Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Blueberries~And Brocante~




















Blueberries and brocantes..

Love both.

Our local brocante/flea market..is an every Saturday morning outing..I mention it every year at least once..
there must be  100 vendors..I am not good at judging..some in barns..some in tents..antiques,collectibles..bio products,lavender,flowers,clothig,jewelry,vintage items..SO MUCH STUFF!
I ♥ it.
The setting is idyllic.. fields to park in..a huge pond..outbuildings..bucolic and charming ..sweet gardens..flower boxes..quaint... and my favorite Saturday early morning outing..before the crowds arrive..even then..look how many cars..9.30 AM..and that is just a small fraction of the cars I am showing you..by lunchtime..you have to park..up the hill!
I don't ever parallel park..and never city drive..so this kind of driving..    25 miles an hour LOL..along a quiet shore drive..and field ,side to side parking..is entirely my speed.And less than 10 minutes away;)
Scary that a Costco is opening soon..  but about 15 minutes..going in the opposite direction along shore road..in a neighboring town.WE will be going fom sleepy country to..urban consumerism!
Dangerous.

That gentleman was so nice to pose..he was selling signs they make..vintage style..English..he very much dressed the part.
I don't know where I got my nerve.I must say I recognize so many people there having lived out here almost 40 yrs..I am shy to whip my point and shoot out..
after perusing and buying a couple of things..I took out my camera and took a few shots..he was posing for someone else..I asked if I could too;)
Anyways.. when we first moved here..I sold crafts there  a couple of weekends.. my girls were babies..and so was I almost.
I sold childrens aprons that you could tuck crayola crayons in.. tissue boxes.. etc..
So many years ago!! 35 at least.

The blueberries..I ate many..au naturel..but made a new muffin recipe..and these mini bundts.
I only made 3:)
I halved the cake recipe I used..and adjusted..
I based my recipe onthi s one~

But again I halved it..

La Recette~


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter softened
1/4  C cream cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups blueberries washed
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsps baking powder


Pre-heat oven to 350F

Grease a 9 inch springform and set aside..(remember I used the mini bundt Nordic Ware mold and made 3..you could make 4..,but they would be flatter.
3 worked for us.
Soften the cream  cheese and butter in a microwave..don't melt:)

In a food processor..mix all the ingredients except the blueberries..remove blade. fold in all  the blueberries except 1/2 cup..place on top of cake after putting in the springform..

(for me..I reserved some to push into the mini bundts..)

Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool..

Remove from pan and Ice..

I just drizzled  ..some icing sugar mixed with almond flavoring..  and then a dusting of icing sugar..some fresh blueberries and a sprig of GARDEN mint;)

Go to the link to get the full original recipe..

It's like a lovely little pound cake:)
Just make it prettier w/ edible blooms and mint  etc..














66 comments:

  1. I love these bluberries muffins Monique look beautiful!
    And love the pictures:)
    I love flea market!
    And these russian dolls!
    xo

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    1. They are good!
      I always ..well not always..but usually comehome w/ something from the matket;)

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  2. I wish I lived near you . . .
    I would be ringing your bell and hooking up with you to go shopping . . .
    Love the Depression pieces in the one pic . . .
    And oh my . . . Blueberries!

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  3. Costco? Must be booming around there. I love flea markets; it is the most fun thing in the world to me. Problem is, I have way, way too much stuff already that I need to get rid of, so I don't go anymore as it would just be too tempting. I look at things and think, I could double the price and sell that, but, alas, it is just easier not to go. My blueberries are ripening. I get a couple of handfuls a day. Pop them in my mouth instead of the freezer.

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    1. Fun that it is booming OUTSIDE my sleepytown;)
      I am the same..
      I look for gifts..etc.. even on trips..I buy very little..too many years of treasures.

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  4. The mini bundts are adorable...and just right to share. I would love to walk through your brocante...it looks like a nice way to spend a morning.

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    1. It is..I stay 1 hr maximum..in and out..the setting is just so pretty .it's a nice outing.

