6.19.2012

Bucket Filling Is Berry Fun!

Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music! 

It's blueberry time again at Moorhead Farms, so we spent a glorious hour on Father's Day evening filling our buckets with these tasty treasures!  
Yum, yum . . . 





So today, I'm baking these delicious blueberry muffins!
  


It also seems like a good time to celebrate my blog's {almost} 200 cyberspace collaborators who leave bucket-filling reflections when they stop by the Corner. Bucket fillers make wherever they go BETTER because they were there! So how about a giveaway?  Let's say I give away not one, not two, but THREE Bucket Filling books.  I've got copies of Have You Filled A Bucket Today? and Growing Up With A Bucket Full of Happiness, both author-signed by my friend Carol McCloud, so if you win, you'll get to choose.



Every comment between right now and Friday (June 22) at noon 5 pm (Central)
will equal ONE entry (just make sure to leave me your contact info.) - - - -  
Are you still dancing?  

Oh, and as a freebie, here's that Blueberry Muffin recipe:

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup blueberries

Mix dry ingredients; make a well in center and add eggs, buttermilk and melted butter. Fold in blueberries and fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full. Sprinkle batter with sugar before baking for a bakery crust.
  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  


This giveaway is now closed. Check in on Saturday (June 23) to see if the Gruener Generator selected your entry. Visit Lesson Plans and Dirty Hands for another chance to win a signed copy.


56 comments:

  1. thanks for the wonderful recipe. Can't wait to try it. The blueberries remind me of one of my favorite bucket filling books, Ordinary Mary's Extra Ordinary Day, where Mary gives some blueberries and sets off a pay it forward random acts of kindness. And it all comes back to Mary.

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    1. Jo, thanks for always stopping by the Corner with a kind word. We LOVE the Ordinary Mary book!

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  2. I enjoy leaving comments on your blog, because I enjoy what you have to share. Thanks for having that kind of blog!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. You seem to be able to sprinkle sunshine wherever you go!

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  3. I love your blog! I help write the character education curriculum for my school and when I found "How To Fill a Bucket" I made sure every classroom had a copy in their classroom library. You have wonderful ideas!

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    1. Thanks, Natalie - I think EVERY classroom in the world ought to have a copy!! I'm glad you can find some useful ideas at the Corner.

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  4. I'm looking forward to making these. I'm going to the store later... to buy (not pick) my blueberries. lol

    Congratulations on almost 200 followers! You are very close.

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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    1. Yay, Delighted . . . you're going to LOVE these muffins! Thanks for dropping by the Corner with a kind word of encouragement now and again.

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  5. Our school celebrates character education each month through an assembly awarding the kids, but often they have NO IDEA what the trait means. I spent the last nine years in a Christian school where character development is huge! I have returned to the public schools and this coming year I really want to make an effort to spend more time developing charactere education in my classroom. I want them to know what these traits mean and encourage them to develop them. I look forward to using some of your ideas as I implement these lessons in my classroom.

    Amy
    mellomama6@gmail.com

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    1. Hey Amy -

      That's what makes this such a wonderful resource - it's SO concrete, even for our littlest learners! I'm glad that you're determined to weave character into the very fabric of your classroom.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your blueberry muffin recipe!! And thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway!

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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    1. And thank you, Heather, for helping me reach 200! I know you'll LOVE the muffins.

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  7. Deanna SchadebergJune 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I love that you're filling buckets with beautiful blueberries AND sharing a recipe! Thanks for being such an incredible inspiration. You make me want to be a better person! I'll think of you whenever I'm singing next year!

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    1. Your comment about singing is MUSIC to my ears; what a bucket filler you are, Deanna.

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  8. You are the ultimate bucket filler Barbara!!!
    Tricia :)tdelbello@comcast.net

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    1. Oh, Tricia, that is SOOOOOO sweet of you to affirm me like that; what a compliment! Summertime smiles coming your way!!

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  9. I totally agree with the comment above!

    This is so exciting! And thanks for the recipe- yummy!

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    1. Sweet Tamara - you positively lift my spirits with every visit to the Corner. Someday our paths will cross in real life . . .

