5 Years Later…and What’s Cooking?

And suddenly, you know…it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings…

Hello, sweet friend…

Sometimes the smallest decisions change our lives, reroute our destinies without even our own awareness…

So quietly…

without fanfare like a soft phrase willing us to follow the source.

That was me on moving to the Oregon coast from California five years ago.

With limited knowledge of the area…

I was completely unprepared for such a move.…

However five years later (I forget that I’m still somewhat of a recent transfer to this area)…

I now feel more like the proverbial old shoe so comfortably worn…

Of course there are the nuances of discoveries and anticipating still more.

Fortunately I chronicle many of my days here and preserve those memories…

never to lose the excitement of this whole adventure.

I am also cognizant of how I can never fully understand the way life’s random events can lead us to a placement just for us.

And I am a explorer still embracing whatever may await me on my voyages.

What’s Cooking?

Blueberry Cobbler

Having been blessed with 4 blueberry bushes in our garden…I’ve been inspired weekly to bake a recipe with blueberries. This Blueberry cobbler is a quick, easy dessert, and perfect for showcasing my summer blueberries! (however you can use frozen also) I love the way the cobbler batter bakes up nice and fluffy…a delicious contrast to the juicy berries waiting underneath. Enjoy!


4 cups blueberries fresh or frozen 

1 ¼ cups all purpose flour divided

1 ¼ cups granulated sugar divided

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1 egg

¼ cup milk

2 tablespoons canola oil


Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease an 8×8″ baking dish.

In a large bowl, stir together blueberries, ¼ cup flour, and 1 cup sugar. Pour into prepared baking dish.

In another large bowl, stir together remaining 1 cup flour, ¼ cup sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add egg, milk and canola oil and stir until completely combined. The batter will be thick.

Drop batter over the blueberries by tablespoonfuls, covering as much of the fruit as possible (it won’t cover completely!).

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until topping is golden brown and the blueberries are thickened and bubbly.

Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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6 Responses to 5 Years Later…and What’s Cooking?

  1. Donna Kelly says:

    This was one BRAVE and BIG GIRL move on your part for sure!!!!!! I loved sitting in the living room with you and Joe and you telling us how you felt it was time to try this move!!!!! I give you more credit for deciding to change your life for a more simple one. Oh and hasn’t it proven WONDERFUL!!!! Hugs and Happy 5 year anniversary xoxo

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Donna, sometimes ignorance is bliss and often is exactly what is needed to try something different. Enjoy your weekend sweet friend.

  2. Joe says:

    WOW, five years already! Doesn’t seem that long ago.
    Your flowers are so beautiful.
    The blueberry cobbler is amazing.
    Thank you!

  3. JoAnn Brewer says:

    Thank you for sharing . I had made a move from a small town in WV to the big and rough town of Newport News,Va. I was young , 8 1/2 months pregnant, with 2 little boys. No relatives there. My husband got a new job so away we went
    Boy was it rough, but I lived to tell about it. That was 35 years ago. Alot has happened since then. I didn’t live there long. The kids and I moved to Williamsburg, Va.

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi JoAnn, it’s lovely to see you here today. It sounds like you are in a wonderful place now, and I’m so happy for you. Take care my friend.

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