It is wonderful peach season finally! I love peaches. Last weekend, we made a trip to my home town and we made a detour just to go through a lovely little town full of fruit stands. I bought a bag of peaches and was so anxious to eat them, but sadly, I left them at my parent's house. (lucky for them :)) It's a good thing I'm canning peaches with my sister tomorrow.
Because this delicious fruit is in season, we've been having a lot of peach cobbler. This is my very favorite recipe of peach cobbler. It even surpasses my usually preferred peach crisp.
1/4 cup butter melted
1 cup granulated sugar (Sometimes I divide and use half white sugar and half brown sugar- this makes for a delicious caramel flavor.)
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 ripe peaches peeled and thinly sliced (or a drained quart of canned peaches)
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Pour melted butter into a 2 quart baking dish (11x7 or 8x8). In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir to blend. Stir in the milk and vanilla. pour batter over melted butter and arrange peach slices on the batter (or dump them- whichever you choose).
Bake for 25-30 minutes. The top will be browned and the cake will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Enjoy peach season!
Thanks for all the kind comments on my previous 100th post giveaway. I will now announce the winner!! Drum roll please................................................................................
My dear friend Debbie won! Debbie is a dear sweet girl who I went to college with. Even though we live far away from each other, I still love her!
Dear Debbie, Could you please send me your address? Thanks. xoxo-Rachel
If any of you are itching for a feather hairpiece now, contact my friend Amanda. She makes beautiful hairpieces and bridal veils. She is extremely talented. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out her Etsy shop.
Well, this is my 100th post. Yay me! ahem... While it feels like I've done more posts, it does feel cool to see that I've done that many. In honor of 100 posts, I decided to do a giveaway. I've never done one before, so I guess we'll see how it goes.
I decided to give away a feather hairpiece! I don't know if you've seen these around, but they are very fashionable right now. I love them. I decided to have a little party with my sisters in Provo a while ago and got most of the supplies at a hunting/fishing store. Since then, I've enjoyed making them more and more.
If you like this, you probably have a much better chance than other giveaways out there, so be sure to post a comment! Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Monday and you will promptly be sent the little thing.
You must check out the new Kate Spade line. Click on a grand entrance. Oh man, those outfits- hello '60s chic! I think I will have to make a pink cropped jacket, a soft polka dot blouse and tweed pencil skirt. I wonder if I could pull off turquoise tights... I may just have to settle for black and white polka dot.
We went up to Island Park for a family reunion last week and had so much fun. It is so beautiful up there, I just had to show you some pictures from Big Springs. Big Springs is a place where fresh water bubble up out of the ground and creates a beautiful clear river. As you look over the bridge, you can see huge trout in the water. Seagulls and ducks also live there. It is surrounded by majestic pine trees and pretty wildflowers. Please forgive my amateur photography. Hopefully you can see how pretty the actual place is.
The coolest red translucent berries.
I love the blue bells.
We went to big springs again right before we left and were glad we did because we spotted this on our little hike:
With all the back to school spirit going around, I thought I'd post about some pencil cases I made for my brothers (1st and 5th grade). I wanted the cases to be as boyish as possible, so after searching, I found a version of a pencil case that I loved, so I decided to use it as inspiration for my brothers' birthday presents.
Anyway, my brother Jed loves animals. I was recently informed that his favorite animal was changed from an elephant to a snow leopard. So, I found a template for a snow leopard online and embroidered it on some leftover vinyl. Sewed around the edges and added a button.
Matt likes being strong, :) so I thought I'd embroider a lion along with his name.
These were very easy and fun projects to do. They don't cost a ton of money, they don't make a huge mess and you can make them while watching your favorite movie.
It's probably one of the easier things I've made:
- Just cut a square of minky fabric and strips of quilt fabric. Sew the strips together into a long line, then sew the strips to the minky (start with two sides of the square, then do the other two sides).
- Cut a piece of quilt fabric that is the same size as the finished minky front. Sew right sides together leaving a small opening. Turn inside out and press the edges. Sew the opening closed.
- Pin around the edges of quilt fabric to minky fabric seam. Thread a needle with 3 strands of embroidery floss and stitch around the edges (don't pull too tight). Ta Da!
Sent these in the mail the other day. My sister-in-law is having a baby boy very soon. We're so excited to meet him!
I love bright colors for babies. Here are some templates for the monkey and frog if you would like to embroider them on something:
We planted a garden in May, and slowly it has been coming along. I've learned a few things a long the way:
- No matter how far apart squash may look when planting the garden, it WILL overpower it.
- Water lettuce often. All our lettuce is bitter. I think it may be too late to fix it.
- Mark what you plant. I started some little seeds inside in April and planted them outside later. I wasn't sure what they were and didn't find out it was spinach until it died.
- Basil is a delicious and pretty easy plant to have on hand. I wish I had more herbs.
I'm sure I have more to learn as this is my first time really planting a garden. It's very satisfying to eat from (other than the bitter lettuce). I'm very excited to start canning tomatoes.
We've been buying tons of zucchinis lately and have been making bread weekly. My grandma makes delicious zucchini bread, but I lost the recipe so I thought I would try one from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. Success! I has been hard for me to find a good recipe for zucchini bread, but I just needed to look right under my nose.
1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 beaten egg
1 cup sugar
1 cup finely shredded, unpeeled zucchini
1/4 cup cooking oil
1. Grease an 8x4x2 inch loaf pan; set aside.
2. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
3. Combine egg, sugar, zucchini and oil.
4. Add zucchini mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir until just moistened. Pour into pan.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
6. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Cool completely out of pan on wire rack.