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  10. sounds delicious and thanks for the great giveaway!
    alklong at hotmail dot com

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    1. Appreciate you stopping by and entering the giveaway . . . you MUST try the muffins!

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  11. I love how you share so many excellent ideas! I'm a new counselor, so I'm always looking for good lessons & activities to implement! Last year, one of my No Place for Hate activities consisted of me reading "Have you filled a bucket today?" to all of the students at my school, having them sign a bucket fillers pledge, brainstorming ways to fill buckets, and decorating their very own bucket! I haven't read the other bucket filling book, but I'm sure it's just as good! Thanks for being so kind to share your books with others! Contact info: jencavender@gmail.com

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    1. Hi! I recognize your name from Pinterest . . .thanks for stopping by the Corner! The Growing Up book is SO good because it goes into more detail for the older learners about lids and hanging out with other bucket fillers, etc. You'll LOVE it!

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  12. I love the bucket filling concept!!! Thank you for taking the time each day to write a meaningful post! I'm your newest follower (and I think I bumped you up to 200- CONGRATS)!

    Melissa
    melody1124@comcast.net

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    1. YAY Melissa - thanks for being my 200th CC (I find the word "follower" to be too much pressure!) . . . I appreciate you recognizing my daily challenge to find something positive to share!

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  13. I tried bucket filling last year with my class, and it started off well, but I know I need to make a few changes before next year. I like the idea of a class bucket. I would love to read Growing Up with a Bucketful of Happiness. Thanks for sharing. Monica mhorn@adrianschool.com

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    1. Hi Monica - and thanks for dropping by. We found that you have to FLOOD them with bucket filling and it'll ripple out . . . I think you'll really get some new ideas and inspiration from the chapter book!!

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  14. My class loves to have their bucket filled. What a great way to teach them to 'pay it forward' and build their awareness of others. The blueberries muffins look delicious:) Breakfast tomorrow! Thanks for all that you do.

    Kathy
    kburch@sjbplymouth.org

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    1. Thanks for stopping by the Corner and sharing your reflection. Who wouldn't LOVE to have their bucket filled?! Oh, and you're gonna LOVE these muffins!! Eat them warm with a little sweet cream butter . . . you know how we LOVE our butter, especially during June Dairy Month!

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  15. Just foumd your blog today through Teaching Blog Addict. Thanks for the chance to win one of the signed bucket filler books:-)
    Michelle
    mcoop1125@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Michelle and welcome to the Corner. I hope that you'll drop by now and again when you need a lift. Since you're new, you may not know that I try to find something positive to share every day . . . Yay!

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  16. Forgot to mention that I live within an hour of Wayside in Sheboygan County. What a great area to grow up in!

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    1. OMG . . . someone who knows where Wayside is!! Growing up, we got ALL sorts of jokes that we lived in "A Wayside . . . " roadside stop . . . if only they hadn't rerouted that railroad!! How did you find my blog?

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    2. Through Teaching Blog Addict! I am now a follower of yours. Do you ever get back to WI? I grew up on in a farm in Darien, WI -- which is down my the Illinois border. Moved to Sheboygan 12 years old after being a flat lander for 10 years. I know how you feel--Darien was farm city--kids even drove their tractors to school every day. Memories..

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    3. I was just there last week, presenting at a conference in Pewaukee for Jefferson County Schools! I had a roommate in college at Madison from Delevan . . . isn't that near Darien? SO fun to connect!

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  17. I love bucket filling!! Carol came to our school this year!! She did such an amazing job presenting to the kids and then the teachers too! I actually forgot to bring my book to the workshop, so I never got it signed! I would love to win one!!

    Ali
    alischepis(at)gmail(dot)com
    An Education Lasts a Lifetime

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  18. We love bucket filling in my third grade class! We checked out "Have you Filled a Bucket Today?" last year and read it to our class, but I've heard that the other would be great for third graders!!

    I've got my fingers crossed that I win!!

    Jackie

    Third Grade's A Charm

    Enter My 100 Follower Giveaway!

