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Recipe: Blueberry Muffins

u  Find out where to pick blueberries here!

Blueberry Picking

One of the things that I love the most about Hampton Roads is that I can go from the bustling oceanfront to the quiet countryside of Pungo in less than 15 minutes.  This makes access to fresh, local produce easy for Hampton Roads residents.

Now, my daughter could eat her body weight in blueberries (she calls them “boo-brrs).  

Therefore, when I saw that it was blueberry season out in Pungo, I knew that we had to take her to get some fresh picked blueberries.  

We chose Apple Berry Farms out in Pungo.  Their Berry patch is about 40 trees on the side of their property.  There are signs marking where to park and how to find the blueberries.  The owner even came out to greet us and answer any questions.

Apple Berry Farm is donation only, and you have to bring your own bags, but it was perfect for our small family. Since we were the only ones there at 9:00 a.m. we had our pick of the field. The blueberries were bright and plentiful.

My daughter loves boo-brrs

My family had a good time picking the berries and I am so happy my husband is a good foot taller than me to pick the juicy ones up high.

On the flip side, the berries were a bit high for my one year old, so we lifted her up to pick some, but in all honesty, she was just as happy eating the blueberries my husband and I gave her to munch on.

It took us about 40 minutes to pick the berries but we had a fun time together.  Apple Berry Farms is also a working farm, so horses were out in the field while we were picking.  My daughter loved watching the horses trot by.

I swear, I clean my house three times a day and still end up with stuff everywhere!

When we got home we had tons of blueberries!

Besides having my daughter eat her weight in blueberries, I knew that I wanted to make some delicious easy muffins for my family to enjoy (see recipe below).

Bonus:  Muffins can be frozen and reheated for an easy breakfast on busy mornings!

 

Blueberry Muffin Recipe
What you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

3/4 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1/3 cup milk

1 cup fresh blueberries

What’s next:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.
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