This coffee cake is bursting with blueberry-raspberry flavour and a taste of cream cheese in every bite! Moist and irresistible with the crumb topping.
A butterfly garden emerges!
We are finding activities to keep ourselves busy and we have created another garden! We wanted to create a space for the birds, butterflies and bees to enjoy at our new home. This is just the beginning of an oasis for nature to flourish. We still need milkweed and other host plants for butterflies. I am going to reach out to Tara at Garden Path Homemade Soap in Vankleek Hill. Tara raises monarch butterflies in her gardens and you really have to check out the website. She is a local entrepreneur and has so many wonderful products. We recently bought the Black Raspberry Vanilla Foaming Hand Soap and it smells SO good! That inspired me to try the Outdoor Spray. It is all natural with essential oils. As a repellant it really did the trick. I forgot to spray it on one day while I was gardening and was covered in mosquito bites!!
ANOTHER load of soil.....
Thanks to my brother Billy for loaning his truck to my dad so that we could get another load of soil for our butterfly garden. My dad was awesome as usual and headed out early Saturday morning and dropped the trailer with a load of soil for us.
The load was spilling over the edges and he grinned as he drove off looking at the pile of soil.
A little bit of elbow grease
We started by removing the grass which was back-breaking yet rewarding work. Tim had already started when I wandered out. He makes everything look so easy. He can lift an appliance on his back - of course it's easy :).
You stab that shovel horizontally and hope that it makes enough of an impact to make the next few stabs easier. The you chop it up and remove it. We were able to repurpose it which worked out well. The space was about 20 x 8 feet and I was so grateful when Austin came out to see if we needed help. Troy came out later but I don't think he was in a gardening mood that day 🙂
I can remember being 13 going on 14 and how I would've felt when another load of soil showed up!
It took about about 45 minutes to clear the space which amazed me. I thought it was going to take most of the day.
Troy arrives just in time
The weather was turning quickly - the wind had picked up and we all knew how heavy the soil would be if it was wet. We raced to unload it. Troy came out in the knick of time and the four of us unloaded ALL of the trailer in about 15 minutes flat.
Then, it poured. We came back inside and once the weather cleared, the sun came out and we headed out to start planting.
We were finishing planting our last shrub when Tim noticed a bumblebee who was already enjoying the new garden. Success!! It's been almost a week since we planted and all of the plants have flourished. Pot-bound plants happy to stretch their roots into the soil.
My zinnia and cosmo seeds have popped up and I'm happy to say that the radishes and lettuce have as well. Zoe has managed to tramp through the hills of beans at high speeds and I have no idea what will emerge from that escapade. Fingers are crossed.
So proud of Austin for sticking to it!
Austin worked off and on for two days assembling the wheelbarrow pictured below. Following those directions can be frustrating at the best of times. He stuck to it and got the job done and I'm proud of him for that :). Then his brother, Troy came along to give him a test-drive and it passed the test!
I love how Austin is wearing grinch pants in June that are two sizes too small and his dad's favourite hoodie from his days at McMaster University Woodstock Residence. 🙂
How to Make Blueberry-Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
I had a momentary lapse of reasoning. I was experimenting with this recipe and didn't take process phots shots. Gahhhhhh! I have learned now that I should do them for every recipe no matter what. This cake turned out beautifully and it is delicious and I decided to take shots of the end result.
Some lucky participant will receive a coffee cake next week when I make it again and take process photos 🙂
It is a very easy cake to make though!
Three layers - cake, cream cheese filling, topping. The recipe instructions are detailed 🙂
Enjoy this tasty coffee cake!