Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Blueberry Muffins, a New Horse, and Our Little Freak Show

Ah....the days have been crazy! Okay, so most days are a little crazy but this week it seemed like we had several burners going.
Tonight I can say that a few of those burners are now off and I hope tomorrow we are all back on schedule.

Last week I posted a Chocolate Breakfast Muffin that we enjoy. This time I am sharing my Blueberry Muffin Recipe.
Any large family knows that when the little ones start waking up, breakfast needs to start hitting the table! What to feed 7 kids? Honestly, there are many mornings that we have cold cereal. Cheerios.
It's really not a big deal to not get up and fix a HUGE and HOT breakfast. After all, my kids are home all day, remember? We can snack at 10 am while we do school:-)

There are other days when I do crave something hot that is NOT oatmeal, so muffins fit the bill. Here it is, but I double the recipe.
I also combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl the night before and set the eggs and butter out. When I wake up, I only need combine everything and pop them in the oven.

Blueberry Muffins

1 ¾ C flour
¾ tsp salt
1/3 C sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs beaten
¼ c melted butter
¾ C milk
1 C blueberries ( add after everything is mixed)

 Combine everything and scoop into muffin cups. Bake at 400. Makes 12.


Part of the reason the week was crazy is that we got a horse. Well, my oldest got a horse.

They look miserable together, right? 
We were actually a little worried about his transition out here, but so far it has been smooth.
He does feel a little defensive around the cow, but sweet Lucy is polite enough to ignore him.


I know that everyone lives their lives a little differently from one another. I have friends with all different life styles and I accept that not everyone does things like me.
So I was surprised when my husband told me about  a friend who views our life as a freak show
I guess since we have many kids and farm and home educate we are "different."
I also suppose since I have my niche of close friends who also have several kids and farm and home educate I see my life as "normal."

Devin, who is great at looking at the other side, tried to convince me that we are not the normal "Jones" type family and so we are different.
I accept that, but I am not sure I agree that we are a freak show. (sigh)

At the end of the day I don't really care. I accept my freak show. 

I feel sorry for those who do not get to experience the freak show for themselves because it's pretty damn awesome. It's a life that can't be fully explained, only experienced. It's appealing to many, but only the faithful and courageous are willing to step out and enjoy it's rich blessings. 
And if you are truly lucky, the freak show brings with it hot muffins and hot coffee with fresh, raw cream in the morning!

He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stands a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure, too.

Benjamin Franklin
Happy Wednesday! Here are some freak show photos from the week so far!


  1. Long live the Freaks!.. I am going to have to write about this!

    1. Maddie, I loved your write up! I am also soooo glad you are feeling better! xxoo

  2. You might run a freak show, but look at those buff arms, yo!

  3. Anne is right, your arms are indeed very buff! I love the fact you are living your life the way you want, I only find it strange when people don't. I'm enjoying my freak show that's for sure!

    1. Do you get the same type of comments where you are? I always pictured Europe as being a small family culture....but know zilch about it. Glad you are freak show momma like me!

    2. I think most of Europe is quite family orientated but here in England children seem to be viewed almost as if they are vermin. Being a large family is mostly very frowned upon here especially by the media which of course influences all the sheeple!

  4. I second the awesome biceps, you go woman! I do not understand how living a life you love can make you a freak, if so may all have a shot a being a 'freak'. I have many times encountered this attitude, I think it must have something to do with fear. Live life to the full, and if you and yours are happy and harm no one, than I think that is exactly how it should be.

    1. I wonder too if it is fear that drives people to be so critical or jealousy.....something to ponder.
      Maybe I should start flexing in my pictures! lol

  5. Freak show?! Where are your tattoos and strange piercings? Can y'all swallow swords and walk on spikes? Sheeeeeeesh! It's definitely a case of jealousy/fear/something freaky on THEIR part!! Good grief this has got my ire up!!

  6. I see a bunch of happy, healthy, well-adjusted kids...if this is a freak show, then where do these people that call it that live??? A box??

    Love the horse - he's beautiful!

    1. Thanks! I love horses and must say I have never seen an ugly one:-)


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