Wednesday, October 26

Where are all the Geese?

The snow arrived right on schedule, just as promised.  I woke up to the sound of my two year old's most excited voice:  "It snowed, Mommy.  It snooowed!"  The kids had to go out and play in it first thing.  So we threw snow pants and winter coats over jammies and out they went . . .  

I cranked up the oven.  It seems that when there's snow outside I have an insatiable need to bake.  All winter, my oven is perpetually on.  This morning, while the kids played, I baked a batch of our favorite Blueberry Muffins.  Very delicious and warm when the kids came in watery-eyed and rosy.  I had some left-over Lavender Shortbread cookie dough in the refrigerator waiting to be baked.  Those went in next.  Then we had to venture out to school . . .  

I just had to stop at the park on the way home, and get some pictures of the first snow of the season.  Eva was a trooper.  All bundled up like a little Eskimo, she toddled along behind me, while we searched for the geese. 

We were half frozen and had icicles dangling from our hoods by the time we finally found them.  A few quick shots and we headed home for some hot cocoa. 

It's amazing how fast the snow can change beautiful Fall into a winter wonderland!

Our Favorite Blueberry Muffins
adapted from The Joy of Cooking

2 cups flour
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp salt
dash of nutmeg

2 eggs
1 cup milk
2/3 cup brown sugar
4 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla

Cinnamon sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 and grease a 12 cup muffin tin.  Mix the first 6 ingredients and set aside.  Mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the dry to the wet and mix until just blended.  Spoon into the prepared pan and sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar.  Bake for 15-17 minutes.



  1. Rebecca, first let me thank you for coming by my site today. It looks like you must be fairly new too so you know its really nice to get comments...kind of makes you feel you're not talking to thin air. Secondly, where in the world do you live? I'm in California and it is still in the 80s. I love the snow, though and grew up in Yosemite National Park. It looks beautiful. I really don't cook, but I love to see all the delicious things people blog about. I do love blueberry muffins and make them from time to time, but honestly, I make them from a box. You're my hero.

  2. You're very welcome, and you're exactly right! I quite frequently feel like I'm talking to thin air. Right now I'm in Colorado, and this was a freak snow storm which dumped 8 inches on us in just a few hours. Typical CO. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow! I'm in NC, so we see very little snow and very rarely before Christmas, much less Halloween! Nice pics! I love blueberry muffins, but I have to make mine without eggs! My son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and eggs. Thankfully we've never experienced a severe reaction (however, the potential is definitely there with the tree nuts). So scary!

  4. I tried these today and they were delish! Next time I will add honey....

    1. Hi Alexa! Glad you liked them! Honey would be a great addition. It goes so well with blueberries. Have a lovely day! ~Rebecca