Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BLUEBERRY JAM, BLACKBERRY BREAD

Have you ever had a plan for your morning but when you woke up it just didn't seem right for the day? Well that's what happened to me this morning. I had a list of Avon stops to make today that I didn't get to yesterday,but when I thought about them this morning and made an unanswered call to one of them ,my whole agenda for the morning changed. I decided it wasn't worth driving for 15 minutes to one stop to collect $6 and then driving 15 minutes back this way just putting out books in 3 other places. Rational or lazyness, who knows? But I did laundry and housecleaning all morning instead so I'm pretty sure you couldn't call it lazyness. I think I'm just getting tired of fooling with Avon. I pretty much know I'll be out of business after the 1st of the year because of the size of my orders and knowing that, I think my heart just isn't in it anymore. When the size of the orders won't pay the cost of gas to get there and back it needs to be re-thought!!!
Daughter came in after lunch and we made a run of blueberry jam. It isn't as good as what we made last year from the wild berries she picked in Pisgah National Forest but it'll have to do since no one has had time to go wild berry picking this year.

A man hubbie works with sent us a whole bowl full home from work yesterday. What a nice guy,

especially since I know how hard picking blueberries can be.

We only made 7 1/2 pints because we have so much other jam already made this year and I have some grape left from last year as well.

I love blueberries on my cereal in the mornings so I am going to freeze the remaining berries for that purpose.

It came a hard rain storm this afternoonthat lasted for a long time. It has been cloudy all day and I knew we would get it sooner or later.

At least it was sooner than the man who came looking to buy some heifers from us. He came just as the rain slacked up and I put on boots and a hat to go find the heifers, who of course were in the fartherest corner of the pasture.

He liked them and is coming after them early Friday morning,perfect because hubbie is off this Friday for his last Friday off then he will switch to Mondays off during the school year.These are the last of what we have to sell this season. I'm glad to have a break with just old Snowball,who will be lonely for a while. But she always gets used to it pretty fast.

After a light supper hubbie is off to a meeting at church and I am filling all the bird feeders and doing some blogging before cake layer baking time.

I am sitting out in the sunroom listening to the birds and frogs and other critters that make all the evening sounds.
Things seem more peaceful after a rain storm,I see the cattle grazing in the upper pasture,the dogs are layed out like they've had a hard day and it's quite, yet noisy, at the same time.

Laundry and housecleaning are done for the week,all the plants indoor and outdoor are watered,some by me some by mother nature , I enjoy the satisfation of things being done and the peaceful solitude of being alone for a while.
I baked 48 cake layers tonight,it is 11:30 and I still have 1 more oven full to go,whew!
I've had several request for the blackberry bread recipe that daughter makes using fresh and frozen berries in.
Blackberry Bread

4 cups self rising flour
1 cup sugar ( I use more if berries tart)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 Tbsp butter or marg.

Mix this together well then add 2 cups whole blackberries and fold them in (do not use mixer after berries are put in). Pour into 2 loaf pans and sprinkle some extra berries and sugar on top of each loaf. Bake in a 350 oven for 1 hour or until knife comes out clean.
Any other berry can be substituted .
Happy Baking !!!!!!
God is good all the time !!!!
Good Night and God Bless.

4 comments:

Patty H. said...

48 cake layers!!! Whew!
I love blueberries, just had some on my cereal. Have quite a few in the freezer, need to turn into jam. Or a cheesecake.
Blessings
Patty H.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

You are one hard-working lady, Marilyn---both you and hubby--and daughter. You all never stop, do you????? 48 cake layers???? Woooo----that's amazing.

I don't blame you for giving up the Avon.... I'm surprised that you have done so well as long as you have, through this economy crisis.

Love those wild blackberries and blueberries. The ones you buy are never as good. BUT--your Blackberry bread sounds wonderful.

We finally got a little rain yesterday and today... When you read my blog tonight, you will laugh at our deck visitor yesterday!!!!

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

NCmountainwoman said...

Much as I love blackberries, I never thought of making blackberry bread. What a great idea.

Nancy said...

Thanks so much for dropping by today......I live in Winston Salem
but spend alot of time in Sugar Grove which is outside Boone....

Your jams and bread look delicious....can't wait to try your recipt for blackberry bread...haven't tried that before....