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I am Sandra - faithful steward. listener. shepherd. dream believer. hard worker. collects brass bells, boots. Jesus follower. contented. star gazer. homemaker. farmer. prayer warrior. country woman. reader. traveler. writer. homebody. living life large.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tidbit Tuesday - Blueberry Brown Bread

~ Blueberry Brown Bread ~
Lately, I've had a hankering for brown bread, even before Penny sent the poem below. Here's my recipe:

Brown Bread

1 cups white flour
1.5 cups wheat flour
one half cup toasted wheat germ
1 tsp baking soda
one half teaspoon salt
1 cup whole buttermilk
1 cup dark molasses
one half cup dried fruit – pineapple, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, raisins, etc.
one half cup nuts – pecans, walnuts or mix of the two, although I like pecans better

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and oil a loaf bread pan.
Combine dry ingredients and mix well with wet ingredients, batter will be very stiff.
Add fruit and nuts; we don't like raisins so I use other dried fruit, as desired.
Bake about 55 to 60 minutes or until done when checked with a toothpick.
Let bread stand for ten minutes then turn out to cool almost completely.

Serve warm bread with salty butter and home made jam or cream cheese. Care to guess which I suggest? Yeah, bread is supposed to be cooled thoroughly but I don't visit that world much less live there. What's the use of baking fresh bread if you can't break the "rule" and eat it warm? No use at all, I say!

This morning I used frozen blueberries and the bread was delicious! Just a touch of sweetness, thanks to the molasses, and a lot of heft, thanks to the whole wheat and toasted wheat germ. I like a bread that's sturdy, brown and filled with goodness and this recipe fits the bill more than quite nicely. Try it and let me know what you think.

By the way, if you use fresh fruit, dust the fruit with a bit of white sugar or flour. That keeps the fruit from sinking to the bottom as it bakes. This morning, the frozen blueberries were added at the last stir, into a very stiff batter and that kept them in place throughout the batter. 

Perhaps you've guessed, I cook by touch, taste and my eyes. I think I've been cooking so long, 45 years now as well as I enjoy reading cookbooks for pleasure, that cooking is, mostly, intuitive. Even baking which is supposed to be more "keeping to the letter of the recipe" than stove top cooking. Food is forgiving and mistakes, generally, can always be salvaged. If the above recipe hadn't worked for me, I'd have sliced and toasted it then served it with sweetened whipped cream and fresh blueberries. YUM! There's always a way...
~ my latest treasure ~
I mentioned I visited Aunt Esther last week; we always go "downtown" for lunch. After lunch, we visited the old 5 and Dime which is also now an antique shop. For years, Dave has listened to me harp on how I'd love to find an old tractor seat and turn it into a stool. Many decades ago, I had an old commercial milk bucket but, along the way, someone nipped it. Anyway, at the 5 and Dime I found the above...a tractor seat attached to an old commercial milk bucket, and, in my favorite farm colors, John Deere green and yellow! As they say, SCORE!  As I say, thank you, Father; I love it!
Penny sent the following poem; does it speak to you in simple and quiet joy? It does to me!
I Have Found Such Joy
"I have found such joy in simple things;
A plain clean room , a nut-brown loaf of bread,
A cup of milk, a kettle as it sings,
The shelter of a roof above my head,
And in a leaf-laced square along a floor,
Where yellow sunlight glimmers through a door.

I have found such joys in things that fill
My quiet days: a curtain's blowing grace,
A potted plant upon my window sill,
A rose fresh-cut and placed within a vase,
A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair,
And books I long have loved beside me there."

And, from Ethel Romig Fuller comes Proof

"I have spread wet linen
On lavender bushes,
I have swept rose petals
From a garden walk.
I have labeled jars of raspberry jam,
I have baked a sunshine cake;
I have embroidered a yellow duck
On a small blue frock.
I have polished andirons,
Dusted the highboy,
Cut sweet peas for a black bowl,
Wound the tall clock,
Pleated a lace ruffle…
I have lived a poem."

and finally...

