I just make a couple big batches every month or so and freeze it. It’s really not time consuming.

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly- baked bread, and it’s such a good feeling knowing that you are feeding your family something that is super nutritious for them too.

We grind our own wheat berries in our WonderMill Grain Mill,  and the result is amazing.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Need a new idea for breakfast?

I always liked to give my kids something warm to eat for breakfast, but certainly didn’t have lots of time (especially on a “school day” morning) to fix anything time consuming. So, muffins have been a great option for our family. I mix up a double batch of muffin mix and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Then each morning, I just spray my muffin tins and pop them in the oven. In minutes the house smells like freshly baked muffins,and I have a warm and simple breakfast to feed my kids. Add a little yogurt or glass of milk and an orange or banana and breakfast is ready. Another plus is that it keeps well, too, if you have little ones who may sleep later than the older kids. It’s ready and waiting for them when they arise.

I’ve collected LOTS of muffin recipes we’ve grown to love over the years, but here is a favorite:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Pumpkin Bread

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Pumpkin 

This is wonderful for autumn breakfasts and can be made into muffins, too!

  • 2/3 c. shortening
  • 2 2/3 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (1lb.) can pumpkin
  • 2/3 c. water
  • 3 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 2/3 c. coarsely chopped nuts
  • 2/3 c. raisins (optional)

Heat oven to 350*
Grease two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans or three 8 ½ x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pans.
In large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Stir in eggs, pumpkin and water.
Blend in flour, soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves. Stir in nuts and raisins.
Pour into pans. Bake about 70 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes our clean.

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