Blueberry Coffee Cake and other ‘blues’

by Edie Wadsworth on July 19, 2010

I’m making blueberry coffee cake this morning.   Number one, because I came home to a nearly full container of slightly shriveled blueberries.   And number two, because baking is like therapy for me.   And tomorrow my old house will no longer be mine.   And today, I have get everything last little thing out of there.   I went over yesterday to assess the workload and nearly lost it.   The new owners are painting and making the place their own.  It was all I could do to hold in a river of tears as I reminisced about ten years of memories, ten years of life well lived within those walls.   I know that house like the back of my hand, every nook and cranny.   Oh the meals that were prepared, the babies that were rocked, the crafts that were made, the books that were read, the trees that were planted, and the walls that were painted and painted and painted.   The new owner reminded me not to forget the guitar in the upstairs bedroom.

Oh, I won’t forget.

I will never forget.

Goodbye sweet house of mine.
Recipe for coffee cake:
1/2 cup butter,softened
8 ounces cream cheese
2 ounces almond paste (or 1 t. almond flavoring)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. salt
1 3/4 cups blueberries tossed in 1 T. flour and 2 T sugar
Lemon Glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. heavy cream
1 T. softened butter
Preheat oven to 350. Combine butter, cream cheese, almond paste and sugar; beat until fluffy. Add eggs and then flour, baking powder and salt. Then fold in blueberries. Bake in a well-greased bundt pan for 35-40 minutes. While it cools, combine ingredients for glaze and stir until smooth. Drizzle over pound cake and enjoy!!

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1 Kristi July 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

Ohhh Edie, I can SO sympathize with you! My son Kris keeps saying, can’t we keep this one and let people “borrow” it while we move to the new one? We did EVERYTHING here first mom! :( Makes me sad! But we have to think of all the NEW memories we are making everyday, no matter where we live! It’s hard though.

ps- went with my parents to an Episcopalian church last week, John and the boys were in PA. I had NO idea C.S. Lewis was Episcopalian! Learn something new everyday. My mother, (who I will call a recovering Catholic) is looking for a new church. Next up? You guessed it, Lutheran!! I’ll let you know when we do!
xoxo

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2 Jessica Washburn July 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Thanks for the cake recipe I’ve got the same blueberry situation going on here…I’ll have to try it. :)

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3 Ruthanne July 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm

(Hugs)

At this point in my adult life, I’ve never lived anywhere more than four years. Military life.

I can’t see your top logo. Is anyone else not seeing it?

I’ll be thinking of you today.

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4 Susan July 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Edie-
We currently have our home up for sale. We are moving in a month. I am having the same thoughts as you expressed today.
Thinking of you!
Susan

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5 Trish @TheOldPostRoad July 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm

We need to sell – the memories will make it difficult. I also have a large container of soon to be shriveled up blue berries – may try your recipe this afternoon. Thanks!

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6 Chrissy July 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Oh Edie! I feel for you!!! We just went through the same thing. We were building a home (which I’m thrilled with and LOVE) but selling the home my children took their first steps in, said their first words, where my water broke and I went into labor … just so sad. The only thing that helped was focusing on KNOWING that the new owners LOVE the home … and will be having their own babies in it one day … and the house no longer fit our reality. Our kids were older … we needed to be in a better school district … a home built in the 1920′s is hard to maintain, etc. etc. etc. Good luck on getting through the day!!! Focus on all the fun years of activities on that beautiful lake!!

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7 patty July 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm

think of the memories you’ll make in your new home… years & years of memories…the meals you’ll prepare, the babies you’ll rock, the crafts you’ll make, the books you’ll read, the trees you’ll plant (or chop!), the walls you will paint and paint and paint… the house is those walls; the home you brought with you.
{hugs, sweet friend}

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8 Southern Gal July 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Sending hugs your way. I know that feeling of leaving what you know behind. It’s a good thing, yet it can be such a painful process.

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9 meg duerksen July 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm

i don’t think i could go back in our old house.
it’s been five years and now my heart would be broken.

i want to make this cake.
i love anything with blueberries.

