A recent, overcast day found us picking wild blueberries just a short distance away from where we live. A tip from a local park ranger led us to just the right spot.... a huge blueberry bog in the midst of a nearby designated wilderness area. The dirt road leading to the area was windy and steep and we drove slowly up it. After about 20 minutes of driving through a thick canopy of trees, the landscape suddenly opened up and I was amazed to see the immense, wild bog.
The blueberries were at their peak, and the whole time we were picking, I thought to myself, "How lucky am I?", while gazing out at the misty mountains and harvesting nature's gift. The slight drizzle and low-hanging clouds lent to the magical feel of the day.....
The end results of our harvest proved delicious.......
Seasonal Fruit Muffins
(you can use peaches, raspberries, or blueberries)
- 2 c. flour (i mix wheat and white)
-1 T baking powder
-1/2 t. salt
-1/2 cup sugar (i use raw sugar)
-1 t. cinnamon
-1/2 t. nutmeg
-1 cup milk
-1/3 cup melted butter
-1- 1 1/2 cups fruit
Preheat oven to 400*. Combine first 6 ingredients (for peaches, replace cinnamon and nutmeg with 1/4 t. mace). Beat egg lightly, add milk and melted butter. Make a well in dry ingredients and pour in liquid mixture. Stir just enough to combine and then add fruit. Sprinkle with topping and cook 15-20 minutes.
-2 T brown sugar
-1/2 t. cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg