Sunday, September 1, 2019

Things Happen - Blueberry "Loaf" #recipe + books #giveaway

From Daryl:

Things happen. Often things slip away from us. We thought we had a guest for today and it turns out, mixed signals! We don't.

BUT WE DO HAVE A BOOKS GIVEAWAY.  Yes, books.  Two of Krista's books plus 2 of my  books to one commenter.  See below.

I adore blueberries. I also adore brown sugar! I love it added to coffee cake and anything banana. So I recently added brown sugar to my cereal and adorned it with blueberries. Voila. Something new, different, and filled with things I love.

I also adore blueberry muffins. You can see where this is going. I've shared a recipe for gluten-free muffins made with pure cane sugar before. For a change, I added brown sugar to the mix and rather than make the semi-time-consuming muffins, I poured the whole mix into a loaf pan.

When I'm on deadline, easy is important. Mix and dump is important. Faster, faster is important. So I have more time to write.

So here is an easy, fast, blueberry loaf that turned out deliciously moist!

*This is a gluten-free recipe, but it's easy to make it regular. Just switch out the GF flour for regular and omit the xanthan gum.


Blueberry Loaf
Gluten-free but can be made "normal"

Preheat oven 375 degrees

Makes 1 loaf


½ cup plus 2 T. milk
½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature (I melt it in microwave)
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon GF vanilla extract (vanillin is okay)
2 ½ cups blueberries 
2 teaspoons GF baking powder
½ teaspoon Xanthan gum
¼ teaspoon salt
1/2 cup potato starch
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1 cup sweet white rice flour
1 tablespoon whey powder


Mix the milk, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.

Mash 1 cup of the blueberries. Add the berries and the GF baking powder to the mix.

Stir together the gluten-free flours, xanthan gum, whey powder, and salt. Add the flour to the egg mixture.

Add 1 ½ cup MORE blueberries, whole (not mashed). Fold together.

Pour into greased loaf pan.

Bake 45 minutes

Book Giveaway

Things happen. Do you ever miss an appointment? 
A date? A birthday?
Leave a comment to win 2 of Krista's books and 2 of my books, 
And remember to leave your email so we can contact 
you if you win. 


  1. Now I have 3 calendars to keep myself on track, one on the fridge, one in my purse and one on my phone. Now I just have to remember to look at them DAILY!

    1. Looking at them is a chore, Sheryl. ;) ~ Daryl

    2. My aunt Sara couldn’t remember her wedding anniversary or her husband’s birthday until my sister Pat sent a card. Don’t know how Sara is remembering since Pat passed away 4 years ago.

  2. We got busy cleaning out the gutters last fall and I forgot I had an appointment for a hair cut.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    1. Sandy, gutters...haircut....gutters...haircut. I get it. One takes precedence. :) ~ Daryl

  3. I think we all do!! I have planner..a BIG one so I can really see what I write down. But I either put the wrong date or time, or I forget to even look at my planner!!! rockergoddess2002 at yahoo dot com

    1. Tracy, I print out a page from my calendar weekly and still add stuff to it and review a few days ahead to remind myself. And still forget. ~ Daryl

  4. I almost always forget to wish my cousin a happy birthday on her birthday, even tho it's in multiple calendars. It's usually the day after when she gets her birthday message.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

    1. Jana, luckily my computer calendar will send me alerts re: birthdays and I often send a Jacquie Lawson e-card to friends so that site reminds me a week in advance. I need help. LOL ~ Daryl

  5. If I don't write it down or put it in my phone calendar, I forget. While FB book clubs, I save the post of the meeting or I forget. I too have completely missed hair spots.

    1. Joy, I'm with you. Must save posts. I even flag emails to remind myself of things. ~ Daryl

  6. As a mum to 8, I am always mixing up the schedule of who goes where, or what time, or it was cancelled... it's very commonplace here! That recipe sounds good- I can Veganize it! Thank you for the Generous opportunity to snag these beauties- I greatly appreciate you!
    Kelly Braun

    1. Kelly, a mom. Oh, boy, that multiplies the schedule snafus. ~ Daryl

  7. I use calendars, my phone and lots of post-its as reminders.
    Dianeherr at cox dot net

    1. Diane, I saw a TV show this week about a woman who had Alzheimer's and post-its were everywhere. I use post-its, too, and wondered, my mind slipping? LOL It's not, but Post-its grab attention. ~ Daryl

  8. Sometimes. I do keep a planner with all those things listed that I check every morning to see what I have to do that day. I even list activities that I do every week. When I set up my new calendar in January I go ahead and list all birthdays, etc. for the coming year to help me remember.

    1. Elaine, I write in the regulars, too, because I can lose track of a day. ~ Daryl

  9. I missed a new ordering appointment once by getting it mixed up with another client. It all worked out in the end, (got the new client). But now I make sure to write everything down as I get the information. Less mistakes.

  10. I rarely miss an appointment, but occasionally I do miss a birthday.
    smurphee (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Teresa, for a while, I was reminding my kids about birthdays and such and then decided they had to write it down for themselves if they really cared. We'll see. ~ Daryl

  11. I can count on one hand the number of appointments I've missed. Something about numbers makes them stick in my head. Birthdays, anniversaries, appointments whatever. cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com