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Going bananas over blueberries…

Posted Jun 30 2010 12:00am

My girls bible study started at 9am this morning, so I fixed one of the quickest and simplest breakfasts I know…sliced bananas with almond/peanut butter, topped with chopped almonds. And of course, some blueberries and raspberries on the side. Megan makes her own peanut/almond butter and she gave me some. It is delicious and totally natural. I am almost out of it, so I got the ingredients to make my own.

Our Bible study group is going though the book of Exodus. We use the Precepts material, which is an inductive study method. (using the Bible to study the Bible) Last year we went through the book of Genesis and we have high hopes of trudging right through the Bible! I love our little group and look forward to each time we meet. Since school is out, the basement rang out with the joyful noises of many children! Our lovely hostess, Kendra, treated us to freshly brewed coffee lattes on our arrival!

Since Megan is gone for a few days to visit her family, I tempted Brad to an old favorite growing up meal…Hamburger Pie. The last minute he was unable to come, but Ron and I enjoyed some hearty helpings of this simple meal.

Begin by browning, draining and rinsing a pound of lean ground beef. Add one can tomato soup, 1/2 envelope of dry onion soup, 1/2 t. garlic salt and 2c. cooked green beans. Place this on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes and bake 35-40 minutes at 350. The last few minutes sprinkle with sharp cheddar cheese. I made 2 smaller pans and put one in the freezer.

These are fresh green beans. I found these Zip’n Steam bags at the Dollar Store for $.50 for a package of 3. I had never tried them before, but they worked great. I put my washed beans in a bag and microwaves for 3 minutes. They were done perfect. I cooked a large batch of potatoes because I like to put left-over mashed potatoes in the freezer to add to my bread or roll dough. They add a great consistency!

I bought 4 pints of blueberries at our grocery store for $.99 each so I decided to make a quick dessert since Curt & Lorenia’s kids are coming over tonight. I washed all 4 pints and placed them in a 9×13 baking dish. I sprinkled 1/2 c. sugar and 2T. Instant Clearjel powder over them. I get the Clearjel from  www.kingarthur.com . It adds thickening to the fruit. Then I took 2c. regular oats, 1/2 c. wheat germ, 1/4 c. ground flax seed, 1 t. cinnamon, 1/2 c. turbinado sugar (you can use brown sugar), 1/2 c. chopped walnuts, dash salt, 1 t. vanilla and 1/3 c. light olive oil. Mix this all together and spoon on top of blueberries. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until fruit is bubbling around the edges and topping is starting to brown. I use this same recipe for many types of fruit. Of course it is served better with ice-cream. Megan introduced me to Coconut-milk ice-cream. It is dairy-free which is good since I think I may be lactose intolerant. It is also very delicious! The chocolate is very good too. You can find this in the freezer section of the health-food section at HyVee.

We have so little room in our apartment that I brought just a few toys for the grandkids. One toy I heartily recommend for any parent or grandparent are Wedgits. Wedgits. . .the construction toy that adds geometry and colorful symmetry to play time fun. Simply designed with lasting appeal, Wedgits are wedged diamond-shaped, sturdy frames that combine in endless ways to fit vertically, horizontally, up and out! Wedgits offer innovative challenge. Created to perfectly stack, nestle & align to create the unique designs from the enclosed design booklets – or whatever your mind can conceive! Wedgits offer open-ended playful pleasure for hands of all ages.

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