I have a wizz bang recipe for you wonderful people.
The reason why it is so grand is that you can let your kids eat 7 of them at once and they won’t go into a diabetic coma! Hooray! I think there is less brown sugar in these muffins than they demand on their oatmeal in the morning.
Jared’s dad is coming from Colorado with some of his friends to camp in the Boundary Waters so I made them some of these beauties. What a better way to start a camping trip then with some healthy yet tasty muffins.
Look at those giant blueberries! When the girls went picking with us they called berries that big “chunkers!” They are so silly.
This recipe comes from an old friend and her blog over here. Whenever I am at a loss about what to make I head over to her blog and I know whatever recipe I choose to make will come out delicious because her recipes are tried and delish.
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons oil
3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Mix it all up and cook it in muffin liners at 375 for 15 minutes.
Thanks Bethany for your blog and wonderful recipe!
Yes, my posts have been few and far between this summer. I guess you could say we have been outside enjoying every minute of the sunshine. I think the goal of people living in Northern climates should be to get as much vitamin D as possible before we don’t see a lick of it for 9 months.
One of the aspects of living up here in the “wild” is that we still get to do live off the land, pioneer style activities. Things like berry picking and also diving for freshwater clams. We were on another one of our adventures when we noticed these beauts sticking up out of the sand. After collecting them for about 20 minutes we had a pot full. Being the proud owners of our dumb (not smart) phones we could not google the best way to cook clams, so we had to improvise. We boiled them over the fire until they magically opened on their own and then after trying them- decided they needed some extra help in the flavor department.
We found that clams do not have much flavor but take on the flavors around them and have a very interesting texture (interesting in a bad way).
So, we looked at our supplies and decided to fry them in some shore lunch.
Perfection. If you deep fry anything the kids are sure to love it =)
And if they aren’t fans of the deep fried clams they can always make grass, leaf, pinecone soup.
We want to make the most of this fleeting summer so we headed north to Crane Lake to get in some family camping time. People drive from all over the country to camp and enjoy this untouched part of nature and we only have to drive 40 minutes. We have everything loaded up in the boat and the kids are ready and rearing to go. We hop out of the car and Jared launches the boat.
Jared is leading the boat over to the dock when a part of the cement retaining wall collapses and Jared falls into the water while flinging his wallet into the lake. No big deal, just reach down and grab it, right. Nope. Not exactly. He reaches down and cannot feel it anywhere. He searches for about 20 minutes and then he takes over kid duty while I search the iron rich depths. Nope, nowhere to be found.
How in TARNATION can a wallet disapear that fast? Just so you know a leather fossil wallet feels a lot like the bottom of Crane Lake. After searching for close to two hours we decided to cancel the credit cards and head on our journey, the girls were happy to be finally heading out.
Fortunately he had no cash in the wallet (he had just spent his last $4 on fishing bait) unfortunately we have no credit cards at the moment and Jared’s really nice Fossil wallet is gone =( Sad, sad day. Oh yeah and the worst part… he has to go to the DMV to get a new driver’s license- arg.
It is a good think that camping and these views are free.
After browsing through some perennial flowers last year at a nursery and viewing the prices, I knew I needed to try and see if I could grow them from seed. Now that I have tried to grow them from seed, I understand why they cost so darn much money. It takes a full year, sometimes two years to get a perennial to bloom.
Here are some of my success stories:
I love that they will magically reappear every year. My goal was to make my front garden full of perennials so I will only have to weed and watch the beautiful flowers blossom throughout the summer. Here are two huge hollyhock plants I grew from seed that are now in front of the chicken coup.
I really should know what these plants are, but I don’t– does anyone know the name of these plants?
We had a very Frozen Birthday Party for Aleah’s 6th Birthday.
The inspiration came from my friend, she has kids the same age and gender as our kids and we used to throw birthday parties together. But now since she lives in Iowa, I have to throw my own parties and steal her awesome ideas =)
I loved searching Pinterest and coming up with my own ideas as well. Our life up here in Cook, MN is Frozen about 6 months out of the year anyway- lots of inspiration.
Here are the signs that I painted:
These are the Frozen themed foods I created:
One of the games was the kids had to “Melt a Frozen Heart.” I froze some hearts and other toys and the kids had to hammer the toys out of the block of ice
We also played “Pin the Nose on Olaf.”
this party was so fun to plan.
Happy Birthday Dear Aleah, I am so proud of the smart, loving, strong, tough, kindhearted, artistic, gifted, persistent and thoughtful person you are and are becoming. It is the best job in the world to be your mom, thank you for making me a mom. I love you.