Blueberry Streusel Cake

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This cake will grace our counter tops once or twice in a given year, but it doesn’t stay there for very long.  It has this crazy way of bringing people into my kitchen, gradually disappearing throughout the day.  By the end of the day, I catch my husband mopping up crumbs from the cutting board with his finger. 

We never have leftovers.  Ever.

This cake is by no means a waist watching treat.  It is too moist, sweet, and decadent for that business.  Hence, it is only made once or twice in a year. 

What makes it a little extra special is that I bake part of the streusel inside of the cake.  I can’t help it, I’m a lover of the crumb toppings, and having it on top and in the middle, just makes my day.  Yum.  It’s not something you have to do, but I don’t know why you wouldn’t. 

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ingredients:                                                                           for the streusel topping:

6 oz of fresh blueberries, rinsed                                               5 Tablespoons of flour

1 cup of butter milk                                                                  4 Tablespoons of melted butter

2 eggs                                                                                      3 Tablespoons of brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt                                                      3 Tablespoons of sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1 1/4 cups of sugar

4 Tablespoons of melted butter

method:

mix all of your dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, whisk it all together.

mix together all of your wet ingredients together into a separate dish.

slowly incorporate the wet and dry ingredients together, being careful not to over mix.  the mix will be slightly lumpy. 

once everything is well incorporated, fold your blueberries into the mixture.

pour the mixture into a well greased bread pan/ muffin tin.  Or you can line your bread pan with parchment or line your muffin tin with paper liners.

For the streusel, mix the melted butter, flour, and sugars together in a small bowl using a fork.  When it has been well combined, sprinkle 1/3 of mixture in a line on top of the cake. 

Using your fingers, push the streusel down, about halfway into the batter.

Sprinkle the remaining streusel evenly on top of the batter.

bake at 350 degrees F. for 30-40 mins. or until a toothpick inserted in the middle becomes clean.  If you’re using a muffin tin, then the bake time will be less than 30 minutes.  Probably around 15-20 mins, depending on the size of the muffin tins.

*Chef’s note:  Hopefully I’m not forgetting anything! The method of the cake is done by my memory.  This is the first time I’ve written it down! Ha! Bon Appetite!

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A Throw In Hibernation


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I recently brought my throw out of hibernation and have slowly, day by day, been knitting on it.  My hopes to have it completed by Fall were squashed due to so much other “busy work”.  Nevertheless, it is coming along, little by little.  I’ve messed up on a few stitches, but hopefully by the time the whole blanket is finished, an untrained eye won’t be able to tell.

My book of choice has been on my library waiting list for over a month, so when I received the email notice of its arrival for pickup, I jumped in the car and hightailed it to the library.  It’s called, Orange is the New Black.  If you haven’t at least heard of the show, then I think you may have been living underneath a rock for the last year or so. 

Right now, I’m only a few chapters in, but I have to say, I’m addicted to the story. 

I think that is all I have to say for today!  As usual, I’m linking up with Ginny for her Yarn Along. ; )

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lately

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we have been humming sweeter tunes lately.  why?  because, this week is semester finals for bubba.  this sated week of events has the ingredients to fill our house with both tension, and a smidge of excitement blended together.  the tension comes from my husband’s crazy side emerging; undoubtedly from the stress of his final grades.  the joy is from the prospect of having an entire month of rest!

ahhh, i’ve been daydreaming about it, too:  help around the house…more help with our hooligans…i can actually use the car everyday…i won’t be trapped in the house six days a week…and projects will finally be completed.

all of this is short term.  even so, i can say with certainty, that he is excited for his reasons and i’m excited for my reasons. but, our main cause for celebration, is the well needed r&r. 

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Authors Rally

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I mentioned in this post that I would be attending an author’s rally at my local library.  It was an event that gathered many of the local author’s in the area to let us show case our books to the public.  It was great for me to finally emerge from my house without the kids and meet with like minded writers.  They were all amazingly kind and talented.  In fact, the youngest author there was only THIRTEEN years old!!  Her dedication at such a tender age is inspiring.  Her name is Sydney Dreamweaver and her books can be found on Amazon.

Also attending the event was Amy Clipston!!  Some of you may have heard of her already.  Her books are top sellers in the Christian genre.  She is absolutely the sweetest person, too.  She has a book titled, Roadside Assistance, that I really wanted to buy from her that night, but I didn’t bring any cash with me.  Total.  Bummer.

If you’re a writer who is interested in publishing your children’s book, then you may want to check out, Auntie M Children’s Books Publishing company.  “Auntie M” is the mastermind behind this publishing company and she is also the author of, The Sophisticated Slug, shown above.  The illustration’s are amazing, and her message is uplifting and encouraging for her young audience.

The other two books shown are from author’s Philip R. Morrhouse, originally from New York, and Kevin Winchester, who teaches English at a local college.  I also met, Al Bigley, an illustrator and writer of comics.  He was nice enough to draw a picture for my son Nathan along with his autograph.  Nathan was absolutely beside himself when I gave it to him and gushed about it for two days straight.  I wish I would have taken a picture of it, but I forgot.  I’m lame.  Ha!  Anyway, all of them have many books already published and I recommend checking into some of them if you have time! 

All in all, I really enjoyed attending this event.  I wish I had a chance to meet every author there that night, but there just wasn’t enough time for me to go around to each person.  Awe well.  Maybe next year?