Hey everyone! It’s been a long while, I know. But, I’m back and I have something tasty to share.
It’s late August and soon the kids will be going back to school. The weather has actually started to cool off for us recently. Last week Austin and I took advantage of the cool weather and went blueberry picking at a farm about a 45 minute drive away. Wait! This is a thing, you ask? You can actually go somewhere and pick blueberries yourself? Well, where I live, in central PA, apparently, it is a thing.
We looked it up online and found Krasinski’s Blueberry Farm (you have to scroll down the page to find it). We thought… what can we do that is outdoors, inexpensive, gets us away from town, isn’t boring and provides a tasty treat? Well, this ended up being a great decision.
Upon getting to the place we find there are endless rows of bountiful blueberry bushes.
It’s a beautiful sight. We breathe in the air and immerse ourselves in endless stems of the blue yummy treats and start picking.
Ooh, I forgot to mention that we brought our own pails for the picking. If you don’t, you can purchase them there. The pail gets weighed and marked before actually picking, then that weight gets subtracted from full weight of the pail plus blueberries when you’re finished.Once we picked them, we had over 12 pounds of fresh berries! And we only paid $1.70 per lb. If we had bought this in the store, we would have spent around $50, but we only spent $29.25 at the farm! The below photo shows 6.5 lbs. in the bowl and a small 1 lb. blueberry container to the right (to show scale).
So, you can see we had so much fun. We spent almost two hours picking berries. Time just flew. Families were there with kids and we could hear their chattering through the nearby bushes. They sounded like they were having fun. Afterwards, we felt great – like we had just hiked a scenic trail.
Now, what can you do with 12 lbs of blueberries, you ask? Good question. Some went to friends and family. Lots were just scarfed down by the handfuls. The first thing I made was blueberry muffins and below is the recipe. The next thing I made was blueberry ice cream… hopefully, I can find time to post that one soon.
Until then, enjoy the end of the summer.
Melt-in-your-Mouth Blueberry Muffins
- 1 eggs
- 3/4 cups white sugar
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup white sugar ((for crust topping))
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ((for crust topping))
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon fresh plain yogurt or sour cream ((to make them extra moist))
|Preheat oven to 400 degrees|
|Grease muffin cups tray or fill tray with cupcake liners|
|Combine 1 1/2 cups of flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder|
|Place vegetable oil and egg in a 1 cup measuring cup. Add enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this into the flour mixture.|
|Add blueberries, vanilla and sour cream (or yogurt)|
|Fill muffin or cupcake tin, filing each cup just to the top|
|In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter and 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix with fork and sprinkle over muffin/cupcake tin.|
|Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until done.|