Blueberries and a Train

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We pick all kinds of berries each summer.  It is one of our favorite “summer” things to do.  Strawberries come first, then blueberries, black raspberries, summer raspberries and finally fall raspberries.  Yum, yum and yum.  Meanwhile, we also supplement from Costco.  This is a berry lovin’ family.   I watch for updates all the time at our favorite farms.  As soon as something is ready for U-Pick, we’re there.  So last week, it was blueberries.

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A wonderful outing once blueberries are in season is to pick at Country Bumpkin Farm Market in the Dells.  This year, they had plenty of juicy blueberries.  Last year it was a bit skimpy….most likely due to the drought.  We pick for awhile, taste test, then move on to the Riverside and Great Northern Railroad.  There is plenty of shaded picnic tables here and we always bring a picnic lunch.  This is a narrow gauge railway, with a steam engine and train cars.  It is such fun to go for a ride, see the engineer and conductor turn the engine on a turntable, and watch them fill the engine with water.  I’ve never seen the place overly busy either.  I’m guessing most people in the Dells during summer are at the waterparks.

Checking out the narrow gauge "steamie."

Checking out the narrow gauge “steamie.”

Last week, when we did this outing, we also stopped at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial on Hwy 12 near Baraboo and at the first Culver’s in Sauk City for some custard.  It was truly just a fun, perfect, Wisconsin summer day.

So, when you get home….what should you do with your blueberries?  Well, you can just eat them by the handful.  OR, make these muffins: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/to-die-for-blueberry-muffins/.  The BEST blueberry muffins you will have.

Or my kids new favorite is this bread;  our family ate an entire loaf in one day this past weekend.  It’s truly delicious!

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Blueberry Bread

  • Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Yield: 16 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • dash cinnamon or to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Whisk the egg, orange juice and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in the applesauce.  Fold in blueberries.
  • Pour into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 325° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

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