Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blueberry Muffin Bread

I love muffins and I love quick breads.  So why not combine the two??  We were recently blessed with a lot of blueberries.  I've been busy this week baking and making with these delicious berries. 

Blueberry Muffin Bread

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups blueberries

Cream the butter and sugar until well mixed.  Add the eggs and milk.  Make sure all of these ingredients are incorporated together.   In a separate bowl mix the flour and baking powder together.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Mix just until combined.  Gently add the blueberries.  Fold them in gently so you don't break the berries.

Pour the batter into a greased 9 inch bread pan.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 60 minutes.  Let the bread cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.  Remove the bread and slice.  This is good warm or cool.  We just loved this bread!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Biscuit Mix

Here is yet another mix I want to share with you.  I am positive once you make this mix you will never purchase the box mix again! 

Can you see my new little beauty in the background?  My delightful hubby got me a lime green 5 quart stand mixer.  I had the smallest one they made, I think it was a 3 quart one.  It was about 20 years old.  I was sad to see it go it was like my little kitchen companion all these years.  I was able to bless a family with my old one.  So I know it will be cherished as they use it.  OK enough blabbing onto the recipe.

Biscuit Mix

8 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 Tablespoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups instant powdered milk (I used 1/2 cup of powdered buttermilk)
2 1/4 cups shortening

In a large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients.  Blend well.  With pastry blender, cut in shortening until it resembles pea-like mixture.

Put this into an airtight container and use within 10 weeks.  Honestly it never lasts around here that long.  You can use this to make biscuits, coffeecakes, muffins and even cornbread.

Then you take these same delicious biscuits and make chicken n biscuits....

I use to think making things from scratch were a lot of hassle.  Now I know they are not.  In the time it takes me to get in the car, go to the store, check-out and come back home, I can make this mix up. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Amazing Spiderman 2 Family Discussion Guide {Review}

Sometimes a review comes into my email I cannot reply yes fast enough to.  This one was one of those reviews. 

Coming to theaters in May is The Amazing Spiderman 2.  Oddly enough some of the movie was filmed right in our little city.  It was pretty neat seeing a chase scene unfold right on the same streets we had walked on many times. 

One of the first movies my husband and I saw together while dating was the original Spiderman.  I am personally not a big marvel comic movie type.  But I do enjoy the Spiderman movies.  Our daughter Hannah loves Spiderman. 

I was sent the Spiderman 2 Family Discussion guide to review.  Since Hannah is a child with some developmental disabilities she can relate a lot to these kind of "super hero" movies.  As we were reading through the discussion guide one of the questions asked if we had ever felt like a nobody.  I know everyone has.  This discussion guide is only 5 pages long.  But do not let that fool you!!  This discussion guide focuses on Scripture that can pertain to the movie.  The guide helped us open up the line of communication with our children regarding being different, personal choices, your destiny, living the life you are meant to and more. 

The guide focuses on 6 different passages of Scripture that can be tied into the movie.  I am looking forward to seeing the movie and going through the guide with my family.  It's a great after dinner conversation starter. 

More information about the movie can be found by clicking on the following links.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie website
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Facebook page
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Twitter page

But wait there is more!!  I have been given a prize pack to give to one of my lucky readers (Sorry only US/Canada readers can win).  The prize pack includes:

- AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 Prize Pack (t-shirt, paper mask and phone case)
- Special edition: The Amazing Spiderman 2 Family Discussion Guide (electronic)
- A chance to win a 4 pack of tickets to the movie opening weekend.
TO ENTER: Just leave me a comment telling me who your favorite Biblical Hero is.  Please make sure you give me a way to get in touch with you.
This give a way will be open until April 24.  At that time I will chose a winner.  Good luck to you!!
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