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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Let's Make Blackberry Cobbler

This past weekend, Eric and I put on our masks and ventured out to our favorite farm, Eckert's, to do a little blackberry picking.  The vines were loaded and it didn't take us any time to fill our box.  I was excited to whip up a blackberry cobbler with our freshly picked fruit!  It turned out so delicious that I wanted to share the recipe with you.


Here's What You Need
1 cup sugar + 3 tablespoons, divided
1 cup water
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, divided
1-1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/3 cup milk
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


Here's What You Do
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 10” oven-proof baking dish, melt ½ cup butter.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cup of water and cup of sugar.  Heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is melted.


Put the self-rising flour in a bowl and cut in the remaining ½ cup butter until very crumbly.  (If you don't have self-rising flour, use regular flour plus 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder.)  Make a small well in the center and pour in the milk.  Stir until dough forms.  You might need to add an additional tablespoon or so of milk if your dough is too dry to form into a ball.


Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.  Knead it a few times.  Roll the dough and shape to an 11” x 9” rectangular, about ¼” thick.


Spread the berries over the dough.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.


Roll the dough like you would if making cinnamon rolls.  Cut into ½” slices.  Carefully lay the slices in the baking dish over the butter.  If some of the berries fall out, just put them in the baking dish on top of the dough.



Pour the sugar mixture evenly around the slices.


Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle the 3 tablespoons of sugar on top. 


Place back in the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes.  The crust should be golden brown and the berries will be bubbly.


This cobbler is mouth-wateringly good!  Plop a scoop of ice cream on top and it's even better!

PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - July 15, 2020

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Weekending - July 10, 2020


For the first time in a long while, this weekend almost felt normal.  Maybe I'm just getting more used to donning a mask when we're out.  But all in all, it was a pretty nice weekend.  Let's rewind ~

Friday I had decided to take a vacation day.  With a couple of our trips getting canceled this year, I now have a few extra vacation days to burn.  Taking a few three day weekends can take place and this past weekend was one of them.  I got up early and worked on a couple wedding projects that needed to be done.  Then Eric and I lounged in the blowup pool for a large part of the afternoon.  I'm not going to lie - it was great!  When I turned on my beach sounds app and shut my eyes, it was almost like being at the ocean.  

Before returning to the wedding projects that needed to get done, I sat down with Eric to watch the new Tom Hanks movie Greyhound.  I had intended to do some work while watching the movie, but my eyes were glued to the screen and I couldn't look away.  We both thought it was good.  Did you watch it?  


Saturday morning I was up bright and early again to finish making 110 wedding invitations that would be delivered in the afternoon.  I was on the road by 9 to set up for a bridal shower that was taking place in the afternoon.   The bridesmaids hosting the shower were great to work with and we were done with the setup in just a couple hours.  



After the setup, I rushed back home to pick up the invitations and Eric.  We delivered the invitations and picked up the party supplies from the shower.  One of our favorite restaurants, Salt and Smoke, was in the vicinity so we did curbside pickup and enjoyed dinner at home.  It was great to sit down and relax after a couple busy days!


Sunday morning we were back up and at it early.  Weeks ago I had purchased 9:00 am field passes to Eckert's for pick your own peaches and blackberries.  The morning was perfect to be outside! 

 

Eckert's

Everyone is required to wear masks.  There are hand washing stations when you arrive at the field and you're encouraged to wash your hands before and after picking.  Overall, I felt safe and there was more than enough room for social distancing in the fields.  

We made a morning of it by getting breakfast in their restaurant when we were done picking fruit.  Now I just have to decide what I'm going to do with a half peck of blackberries and a bunch of peaches!  

Eckert's

We came home, hopped back in the blowup pool, and soaked up the great weather.  Later in the afternoon, we joined our neighbors in their real pool.  It was a great way to spend the day!  And since our church service was online, we watched it before going to bed.  

Now it's back to work and I'm already looking forward to next weekend.  Guess what I'm doing again next weekend.  If you guessed hanging out in the blowup, you're right!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Five on Friday - July 10, 2020

Happy Friday!  I'm on vacation today!  Since our trips got canceled this year, I decided to turn a few vacation days into long weekends.  The plan is working wonderfully!  Before I get too involved in enjoying the day off, here's my five for this week ~

1.  Greyhound
I'm so excited to watch this new movie!  Tom Hanks is starring in Greyhound and it releases to Apple TV+ today.  In addition to starring in the film, Hanks can also take credit for writing the screenplay from C. S. Forester's novel The Good Shepherd.  Rotten Tomatoes summarizes it like this ~ "In the early days of WWII, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause (Hanks) in his first command of a U.S. destroyer, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats."  Date night here we come!


