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Blueberries Coming Out Of My Ears 
Jul. 29, 2012 12:17 pm 
Updated: Oct. 26, 2013 9:02 am

Hard to believe it's been almost a year and a half since I last blogged here. So much has happened, it seems unreal. Two weeks (January 2011) after posting my last blog, my best friend was killed in a car accident. She was only 22 and left behind a 3 year old daughter. Definitely one of the hardest things I've ever experienced in my life. A month after that, I started working from home online and that was an adjustment (a good one but definitely a new challenge with everything going on at the time.)  For the next year, our many issues with getting moved, the boys, my job plus the constant reminder that my friend was no longer with us really hit us hard. We never gave up but it was quite a struggle at times.

In my very first blog, I posted about the land my father-in-law gave us to move our single wide mobile home to that we'd just paid off. Needless to say, that didn't happen. Some shifty stuff on his end came to light and we found out the land was (and still is) untouchable. Of course, we find this all out the *night before* closing on a new home in May that we'd found to move there (no land means no closing.) The land was directly across the road from my friend's home who passed away, so I count that now as a blessing that we were able to find somewhere else. It was our plan to live close to one another and raise our kids together - now that she was gone and her daughter had moved away, the reminder would have driven me crazy.

In the months following this, we managed to find a bigger piece of land in town (1.1 wooded acres with an existing septic tank) for dirt cheap. As I mentioned, we'd found a new home in April that we were attempting to move to the old land. We got an amazing deal on it (a doublewide that needed less than $1,000 worth of work inside) and couldn't pass it up (it was double the amount of space of our current home and cost us less than $250/month to own in 15 yrs.) After doing more work than we have ever done before, we managed to get the land cleared (that took 3 months), the power on (that took 4 months due to some stubborn people who refused right away) and the home moved (that took 2 months due to the porches attached, getting them tore down and re-built correctly.) Looking back on it now, it was worth every bead of sweat, every migraine and every tear that fell (although I may have doubted that every now and then at the time!) 

Now I know this is a food blog and I'm getting to that (more specially, the blueberry part of my title.) Once we got settled in here at our new home (February 2012), we've decided I was gonna try new things in the kitchen. Now I have never, ever been a baker. I know some of y'all on here are professional quality bakers but I assure you, I'm no where near that (not even a tiny bit so.) We were given 5 lb. of blueberries the other day and I had no clue what to do with them. So, I started searching on here again (that's when I realized just how much I've missed AR.) I found (and tried) blueberry muffins, blueberry cobbler and 
blueberry/lemon/poppyseed cupcakes (that one was a family recipe.) I must say, all were a success! I've been baking quite a bit since then in the hopes of finding more things we enjoy. Granted, I don't want to see anymore blueberries now but I am so glad that slowly, we're getting back into the rhythm of life and my love for cooking can be restored. 

Anyways, if you made it this far, I wish I had a muffin to give you :) I'd had a few friends from here check on me in email from time to time so I figured it was past due for me to post. Hope everyone has been doing well!

