My Favorite Blueberry Recipes

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I love blueberries. Love them.

Last Friday I took the kids on our first blueberry picking excursion with some friends. We have our own bushes too, just three of them, and they are loaded with little greenish-blue berries. They're not quite ripe yet--but will be in just a few weeks.

I've put together a list of some of my favorite blueberry recipes. From the classic blueberry muffin to smoothies to my favorite Blueberry Lemon Pie, if you like blueberries, there is something here for you to try.

What do you like to make best with blueberries?

Blueberry Breakfast Oatmeal Bars

Wild Purple Smoothie

Blueberry Feta Salad

Blueberry Muffins (the best I've ever had!)

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Blueberry Lemon Pie

What I'm Into Right Now (June 2016)

It's official, summer is here! We've signed up for the summer reading program at our library and swimming lessons are in full swing. Time to share some of the things I'm into this month! Listening:

I've been really enjoying the What Should I Read Next podcast. It's a must for book lovers. If you are looking for your next summer read, listening to this podcast is definitely for you. Anne Bogel does some literary matchmaking on her podcast. She just doesn't pick her favorite books, but instead matches up titles to her guest's preferences and literary tastes. So fun!

Also, in the car we've been listening to N. D. Wilson's 100 Cupboards and we are enjoying it too. It just got spooky!

Watching:

I have a confession to make. I've fallen for a Hallmark series. Despite the fact that in the past I've made fun of Hallmark's sappy, predictable, and cheesy shows, I'm actually quite taken with When Calls the Heart. It reminds me of Christie meets Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.

It's about a city girl who goes to coal mining country to teach at a local school. That part reminds me of Christie. But the interactions between the towns people definitely reminds me of Dr. Quinn. It's an old-fashioned feel-good type of show that I'm okay with my kids watching with me. Despite the sometimes cheesy lines and oh-so-not period hairstyles I really love this show!

I'm also excited Endeavor is back on Masterpiece Mystery! It's a classically good British murder mystery series.

Reading:

I finished the fifth Inspector Gamache book, The Brutal Telling. Wow. Louise Penny writes engaging crime with such depth. It probes my own thoughts and actions. Although the plot in this book seemed a bit overly intricate, it kept me in suspense right to the end. My favorite quote:

"But there was no hiding from Conscience.

Not in new homes and new cars. In travel. In meditation or frantic activity. In children,in good works.On tiptoes or bended knee. In a big career. Or a small cabin.

It would find you. The past always did.

Which is why, Gamache knew, it was vital to be aware of actions in the present. Because the present became the past, and the past grew. And got up, and followed you."

If you want come follow me on Goodreads. I now consistently post everything I'm reading on that site. Drop a link to your account in the comments too so I can follow you!

Eating:

It's blueberry season! I just made this delicious Blueberry Feta Salad and it was a nice twist to what I usually make. I'm also looking forward to trying out this Antipasto Tortellini Salad this weekend!

Now your turn. What are you into right now?

Wild + Free Stargazing Bundle

2016-05-31_001 Summer is the perfect time for stargazing. The nights are warm and you can spend hours on a blanket charting a star-filled sky.

Wild+Free just released their June digital content bundle filled with stargazing inspiration! And I was privileged to contribute photos and an activity to this month's publication.

Also, included in this month's release is all the audio from their most recent west coast conference. Although I've attended two conferences in the past, I was unable to attend this time, so I'm excited to dig into all the audio content!

If you are interested in subscribing, check all the goodness here.

5 Devotional Tools for Busy Moms

I creep down the stairs, careful to step over the squeaky step. It’s 6 a.m. and I head straight for the coffee pot. I choose my favorite green flowered mug from the cupboard and pour a fragrant cup of coffee. With any luck I’ll get a chance to sit down and enjoy my coffee in a quiet house while the kids still sleep. I love a little time just to myself to read scripture, journal, or read a book I’m in the midst of before the rush of the day begins. I reach for the sugar bowl and freeze.