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10 Lauren July 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Oh, that’s so sad and so sweet at the same time. I know that is hard, but just think of all the new memories and fun times to come that will be made in all the years ahead at the new house on the lake. Also, the blueberry cake looks divine ~ can’t wait to try it!

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11 Brandie July 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I feel your pain! We recently had to move from a house with so many memories…but think of it as opening a new chapter in your life. Our new chapter is filled with so much already, but I still drive by the old and sit out front for a minute or two and just smile and remember…good luck!

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12 karen July 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm

oh i know exactly what you mean. after living here 24 years, the thought of moving from all these memories can move me to tears. karen

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13 melissa stover July 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm

that’s exactly why i hate moving. when my grandparents moved, or planned to build and move when i was 20, i protested loudly. i had 20 years of memories built into their little yellow farm house and the property around it and i wasn’t ready to let it go. i knew every good hiding place, every good place for finding interesting things to play with, i knew that in the old shed you could usually find a brand new litter of kittens from that mean old cat. i cried.
they said i would love the new house. and i did. but then they died after 15 years in that house and i had to let another one go.

i’m sure i’ve completely cheered you up now. people who bake and clean when they are sad amaze me. what do i do when i’m sad? sleep.

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14 Carmen July 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Awww sad and sweet at the same time. Just think of all the new memories you will make at your new house though! That cake looks delicious! I love anything blueberry.

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15 laura July 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm

yum! and i like your new intro:).

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16 angela July 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I have a feeling your new house will be a home in no time. For me, it wasn’t the home I was leaving…it was the memories. I still drive by occasionally and smile at the memories there.

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17 Elizabeth Highsmith July 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

my heart truly aches for you. i had to leave a measly apartment i had for three years and i feel like i left my best friend. i can only imagine that magnified to a real house, with a real family and a real ten years. eat a second piece of cake, or a third or fourth. and as to the new owners a hem painting, well style apparently is evasive. can’t wait to see your touch in your new digs, i know it will be some kind of wonderful.

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18 Lisa July 20, 2010 at 1:39 am

Oh Edie you’re killing me today, as the house I write this comment from will belong to someone else on July 30. Here comes my own river of tears. But home is where you make it and I know you are well on your way to making your new house HOME for your family, as will I (with the help of lots of paint!) PS is the kitchen finished? I’m trying to live vicariously through you!!

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19 Rhonda July 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

That looks so rum – think I’ll take this recipe to Galveston this weekend!

I know how you feel about your house – we have a contract on ours and I’m already grieving… but whaddya do?

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20 Pink and Polka Dot July 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Edie,
I’m thinking about you and wishing I was there to eat blueberry cake and have a cuppa tea. From the pictures you’ve been posting at the new house…looks like you’re making lots of new memories quickly! lovin’ you.

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21 Cate July 21, 2010 at 7:26 am

*Sigh* – we so relate, having moved last November from a house we had also lived in for over 10 years. The longest we have ever stopped in one house……..

We are loving the new rural outlook that we have now, but I know that my daughter in particular misses the place she grew up in….

[[hugs]]

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22 jen July 22, 2010 at 4:00 am

Mmm – that last day in a house is always so bittersweet. The knowing that we are moving on to something good, yet looking back at all of the sweet memories created in those walls.

What was it that they were painting? I gasped audibly at the thought that they could be undoing some of the cool things you have done! Eek!

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23 Kim July 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I “linked” up to this post. We picked berries and this is on my radar to make!!

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24 Michele Kuester July 23, 2010 at 1:12 am

Edie,
I am such a decorating freak… when do we get to see the FINAL results from the kitchen?
Michele

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25 Jessica Washburn July 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Call me a moron but I thought coffee cake had coffee in it? I’m making this today and just noticed. I don’t know though, I’ve never made a coffee cake. :) Also, you may have forgot to put this under you recipe header…not sur if you intended to or not. Have a great day!!

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26 Trudy Royston August 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm

This is deeply touching Edie. I am so thankful for your tender heart and willingness to LIVE life.

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27 Kathy September 7, 2010 at 1:23 am

I made this cake finally for dessert last night. My son, 27, who is not much on sweets, ate a piece that was about 1/4 of the cake. I love it. thanks so much.

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