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Blueberry Breakfast Cake

It’s the first day of spring, so we are ready for a fresh breakfast cake, perfect with a cup of coffee.  I had blueberries and a lemon, and set to work creating a recipe for a light and lovely coffee cake.  It would be lovely as dessert too. Something with blueberries and a hint of lemon, light and airy.  DH prefers this kind of cake plain, but you could add a lemon glaze to jazz it up if you like.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

I begin with assembling a mis-en-place, assembling and measuring ingredients.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Cream butter and shortening with mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add sugar and continue until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time incorporating each one well. Add vanilla and lemon zest and stir in. Place blueberries in a bowl, stir in 1/4 cup of the flour to dust the berries. In a separate bowl, combine remaining flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients in batches alternating with milk ending with dry ingredients.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Remove bowl from mixer and stir in blueberries by hand, gently folding them into the batter.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Transfer to prepared bundt pan or a tube pan. Bake for about one hour, until lightly browned and top springs back when lightly touched.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Let it cool just a couple of minutes in the pan. Then turn it onto a platter.  Serve warm right away, or allow to cool for later.  Or both, LOL!!

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

It isn’t easy to resist having a slice warm from the oven, and you don’t have to.  Yum, enjoy!

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Blueberry Breakfast Cake

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of one lemon
1-1/2 cups blueberries
2 cups flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bundt pan or tube pan with cooking spray, or use butter/flour to coat inside the pan. Cream butter and shortening with mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add sugar and continue until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time incorporating each one well. Add vanilla and lemon zest and stir in. Place blueberries in a bowl, stir in 1/4 cup of the flour to dust the berries. In a separate bowl, combine remaining flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients in batches alternating with milk ending with dry ingredients. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in blueberries by hand, gently folding them into the batter. Transfer to prepared bundt pan or a tube pan. Bake for about one hour, until lightly browned and top springs back when lightly touched.

Blueberry Breakfast Cake @ From My Carolina Home

Delicious as is, or a lemon glaze can be added if desired by combining juice from the lemon with powdered sugar.

Download the recipe – Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Happy Spring!  Are you in the mood for a bit of spring baking?

 

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Valentine Decorating

Valentine hearts finally came out over the weekend. I haven’t done anything new quilt-wise for Valentine this year, unless you want to count the red and cream Scrap Dance Waltz.  But I did put up a couple of things from years past. The pink candles came out to replace the Winter White of January. I need to do a mini quilt for Valentine, but once again this year I didn’t get to it. So I have left the White on White Mini Quilt up. Click on the highlighted titles all through this post for free patterns and instructions. I added the white candle with the pink rhinestone hearts, and a bit of glitter heart garland to the reindeer’s beads.

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The Hearts Around Table Topper is on the wall this year instead of a table.  See this post Quilting Hearts Around to see how to deal with a stray dark thread under a light fabric.

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Over in the dining room, I put another Valentine Hearts Wall Hanging using it as a table topper.  Red candles replaced the white ones, and I added some glitter heart garland over the painted white pine cones.

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We don’t plan any dinner parties before Valentines, but I wanted to use the red napkin rings I just found at the thrift store. So I put red napkins in them, and set them around the table just for show. I’m sure there will be an opportunity to use them with all kinds of seasonal tablescapes later, so you’ll likely see them again.  It makes a nice view coming down the stairs in the mornings.

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This sweet little wall hanging is a table topper this year.  I don’t have a pattern for this one, it was a block of the month at quilt club some years ago.  It is sweet, with the heart shaped applique heart flowers, with buttons and stems, bordered in heart fabric.

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Make a wool applique Valentine Penny Rug.

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Maybe you can have a Valentine Breakfast this coming weekend. Here’s my breakfast table from a couple of years back, with the pink Cherry Blossom depression glass plates.

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I served Popovers with Black Cherry Creme (recipe here)…

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Make some Valentine cards to send to your family and well loved friends.

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I have been reluctant to take down my Paris inspired tablescape (Romantic Dinner for Two) because it says romance to me more than the red hearts do right now. Just having it out, with the Eiffel Tower, brought back wonderful memories of our trip to Paris years ago, and we reminisced about it last weekend. We stayed in a quaint hotel on the sixth (top) floor with a gorgeous view of the city from the beautiful stonework rooftop balcony off our room. It was just off the Champs-Elysées, right around the corner from a charming café where I got to practice my French and order breakfast each day.  It was an enchanting time.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

What are your plans for Valentine’s this year?

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November Breakfast

Thanksgiving morning means a nice breakfast while watching the parade in my jammies. With a large meal later in the day, and sometimes snacks during football games, breakfast needs to be nice but not over filling. I do enjoy making the overnight egg casserole in a small baking dish, just enough for two. Sometimes DH wants cereal too, so I set the table for anything. In the center is the quilted Autumn Star table topper I made a couple of years ago.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I did set four place settings just to make the table look nice, even though there will only be the two of us. The breakfast tablescape is on the pub table and starts with this lovely art glass pumpkin that was a gift from friends a few weeks ago. I set it on two of the wood slices to add some height, and added some tiny chipmunk pilgrims.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I used the leaf print placemats and my new leaf plates.  They work well together, don’t they!!