A cry breaks the silent morning. My toddler is up.

It seems like no matter what time I choose, my little one makes that her time to rise as well. The time may even vary day to day, but it seems like she can sense the fact I opened my eyes and can’t wait to join her mama as the new day begins.

It’s morning like these—that happen more often than not—that I need an easy way to spend time with God. I usually spend time with him while my baby munches Cheerios or flips through board books by my side. For now, gone are the days of more extensive study. Sometimes I need an app on my phone to read scripture while holding a child who does not yet want to be put down. Or listen to an audio devotional while fixing breakfast. Or to read from a prayer book because I don’t have the quiet enough to form my own thoughts.

Today I'm sharing 5 favorite devotional tools for busy moms over at For the Family.

And don't forget to share some of your favorites too! 

5 Women Inspiring Our Homeschool

2015-08-12_001 The school year will soon be coming to a close. We're finishing up subjects and planning summer fun!

Reflecting on the past year, it has been one of the most inspirational in terms of influence. I've always been lucky to have a wonderful network of local homeschooling mamas. But this year I've also had the benefit of learning from many other women in the homeschool journey through social media and networking. Blogs, podcasts, and Periscope broadcasts have been both inspirational AND practical. This year--more than any other--the wisdom and creativity of five women specifically has influenced our own day-to-day homeschool.

This post was inspired by Alicia Hutchinson's post by a similar name. Check it out. She has some other women you may want to meet to inspire your homeschool too.

Sarah MacKenzie of The Read-Aloud Revival

I've gushed about Sarah Mackenzie's podcast before, but seriously folks, it it a treasure of reading inspiration! I also loved her book, Teaching from Rest that introduced me to practical tools like loop scheduling (which made a positive difference in how we approach language arts).

Julie Bogart of Brave Writer

I was first introduced to Julie Bogart when she was interviewed for The Read-Aloud Revival. As she discussed teaching children writing everything that she said resonated with me. As a writer myself, I want my kids to communicate clearly, whether they love writing or not. And so many programs I've looked at seem dry and dull--sucking the life out of writing--not infusing it inspiration and joy.

Although I've not purchased any of the Brave Writer curriculum yet, I have loved Julie's Periscopes and Facebook Live videos. She often interacts lives with her following, which is what makes her such a treasure trove of inspirational wisdom. She was the one that convinced me to start doing something called "Morning Time" or "Morning Basket" which is essentially doing all our read-aloud reading first thing in the morning. This has become our favorite part of homeschooling, when we read poetry, history, science, art appreciation, our fictional book-of-the-moment, and practice any memory work (we've been memorizing a preposition song most recently). It can be as simple or elaborate as you like. A good overview of Morning Time would also be this post by Pam Barnhill.

Julie is an advocate for Poetry Teatime and Friday Free Writing, which we've also started to incorporate and will definitely be adding to our schedule in a more permanent way next school year.

Ainsley Arment of Wild+Free

The Wild+Free conference and digital bundles have helped put the beauty back in homeschooling for me. At a time when I'd gotten caught up in getting through our lessons in a way that seemed fast-paced and like drudgery, Wild+Free helped remind me of WHY I was doing it in the first place. It helped me envision how I could incorporate things like art and nature study into our daily life without sacrificing the daily need to do the essentials like reading, writing, and math.

Ainsley's vision for a homeschool community has been hugely beneficial to me!

Bethany Douglass of Cloistered Away

I appreciate Bethany's vision of simplicity in homeschooling and life. Her blog is a beautiful and restful haven of resources for everything from homeschooling to green cleaning to recipes. She approaches life from a posture of thoughtfulness and intentionality that really comes through in her writing. Whether you homeschool your children or not, her Instagram account is a feast for the eyes and soul.

Alicia Hutchinson of Investing Love

Is a newer blog I've been following and I also love her Periscopes. Alicia seems very relatable and her posts are always filled with practical inspiration, booklists, and unit studies.

Who inspired your homeschool this past year? 

 

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