Saturday, July 18, 2015

Blueberry Buckle Muffin Cake

My husband loves Blueberry Buckle dessert and I have had this recipe for years. One year I thought, what if I just made a cake instead of putting the batter in muffin tins. This recipe makes one 8 by 8 inch cake. If you want a 9 by 13 inch cake, double this recipe. Mix ingredients and then spread in baking pan. (Fold in blueberries after you mix ingredients so they don't break apart) The batter will be a bit thick as this is a denser cake. Make the topping in a separate bowl and sprinkle on top of batter. For a 9 by 13 cake bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Yesterday we went blueberry picking at Grandma's Berry Patch in Wanatah, Indiana. The blueberries were huge and delicious.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Double Mailbox Post Makeover

Completed project!

Updated photos from 2/2018, closer view

view from underneath

My neighbor's mailbox and ours were in just terrible condition. The mailboxes had a wooden cover where the birds loved to perch and poop all over them. I asked my neighbor if he would be interested in sharing a double mailbox post with identical mailboxes and he agreed. Little did I know that none of the major home improvement stores sell a double mailbox post, unless you want to special order one for hundreds of dollars or have one custom made.  This project cost about $100, split between the two of us...$50 each, not too bad!

Materials needed...
Wooden post from Lowes-ours is not listed online but very similar to this one
1- 1 by 6 piece of wood  approx. $5

Mailboxes must be placed 6 to 8 inches away from the curb; the slot or door must be 41 to 45 inches from the ground. Curbside mailbox posts should be buried less than24 inches deep and made from wood no larger than 4 inches high by 4 inches wide.

We installed the post with guidelines from the USPS (see above) and then put about a 5 by 22 inch cross piece to set the mailboxes on. The size of that piece of wood will depend on the size of your mailboxes and how close you want them together. If you have any questions on how we installed it, comment below.