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Blueberry Crumb Cake


By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
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We wave hello, we wave goodbye. Hand waving is one of the ways to avoid communication or to explain away a hard problem. We hope by hand waving a problem will magically go away….like a magician wave.

But here in Minnesota there’s more to waving than solving problems, especially when we’re driving down the road. A few years back my brother-in-law and his family from the Cities were coming for a visit to the country. Passing a car on the country road they waved at each other. His daughters asked if he knew them and he said nope. They were horrified as they had always been taught not to talk or wave to strangers. They had forgotten their dad grew up in the country, so he knew the rules…you wave at everyone, just in case you might know them, so they wouldn’t think you were unfriendly or a city folk…maybe it’s just a reflex.

Sometimes you don’t even have to see a face when a car goes by, just the wave that’s unique to that person. There are so many different kinds of waves…the one hand no motion wave, the one hand flap up & down wave, the one hand half circle wave, the one finger (index) wave over the steering wheel...maybe back and forth...maybe not, the thumb wave, and then there’s those on the cell phone who wave with the hand they’re not holding the phone with (hmmm who’s steering?) I don’t think the Royal Wave is done much from the car but it is practiced at length to get it just right for riding in parades. So you see, each person has their own signature wave. Think about it, do you have your own signature wave…it might be so automatic that you don’t even realize you are doing it. It’s our way of being Minnesota nice.

Today I’m going to sit on our porch with a cup of coffee and eat this delicious and easy Blueberry Crumb Cake given to me by a good friend and wave at cars going by.

Blueberry Crumb Cake

In a medium bowl mix together:

2 C of flour

1 C of sugar

1 T Baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

Cut in with a pastry cutter: ½ Cup butter (not softened)

In small bowl mix and stir into dry ingredients:

1 C 2% milk, 2 eggs. Do not overmix!

Fold in 1 ½ C blueberries. Pour in greased 9x13 glass pan.

In a separate bowl mix topping: 1 C sugar, ½ cup flour, ¼ C melted butter

Put both batter and topping separately in refrigerator overnight. In morning sprinkle topping over batter and bake at 375 degrees about 35 minutes.

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