Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

This recipe is courtesy of Mrs. Deen. I tried out The Lady and Sons Peach Cobbler recipe and put my own spin on it....I added the blueberries! Yum!


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk
1 (28-ounce) can sliced peaches in heavy syrup, un-drained (use fresh peaches if available; see note*)
Cinnamon, for sprinkling, optional
Vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream, for serving


*If they are available, by all means use fresh peaches. In a saucepan, mix 2 cups fresh peach slices with one cup sugar and one cup water. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir often, making sure the sugar is completely dissolved. Substitute this for the canned peaches.

*Cook's Note: The most important part of this dish is not stirring the mixture.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Put butter in a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish and place in the oven to melt.

Stir sugar and flour together and mix well.

Slowly add milk and continue stirring to prevent the batter from lumping.
Being careful not to burn yourself, remove hot baking dish containing melted butter from oven; pour batter directly over butter in baking dish. Do not stir.
Spoon fruit on top of batter, then gently pour syrup on top. Do not stir.

Sprinkle cinnamon on top of batter, if using. (The most important part of this dish is not stirring the mixture at this point in the recipe.)
Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Your batter will rise above your fruit, producing the most wonderful of crusts. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

I doubled this recipe since it was going to work. I didn't have canned peaches so I followed the directions for making their own syrup. This is one of the easiest desserts to make. I've included pictures to guide you along the way!

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Alabama Candle Company

Yesterday after I posted about my favorite things this week, I got an email from Rebekka at Alabama Candle Company saying she would be happy to giveaway one of her amazing candles to a lucky blog winner!!! If you're interested in raising money for your church, school, or special organization, please contact Rebekka for more information. It's a simple process and guarantees good profits for your cause!

One of you will get a chance to see what I was raving about!!!

So what do you have to do?

That's the super easy part!

Just visit Alabama Candle Company's site and tell me which scented candle you would like to have if you win!

I told you it was easy!

You can enter multiple times....I don't mind at all!
You can tell your friends....I totally wish you would!
You can become a blog follower....I'll throw your name in the drawing two more times for that!

Giveaway ends May 9th!!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What I'm Lovin' This Week

I am absolutely lovin' a couple of things this week and thought I would share them with you guys....

One of my coworkers was selling candles to raise some money and Ryan got me two. I had my reservations when I saw the name, but these candles are wonderful! Alabama Candle Company makes an awesome candle, guys. I picked out the Cucumber Melon and Caribbean Coconut. Since they were for a fundraiser and were only $10, I didn't expect much. I can happily report that they are a great deal! I lit one in my office and I had everything smelling so amazing! The coconut one made me think of a warm summer day on the beach. It was seriously that good. Even though they come from Alabama (you know I'm a Vol at heart), they are totally worth the money!!! If you're looking to have a fundraiser, check them out.
Yep, that High Efficiency washing machine I got....LOVE-IT-TO-PIECES!
Some of you may remember that Ryan is a boat technician.
My dear hubby is messy....oil, grease, gear lube....yeah, that kind of messy.
(I have a serious aversion to gear lube. It smells so raunchy!)
I will admit that I have tried every laundry detergent known to man in search of the one that could get his clothes smelling fresh. It has been a personal battle of mine for a few years now.
No matter what I did, there was always a slight hint of mechanic left....
Until now!
My new washer kicks serious laundry booty!
These are by far the freshest smelling clothes I have ever had....
I am in pure cleaning bliss!!!
I don't know if this applies to all new high efficiency washers, or just my brand. I also don't know if it has something to do with the H.E. laundry detergent being used. BUT I DO NOT CARE!!!
They are finally clean!!!

The last thing I am loving right now are my couponing sites I have found.
If you want to see how it's done, try these out:

I have had great success with these sites.

Michal: A Novel (The Wives of King David)

I found this book on Amazon a couple of  weeks ago and put it on my Kindle. I got so interested in other books on there that I absolutely forgot it. One night last week I came across it and gave it a try. I just could not put this one down!

Not much is known about Michal, daughter of King Saul, in the Old Testament. We do know that she was David's first wife,she had no children of her own, and that David paid Saul a dowry of 100 enemy lives for her hand in marriage. There is a lot to be discovered about Michal's life. If you read about King Saul and David's relationship, you probably overlook the little inserts about Michal. She was a princess, she led a privileged life, and she married very young. She had hopes and dreams. She helped David escape from her father before disaster struck. That's the gist of her life...

