Peach Cobbler and Laundry

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We had a busy day at my house, as we do on most Saturdays, and by late in the afternoon everyone was wiped out.  I thought a special something was in order so I made peach cobbler and it was a big hit.  Cobbler is a very simple dessert, just a plain batter with some fresh fruit, bake and voila!….you are queen of the kingdom and your loyal subjects sing your praises (or something like “You’re awesome, thanks mom!” as they stuff cobbler into their mouths).

Everyone has been working hard to get organized for our trip to visit my parents in California.  We leave in about 5 days and the inevitable chaos that comes with travel and children has started to rain down upon my house.  Before we can go anywhere there are mountains of laundry to be done, wetsuits and goggles to find, bags to pack, iPods need new music, mountains of laundry and did I mention all the laundry???  I will remain strong, that bag of unsorted socks will not break me!  If we all wear mismatched socks so be it…..my sister will just have to be embarrassed when she meets us at the airport (well, maybe I will break out the sandals, the boys will have to make do).  How can 3 boys generate so much dirty laundry and why can’t I find any matching socks?!  *sigh* let’s change the subject, I have issues with laundry.

The boys are super excited to see their cousins, aunts, uncle, and grandparents and I know they are excited to have us come out for a visit.  Unfortunately, my hubby will not be able to make the trip as our beautiful Sebastian has contracted lyme disease which needs daily medications and lots of TLC.  He will keep up with our adventures via nightly phone calls and emails.  I have a feeling he will love having the house to himself for a little while. :)

So before I forget, the Peach Cobbler recipe is as follows:

9 inch baking dish
2 1/4 cups fresh peaches, sliced
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup sugar & 1/8 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/2 stick butter

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Place your baking dish, I use a 9″ round pie dish, in the center of the oven rack.  Put the 1/2 stick of butter in the baking dish and close the oven door.  As the oven preheats the butter will melt and coat the baking dish.

Slice up just over 2 cups of fresh peaches.  Set aside to be used later.  

To make the batter sift the flour, baking powder and 3/4 cup of sugar into a mixing bowl.  Then add the milk and whisk until blended.  

Check that your oven is preheated to 325 degrees, the butter has melted and is bubbling in the baking dish.  Carefully pour your batter into the baking dish, it will be quite full when you have poured out all the batter.  Then drop your sliced peaches into the dish, making sure to cover the batter all over with peaches.  The baking dish will almost be overflowing but this is a good thing.  Do not stir the peaches into the batter.  This is very important, No Stirring.  Use the remaining 1/8 cup of sugar to sprinkle all over the top of the cobbler.

Bake for 1 hour or until the cobbler is a lovely golden brown and you can see juice bubbling up around the fruit.  Set out to cool for about 30 to 45 minutes.  I like the cobbler to cool a little bit and set up, it is still warm when I serve it and a side of vanilla ice cream is a delicious touch.  Enjoy!

 


An Afternoon At Weir Farm

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I took the boys to Weir Farm National Historic Site today and it was glorious.  We hiked out to the pond and back as well as exploring some of the gardens.  It was a little warm, we started out at high noon, maybe we should have waited until it cooled down but we had a great time anyway.

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One of the houses/barns at Weir Farm.  They have an artist in residence program but not sure if anyone is living in this house.

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Boys at a makeshift stone table and benches. :)

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 The secret garden with its pretty little fountain.

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An old kettle.  I wonder what this was used for?

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 Roses in the garden.

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DSC_0068We watched this crane come in for a landing out at the pond.  The sight was so amazing it actually silenced the kids and they watched with hushed breath to see where this fellow would land.

I hope you all have a chance to get out and experience a little nature where ever in the world you are today.

 

 


Enameled plates

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I found some wonderful vintage enameled plates on Etsy.com.  There are two plates total, the one above and a smaller (bread) plate that is identical.  They were not expensive and I think they will look great on the wall in my boys bedroom.  I have found it difficult to find age appropriate boy stuff sometimes.  My two youngest are 7 and almost 10.  They don’t want Disney characters anymore and they are not near enough to the teen years to be interested in girls and such.  I am not a huge fan of the generic sports theme, the ones with a football, baseball, basketball, etc. and the boys don’t really have a favorite sports team yet so for me, decorating their room as they get older has been a bit of a challenge.  

I do love vintage things and decorating with vintage is my favorite way to go.   I guess I appreciate stuff that has withstood the test of time.  The patina, the wear & tear, it all adds to the charm of vintage items.  I am an avid antiques and junk store shopper and online my favorite place to find vintage is Etsy.com.  :)

Happy Friday to one and all!

 

 


At The Beach

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I spent this past Sunday at the beach with my two youngest boys.  It was one of those beautiful hot days with just enough breeze to keep you from overheating.  My boys had a great time swimming out to the dock, playing on boogie boards and just general horsing around in the water whilst I relaxed in the shade with a book, my camera and some ice cold lemon water.

I spied a kayaker on the lake and at first I wasn’t sure but upon closer inspection, through my camera lens, I could see that he had his dog in the kayak with him.  Doggy had a life vest all his own!  Completely adorable.

Yep, just one of those perfect spring days.  Not quite summer but you can feel it in the air….soon it will be time for catching fireflies, sticky popsicle faces, flashlight tag and cookouts in the backyard.

I can hardly wait!

Our kayaks are in there somewhere.

Our kayaks are in there somewhere.

I can fly!

I can fly!

Just a man and his dog

Just a man and his dog