Friday, 24 July 2015

Fresh picked blueberries~and an important message.

I watched a video yesterday morning about the last 3 generations, asking them what they did for fun as a kid. This last generation of kids answered the question and it was shocking, scary really. It actually made me cry. This young generation of kids are NOT playing outside for fun like all previous generations. Instead the play on video games, tablets, cell phones, watch TV and we are letting it happen. You can watch that video here.

So right after watching it I thought to myself, "that's it!" One of the women in the video mentioned that she picked blueberries as a kid so I thought that was a great idea. "KIDS! GET READY WE ARE GOING OUT FOR A WHILE!" I can't believe I had never taken them before especially since there is a blueberry farm just a couple roads over from us! So off we went!
The kids actually had a pretty good time. Only a couple arguments, complaints and the 2 youngest quit early and played over in the shade until we were done. I didn't mind, it WAS a little hot out. 

Seriously, Mom? Did you just take my picture?  You know I've walked into the room before to see all 4 of my youngest sitting around on an electronic device and I laugh to myself, but its actually not a laughing matter. I have to change things up a bit!

We picked 17.5 lbs. of berries! Which is great. We love them alone, in pancakes, muffins and smoothies!

This morning we made gluten free lemon blueberry muffins. I got the recipe from pinterest. You can see it here.

And of course I had a great little helper! I try to get my kids to help out in the kitchen here and there but I think I should be doing it even more! HECK! maybe I won't have to cook or bake on my own ever again!? Wonder if at all!? pft yeah right!

Cooking & baking are definitely skills that kids need to learn and IT CAN BE FUN! No, it's not the same as playing outside but at least it gets them OFF their electronics!

In case you'd like to know, I changed up the recipe a bit. I used 3/4 c. honey instead of the 1 c. of sugar and I added 1 tsp. of xanthan gum to the mix. Here is the flour I used as well.
I am really glad we went yesterday for another FANTASTIC reason. My 12 & 13 year olds got themselves a JOB there! YUP! That's right! They are there right now picking away and earning themselves MONEY! No video games, tablets, or TV right now NO they are working in the field! Does that sound a little more like what the last few generations did? YUP! They were so excited to go to work this morning! Let's see how excited they are tomorrow. ;)  


How do you feel about today's generation, the difference between what they are doing for fun compared to what the rest of us did as kids, and all this technology at their fingertips? Do you get your kids to help out in the kitchen?
Some of you may not agree but I think BUTTER makes everything taste better. This one 'was' mine and boy oh boy! MMMM SOOO GOOOD!  Next up....TIME IN THE POOL!!  Have a great day friends! ~Mel


  1. yes, I agree with you. I guess the reason we didn't stay inside so much was because there were more fun things to do outside then. Now that video games are around, boys (in particular) love those more than going outside! Ugh! I guess it all depends on the kids personality too. But I do see it as an obsession with my 14 year old. I wish he liked sports and camping etc. Those seem healthier and more traditional. those muffins look yummy! I like real butter on mine too.

  2. Hi Melanie, I absolutely agree with you. As a teacher I`m watching this everyday... But the worst thing is that the kids don`t know there are another possibilities because their parents never did such a fun activity with them. Therefore it`s an important point in our everyday family life to do things together, to show our daughter how to live a fulfilled life. We made us a birdhouse lately and I`m posting about it on my blog. Enjoy your time ♥ Alexandra

  3. Good for you for recognizing this. My guys are 16 and 18 now but we got them out as much as possible too. They were involved in 4-H and we camped so that helped a lot. There are an amazing number of places in or near our own communities that we can take our families to. Just this week our youngest and I went to two different fishing spots locally and drove to a neighbouring city on Lake Ontario and walked all along a marina pier and breakwall for a few hours. Today we went fishing at a small river in town and enjoyed a picnic lunch. Afterwards I won't feel guilty when he has a four hour marathon of Walking Dead episodes. Those muffins look delicious! Those blueberries will do you well through the winter months. Great that the kids found a job for experience too.

  4. Your kids are so darling! I use to love to pick blueberries when we would travel to Oregon to see my grandmother. She would put them in milk in the morning instead of cereal, we thought that was amazing. :) What fun you had! Enjoy every minuet of it! Rié | Portobello Design Blog

  5. Its about getting the balance right isn't it...I am so glad my daughters have all grown up. Those blueberries look delicious.

  6. We went outside not because there was so much to do out there but because there was NOTHING to do inside. Then once outside we found things to do.

  7. Love it! I just today posted almost the same thing without having seen yours. ;) I loaded my boys up to go blueberry picking a couple days ago and time stood still (in a good way). We have to grab these moments, get back to the simple and meaningful times. Enjoy those kiddos and these warm summer days... ~julie

  8. Hi! I so agree with this video and shared it on our facebook page. I am a grandma and grew up loving the outdoors. (and still do) Sounds like you are getting things back under control. Nancy

  9. Hi! I so agree with this video and shared it on our facebook page. I am a grandma and grew up loving the outdoors. (and still do) Sounds like you are getting things back under control. Nancy

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  11. Sorry about the mess up on the postings! Nancy



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