Smith takes the small references to David's first wife and creates a story that immediately draws you in. Throughout the book, Smith draws upon scripture and connects it to the happenings in Michal's journey. You can tell she really did her research. Instead of just being a small role in David's life, Michal is portrayed as his first young love. Michal falls in love with the handsome, young harpist. It's a sweet, honest relationship and it warms your heart to see their marriage develop. When David runs from the wrath of King Saul and has to leave Michal behind, you can almost feel their despair and pain. You see her quick thinking in action and her strong will. The story is told from several points of view and gives a deeper perspective of all the forces playing out in David and Michal's lives. We all know that David sought a strong relationship with God, but what do we know about Michal? Smith has filled in the blanks to try to imagine the unknown. The greatest theme in this story is Michal's acceptance of God and finally allowing Him to come into her life. It's a bittersweet ending to a powerful story.

I read my Bible and I admit that many of the smaller, briefly mentioned characters are often overlooked. I tend to forget how each one had a life, may have played a slightly greater role than is written, and has a story to tell. From the historical view of it, I am deeply fascinated with how people lived throughout the Bible. Their day to day life is captivating to me. In this novel, details are given and people are real. There is an emphasis on God's grace, mercy and love weaving in and out of the characters' lives. One of the greatest stories in the Old Testament is brought to life! By the end of the book, you realize how bad King Saul was towards the end of his life, how deeply David loved the Lord, and the time it took for David to actually become king.

I highly recommend this book....even if you're never read Biblical fiction.... it's worth a try. Jill Eileen Smith has also written two other novels about King David's other wives. Smith has given a story to Abigail and Bathsheba. I guarantee these two will be on my reading list next! Click here to check out her Amazon page.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Blessed Easter

On Thursday Ryan and I took wild child to visit the Easter Bunny. This was just not our year....

Yes, my kid was the one who was freaking front of everyone....
 We got a chance to go to Tellico on Friday night and had a really nice time.
I think he's growing on Belle....
Pretty little Zoey!
Playing with Daddy!

I just love to see them being silly together!
He loves to talk on the phone.

I finally got around to taking a picture of his "toddler bed" in Tellico. This is normally where the kitchen table is. It transforms into a bed and we added the rails for safety. He really sleeps well here.
Caleb and Zoey got their first wagon on Saturday!

Before Daddy could even put the wheels on, someone wanted to climb in!
Obviously, Caleb wanted to help out....

Too Sweet!

They loved it! I pulled them all over the place in this thing!
Caleb kept wanting to take Zoey's shoes off for her!
This little wagon even has cupholders....
That's just how our babies roll!
Early Sunday morning, the Easter Bunny stopped by the Del Signore home....

When he got up, Caleb grabbed his basket!

So excited!

Look, Mom!!!

After church, we went to Nana and Pappy's for lunch.
The Easter Bunny left Caleb another basket at their house...
He got a Cookie Monster, a puppy, socks, and lots of treats!
He thought it would be cute to try to stomp on the pouches of applesauce.
One day he may understand that Nana doesn't really want fruit smeared all over her carpets....hopefully.

Caleb was all ready to go hunt Easter eggs!
Unfortunately my battery in camera died for the first time....
Good thing Nana took pictures!
Tara and Zoey came over on Sunday afternoon. We cooked a huge Easter dinner!

Caleb and Zoey had so much fun playing together!

We enjoyed such a beautiful weekend!
Yesterday I took the opportunity to think of all the people in my life.
The Lord has blessed me with an amazing family....

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

So Egg-cited!!!

If you're a friend or family member, you may already know how stinkin' excited I am about Easter this year! Caleb and I have patiently waited for the chance to hunt Easter eggs and this is the year. While I was pregnant with him, I dreamed of dressing him in cute Easter clothes. Last year, we sat and watched Daddy, Bryce, and Madison hunt. This is our year....

Giggy, Tara, Zoey, Caleb and I went out shopping for their Easter clothes last night. We found the cutest outfit for church and then another for the hunts later on in the day....

He's gonna be so precious!
(I totally wish his daddy would let me dress him like this as well....)

This one is for hunting eggs!
Caleb also got his first pair of lace up Nike's!

No Easter would be complete without bunny slippers...

Since Caleb's getting older and will start remembering things soon, I want to make sure I decorate around the house. I stopped by Hobby Lobby last night since they were having a 50% off sale on their Easter stuff.....

Too cute for words!

This is just simply beautiful....
"Sing unto the Lord,
for He hath done
excellent things;
this is known in all the earth."

And here's my new deviled egg platter.

Caleb's rash is looking much better today!
He finally slept all through the night and gave Mommy and Daddy some much needed rest!
We may take him to see the Easter bunny in the next couple of days as long as his rash had healed.
Although he's not contagious at this point, I don't want to freak the bunny and other parents out!


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