House cleaning is like stringing beads with no knot at the end of the thread.

"Usually the Lord gives us the overall objectives to be accomplished and some guidelines to follow, but he expects us to work out most of the details and methods." -Ezra Taft Benson-







Monday, August 29, 2011

Blackberry (or any fruit) Cobbler

Ok, first let me say this is yum! I got this from a friend a long time ago, and it is a cherished recipe. I miss her dearly.

Filling:
6 cups blackberries, rinsed or frozen  (or any berry or fruit)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
Mix berries, sugar and flour and place in 15-inch dish.

Batter:
2 cups flour
1 cup plus 1 TBS sugar
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
8 TBS (or one stick) butter, melted
1/4 tsp nutmeg (or cinnamon depending on fruit)

Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Add milk and butter; beat until smooth. Spoon batter over berries, make sure you spread it out and don't have any fruit showing. Combine 1 TBS sugar and nutmeg. Sprinkle over batter. Bake in center of oven for 1 hour until bubbly and cake is cooked through.

Hello?? Hello? Yes, I'm here!!

I'm done!! I am done with school !!!  YeeHaw!  I am now working, love my job, just wish it paid a bit more. But I love it. What I don't love is being gone all day every day. I thought a part time job was 20 - 25 hours a week, NOT anything under 38 hours a week. Ridiculous! I am not sure how long this will last, but for now, I am having to do it.
Not many deals on food going on right now. With the droughts in some areas, flooding in others, it makes for a bad year for harvest. That said, I hope you all babied your gardens, even if it was only a pot of mint or basil. Be greatful for what you can grow yourself!  My beets bolted this year, so were hard as rocks and we did not can any. I am hoping to plant some more this week or labor day weekend. My lettuce in the front yard did not survive the chickens or wild rabbits. The peas were prolific!!!  I froze as many as I could keep the kids from eating. My spinach bolted, we fed that to the chickens. The lettuce on the back deck however did very well. It did get a little neglected from water so it is a bit tough, but the kids don't seem to notice so don't tell them. I will also be planting more green onions, beets, lettuce, spinach, peas and maybe chives... we'll see.

Hey, are you having a problem with an herb or flower taking over your garden??? Trying banding it. Take a #10 can and cut both ends off, put it into the ground around the plant trying to expand, this way it won't. I will be doing this labor day weekend with a few of my plants.

I did manage to get some chicken canned in August!  I hope to can more stuff as I find good prices on it. But that has been extremely rare!!

This will be the first week of school for the kids. I am not looking forward to that. We had a fabulous vacation this last week with the family in Leavenworth, and it was so relaxing and fun, none of us wanted it to end. I hope we are able to focus more on family this year.

Ok, I will be posting a few recipes in separate posts, you know, to try to use some of your food storage. But I am working full time (unreal!!!) so I will post as I can. Remember family first!