a little of this, a little of that

June-uary was a long month here, with a record amount of rain, and chilly temps. July is working hard to make up for all that.

My hydrangeas are lovely.

hydrangea

They say that hydrangeas will be blue in acidic soil, and pink in alkaline soil. But what does it mean when both colors are on the same bush? Strange!

My blueberries have gone crazy this year. I have five bushes, and they are very happy. I’ve baked cobblers and banana blueberry bread (recipe at bottom of post), and put four gallons in the freezer, and we’re still not done. I guess it’s a good thing, but I’m getting tired of picking them.

Saturday we went sailing with a friend on the Columbia River. It’s been a bi-coastal water week; we went kayaking in Maine on Thursday. I have no kayaking pictures; I was afraid the camera would get wet. Here’s Saturday’s captain and pup:

capn

CollegeGrad and I both enjoyed time at the helm.

muggin

I brought a picnic dinner, which DH was not willing to share with the dog!

dinner columbia

Mount Hood at sunset was even more gorgeous than this picture suggests.

sunset columbia

When the sun went down, the sky was pink and purple, and the mountain was sublimely lovely. My camera wasn’t up to the challenge, so it will just be a memory.

Here’s the recipe for the bread; it’s light and delicate, unlike my usual banana bread.

Blueberry Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar (I used a little less)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (3 medium or 2 large)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

Preheat oven to 325°F degrees.

Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add mashed bananas.

Measure flour, reserving 2 tablespoons of flour to coat blueberries. Stir baking soda and salt into flour. Fold into banana mixture. Toss blueberries with 2 T flour, then fold into batter. Transfer batter to loaf pans.

Bake about 50 minutes. If you use frozen blueberries, it may take longer. Toothpick should come out clean. Enjoy!

Knitting in the next post, I promise…

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10 responses to “a little of this, a little of that

  1. Oh, how I wish I’d seen your post about two hours ago! Just finished making two loaves of banana bread, and would’ve loved the blueberry addition. They would’ve been the frozen variety, but still… Ah well, next time!

    Funny about your hydrangea…we had exactly the same situation with the two plants we had when we lived in Portland. Still a mystery! I guess I never dug very deeply for the answer. :-)

    Beautiful photos!

  2. Full of envies!!!!!! It looked like a fabulous getaway all around. I so look forward to returning to The Gorge next month for spinning away with Judith MacKenzie-McCuin. We are getting great taste of blueberries at the farmer market too. Can’t wait to give the recipe a try–when the weather cools down a bit :D Minimal heat cooking in the house for now…

  3. Love the picture of the dog and DH —- Poor pup! No sharesies.

    Glad you are having a fun July!

  4. The hydrangeas are gorgeous! I have to admit, I’m a bit envious of your blueberry harvest; I really need to try growing berries next year!

  5. Yours must all be early varieties. My earlies need to be moved, they aren’t getting enough water I think. My middles are just coming on and are loaded with berries – such that the bush fell over! The lates have small berries started, but one or two of those may have to move also.

    This weekend is for garage and yard work and one of my plans is to get the area where some of the blueberries are moving ready for them. They won’t get moved until the fall when its best to do such things. ;-)

    Don’t for get to the Boy Bait recipe!

  6. Looks like you had a grand time on the river…lovely weather for it!

    Your hydrangeas are gorgeous!!! Green with envy!!

  7. I just happen to have some over-ripe bananas and a container of blueberries hanging around…thanks for the inspiration!

  8. morewithles

    i just printed the recipe — thank you!

  9. Looks like a very nice time – I love the picture of DH and the dog – too funny!

  10. Ooo…love the Mt. Hood picture! And I am so going to try that banana bread recipe! Sounds yummy! :)