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  19. Sorry...forgot to add an email address...I can be contacted on my blog link in the above comment or at the following email address!

    thirdgradesacharm(at)ymail(dot)com

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  20. I love blueberries! Thank you for the recipe! and I love the Bucket Filler books! I used it last year with my class and can't wait to do more this year! :)
    Cheryl
    cener(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
    Crayons and Curls

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  21. Yummy, the blueberry recipe looks wonderful! Love having the extra time during the summer to bake from scratch for breakfast!

    Kelly
    kthrower@waynesboro.k12.va.us

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  22. I've been thinking about getting these books because you have such great ideas for using them in elementary. It seems the concept is one that kids easily pick up on and carry throughout the year; and best of all makes a positive difference. Would LOVE to win! Ever had huckleberries? We have them in Montana and as good as blueberries are, hucks are even better I think! :) -- Tanya
    vannicet@hotmail.com

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  23. I love the Bucket Filler books for my students and my own children! Thanks for the recipe, too...I will need to try it!
    Heather

    hhigafunada@gmail.com

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  24. I read the bucket filler every year during the first week of school and I sure can tell a difference in my students attitudes. It's wonderful and I enjoy it myself!

    Thanks!
    Maria

    Mybarnes@gmail.com

    www.msteechalady.blogspot.com

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  25. I absolutely love the bucket filler books. I read the adult version and knew right away that I had to introduce this to my students. I try to introduce students to the idea of bucket filling by readng them the story during the 1st week of school. They really enjoy it and our discussion is phenomenal!

    Thanks
    Maria
    mybarnes@gmail.com
    www.msteechalady.blogspot.com

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  26. I love reading How to Fill a Bucket. My kinders talk about filling each others buckets all year. I also use it as a behavior management tool. I have slips of paper that the kids write their names on and then at the end of the day I pull several to pick prizes from my treasure box or for a free kids meal. Thanks for filling my bucket with a great recipe.
    krissye@hotmail.com

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  27. How to Fill a Bucket is the best!! The kids really enjoy it too :)

    Katie
    kjones678{at}gmail.com
    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

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  28. Love blueberry muffins! Thank you for the recipe! Hope to win this giveaway. Heard of the book, but never read it! Thank you for the opportunity!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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  29. Thank you for the recipe! What a wonderful giveaway!

    Lorena


    Lorena.delgadillo@gmail.com

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  30. I loved reading this book! It is a great reminder of how easy and important it is uplift people with kind words!! I also loved the blueberry bread you made for the workshop it was delicious!!

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  31. What a fabulous giveaway! I love the Bucket Filler concept! BTW - The muffins look so delicious!!! YUM!!! :o)

    Jennifer
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  32. Love this giveaway! These are great books. Every year I borrow them from our Counselor so it would be awesome to win my own copy. I am currently working on Bucket Filler packet for my classroom!
    Tamara
    2 Crazy Texas Teachers
    2crazytexasteachers@gmail.com

    And, the recipe is a yummy bonus! Thanks!

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  33. I would love to a win a copy! I also do not have my own books- I borrow them from the counselor at the start of the school year.
    ashly2499@gmail.com
    Teaching Happily Ever After

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  34. My daughter LOVES blueberries so I can't wait to try your recipe! I'm also hoping to enjoy some blueberry picking with her shortly!

    I'd love to win "Have you filled your bucket today?" I've heard great things about the book, but have yet to experience it myself!
    sgies328@gmail.com
    Stephanie

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  35. Love the blueberry bucket filling photos. My third graders have been bucket filling the last two years. We would love to have a bucket bok in our library!
    Louise
    teach3meyer@yahoo.com

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  36. Love this idea! Can't wait to read more about it.


    Joanne
    jkmatuch@aol.com

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  37. I am new to your blog. I am a first grade teacher, choir director, and music director for our school musicals. I work at a Catholic school in South Jersey. I also have 5 children. I would love to use these books in my classroom, as well as my home. I live 5 minutes away from a blueberry farm. My family and I love to pick blueberries together! It is one of our favorite summer activities. I am always looking for new blueberry recipes. Thank you!

    Elizabeth
    Epodolski@arcsgalloway.org

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  38. I'd like your blueberry pie recipe to compare it to mine. I have 3 blueberry bushes and love blueberry recipes. Thanks!!!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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