Menu Monday and Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Domestic, Kids

This week, I’m linking up with The Organizing Junkie and The How To Mommy for Menu Monday!

Happy Monday!!

Monday has become a day of celebration around here because we try to only hit up the pool in our complex when we know it’ll be empty. We’ve been here for a little over two months, go almost everyday and we’ve only ever seen other people there four times! During the week, we go during our lunch break from home schooling and unless we go around dinner time, we don’t go to the pool on the weekends. Most weekends are filled with Daddy time and having fun with our awesome new friends (thanks for taking us thrifting and hosting a kiddie bbq!) so we are all generally too wiped out for the pool anyway. We didn’t go anywhere near the pool (or the ocean) this weekend, so when we take our mid-day break (somewhere between math and reading) we’ll break in our new pool toys!

After two weeks in a row of out of town visitors (we miss Brigitte, Hal, Lindsay and her mom already!), we are visitorless this week and we will likely be catching up with each other – which means we’ll cook together a lot and go for walks and probably stay up late making paper dolls and playing video games. 🙂

Menu Monday is one of my favorite bloggy days because I love to see the week in food laid out in front of me, even if I totally abandon it for whatever Martha is raving about in this month’s magazine (I can’t be the only one that feels compelled to make some ridic creation rightnow). This blueberry swirl coffee cake is not only amazing any day of the week, my 6 year old makes it pretty much by herself! She’s a pint size domestic goddess, but I swear it’s not hard. Recipe after this week’s menu!

This Week’s Menu (June 11 – 17)

Monday – Spaghetti and Meatballs with Garlic Bread for the fam, Spaghetti without Meatballs for me and Nanaimo Bars for dessert

Tuesday – Cheesy Breaded Chicken with Bacon Mashed Potatoes for the fam, Crack Wrap for me and Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake for dessert

Wednesday – Breaded Haddock with Pilaf and Beans for the fam, Veggie Potstickers with Pilaf and Beans for me and Chocolate Chip Muffins for dessert

Thursday – Chicken Bacon Wraps with Sweet Potato Fries for the fam, Black Bean Burrito with Sweet Potato Fries for me and Banana Pie for dessert

Friday – Homemade Calzones for all of us and Black Bottom Coconut Bars for dessert

Saturday – Beef Stroganoff with Basic Bread for the kids, likely some Black Bean Burrito leftovers for me and Apple Pie for dessert

Sunday – Roasted Chicken with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Corn (& gravy oooof course) for the fam, probably more Veggie Potstickers with Pilaf for me and Chocolate Buttermilk Cake for dessert

I have been eating these vegetarian pot stickers I’m totally hooked on and I’d eat them everyday if I ever made enough so my menu this week is a little pathetic. Also, notice that Mondays have become Spaghetti and Meatball day and Fridays have become homemade pizza and/or calzone day. The kids make their own and are incredibly happy to eat what they made!

Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake – adapted from Betty Crocker’s Best Christmas Cookbook

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 eggs
3 cups flour
1 21-ounce can blueberry pie filling (or whatever kind you like)
1 cup icing sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Set oven to 350F, and grease a jelly roll pan (or use your trusty 9×13 pan). Beat sugar, butter, shortening, baking powder, vanilla, almond extract and eggs with an electric mixer (or a whole lot of elbow grease) till smooth and then stir in the flour – make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl!
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Spread two-thirds of the mixture in the bottom of the pan. Spread the pie filling over it. Then dollop the rest of the mixture over the pie filling by tablespoonfuls. Bake for about 45 minutes! Mix the icing sugar and milk to make a quick and yummy glaze to drizzle over top of the coffee cake while it’s still warm.
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Blueberry Swirl Coffee Cake


  1. Samantha  •  Jun 11, 2012 @3:13 pm

    That looks delish!! And how cute is Miss Tiny helping out?!

    So yum! She’s hysterical (& messy) but it’s way fun!

  2. The How To Mommy  •  Jun 11, 2012 @6:21 pm

    Thanks for linking up. That coffee cake looks awesome!

    Thanks! 🙂

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