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

The napkins got pumpkin napkin rings.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

The pumpkin bowls are added to the place settings.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I have two of these turkeys, so I added one to each side of the glass art pumpkin.  The leaf plates went on just for show, but they could hold a biscuit.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

There are a couple more little miniatures added to the other side.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

All done.  Coffee cups are usually in our hands, so I didn’t put them on the table.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

Festive and ready for breakfast.  I have to admit though, that we have had a meal here already, it was too pretty to have for just one day.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

What do you do for breakfast on Thanksgiving?

 

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Valentine Projects

I have been so involved with the mystery quilt, finishing some charity quilts, and a quilted art project I’ll be sharing soon, that I haven’t done anything new for Valentine’s Day this year.  I did bring out the wall hangings and decorations, and I’ll give you some links to where these were done last year and the year before.  Just click on the blue titles to open up a new tab with more information, detailed instructions or recipes.  First up, my Hearts Around Table Topper went on the table.

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This is so easy to make, with some scrappy red squares and HSTs. Here is the pattern. Just make four blocks with sashing and cornerstones.

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I set the breakfast table with my pink depression glass dishes in the Cherryblossom pattern for a Valentine Tablescape.

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Valentine Breakfast on a Sunday morning this year is a perfect day for my Popovers with Black Cherry Creme.

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There is still time to stamp and mail some Valentine Cards.

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I hung my Valentine Wall Hanging.  This is the same block as above, sashed in just white without cornerstones, and bordered with two red prints.

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That post also shows this table topper.

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If you like to read Valentine inspired cozy mysteries, A Cozy Valentine has some book reviews to read while enjoying Chocolate Covered Oreos.

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I put out the Wool Work Valentine Penny Rug with its Heart embellished Candle.

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I hope you enjoy these posts.  I’ll be getting some cards stamped, to go with these little Valentine buckets.  I planted petunia seeds in them to give to the ladies at the office.  I’ve been setting them in the sun each day in the hope that they will sprout before I take them in.

Valentine pots ~ From My Carolina Home

What are your plans for Valentines?

 

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Halloween Breakfast

We are going to have some fun today, the car club is having a costume drive.  Before we leave, we are having a Halloween breakfast to set the right mood for the morning.  I set the table with some fun Halloween things, starting with a wall hanging that I am using as a table topper.  It is a simple panel of Halloween fun to which I added borders, then quilted.  The jack-o-lantern on the corner is a wool applique.

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I used the green placemats with black plates.  DH likes cereal, so I topped off the setting with my pumpkin bowls.

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The table decorations include a cute Halloween basket with a scarecrow, filled with fall leaves and silk flowers in fall colors. A ceramic jack-o-lantern smiles at us on the right.

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There is a ceramic black cat with a jack-0-lantern on the left.

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I scattered a few of the large gold jewels around the table too.

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I made a new recipe, Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts just to serve this morning.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake Donuts at From My Carolina Home

After breakfast, I am going to don my long blonde wig….

Blonde wig

and secure my little dragon to my shoulder on a pad I made for him.  I sewed his feet and tail down so I hope he will balance on my shoulder long enough to be effective as a prop.  The pad has long tails to tie on the shoulder and arm, and secure across to the other side for stability.  After Halloween, I’ll cut the threads and put him on my desk.

Dragon

Do you know who I going to pretend to be?   Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, mother of Dragons and Queen of Meereen.  I’ve read four of the seven novels so far, each one is almost 1000 pages!  DH is going as Sherlock Holmes.  Normally we do something as a couple, but not this year.  We are driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway, so I hope to have some more autumn loveliness to post next week too.

Happy Halloween!  Are you planning any Halloween fun?

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Gardening Rabbits Tablescape

I just love this tablescape!  I was gathering some pretty things for the table, and I really wanted some springtime colors.  So much of my tablescaping in the past has been in the cooler months.  Seems I like to do more nesting when it is cooler.  But, I saw these in a  catalog, and I just had to get these wonderful yellow plates.

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Lovely yellow with white printed floral pattern, goes really nicely with the grass green placemats. I set them on white dinner plates.

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These cute little gardening rabbits made a perfect accessory for the centerpiece.

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I took the cyclomen that I received from the quilt club, and put it in a little yellow basket for the center.

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The quilted table topper is a recent finish, but I can’t show it to you just yet.  I have to finish the second one, then you’ll see both.  FYI, no, it isn’t a Scrap Dance, LOL!!

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The yellow napkins pick up the yellow on the quilted topper. I scattered a few eggs around the table too.

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This charming rabbit serving dish is perfect for this table too.

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The little tulips are egg holders, but I put votive candles in them.

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Aren’t these sweet?

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The little rabbit in the lettuce is a jelly server, but I sometimes use him for sugar.

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All set and ready for a meal.

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Welcome Spring!! Are you ready?

 

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Valentine Breakfast

Since I decided to do breakfast instead of dinner for Valentine’s day, the tablescape is simpler.  What better way to put a little romance on the table than with these pink depression glass dishes, a pattern called Cherry Blossom. Aren’t they sweet on the pretty white placemats?

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There are paper heart napkins under the red linen ones, just to add a few more hearts to the table.

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The centerpiece is really on the side, with white and pink tulips left over from my Spring Wreath from last spring.  They are in a Fenton antique milk glass vase with a ruffled edge that has pink on the inside.

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The reindeer now has apples in his planter.  I put a few on the table too. The table topper is my Hearts Around that I shared a few posts back.

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There are two places set for this breakfast of Popovers with Black Cherry Creme.  The Cherry Blossom handled tray will hold the popovers.

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Hope you have a heart warming Valentine’s day.

 

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