Homemade Peach Cobbler…YUMMM!

Eckert's peaches

Summertime is here and so are the PEACHES!!  There’s nothing like fresh peaches, and a local favorite is ECKERT’S FAMILY FARM.  From peaches in the summer to pumpkins in the fall, Eckert’s provides us with the best of every harvest.

I actually prefer pie over cake any day, so when fruit is in season, I head to the farm to get fresh picked right off the tree.  I learned from my mom how to make pies and cobblers, but discovered a shortcut that I wanted to teach my daughter.  She loves to cook, but is not into baking at all, so I enlisted her help (the best way to teach!) and got busy.  I had purchased about a half-peck and allowed them to fully ripen for a couple of days, making them nice and juicy.

With this many peaches, you don’t want to peel them…you lose too much of the fruit that way anyway.  By dipping them into boiling hot water for only about a minute or two you can slice the skin off the top and the rest will just slide right off!

Peaches for Pie

 

Peeling Boiled Peaches for Pie Peeling Peaches the Easy Way

Let me warn you–I am terrible about measurements, so if you’re OCD or a perfectionist, you’ll just have to Google a recipe.  My purpose is to show you how simple yet tasty homemade can be.

When you have that bowl full of peaches, watch out–  you will be tempted to eat about half of them while you’re cooking!

Fresh Peaches

You will want to slice as much of the peach as you can, avoiding the pit.  I don’t halve them and take the pit out, because when you slice them you will still have the stringy stuff around the pit and it will not be welcome when you bite into that first taste of cobbler.  I just slice the peach until I reach close to the pit so that all my bites are smooth and string-free:

Fresh Peaches

Next you will want to add sugar and cinnamon to taste.  I added 1/2 cup of sugar and sprinkled a healthy dose of cinnamon, then stir.  You can always use a sugar substitute if you’re counting calories, or more sugar if you like them sweeter.  I prefer the FRESH FRUIT taste, so I use sugar sparingly.

This recipe made a 9 x 11 pan of peach cobbler, so I peeled and sliced all of my peaches then while they are soaking up the sugar, I start making the crust.  This is the simple part.  Instead of making a pie crust out of flour, lard and water,  I use Jiffy Pie Crust Mix.  It’s awesome because it is so simple (all you do is add water!) , inexpensive, and has all of the homemade ingredients and taste.

Now it’s time to PREHEAT the oven to 375*.  Oven temps vary, so adjust it accordingly.  I start there and if the edges of the crust start turning brown before the rest of the crust, just turn it down to 350 degrees and put foil around the edges.

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My mom always said the trick to making a good pie crust is ICE WATER, so I still make sure my water is ice cold when I add it to the mix.   Just add it slowly and keep adding teaspoonfuls until the dough comes together to form a soft ball–not too sticky.  If this happens just add a small amount of flour.  The directions are on the box, and it says that one box will make two pie crusts.  I have never been able to stretch it that far, but I don’t roll my crusts paper thin.  To make enough crust for this cobbler (9X11), I used three boxes.  (I’m always hoping for a little left over dough to make a cinnamon roll anyway!)

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Be sure to flour the rolling pin and surface (mine is a pie sheet from Pampered Chef).  I also sprayed (cooking oil spray) and then floured my pan.  Roll about half the dough into the shape and size of your pan.  There’s no trick to this, but keeping the surface floured and flipping the dough occasionally keeps it from sticking.

When you have it rolled out, FOLD the dough to make transferring it to the pan easier.

Making a Peach Cobbler

Pour your peaches in juice and all, add a few pats of butter, and top with remaining dough.

Homemade Peach Cobbler  Rather than make a thin top crust, I decided to go a little thicker and slice strips to make a lattice top. Pie Crust

Just weave the strips together…again nothing fancy or perfect, and then trim the edges and pinch the sides together.

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Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake at 375 degrees for approximately 40 minutes.  Check after 25 minutes to make sure crust is not browning too fast.  If so, turn it down to 350 and cover edges with foil.  Cook time should be close 35-40 minutes.  Remove when the crust is golden brown and peaches are bubbly.  Top with a little vanilla ice cream and ENJOY!!

