Summer Sizzler 5 Miler and CNYEats A Taste of Utica Blueberry Muffins

by Joanne on June 17, 2012

These guys are keeping me entertained. Everyday they do something that gets me giggling.

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Look what they bought Ted for Father’s Day:

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Shane sent his “pennies” my way and I helped him order a 6 bottle bucket of international beer plus nuts, crackers and sausage.  A MAN’S bucket of goodies.  Love Shane and Zoey.


Results from last year here.

Before I tell you about the best blueberry muffins in upstate New York, let me share my 2012 Summer Sizzler experience.  I wasn’t looking forward to this race   A T    A L L.  Not sure why, maybe I “raced myself out” last year.  I convinced myself that I should run this 5 miler in preparation for the Boilermaker on July 8th.  Still, the enthusiasm and energy just wasn’t there. Last year Ted and I raced as a husband and wife team, coming in first. This year, my running partner wasn’t running. Foot problems AGAIN. Sad smile

Warming up with some Karaoke’s

Then some stretching at the starting line (Ah HMMMM! Ted! Nice time to take a photo!)

And then I ran, starting slow because I knew the course was rolling for the first 3 miles then it went into the SUNY campus trail which was grass covered for the most part. Grass running and my feet don’t get along. It was a beautiful morning to run, warmer than last year, the grass STILL held me back (my slowest mile at 8:30 pace) but my time was better by a few seconds than last year, average pace last year was 7:55.

2012 Results:  Overall pace:  7:50   Time:  39:15  Place 5th overall female and 2nd in my age group.

My goal pace for this race was 7:49 so I didn’t miss by much AND I stuck to my guns holding myself back in the first mile even though it started on a downhill.  Didn’t feel good running the race but I feel a lot better now. Smile

Aunt Bertha’s Blueberry Muffins

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Evita tells us about these muffins…”I FINALLY made the blueberry muffins with this recipe and I must tell you that they are AWESOME!! I have looked for years and could never find a recipe that I liked …. This is now a permanent fixture in my recipe box! Thanks! – Evita”

Makes 12 standard size muffins  – Posted by Chris

  • 1/4 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, washed and stems removed

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  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Heat the oven to 375 F. 

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.

In another bowl, mix the flour and baking powder.  Add to the butter mix, alternating with the milk.  Stir until all is combined and moist.  Fold in blueberries and nuts (if using). 

Fill greased muffin tins about 2/3 full

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and bake for 20 – 23 minutes. 

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Moist, sweet, very BERRY and just plain (in Evita’s own words)  AWESOME!

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Seeing as it’s another beautiful day in Utica, we are going to get a few chores done then relax and let Ted celebrate Father’s Day.   We went to Delta Lake on Friday night, BEAUTIFUL!

Feet in the sand

Ted went for a swim

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What are your plans for this Father’s Day?

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  • At 2012.06.17 18:36, Pam said:

    Every new pic of Shane and Zoey is cuter than the previous, how do you do it 🙂
    Happy Father’s Day Dad!! Wish I could be up there to celebrate with you.
    Great job on your race, what an outstanding pace! The Boilermaker will be here so soon.
    I made blueberry waffles for Heman this morning. He’ll be a dad someday so I thought I would practice making him a nice breakfast for father’s day 🙂 Your muffins look great, the berries are everywhere this time of year and so delicious!

    • At 2012.06.18 09:19, Joanne said:

      Thanks Pam. We tried to help your dad enjoy his special day 🙂

      • At 2012.06.17 19:32, Lori said:

        That picture of Shane and Zoey is adorable!!! So cute! Glad those 2 are getting along.

        It’s so warm and toasty here that a trip to the beach sounds pretty good.

        • At 2012.06.18 09:20, Joanne said:

          The dogs really are doing great together. I love it 🙂

          • At 2012.06.17 20:06, misszippy said:

            Nice racing! Congrats to you! Love it when you go in with low expectations and surprise yourself.

            The pups are so darn cute!

            • At 2012.06.18 09:20, Joanne said:


              • At 2012.06.18 02:49, Choc Chip Uru said:

                Perfect perfect muffins 😀
                Loving the post!

                Choc Chip Uru

                • At 2012.06.18 09:21, Joanne said:

                  They were delish – perfect for a warm summer morning.

                  • At 2012.06.18 08:37, Donna said:

                    I love the picture of Shane and Zoey!!!!!
                    hahaha! for Father’s Day, Meems brought Dan a dead squirrel 🙂

                    • At 2012.06.18 09:21, Joanne said:

                      Eeewww! I’m sure the squirrel was a real prize to Meems 🙂

                      • At 2012.06.18 09:21, Kelly @ My Love Affair with Running said:

                        Thos blueberry muffins look amazing! Pity blueberries cost about $7 a punnet here in Australia at the moment :P. Might make them but substitute blueberries with something more seasonal on this end. Thanks for sharing 🙂

                        • At 2012.06.18 09:27, Alison said:

                          2nd place in your age group and 5th of all women? Way to rock that run!!

                          Curious – do you not like grass because you run slower or does it physically cause issues? I jog on the road and I know that’s supposed to be the worst for your joints and wondered how grass would work.

                          • At 2012.06.18 19:58, Cucina49 said:

                            Your dogs are very talented to have ordered Father’s Day gifts…and that puppy is freaking adorable. Congratulations on your run!

                            • At 2012.06.19 01:01, Lara said:

                              Wow! Congrats to your results in running! That”s really a big deal, I also have started jogging a couple of weeks ago, but your time is really great, you really deserve your 2nd place. After the competition, I really would like to eat those yummy muffins:)

                              • At 2012.06.19 11:07, Heather said:

                                That 2nd picture of the pups is too much cuteness!
                                Congrats on the age group finish – that’s awesome!!

                                • At 2012.06.19 12:11, Biz said:

                                  Wow – speedy! I ran an 8:00 minute mile pace on the treadmill this morning, but that was my sprint and I only held it for a minute! 😀

                                  • At 2012.06.19 23:31, Choc Chip Uru said:

                                    Congrats my friend, I have awarded you the much deserved Versatile Blogger Award 😀
                                    Check it out here:

                                    Choc Chip Uru

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