Friday, August 21, 2009

A Mom's Dream Come True!

This picture is when she figured out that I was standing in the hall
taking her picture--gotta love the pose--she can even "work" a vaccuum cleaner!

On Tuesay, I finally had a break-down. I was tired of cleaning
up this room over and over and over again. Anna Jane
was telling me what kinds of toys she wanted to add
to her Christmas list and birthday list (which is our
method of curtailing all of the whining during shopping visits, "Just
put it on your Santa list!") and I just snapped. I told her
that until she could start taking care of all the wonderful
toys that she already has--there would be NO NEW TOYS!
She sulked, she cried...she got busy!
It took her more than 5 hours (because the TV was on
and, well, a girl needs to take her time...) but she cleaned
this disaster area mostly (95%) by herself.
The she asked if she could vaccuum!
I couldn't resist taking pictures of the life event
that I have been waiting for!
She's getting too old, too quickly.
but can she dust?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Now, finally, a cobbler that I can get behind...

I have never liked cobbler-of any kind.

No peach, no apple, no blueberry--and no cherry--YUCK!

Cobbler was wet, gooey biscuit dough on top of

mushy fruit--and I was supposed to pretend

to like it. As a kid, I didn'tknow that there was the

option of saying, "No, thank you".

If my dear Mother went to the trouble of making a homemade

dessert, I was going to act like I appreciated it, dammit!

And then yesterday, I had a cobbler epiphany:

the filling was delicious, the juices were sweet-yet a bit tart

and the crust....oh, my...that topping was crunchy

like a cookie in parts and soft like cake in others...

I have been converted!

I think I got the recipe from one of my favorite blogs,

A Southern Plate

but I could be mistaken--the recipe was scribbled

on a pad that I keep next to the computer just in case

I feel the need to jot something down.

I made it for just the three of us, so I halved the recipe.

Here it is:

you know what? Now that I look at this recipe--I didn't follow it quite right--

maybe that's why it was so good--I'll tell the way it is supposed to be done

and then what I did by accident!

Peach Cobbler

  1. 3-4 cups of sliced peaches

  2. 2 cups of sugar

  3. 1 stick of butter (oh yeah!)

  4. 3/4 C flour

  5. 2 t. baking powder

  6. 1/4 t. salt

  7. 3/4 C. milk

Mix peaches with 1/2 of sugar (this is the step I missed!). Let sit.

Melt the butter in a 13 x 9 in. pan. Meanwhile, combine sugar, flour, baking powder, milk and salt. (I used all 2 cups of sugar here which probably explains the cookie-like texture)

Pour batter over melted butter--do not stir. Spoon peaches on top (I used peaches that I had frozen last summer--the whole reason for making this was to use up those peaches)

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour--put a cookie sheet under it for goodness sakes--mine poofed up and looked like a pan full of bubbles-then it relaxed, fell and started to brown. You may need more time. I cooked mine until it was nice and browned on top.

Serve with vanilla ice cream, of course! And use a spoon so that you don't miss any of that juice!

Go in peace!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Where's Waldo---I mean, Yoohoo?

I am somewhat horrified to post this picture.

I take great pride in my neat, organized

pantry. Our furry friend had gotten trapped

in here and had a party: paper products everywhere,

things knocked off of shelves and just general disarray!

When I opened the door, I was met with this mess and

his sweet little face trying to hide.

Pan Tostado

Forgive me for seeming sarcastic, but is toast
really that hard to make?
I could guess that there may be circumstances
that could prohibit you from making toast:
perhaps you are camping
in prison
living under a bridge
Is toast really that difficult??
A toaster is a cheap and efficient piece
of equipement. It does not take too much
electricity to make it operate. I've never had to
read a manual to use an unfamiliar machine.
Even without a toaster, one can make toast
under the broiler of any oven.
Perhaps making brunch for a crowd can be made easier with
this nifty product. But, somehow, I don't think
that it is being marketed to the "brunch crowd".
I guess it is the perfect answer to people who don't have
much time in the mornings....but how would their
butter melt??
I figured I couldn't go wrong with a Bimbo brand.
Quality merchandise--and double fiber, too! (at least
I think that's what it said, there was no English
on the package. Perhaps it said, "made with
the dried testicles of wild boar". MMMMMMM!)
I am always a sucker for a new product. I think I'm
just like my great grandmother in that respect. My Dad told stories
about being the first kid in his neighborhood to
try Campbell's soup. She loved a new product too!

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