Fresh Picked Blueberries! (and Easy Fruit & Honey Oats)

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Being a Floridian my entire life, there are several things I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never done.  I’ve never been to the Florida State Fair, the Strawberry Festival, Sweetfield Farms famous corn maze, or blueberry picking.  Well, now I can cross blueberry picking off the list!  I had the pleasure of spending a quiet afternoon, camera in hand, picking blueberries at BlueYouth Berry Farm.  The people there were very friendly and helpful and it was a perfect spring day.

With food allergies, the best thing about picking it myself, is that I know what’s in it.  I don’t have to worry that it was “processed in a facility with…”  or that it “may contain…” anything other than delicious, fresh off the bush, larger than life, bursting with flavor Florida blueberries!


The friendly folks at BlueYouth even helped me pick out a few blueberry bushes to take home and nurture for my very own!

I keep my blueberries in a dish on the kitchen counter, so they can continue to ripen and so I can steal a handful now and then as I walk by. 😉  Today’s blueberry recipe is pretty simple, as it was early in the season and I didn’t come home with more than a little over a pound.  But never fear, I will be back and report to you all of my delicious allergy-friendly blueberry goodness.


1/2 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

1 cup water or vanilla soy  milk

dash of salt + dash of cinnamon

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 banana, sliced

honey for drizzling


Combine oats, water or milk, salt, and cinnamon then microwave for 2 minutes.  Top with sliced banana and fresh blueberries.  Drizzle with honey.  Mmmmmmenjoyyyyy.





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