Sunday, August 26, 2012

a peaceful Sunday (with recipe)

 I can't remember the last time I read the Sunday paper on Sunday.

Or made blueberry muffins on the weekend.
I did both today.

 We are readers around my house. Not at the dinner table, 
but breakfast and lunch are fair game.
Vintage Ellery Queen is a sign of one of my sons.

 Me with Orion. 
I read the paper on the deck with my first cup of coffee. 
The blueberry placemat and blueberry mug are not staged to go with the muffin. 
They are always there. Muffins come and go.

 I stayed in Massachusetts this weekend--Harriet is running the store.
Next weekend I'll be there--it's the last official weekend the store will be open. I love my store, but I'm glad to be closing. I want to have time for other things on my weekends. 
Like reading all afternoon. That's today's plan.

And maybe collages, laundry, picking flowers for Jane's Flowers in the House,
 and an evening walk. 

And more reading.
And for you a super-easy blueberry muffin recipe:

1-1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
cinnamon sugar 
1 egg
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. milk
1 c. blueberries

Preheat oven to 400
mix dry ingredients
mix wet ingredients
blend wet and dry, then add blueberries
put in muffin tin/cups
sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top
bake 12-15 minutes or until they look done


  1. We love blueberries in our house. I planted two bushes this year but although we had a few berries I am hoping for better things next summer. Hopefully we will be doing our own blueberry muffins! Yours look wonderful and I bet they tasted it too.

    1. Whenever we've tried planting berries they get eaten by the birds and deer. The muffins really bring out the flavor in fresh blueberries.

  2. That's just how Sundays should be! It sounds and looks perfect. I have been craving blueberry muffins too. I am so glad that you are happy about your decision to close the store and I love your collages. I'm glad you are enjoying your weekend.

    1. They're so easy and good I've made them twice this week!
      Thanks re: collages--means a lot to me.

  3. Blueberry muffins are an American dish I can produce in Taiwan. Actually, I almost always just make it as a coffee cake, as that is easier and seems to keep better. I never heard of the cinnamon-sugar trick; I'll be sure to try it next time.

    1. I didn't know you're in Taiwan! So interesting.
      The cinnamon sugar is key to their deliciousness.

  4. This year I bought a potted blueberry. Small as it is, it bears moderate berries. I hear they produce more berries if planted together with different kinds. I'm going to replant it in the hope of better harvest next year and try blueberry muffin by all means.

  5. So clourful and tasteful weekend! You are alaways in your way and look enjoy the mixture of nature and art with practical method. It makes refresh me and my idea.Thank you , Jen.

  6. Yum. Maybe next Sunday? GG is an excellent baker...

    I get the Sunday Styles section of the NYT read and maybe a bit of the front page.

    Since Monday is my Sunday I tend to linger a bit in bed and read some more then.

    I still have the mag section to look forward to.

    Now I'm hungry.

    xo Jane

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  7. Oh! Those muffins look good.Our neighbor sells blueberries commercially - you pick. I guess I'd better take time to go pick a bucketful. I still have some frozen in the freezer. Maybe I'll use those up.

  8. I wait for the paper guy on Sundays since he comes later than usual because I love to read the Sunday paper, it's therapeutic. It's interesting you made the muffins, my husband was just saying to me this Sunday how it's been eons since I made blueberry pancakes. I think I'll make your muffins!