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Jul. 29, 2012 12:37 pm
Beautiful children. You've had a really tough year. Sorry for the loss of your friend, especially at such a young age. Glad as I read further in your post that things have fallen in place. As for the blueberries, we are getting them here in the supermarket now - buy 1/get 1 free, so have been buying them and what I don't use, freezing on a cookie sheet and then dumping into freezer bags. I used the last of my refrigerator stash a couple of days ago in "Mother's Applesauce Muffins" (AR), and they were a nice addition. That's a terrific recipe anyway. I also have a scone recipe and had made a couple of batches using the blueberries. Grandkids loved those. Hoping things go along smoothly for you now.
Jul. 29, 2012 12:56 pm
I hope you can remember your friend forever, good ones are so precious. Your house looks great and well worth the love and labor you put into it. Congrats on that and hi there.
Jul. 29, 2012 1:37 pm
Sorry for your loss of someone so young and close to you. I'm not a great baker either but that never has stopped me. Good to see you back!
Jul. 29, 2012 4:53 pm
So sorry for your loss.
Jul. 29, 2012 4:54 pm
Wow! You have had a crazy year. I am new to this site. But I read your post. It was the blueberries in the title that caught my eye. I am originally from Maine and it is blueberry season there. I was very struck by all that you have been through this last year. I am very sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone you care about, but to lose them at such a young age is extra hard. As for the baking, it is not about how beautiful or how well you begin, it is always about the reason why you do it. It sounds like you like to bake, and that is a great beginning. I myself love to cook, but Baking is my favorite. I was once a cook professionally. but found that Idid not enjoy it; it became a chore. Now I only cook for the love of doing it and my family and friends. It is my greatest stress relief. Isn't that funny? Congratulations on the house and porch. Looks great. And it is a beautiful spot.
Jul. 29, 2012 7:40 pm
@ Sweetcook, it has been one of many adventures, that's for sure. I ended up freezing some of mine as well (thank you for the tip about a cookie sheet, never thought to try that!) I will also look up those muffins as we're all fans of applesauce here :) @ Raedwulf, I most definitely will. We made so many memories together with our kids, I'll never forget her. She was such a sweet person and her daughter was the world to her. I found out today her daughter's dad may finally get custody back of their daughter, so I can't wait until that day (then we'll get to see her a lot more as he lives around here.) Nice to meet you! @ Cat, ty. And I will no longer let my skills (or lack of) deter me. I can't believe I've missed out on that all these years! @ KS, ty kindly. @ trnxup, definitely. Welcome to AR! It was hard (actually, before today, I'd never wrote anything out about it online.) I didn't realize how much I had on my shoulders until I started typing. But it felt good to just let it out (and ty all for being so polite and not jumping me for it.) And I agree about the baking. I always thought I'd hate it b.c I'm not one for "precise measurements." But we wanted to expand our horizons and that was definitely the way to go - I love it! Seeing something so nice (and something that tastes so good) come out the oven after knowing you yourself made that, priceless. I always wondered if I could try to be a professional chef/cook but what you said is exactly what came to mind with me. I love it now but not as something I *have* to do. It's something I love. I worked in fast food for 6 years and that about drove me insane (I know a chef is nothing compared to that but just the environment was not for me.) I'd gladly go back if push came to shove but for now, I enjoy my cooking most at home, not as work too. And ty on our home. We've put a lot into it and a lot more to go!
Jul. 30, 2012 8:32 am
my best friend's mom makes $61/hour on the computer. She has been fired from work for 6 months but last month her pay was $21008 just working on the computer for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more
Jul. 30, 2012 9:02 am
^ That's new (never saw bots here before!) I may not make that an hour online but I'm not a fool, lol.
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Hello! I'm Faith, a 27 year old work from home mom to two sons (8 & 5.) I'm married to my best friend, Michael. We've been together for almost 11 years now. I'm not sure how he's dealt with me this long! I mainly cook for my family and a few close friends. I love them all for being my willing guinea pigs. I'm not the best by any means but I love to try anything new.
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Most of the stuff I cook could be considered comfort food. Not the healthiest method of cooking but if I can substitute something with a healthier alternative I'll do so. Growing up my family's weekly menu was pretty small. Venison, chicken, hamburger, veggies - anything my parents could hunt, grow or make. Growing up on a farm definitely had its ups & downs. A variety of food was not in the "up" category. I always wanted to try something new but their income said otherwise. We couldn't afford to try something we didn't like and didn't finish. Now that I can enjoy both homegrown and purchased ingredients, I am willing to try anything new that sounds good to my family and I.
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Two sweet potato pies and a turkey are mandatory at Thanksgiving while white chocolate fudge and a ham is a must during Christmastime.
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Barbecue pulled pork, venison meatloaf & homemade butter biscuits.
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I will never forget the absolute worst thing I have ever cooked, a Manicotti dish. It was right after we got our own place back in 2005 and I was going to be brave and try something that wasn't Hamburger Helper or grilled cheese sandwiches. It had too much basil, the noodles didn't finish all the way and the sauce blackened at the end. We tried to choke it down but ended up getting takeout. Since then, I think my skills have vastly improved!
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