Homemade Peach Cobbler with Lattice TopPsalm 34  

     

In Other Words…

When Doug and I moved into our home almost 7 years ago, I made the decision to SIMPLIFY.  My goal was to get rid of clutter and display only things that would represent my faith and my family.  Apparently, I am a fan of WORDS, because almost every room in my house has something to say!. Since I’m trying to stay in the Word, and am working hard to memorize verses, I bought this chalkboard to hang in my kitchen.  It makes it convenient to write the Scripture I’m working on and change it when I move on to the next:

I am a visual learner, so I have verses posted everywhere to help me in my goal of hiding God’s Word in my heart.

One of my favorite finds was this vinyl word art from a seller on Ebay.  It looks like I painted it right on my dining room wall.  The application is easy (I promise!) and can be removed just as easily with a blow dryer.  You can have any verse/saying printed you want in a variety of sizes and colors.

The dining room table changes frequently, often with the seasons, but always with words:

Over our front door is a reminder that as we enter a hectic and sometimes chaotic world, that PEACE will come if we do EVERYTHING as “something done for the Lord and not for men…” Colossians 4:10

With this over our back door, and visible from most of the house, it’s a message that is a reminder that everything we have is from the Lord.

A life-changing event in my sweet father-in-law’s life (who is STILL clinging to life), was when he was serving our country overseas.  He tells of a fox-hole moment when he was discouraged and full of fear.  In that lonely place the Holy Spirit gently reminded him to count his BLESSINGS, and when he did so, it not only changed his perspective, but renewed his spirit as well.  So often it’s our focus that needs a little readjusting.  My wise pastor-husband once said, “Keep your GAZE on your problems, but your FOCUS on GOD.”  God give us spiritual eyes to see what you’re doing in this great big world!

I am all about repurposing.  I move stuff around constantly to make it look new and different.  My mantel has been a canvas of creativity.  I have to confess right up front, though, that I am not very creative myself.  I can copy just about anything, though, so I am totally addicted to Pinterest.  The great thing about Pinterest is that I get all these great ideas and it’s okay to steal them! :0)

You can’t see the words on the bird print, but it’s from jonesdesigncompany.com (there’s a link on my Pinterest board: BLOGS).   It reminds us to “SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:33

I always feel like I know someone better after I’ve been in their home.  Maybe by seeing the words in my home you will begin to understand more about who I am and what I’m about.  I definitely didn’t give you the “grand tour”, but I pray that in the days ahead you will come to see my heart through my words.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

If you’d like to purchase vinyl wall art, WiseDecor.com has a wonderful selection or you can design your own!

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May the Words of my Mouth…

Most anxious to start, yet guarding my time because one of the most godly men I know is fighting for his life.

My sweet father-in-law has been in the hospital since last week and has had one complication on top of another plaguing his 84-year-old body. A former bi-vocational pastor, he has served the Lord faithfully, raised four godly sons, and been a rock for this family.  I personally have been blessed to have such an example of pure, undefiled faith.

In Psalm 19:14 King David says, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, my rock and my Redeemer.”

I can honestly say that in the 30 years that I have been a part of this family, I have never heard anything negative come from my father-in-law’s mouth.  He speaks the truth in love and will encourage even the doctors and nurses attending him.  Just the other day a young doctor from the country of Ghana was in his room and the conversation turned from the patient to the doctor.  We heard his story of becoming a doctor, but more importantly–how he came to be a believer in Jesus.  When Eldon (my father-in-law) said to this young doctor, “I am proud of you, young man!”, there was no doubt that he meant that in the most sincere and loving way.
I tear up as I write, remembering that profound moment, and I am determined anew that this is the heritage I want to leave those around me:

I want my heritage to be one that speaks of and lives out God’s faithful love.

God’s timing is always perfect, and I know it’s not coincidence that I was so strongly impressed to begin this blog after such a long time of contemplating it.  I am vividly reminded that everything we do should be “unto the Lord” and ultimately our goal is to be “acceptable to You, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

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Hello world!

It’s only in the beginning stages, but I’m excited to finally get into the blogging world!  My goal is to open a window of communication that will encourage women, young and old and those in between.

God is the author of my salvation and the motivation of my heart-– I want to be ready, willing, and available to serve Him with my words and my deeds.

“But as for me, God’s presence is my good.  I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all You do.”  Psalm 73:28

Let the blogging begin!

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