Sunday, January 10, 2021

Winter Blues ~ 10 on the 10th ~ and a Raw Rutes GIVEAWAY!

Our challenge for this month was to create something that cost under $10 using the theme "Winter Blues"!

When I have the "winter blues" I try to think of some of the summer activities that make me feel good, so 'picking blueberries' came to mind!

My husband LOVES blueberries and looks forward to picking them.  We flash freeze them and use them in pancakes and baked goods.  John also loves fresh blueberries on his cereal daily!

So here are a few delicious recipes to try, each one costing less than $10 to prepare:

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Cream together:
3/4 c sugar
1/4 c butter
2 eggs
peel of 1 lemon
Mix in:
2 c flour
1t salt
3/4 cup milk
1t baking powder
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Bake in greased loaf pan @350' for 1 hour
2T lemon juice and 2 T sugar - pour over immediately after baking, then cool.


Nana's Blueberry Muffins

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, plus 2 teaspoons, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternating with the milk until well incorporated and being careful not to over mix. Gently fold in the fresh blueberries.
  • Scoop batter into the paper lined muffin tin and sprinkle the tops with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until puffy and golden brown. (Paula Dean)

This is Susan Branch's delicious Blueberry Cake recipe:


Or you could make some Lemon-Blueberry Cookies:

A berry in every bite!

These delicious sweets will certainly wash away the 'winter blues'!  Packed with antioxidents and phytoflavinoids, blueberries are also high in potassium and Vitamin C, making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also an anti-inflammatory.

And speaking of blueberries....  
I am offering a giveaway of a package of two Juniper Cocktail Picks by Raw Rutes!

Raw Rutes website describes the picks this way: 
Infuse your Gin & Tonic, Sparkling Water or a variety of other beverages with these lovely cocktail picks! They're inspired by the branches of the juniper tree, that gives us the fragrant berries that provide the unique flavors in spirits like gin, as well as other botanical and herbal drinks. They're simple and fun to use; Just spear your favorite fruits, berries, wave some herbs like rosemary and mint around them and give your drink a stir! 
All you have to do is leave me a comment below letting me know what your favorite beverage is!


Stop by to see what these bloggers are creating to shake off the Winter Blues:
Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite beverage is to be entered!  
You can also comment on my Instagram Post for a second chance (@ppultorak)


Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. I love blueberries and your recipes sound delish, Patti! Oh, and I'll trade the gin for vodka! ;)

  2. I love blueberries too, Patti. I have some frozen blueberry muffins in my freezer right now from COVID baking episode #245,101, lol. Your blueberry lemon bread sounds and look delish. My favorite adult beverage is a bloody Mary, and those picks are absolutely adorable. You make any drink look like a party!

  3. I love blueberries, Patti, and may well try that lemon/blueberry bread recipe. Last summer I bought a box and froze many of them so I have some lovely almost-fresh frozen berries. Now, if only I can talk Rick into getting to the store for some milk, that bread will be on my table by dinner time!

  4. Hi Patti! I do love blueberries and yes! I had some over my oatmeal this morning. :)' Thanks for the great recipes and I wonder why I rarely think to make blueberry muffins... I grew up eating them all the time with my mom and dad, who were from Massachusetts! Gotta get back to my roots. :)

    Happy 10 on the 10th to you and enjoy your blueberries!
    Barb :)

  5. I love a good martini - I can envision olives stuck onto that cute garnish holder! Cheers!

  6. I love blueberries too. A favorite drink is an Aperol Spritz—makes me think of Spring and Summer.

  7. Okay, you had me at the first recipe! I love blueberries cooked in things but wont eat them fresh. I have issues! lol Anyway I can't wait to try all of your recipes, I'm serious! And now that I've seen the Raw Rutes - I'm heading there now. I love a good margarita over the rocks with garlic olives. This would be perfect for that! Or maybe a moscow mule with blueberries? My mind wont shut off! lol Thanks for sharing!

  8. Love the blueberry goodness in this post! The picks are super: I think they would be lovely in a Bloody Mary (my favorite).

  9. Funny you posted about blueberries. I took the last of my blueberries we picked last year out of the freezer this morning to make pancakes. I love all your ideas on what you can do with blueberries. Have a wonderful day Patti.

  10. Gin and tonic is my libation of choice, so I can only imagine how these would enhance the flavor.

  11. I got a lot of the blue/white MC for Christmas! Wish I had some of your treats with my tea this afternoon! Have a great week.

  12. Blueberries are my favorite! All the recipes sound yummy. Pinned.

  13. Lemon and blueberries are always welcome here! Happy January!

  14. All I had to see was the blueberries 🫐 to know I’d like this post!! I eat them several times a week, mostly mixed in with my oatmeal. Last week I had some particularly sweet ones for this time of year, so I made muffins one day and pancakes another. And I NEVER skimp on the amount of blueberries!!!! The more the merrier & berrier!😀 Blueberry pie sounds delish, too, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! I’ve never had luck with flash freezing them, but I hit up the good produce places for fresh berries year round. Totally worth the money!

  15. Looks delicious !
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
    Hope you join us this evening too.