Blueberries, Muffins, Mysteries, and other thrifty finds.

 Have you read "Town in Blueberry Jam"?
It's just one book in a series of books from Berkley Prime Crime Mystery books.

I really enjoyed it!

Plus, I had blueberries on the mind.  We had just bought a huge container of blueberries at Costco.
Seemed like a fortuitous find; this book and the others in the series.
So, on Sunday, we mixed up a batch of delicious blueberry muffins {the best recipe I've ever tried... I might add.}

Noshing and reading ensued.


                                 {picture is also click-able to view original recipe and source}

Original recipe makes 12 muffins                    
  1. Position rack in the middle of oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray the top of a muffin pan with non-stick coating, and line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, 1 1/4 cups sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix together 1 3/4 cup of the flour and baking powder. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated. Crush 1/4 of the blueberries, and stir into the batter. Mix the rest of the whole blueberries with the remaining 1/4 cup of the flour, and fold into the batter. Scoop into muffin cups.
  3.  Sprinkle tops lightly with sugar.
   I was lucky enough to buy all the books in this series at the same yard sale.
And the price.... just a mere 50 cents a piece.
{Also found the Scentsy warmer for just $1.00}

I've been reading and reading since Saturday.
I am now well into the second book : "Town In Lobster Stew"
The books are fun reads, and clean reads. 
Another thrifty find, is the shorter plant stand.
Actually the tall stand was a yard sale find as well, found last year.
Who knows, before the summer's out, I just might luck upon another one.
I'd like a few for the patio, as well.

And.. a wreath.
A Fall wreath, for a dollar.  Couldn't beat that.
I've found that if there is something that I cannot use here at
Mill Hill Meadow, then it is something that Spencer {our son} can use at Dunravin {his home's name}.
So, it all works out.

One more thrifty find that I scored this past weekend... a nice sized wall sign.
I quite like it, and have decided that it should hang in our entry.
It's a nice welcome to our home.
Sets a nice tone.

Sooner than later, the yard sales are going to end.
The summer is quickly drawing to an end, the kids are gearing up for school, and classes and football are about to start at the local college.
Still....... overall , it's been a good year for thrifty finds.  Can't complain.

In my research on the Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries I found another series that sounds intriguing and fun to read.
It is the "Farmers Market Mysteries", by Paige Shelton.
Have any of you read that series?? 
I think I shall order the first few books, so that they are on hand, once I finish this current series.
Also... the same author did a series called "Country Cooking School Mysteries". That also sounds like a good series to read.

Attitude of gratitude:
~I'm grateful for multi grain bread toast, and fresh apple cider from the Big Red Barn.
Perfectly wonderful breakfast on this fine August day.
~I'm grateful that I've made pretty good progress on my goal to clean out both freezers. The kitchen fridge freezer and the deep freeze.  And, bless my family..... for they've been such good sports about eating my 'Clean out the freezer menu'!  Yay!! looking forward to getting both freezers stocked again, and organized for the winter months.


  1. Karin,
    You changed your name. I saw that right away. Just perfect. The muffins look very yummy. And I'm always looking for something good to read so I will keep those books in mind, well I really should write them down, keeping them in mind doesn't always work out so good.
    Nancy Jo

  2. The book series sounds like something I would like. You did so good at the sale - I love it all! That sign is great. I also love the name of Spencers home.

  3. I will surely look for those books, I do love those kinds of cozy mysteries. How nice to know you are a mystery reader like that too. I am so glad you published your muffin recipe. I would have written and asked you for it. :) I do love blueberry muffins they always make the day seem special. I love your yard sale finds. It sounds like you are having just the nicest kind of day. I like that.
    I have been thinking I need to check out some yard sales soon. There are some odds and ends that I have been looking for. I like you plant stand.
    Have a lovely day,

  4. Hi Kerin, The muffins with blueberries sound so good! Our local market has fresh blueberries that are very tasty this year. I've mentioned before how much mother loved for me to read good, clean mysteries to her. We would often choose books based on the cover's artwork. I can tell that these are our kind of books. You did great with the sign and the plant stands, also. The wreath is pretty - is the base bay leaves?? How did Spencer arrive at the name of his new home?

  5. You sure hit gold with your garage sell finds, Kerin.
    I think I would like this author, for sure.

  6. I had a cat fight to break out the first time I commented. I just re-read your post. Thanks for telling us about these other 2 series; they sound good too.
    Have a good evening.

  7. Those blueberry muffins look sooo good.
    I've put the books on my list to read. Sounds like they would be quick reads. I'll see if they have them at the library.
    I'm thinking about 'Happy Acre' for our house name since we live on an acre and we are happy here. : )

  8. Your new blog title looks great!
    Our grand kids love blueberry muffins. I will try your recipe. Yum!
    Oh, I love the sign, it's one of my favorite scriptures!


  9. Those books look great, Kerin. I spotted something recently in Barnes & Noble that looked very similar, they most likely were the same books, but you can't beat the deal that you got on them!
    You've found some awesome thrifty finds as well. Thanks for the blueberry muffin recipe...I love blueberries!

    Oh yeah, I'm glad to see you decided on a name for your home. Mill Hill Meadow sounds perfect!

  10. Nothing like a good culinary mystery~ and the muffins look divine. AND I love the new name~ very fitting!

  11. Hi Kerin!

    I love a good mystery! I will have to go to the library and see if they have that series, sounds delightful!

    I love blueberries, but, it's huckleberry season in our neck of the woods, so that's what I put in muffins this time of year! My husband loves blueberries, so I usually mix them with the huckleberries in what ever I make, muffins, cobblers, pie, it's all good!

    You find such wonderful things at thrift stores! Truly, I never find such good bargains! Maybe I need to come down and go thrifting with you . . . ;0)

    Mill Hill Meadow, sounds so country and fun - love the new name!


  12. Nice post and very nice "finds!" Love the plant stands . . .
    Wish we could share a Blueberry Muffin!


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