Peach Cobbler

Yesterday I was featured on  I was so excited by the respose.  New Facebook Friends, email subscribers and traffic to my blog multiplied by 10!!!

So welcome to all my new friends and followers.  Onto the Peach Cobbler…

We planted a peach tree two years ago, so this year was the first we got to enjoy its fruit.

(don’t mind my horrible pedicure!)

So what do you do with peaches?  Yes, we did eat a few but I wanted to make cobbler.

So a quick internet search brought me to one of my favorite blogs MADE.  She is a fantastic sewer so I knew she had to be a great chef as well!

So off to the kitchen to blanch, peel, cut, stir, mix and bake.

Of course you have vanilla ice cream on the top, YUM!

Also tonight I made one of our favorites Rosemary Focaccia Bread.

You have got to try this recipe, very easy and my family loves it.

Thanks again to all my new supporters!


Apricot Freezer Jam

The great thing about freezer Jam is that you do not have to stand over a hot stove continually stiring or put the bottles into a canner.

Freezer jam is as easy as it gets.

Yes it takes time, but if you have a great friend to do it with then you can have a fantastic time.

This was also the first time my friend Alicia had ever made jam, so this was a great place to start learning.

The first thing we did was seperate our apricots.  The ones that looked good we put into a strainer to rinse.  The ones that may of had some blemishes, not quite ripe enough or tough skin we put in the steam juicer.

Thank you to my neighbor G for loaning me her steam juicer.  This thing is so easy and it is a great way to use the apricots that have some issues.  The water in the bottom boiles and steams the fruit in the top.  The fruit opens its pores from the steam and drops juice into the middle where the spigot comes out.  You let it sit there for around an hour while you do other things in the kitchen.  I did sprinkle a cup of sugar over the apricots to add some sweetness.

You then squeeze the clamp on the spigot and fill your jars.  We got three jars per batch and we did 2 batches.  It also makes the house smell great, like summer.  I like to mix a jar with a bottle of Sprite for a refreshing beverage.  My neighbor says she mixes it with her OJ to make it last longer, that is a great idea too!

While the apricots were steaming we got to work on the jam.  I referenced this post to help us along.

-washed the apricots -pitted the apricots – smashed the apricots with potato smasher (is that the real name of that thing?)

-We each got a bowl and combined these ingredients

*3 cups of smashed apricots

*4 cups of sugar

*1 cup of corn syrup (I heard it keeps the jam from crystalizing in the freezer)

*2 T of lemon juice

* We then added the box of Pectin and stirred on and off for 30 min.

Then into the jars.

It was a successful morning of jam and nectar.  Thank you Alicia for being my partner and conversation buddy!

If you are interested in the labels I used, go here.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I am a huge fan of the ladies over at Our Best Bites.  I am a follower of their blog, I own their cookbook and use their recipes multiple times in a week.  I just think their recipes and ingredients are real life.  You do not have to go searching for some weird ingredient you have never heard of, to make these items and the chocolate zucchini bread recipe did not disappoint.

So the first ingredient that you need for zucchini bread is ZUCCHINI.  The other day I was surprise to find these two huge zucchini’s in my garden.  They were seriously hiding and I never saw them until they were this big!  I think they grew over night.

I usually try and pick my zucchini before it gets this large because the skin is tough and the seeds are too big.  But I made it work by peeling some of the skin off and cutting out the seeds like you would with a cucumber.

Here is the link to the recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I feel like this is a great way to get my kids to eat some veggies (and my husband)!  They scarf this stuff down as soon as it is out of the oven and the 2 loaves usually do not last more than 24 hours.  I know there is sugar in it as well, but sometimes we have to disguise the green stuff.

Plus it makes my house smell really good.

Is that OK that one of my main motivations for baking is how it makes my house smell?

I always tell myself that I am going to clean up as I cook/bake, but that never really happens…so this is what my kitchen looks like, usually worse.

But I can worry about that later.

Right now we are enoying this…

Also this is my little cowboy running around asking for more “cake”.  I think I have them fooled.


Tell me I am not the only one…

…who’s kitchen looks like this when I am done making dinner!

We had hamburgers tonight and I made Hawaiian Macaroni salad which is one of our favorites.

Also tried a new Corn Salsa recipe.

At least we got to jump in the puddles after the crazy rainstorm today.

  What would you do if you discovered your window well was filled completely to the top with rain water?  Grab a bucket to get the water out, get a towel to stop the water from coming in or run for help?  I did the last one, thank you neighbors!