...when the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, 'Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.'”
~ Virginia Woolf ~
 ~ 3 monkeys in front of my studio ~
With love, from Thistle Cove Farm, where we live a poem each and every day; bless His name!

Blessings ~ poetry ~ poets ~ brown bread ~ home churned butter ~ home made jam ~ JOY ~


  1. Hi Sandra, The recipe sounds very tasty. We have been able to buy the best blueberries at the market lately.
    I love the poems/quotes you have shared today and of course, the cute photo.
    Have a blessed day.

  2. Lovely post, Sandra. yummy bread! I too love to look at cookbooks but seldom use them...somtimes I think it would be fun to cook / bake one new thing a day...but then Love your little studio...

  3. Hello Sandra and Dave:
    This is most certainly what we should describe as a really 'homely' post. You have the delicious looking blueberry bread, which we should certainly enjoy eating,your wonderful vintage tractor 'stool', two charming poems and, of course, your lovely dogs in front of your very personal workplace. This speaks to us so much of the real you.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my Ranch dressing post today. Your view is lovely, by the way, as are the poems. Wishing for that intuitive method of baking to become my of these days. I'll get there someday. Blessings, ~Lisa

  5. What joy fills my heart when I read such beautiful words. Are there scores of women who relate to these things or just a few of us who see the beauty in such simplicity.
    Bless you for sharing such filling thoughts. Kathy

  6. Well, Sandra, you and I truly are kindred spirits! Though I do need to look at recipes when I bake, similar things bring us joy! I have wanted to make stools from my grandpa's milk cans for years, but the price of tractor seats has gotten so high I have given up on that idea. I love your 'find', especially in the darling John Deere colors! Score indeed!
    The poems are perfect and how sweet is your studio! I have my eye on my chicken house ~ but what to do with all those hens? :~D
    I am copying your recipe to try on a day that is less busy!
    Thanks for sharing it!
    Again, trying to be a blessing!

  7. Thank you for these poems!!! I like them :o)!
    Your blueberry brown bread looks fantastic! Yummy!!!

  8. Dear Sandra,
    I am visiting you blog for the first time, and I love what I see. I thank you for the comment on the Castile soap. I do use vinegar for lots of things, but especially like Bragg's OG cider vinegar with the 'mother' for cooking.
    Thank you for the poems. they refreshed the soul towards contentment.
    It is beautiful there :)

  9. Good morning Sandra....thanks for stopping by to say hi. I must say your post today was so soothing. Your poems touched my heart.

    Have a beautiful week.


  10. so many things about you is similar about my life travels.. So love - love love you studio - always wanted..hugs

  11. I love your studio, so cute! I love real Brown Bread and have not had real BB since I was little and it came baked in a can-ha! You opened both ends and pushed it out. Thanks for your visit and blessing! Hugs, Kerrie

  12. That recipe sounds yummy. Too hot to bake right now. The poems spoke to me.. You are right, Bless His name.


  13. Your recipe sounds delicious. I will definitely try it. Enjoyed the poems and I just love your studio.

  14. loving that turquoise milk bucket!!

  15. Sandra - this looks like a wonderful recipe - I can almost smell that fresh bread! I think I simply must make this!! Thanks for the recipe - love fresh blueberries in bread~~


  16. That bread sounds wonderful, and I too eat bread warm with butter. It's one of life's greatest pleasures! ;) I love that poem, I'll be printing it out for my wall. I have found such joy in simple things too!

  17. I create my own skillet recipes a lot and pastas, but usually with breads I have a starter recipe that I may alter. Looks like it turned out well!

  18. Wonderful post! I'm going to try that recipe.

  19. I can cook with out a recipe, but I can't bake without one. I love your poem about looking for the simples joys in life. That is what I choose to do.

  20. Ii agree with you about warm bread with butter. Yum. I will have to try that recipe. I love dense breads. I love the tractor seat. That is a find.

  21. Oh yeah!! Now, that bread is somethin' I could sink my teeth into!! Love it! I made a blueberry cobbler the other day, and oh so good.

    How wonderful to find that tractor seat on the milk can. Awesome!! :)

  22. I love all of this! I could live in that studio. Blessings!


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