2.  New Lay's Flavors
We might be getting bored staying home, but thanks to Lay's our taste buds won't be!  There are five new flavors hitting the shelves this week and I'm hoping to try every one of them.  These limited-edition chips come in flavors replicated in some of America's most iconic dishes from coast to coast.  We have the Lay's Kettle Cook New York Style Pizza inspired by Grimaldi's in New York City, Lay's Nashville Hot Chicken inspired by Party Fowl in Nashville, Lay's Philly Cheesesteak inspired by Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia, Lay's Wavy Carnitas Street Taco inspired by El Torito in Los Angeles, and Lay's Chile Relleno inspired by Cocina Azul in Albuquerque.  Sounds like some pretty great snacking to me!  Which one would be your favorite to try?

a bunch of different types of food: The 5 new flavors are inspired by iconic foods from restaurants across the countrya close up of food: Lay's
a close up of a book: Lay's
a close up of food: Lay's

3.  New Swimsuit
I needed wanted a new swimming suit this season, but just hate spending an arm and a leg for them.  I found this winner on Amazon and it's perfect!  It's a one-piece so I don't have to worry about the top and bottom separating when I'm in the water and the little skirt is great for hiding my hips.  The tummy control helps too!  Best part is if you have Prime, it will be waiting on your doorstep in just a few short days.

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Are you looking for your next summer read?  Susan Wigg's new book was released this week and is getting rave reviews.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
Somewhere in the vast Library of the Universe, as Natalie thought of it, there was a book that embodied exactly the things she was worrying about.
In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper inherits her mother’s charming but financially strapped bookshop in San Francisco. She also becomes caretaker for her ailing grandfather Andrew, her only living relative—not counting her scoundrel father.
But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. Natalie thinks it’s best to move him to an assisted living facility to ensure the care he needs. To pay for it, she plans to close the bookstore and sell the derelict but valuable building on historic Perdita Street, which is in need of constant fixing. There’s only one problem–Grandpa Andrew owns the building and refuses to sell. Natalie adores her grandfather; she’ll do whatever it takes to make his final years happy. Besides, she loves the store and its books provide welcome solace for her overwhelming grief.
After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather’s request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works.
To Natalie’s surprise, her sorrow begins to dissipate as her life becomes an unexpected journey of new connections, discoveries and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop’s walls, to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.
                             
5.  Social distancing....


Okay - I'm off to start a three-day weekend!  Lots of things on the to-do list, but I'm hoping to slip in some fun too.  Eric and I are going to blow up that pool again and hopefully enjoy a little time in the hot outside!  Sunday we have field passes to pick blackberries.  Pop back in on Monday to get the rundown on all our weekend activities.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Is Covid Messing With Your Wedding?

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I ramble about a topic that's on my mind and invite you to link a post on what you're thinking out loud about.

Today I'm thinking out loud about a topic very near and dear to me - weddings.  Each year for almost the past decade I play the role of wedding coordinator for two couples.  Wedding planning is my side hustle and I love it!  My friend TW usually helps me and we have the best time working together.



Two weddings a year seem to be my sweet spot because each wedding takes a lot of time and I want to make sure I can focus on exactly what the bride and groom want for their special day.  It's important to me to make sure their wedding dreams come true!


When all the Covid craziness started in March, I remembered breathing a sigh of relief that my weddings this year wasn't until August and September.  That was plenty of time for the world to get back to normal and I really wasn't too worried about it affecting the couples wedding days.


I was very wrong.  The world hasn't gotten back to normal and now we're knee-deep in social distancing and worrying about the number of guests that can gather.  One couple made the very, very hard decision this week to postpone their nuptials until 2021.  The other is including this note with their invitations ~
Dear Family and Friends, 
Like many of us, we are watching the Coronavirus outbreak very closely.  Your safety and wellbeing are important to us!  We never dreamed two years ago when we began planning our special day it would be necessary to think about social distancing!
We have been working with our wedding venue to ensure precautions are in place to make our wedding and reception as safe as possible.  Our guest list is designed to fit the number the venue can accommodate.  We would appreciate you giving us a speedy, accurate RSVP so we can continue to plan around the social distancing necessary at this time.
We hope to see you in August!  If you feel uncomfortable attending due to the Coronavirus, we certainly understand.  We know you will be with us in spirit.  

As wedding guests, we need to be gracious to the bride and groom.  It's always important to RSVP quickly, but even more so under our current circumstances.



The couples that have to reschedule are going to be facing the challenge of finding an open date at their venue.  Some couples have booked literally 12-18 months in advance and now are scrambling for a new date.  Other couples are having to cut their guest lists considerably.  If you are one that gets cut, don't take it personally.  


This is definitely unprecedented times and it called for unprecedented measures.  Couples planning weddings are under a lot of pressure, so we as guests need to do everything we can to help them during this challenging time.  Be gracious.  Be kind.  Be understanding.  

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - July 8, 2020

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