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CC’s Blueberry Pecan Coffee Cake


My sweet niece CC.

My sweet niece CC.

CC’s Blueberry Pecan Coffee Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

During the preheating process melt 1 stick of butter cut into 8 slices in a 13×9 Pyrex baking dish.


1 1/4 c. Bisquick

*Kitchen Tip:

(if no Bisquick is in your pantry you can substitute it with 1 1/4 c. All-Purpose flour, 3 T bkg. pdr, 1 tsp. salt)

1/4-1/2 c. sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

2/3 c. milk > she used 1/3 c. heavy cream & 1/3 c.  liquid Southern Pecan coffee creamer

3 c. blueberries (actually used 1 1/2 c.)

2 oz. chopped pecans

1 pkg. instant maple brown sugar oatmeal


Combine all dry ingredients well then add milk and vanilla and stir with spoon then place evenly into baking dish.  DO NOT stir berries into batter but evenly place over the top, do the same with pecans, then oatmeal packet to have a good crunchy top.  Be sure to layer each of these, don’t mix them.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

CC's Blueberry Pecan Coffee Cake

The story:  Yesterday I got this picture texted on my phone from a number I was not familiar with.  So my response; “Thanks for the picture but I don’t know who sent me this.  HELP!  Recipe would be great!”  So then she texted her identity and that she’d messaged me on facebook (my oh my, are we so techy or what?).  So then we chatted, texted and finally called each other, she gave me her tweaked recipe all while I was removing my Fresh Fruit Monkey Bread, turning it out on a really pretty glass tray, then having to return it to the oven with it all kind of spread out and then taking it out when I heard glass pop from the heat (yes that really happened ~ ugh & all while on the phone with her LOL),  slid off onto the ugly pizza pan you saw it on and returned to oven once again to finish.

The reason she texted the picture to me in the first place:  Carl I. D. Picture - 2, my sweet hubby, her Uncle, because he LOVES blueberries she thought of him when making this breakfast treat for her Honey, Ed.  So, very soon I’ll be making it for Carl all because CC thought of him.

During our phone conversation she told me that she’d prepared a ‘generous helping’ for Ed prior to getting in the shower to prepare to go see Wolverine, and when she returned, all that helping was gone and he was digging into the cake for more.  Must’ve been pretty good, wouldn’t you say?


Kitchen Comforts


I just want to share a couple ‘comfort’ places I use daily.

My Kitchen Corner, to the left of my stove top.  Most things in this corner are used daily.  Love it so!

Kitchen Cart, most things on this cart I use on a daily basis as well.  Notice my smiley spoon in front of my utensil bucket?  I love to see this smile everyday.  Oh, and the Piggy Bank I drop my few bits of change in when I find any around the house or in my change purse.

🙂 🙂 🙂

Today’s Kitchen Tips


Here are just a few things I thought of that might help in the kitchen if you don’t find everything in your pantry that your recipe calls for.

Allspice = 3 parts: Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cloves so if you need a tsp. of Allspice just use 1/3 tsp. of each spice listed

Sour Milk or Buttermilk: If all you have is regular milk and you need one of these just add 1 T vinegar, either white or apple cider will be fine, stir and let stand for 5-10 minutes befure pouring into your batter.

If a recipe calls for shortening often the same amount of oil can be substituted.  Also, oil can be replaced with applesauce and for a more spice cake flavor you could use applebutter for an unexpected taste.