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  5. Monique, the mini bundts are exquisite. Too pretty to eat, but I would! '-) Blueberries look amazing too. What a fun outing. Do you go often? Every Saturday is surprising. Do the vendors have new things each week? Looks like my kind of day of fun. Wish I lived near by. Then we could eat blueberries together! '-)

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    1. I do go often..I know when I get up if I am going;)

      If the sun is shining..and it's not too humid..I go..so close..Sarah..there are enough items..that every time you go..you see something different.
      I love the little gardens..the art work..the vintage bakeware..the antiques in the barns..oh the list goes on and on and on:)

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    2. For me, it would be a favorite Saturday morning ritual. '-)

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  6. What fun Monique. I'm quite sure you would find me there often! So many treasures to find! I'm loving blueberry season and your little beautiful cakes look like a wonderful reason to buy more!

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    1. It is fun..
      I actually love going ..on my own..I always see someone I know..but usually it is someone who also likes to go on their own;)

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  7. Que maravilla de bundt cakes, me encantan.
    Besos

    lagalletarota.blogspot.com

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  8. Last time Les Boys were here I made something with strawberries in it. Mack said there should have been blueberries instead :) They are coming again tomorrow and I have everything except the cream cheese. Next time :) Your mini cakes are beautiful all dressed up in berries and pansies :) I would love to visit that flea market! So many wonderful things to see. I would be hoovering over the dishes and bowls. And, I love the cow :) How wonderful it's a place you feel comfortable going alone. I would love that.

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    1. Skip the cream cheese double the sour cream..I made some again..like that..perfectamuno..have I told you I think it is stinkin' cute when you call them les boys?♥

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    2. ♥ I'll do it! I know Monsieur Mack would love it :)

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    3. Almost forgot to come back and tell you there were great with doubled sour cream! Dane said to me "Nana, I WUV these!"♥

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  9. Oh Monique, what charming photographs! I'd love to go to your fetching looking flea market! I think I'd go there each Sunday, without a doubt! Your blueberry recipe is one I'd love to try, scrumptious and decadent is what I would call that pound cake!
    Your blog is just so interesting and I so enjoy the little sprinkles! So festive!

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    1. With your love of dishes..I would say you would surely be a regular Nancy!

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  10. Did you buy the bovine painting?
    Love the blueberry bundts:-)
    In my dreams, I can envision you, me, Susan and Sarah going to the market together and learning from another.

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    1. It's not for sale..it hangs in the peak of one of the oubuildings:)
      I did.. about 30 years ago..buy an almost full size realistic flat plywood cow for our gardens at a previous home..you placed it IN the garden.. it had an piece of wood that formed an insert..I had lupins..hollyhocks..:)The daughter of the owners made them I think..

      I think many of you would enjoy this eclectic market..it's not like a flea market..much more a brocante.

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  11. I would love a brocante like yours close to me! Your blueberry bundts look wonderful.

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    1. And you would do wonders with your finds!

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  12. I love the bundt - such an elegant little treat.
    To go to a market like this one and then have a slice with coffee - heaven!
    Amalia
    xo

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  13. I would be an easy mark at the dish area. I think you picked the best of the best. Love your cakes.

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    1. You would have sooo many vendors to visit!

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  14. Oh, I do miss flea markets over here. They have car boot sales and always on a Sunday so I cannot go. :-( I would love to be able to peruse other people's treasures. I would love to sell some of my own! haha Your little bundt cakes are so precious and as usual very prettily presented! I am sending something to you. Look for a package soon. YOU will love it and I know put it to very good use. Love and hugs. xoxoxo

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    1. Marie..I still have little things accumulating for you;)

      You would make a fortune here at the market.

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  15. Finnegans!! I love that place. Thanks for reminding me to get there this summer. Beautiful photos, as always.

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    1. Come and sit under a willow and paint!
      I would look for you;)

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  16. So uch pure summer fun!
    What's not to love?

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    1. My kind of fun for sure;)
      You would enjoy it also..of that I am certain..you would bring your paints and join Shari.
      And I would watch♥

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  17. Oh, I just LOVE your flea market - what a treat to find your pictures this morning! I'm sure Minneapolis has places like that, which is another thing to look forward to. As always, lovely pictures , and your adorable mini cakes are charming and oh so pretty.

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    1. Katrina..thought of you as we drove on I 93 recently trying to think if you were to the right or left;)

      You will be in 7th heaven in Minneapolis.I know what is awaiting you♥

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  18. What a fun flea market! And so close to you, lucky you. I laughed when you said you don't parallel park! Me too. I did it for my driver's license and have avoided it since. We were planning on going to a flea market this Sunday on our way to an overnight stay at an inn but we got there a little late and cars were lined up. Not many in my eye but Jerry thought too many. I may have to go alone. Mind you I could sell to the vendors! The cake looks so yummy. I like your small bunt version. An excuse to get a new pan? I could drop off two of the cakes to the girls. Wonder if they could be frozen? I have plums in a bag to ripen so I can make either a tart or pie of them. In the meantime I have been busy in the garden trying to get all my seedlings and dalhias in. Today is going to be hot hot, hot! Oh by the way, I made your avacodo and garlic with tomatoes spread (that you posted last July )and had it as a side dish last night. So yummy.

