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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blueberry Cornbread and Kitties

Hi! This week the farmers market was red white and blue---red tomatoes, white sugar corn, and blueberries stole the show.

Tomatoes for sandwiches, or to fry, or for my next project: quinoa-brown rice salad.

I love dark brown many grain bread sandwiches with tomatoes, mustard, American cheese.
The corn is just picked and very sweet.

White corn is prized here.

Though I must admit I prefer bright yellow, large kernel corn myself.
And blueberries.
So adorable. Look at this blue! And always in the sweet little turquoise paper boxes. If they didn't make your teeth turn purple they be just about the perfect fruit.

If I don't have time to use the berries immediately, I put them unwashed in a baggie and freeze them. Put in a colander and rinse well; pick off stems, pat dry when you're ready for them.

Lately I've been hearing mention of blueberry cornbread. I love cornbread,and have been waiting for the berries to arrive so I could make some.

I must have really wanted CB because I found two mixes in my fridge's pantry drawer. I'm not a purist. On a hot summer day, a Betty Crocker mix is fine, a quick way to have fun baking without too much work or angst.

I used the Krusteaz this time, the word ''honey'' on the label was enticing. I like things sweet and this was to be a dessert, so I added more ''sugar'' [Splenda.]

Fold in the berries at the end.

Sprinkle some real sugar on the top.

Next time I'm going to use my bundt pan so the cake looks prettier.

Many yums!

I suppose summer is kitten season, isn't it. My neighborhood's feral cats here have been neutered and returned their usual haunts, which means they are healthy and safe but we have no new babies to love. My blog friend Kelley, who lives on the West Coast, does a wonderful job with feral kittens. Here is her link, for her current little guys. If we lived nearby I'd be tempted to bring them home for Mo [he gets lonely, banned from the beach fun as he is].

My friend Mel recently adopted a kitten. This cutie is named Meekay, which is (phonetically)  the Japanese word for calico. She is a calico tabby kitten, also known as a calibby.

I love her white mittens and back legs, such a beautiful girl .

Her big friend is Spook. I remember Spook [patiently snoozing on the right ]being a tiny kitten, my how he has grown.

And my last bit of news is that my friend L and I braved the hot highways [and a Jimmy Buffett concert in progress] to go to Joann's for fabric for our little Dresses for Bolivia. Lori at Humble Quilts Dresses for Bolivia  We had such fun! We plan to have a sewing day soon, especially if we ever get a rain day. It's only rained twice , two mornings, since early June. Great for the beach, not so great so sewing indoors.

What are you all up to in the final weeks and days of August?
Have a great week.



gone to the beach.........



  1. I just returned to Kuwait from the States where, of course, it is hot as heck. So no more outdoor activities for awhile. I have a blueberry cornbread recipe a friend gave me that has blueberries in it. Very yummy! My youngest son loves blueberries so we always have them on hand and I use frozen blueberries for my smoothies and "nice"cream. Huge feral cat population here. Now that I am not working, I may see about helping out one of the organizations that works to save all the pets that have been put out in the street. Such a sad, cruel world for some these animals who are no longer wanted. Best wishes, Tammy

  2. Spook and Meekay say "Thank you for making us famous!"

    Blueberry cornbread? I don't think I've even heard of that! I might have to try it. It looks pretty good and actually appeals to me more than blueberry muffins.

    The fabrics you got for the dresses are so pretty! I can tell what colors you like, LOL. That blue print in the middle? I'm pretty sure I have a top with that same blue print! I hope you have a good sewing day soon! Will you put up pictures of the finished dresses?

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. The blueberry cornbread is lovely. That mix [tho I like Jiffy too] is very good, with nice rather coarse bright yellow cornmeal. The cornbread textures and taste remains, crumbly and good, then the sweet berries. The berries do fall to the botom, that s why I think next time I ll do the bundt pan , so they re then on top.

      The fabrics--we found 5 good remnants, 3 blue, one yellow, one back calico with pink rosebuds. I showed them to L, and she grabbed the two not blue! . So--I get to make my fave colors. The ribbons weren t nice quality, so we re doing the elastic version.

  3. What a fun post! I am definitely going to make blueberry cornbread. Blueberries are my favorite of all the berries. Yum! And the corn and tomatoes are beautiful. Sometimes I cook the corn and cut it off the cob, mix in tomatoes, olive oil, lime juice and then either fresh basil or cilantro. It's sooo good.

    I would seriously bring these kitties to you if I thought you were serious....good thing I know your kids are allergic. Oh, and Mel's new baby is adorable! It looks like she and Spook have bonded. Many happy years to come. Thanks for including us in your blog today :)

    My plate is suddenly a little less full, so I had time to play in a friend's pool over the weekend and I met with a couple of friends I used to work with for happy hour last Friday. I had a mango margarita! I hope to be able to keep doing that kind of fun stuff for the rest of August!!!!


    1. Oh dear thank you for reminding me about my my kids' allergies, I can just see their red eyes and runny noses now. And maybe Mo wouldn t want a friend or two?

      I hope you like blueberry cornbread! I am def making your corn and tomatoes dish, is it served hot or cold, or room temp?

      Your summer doings sound so fun! You just got a late start. Mango margies, sigh. Yummy.

      have a great weekend.

    2. Cold, or room temp on the corn salad.

      I will be waiting for the weather to cool down before I turn on the oven to bake the cornbread, but I do look forward to it!

      And, yeah, Mo might be jealous...or maybe not :)

  4. I don't know which part of this post I love more. The food, Mo's picture, the furry babies, the many shades of blue...

    It's been two years since we lost our beloved Tigger and my partner absolutely refused to even discuss getting another cat. He just couldn't face it.

    I finally told him that I simply cannot live without one. So we're getting our place "baby" proofed again and we'll be heading out to our local shelter. Our Tigger came from a shelter when he was a year old and he was the best friend anyone could hope to have.

    We'll be looking for another older cat to share our forever home.

    Thanks for the last gentle nudge I needed to move forward with this decision and for helping me convince my Dear Husband that it's time.

    Hugs and kisses to Mo.


  5. It looks delicious. I'm a big blueberry fan. I'm enjoying the last days of summer. Our weather has been lovely, but oh so smokey.


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