I suppose most traditions are born the moment you try something for the first time and in that moment, something special ignites in you. Right there, you know life was meant for sweet moments like this and so you do it again and again, until a strong tradition is formed. These sweet traditions are often composed of the most simple things. Maybe that’s why we love them so much? Maybe we’re all craving a little less fuss and a little more simplicity? For me, berry picking with my kids is one of those simple traditions I look forward to every summer. Mornings spent this way are some of my favorites.
The first time I went blueberry picking, my oldest was just about a year old. I can’t remember for sure, but I think we went with my MOPS group. As we picked, my newly walking boy smiled as he ate his way up and down each row. Looking at him and noticing his empty bucket, I asked him where all his berries went. His purple face smiled as he told me they’d all gone in his tummy. Of course they did.
Years later, my kids still talk about how fun it is to pick berries together. While we wander through the fields, we speculate about what we’ll make when we get home. Often we just eat all of them and other times, we save enough to bake something together. I can only hope when they’re teenagers and then someday parents themselves, they’ll still want to go soak up the sunshine and fill their buckets together.
Just a few days ago, one of our favorite blueberry patches opened. Hazel Blue Acres is a beautiful, certified organic family farm growing blueberries, hazelnuts, hay, wheat , barley and various other crops. If you’re in the Stanwood/Arlington/Silvana area, I’d recommend checking it out with your family.
With just a couple hours notice, we talked some fun friends into meeting us there. It’s simple moments like picking berries with friends that make a summer so sweet.
Most of our berries were eaten fresh by the fistful, but we did save enough for these delicious Coconut Blueberry Chia Muffins.
My plan for the rest of the summer is to create many more mornings like this. Fresh, local, food. Good friends. Sunshine and fresh air. This is a Pacific Northwest summer.
- 1 cup Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour
- ½ tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ cup + 2 tbsp Raw Honey
- 1 cup Coconut Milk
- 6 Eggs
- ¼ cup Vanilla Extract
- ¼ cup Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- ¼ cup Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds
- 1 cup Organic Blueberries
- Preheat over to 350 degrees.
- Sift the coconut flour, baking soda & salt in a bowl.
- In a blender or bowl mix the milk, honey, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla.
- Add the chia seeds and blend on low. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients and mix well.
- Fold in the blueberries to mixture at the very end, and gently stir together.
- Spoon the batter into greased cupcake sleeves or tins.
- Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
- Cool on rack and serve.
To find a “Pick-Your-Own” farm in your area, click here.