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    1. It is a great market..on a beautiful day and yes you would bring home a treasure..

      Jacques is not a ..let's stop here..if no food is involved..i.e. Trader Joe's etc;)
      Antique shops etc..
      It's pretty good that fast little mix..and good for you!
      I recently succumbed to 2 new pans Terry..I hate to admit to my folly.
      :)

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    2. I bet I would bring something home. The booth with the vintage Pyrex and cake stands caught my eye. What did you succumb to besides the Wilton 5 layer cake pan? I bought ice pop makers at home goods but have not made them yet.

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    3. I bought a muffin pan..ceramic..at Christmas Tree shop..I had coveted the Anthro ones..but didn't need or want to spend that much..this one was on it's own.. waiting ;)and I ordered at bee type baking pan silicone on EBAY..a while ago..not here yet..

      tapping fingers;)
      Kids love the ice pops!

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    4. I may have to get to the Christmas tree shop. I am sure you will have an adorable bee dessert soon. I did not go to home goods today but bought a red tricycle at the consignment shop for Katherine.

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    5. Terry..I looked for that measuring cup for you..just in case..to no avail..
      Must tell you..I bought Lucas a red tricycle at a sale also when he was Katherine's age..I added a bell and streamers..I love red tricycles!

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    6. Thanks for looking for the measuring cup. I lucked out, it has the bell and streamers. We have one here at the house that is Frankie's. I can still see him riding around the house (with cowboy hat on). Now Katherine will have one at her home and one at grandma's house.

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  19. Morning Monique...
    Love flea markets...not so many around here...and blueberries too!!
    I also have a lot of treasures already around the house...often give them to my kids, if they had admired them!
    You are always making such delicious treats...what is your secret for staying so trim???
    Did you buy anything that day??
    The rain has stopped for today...thanks goodness! TIme to putter in the backyard here at home!
    Guests this evening!
    Enjoy your day...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. My girls.

      They will have a big garage sale one day..:)
      They are Style At Home girls..more sleek ..more modern..
      I think I still live in the Victoria magazine era...with an edge;)
      Have fun Linda!

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  20. Where is this flea market? I'm interested in going. Are the prices high? Nice dessert!

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  21. I see a dozen treasures I would be taking home if I lived close to a market like. That's where you would find me every Saturday.

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    1. And that is where most Sat mornings between 9-10 you find me;)

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  22. I could have such fun at that market - so many treasurers :) Also love these gorgeous little cakes! Have a great weekend.

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    1. There is something for everyone Tricia!
      I promise.

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  23. Looks like a wonderful market Monique..........so many beautiful things. Your mini bundts are adorable!

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    1. Hi Cheri..I am glad you will be back to gardening..great for the soul..looking forward to your Oregon posts..

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  24. I have two things to say! One-I love that cake and Two-I want to go shopping with you!

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    1. I think we like pansies Abbe:)
      It's a great place..I never tire of it.So colorful.By the water too..the lake is on the other side of the street,but there is a large pond on the property.

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  25. I love your mini bundts and the recipe sounds great. Saw your suggestion to Susan about the sour cream and cream cheese. I love reading all of the comments and I came back here specifically because I thought I had already left a comment. Oops! I love antiquing as you know. You have a wonderful brocante. Wish I could join you there.

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    1. I think we would all enjoy it.
      I enjoy commenting..you must think I talk a lot;)
      Not really..;) But here I seem to!

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  26. There's nothing better than a summertime flea market!

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  27. Those little cakes are darling and lovely with the blueberries. How fun to browse through the flea market. One never knows what we will find. The gentleman looks like he stepped out of the past. I think you will like the new recipe link I am writing a tutorial on. It puts your recipe in a tidy little box, perfect for printing and sharing through social media.

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  28. what a lovely post. I want the little Russian nesting dolls!
    Your blueberry treat looks so deicious!

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  29. So beautiful ! This flea market is great! Wanna join

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