Last weekend was hot here in Virginia, but it didn’t stop us from going to a chic country market…
This is the entrance of Lucketts Spring Market, that comes to Clarke County Fairgrounds, once a year during a weekend in May, is decorated with bright pink petunias in ornate cement planters and frosted spring colored balloons.
It showcases more than 200 of the best “vintage hip” vendors on the East Coast. It features painted furniture, vintage garden gems, architectural salvage, crusty antiques, and all kinds of crazy-good finds. This one was very creative using an antique RV as a showroom for her antique wares!!
This is one of the many booths of earthy finds!! Although, I loved perusing the beautiful vintage merchandise in this market, I have to say, at nearly age 70, I don’t need a single thing they had!! As a matter of fact, they were selling lots of things that I have around my home, that I bought new 50 years ago or more!!
However, Gina and Parker found lots of things to buy, little trinkets for kids…
And Gina bought two wine racks, made from old wine barrels, for her dining room wall, in which Parker is holding one!!
There were food trucks, with delicious selections, Parker enjoyed a creamy mack and cheese, that was so good and we had the Crabcakes that we loved so much, we didn’t want to stop eating them to take a picture!!
I would highly recommend, that if a country market comes to your neck of the woods, go and have a fun day of shopping and eating😉
This is a recipe for blueberry muffins that I tried twice!! The first time was at our cottage on Cape Cod, I made them for a friend who is going through a difficult time.
They came out good, but were a little too dense. These are the ingredients I used…
And this is how difficult it is to bake at the cottage, a tiny kitchen, but it gets the job done…
I did everything right, I even coated the blueberries in flour and sugar, and added granular sugar on top off the muffins before they went into the oven!
But the muffins on the left came out a little too dense… So, I did some research on how to make muffins light and fluffy… Then we went to The Train House, I tried another recipe and they came out much better, as seen by the muffins on the right!!
These are the finished muffins, light and fluffy with lots of blueberries and a crumble topping…they were really yummy!! And the secret to fluffy muffins, use room temperature butter, eggs and milk, and don’t over mix the batter, just mix until the liquid and dry ingredients are combined!!
BLUEBERRY MUFFINS WITH CRUMBLE TOPPING
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- ⅓ cup flour
- ½ teasp. cinnamon
- 5 Tablespoons butter softened
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 Tablespoons butter melted
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Next, prepare the crumb topping mixture. I find that it works best to use softened butter. If the topping is too moist, refrigerate it for a bit to firm up. You can then take a fork to break it up into large pea-size pieces.
Next, the muffin batter. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted butter.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture and blend until moistened.
The blueberries get dusted with a little flour and sugar before being gently folded into the batter.
Now there are just a few more things to do: spoon the batter into prepared muffin cups, sprinkle on the topping, and bake in the center of the oven rack for about 20 minutes.
Remove muffins from oven and let them cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
For best results:
- use room temperature ingredients.
- fill muffin pans to almost the top of the tin.
- let the muffins sit in the pan for 5 minutes after baking before removing them.
- allow the muffins to cool completely on a wire rack.
This is a continuing story of how two spirits came together across the country…The beginning of the story is from a post I did back on May 12, 2018.
On my last post, I wrote about my high school friend, Toni, who painted a picture of my mom and dad, from a photo I had posted on Facebook!!
This is the photo of my mom and dad that Toni asked to paint and the photo on the right is the painting, that she named “The Greatest Generation!!” However, she didn’t paint it for me, she has a successful business and could have sold it to anyone. I asked her if I could buy it, hoping she hadn’t already sold it, but she said yes, I could buy it!! So now I own it, and I have to tell you, it is more stunning in person than in these pictures!! The colors are so vibrant and the whole painting seems to come alive…
I asked Toni if she could send a picture of her holding the painting…
Now that I have the painting, I had to find a worthy place to display it!! I enjoy looking at so much, that I wanted a spot that I could see it often…
And so it is, in our family room, where I pass by often, and enjoy having my mom and dad home with me.
The love of our parents is a special bond that spans the years. Through laughter, worry, smiles and tears. Parent and child their hearts as one, a link that can never be undone.
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As I am preparing this post, another unspeakable tragedy happens in our country!! 19 Children and 2 Teachers are gunned down by a sick person, with a gun used for war!!
“This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better. We must do better. Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them have endured.
And to those who dropped off their loved ones, not knowing it was goodbye, no words can comprehend or heal your loss, but if prayers can provide comfort, we will keep them coming.”
We will remember🙏🏽