Homemade Peach Cobbler

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Nothing tastes better than a homemade cobbler. I’ve always thought it was really hard to make until my mother-in-law made it one night and showed me how easy it was.

 

 

What You Need:

Approximately 8 peaches, peeled & sliced

Cinnamon

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

3/4 stick of butter

2 store-bought pie crusts in a box or use 2 homemade pie crusts (click here for the recipe).

Directions:cobbler 2

Pre-heat oven to 350.  Spray non stick spray in 9×13 pan.  Place 1 pie crust in bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Mix flour & sugar in a separate bowl.  Add peaches and coat well.  Pour into crust along with any leftover sugar/flour mixture from bowl. Spread out evenly. Dot the top of the mixture with butter.

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2nd homemade crust cut into strips for top.

Cut 2nd crust into strips and criss cross over the peach mixture.  Bake 45 mins to 1 hour or until golden brown and bubbly.

 

 

** Don’t forget to buy the ice cream to go with it! I always make that mistake. It’s so much better when you have ice cream with it! ENJOY!

Easy Homemade Pie Crusts

Unbaked Pie Crust Shell

Unbaked Pie Crust Shell

This recipe came from my husband’s grandmother. When my mom-in-law mentioned it to me, I was surprised at how easy the recipe was. One of the things I love about it is that it makes 6 regular pie crusts!! You must know by now that if I can make something in bulk and save some for next time, it’s a HUGE added bonus for me!

What you Need:

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4 cups all purpose flour

2 cups Crisco

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 ½ teaspoon salt

Mix to crumble. I mix it together in my kitchen aid mixer using my dough hook.

 Add:

1 beaten egg

½ cup water

1 Tablespoon white vinegar (I know this sounds weird but trust me it works!)

Mix lightly to a soft dough.

Turn out onto a well-floured surface.  Roll it out and shape into a rectangle.  Divide into 6 sections.

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Divide & Freeze

If you are freezing them, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then wrap in freezer paper. Label and freeze.

To thaw – take out however many pie shells you need and set them on the counter or let it thaw in the fridge.

 

Tips for Busy Parents

Our days and nights are full of work, homework, getting the kids to practices, and ready for school the next day so you can repeat again. Finding shortcuts or tricks to make things go easier but maintaining healthy lunches and dinners are sometimes easier said that done!  Over the years we have found a few short cuts and I hope you find them helpful.

1. COOK AHEAD – This one is my favorite. We are a family of 3 so we don’t require a mountain of food at super. We also aren’t huge leftover eaters. I have learned that if make a big batch of something, I can keep some out for a few nights and freeze the rest!! That way when we have a crazy day a few weeks later or someone is working late, etc. I can pull it out the morning of and let it thaw out so all I have to do is warm it up! Saves a ton of time!

2. Make ahead lunches.  You can do this for kids and adults alike. Our child loves homemade lunchables. I get deli ham, a cheese stick, and some crackers and put them in a sandwich container. If you have more than one sandwich container you can make several lunches and stack them in the fridge. I also do this for grapes, pudding, raisins – get small containers to fill them up store them in the proper place. I’ve also taken snack size baggies and filled up a weeks worth of whatever snacks or desserts she is going to have so all I have to do is pull one of each and load the lunchbox.

3. Allow your child to help pick their clothes out for multiple days. Sometimes we lay out the whole week but honestly we usually do it for 2-3 days out. Because we live in the South, the weather can be unpredictable at times so I find it’s easier to do it for about 1/2 the week.

4. Get your afterschool activity stuff ready – have your child lay out their leotard or whatever sport outfit they need before they go to school (or the night before) so that as soon as they get home they can get changed and aren’t scrambling to find what they need.

5. Lay out your work clothes – Moms and Dads this will help you out too. Now, I’m too flighty to lay out more than one day ahead for me – I change my mind to much. However, it will save you time and headaches if you go ahead and figure it all out the night before…..usually I even do it while my favorite show is on commercial. Multi-tasking!!!

Million Dollar Cookies

millon dollar cookiesMy absolute favorite cookie is Oatmeal Chocolate Chip.  I’ve never been able to find a good homemade recipe that tops Pillsbury until now.  A neighbor gave me this recipe and it is fabulous! This recipe makes 112 cookies. I usually 1/2 this recipe if I’m making it just for my family.

What you Need:

2 c. butter

2 tsp baking soda

4 c. flour

2 c. sugar

5 c. blended oatmeal (put oatmeal in blender and pulse until it looks like flour)

2 c. brown sugar

24 oz milk chocolate chips chopped

24 oz white chocolate chips chopped

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt

4 eggs

Preheat oven to 375.

md cookies 4Cream butter and both sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla. Gradually add in flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda.  Add chocolate chips.

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Roll into balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until they start to brown.

Crock Pot Flank Steak Fajitas

cp fajitias 2I stumbled across this recipe and despite our reservations we tried it. I really didn’t think it would turn out good but we’ve made it twice with a little bit of doctoring  and it’s AWESOME!

Go here for the original recipe. It’s good, but it was a bit bland so we added our own flare to it.

What you Need:

1.2-2lb Flank Steak (if you want leftovers then go a little bigger)

1 packet Fajita Seasoning Mix or 3 TBSP Homemade Mix

1 medium onion sliced and separate the rings

1 small red bell pepper

1 small green bell pepper

1 small yellow bell pepper (optional)

1/2 cup water

2 Tsp minced garlic

3 oz tomato paste

1 can Rotel (drained)

Spray Crockpot then place whole piece of beef  in bottom of the crockpot. Add seasoning,  minced garlic , and then 1/2 of drained rotel. Seed and cut peppers into stripes. Add peppers and onions.  Next, add tomato paste, rest of rotel.  Last pour water over the top and set crockpot to cook on low for 4-5 hours (or until meat is done).

The first time we cooked this, we cooked it too long (the meat shredded) and I added extra water because I thought it was too dry.  Don’t do that!cp fajitias

Serve with your usual fajita toppings.

Bulk Fajita Seasoning

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All Mixed Up

You can probably start to tell we are huge Mexican food fans in our house. I came across a fajita crockpot meal that I wanted to try but it called for a packet of fajita seasoning mix. After some searching I found a homemade recipe.  The recipe worked out great however, I only got about 2 meals out of it. I’m the kind of person that I prefer to make recipes in bulk and use them multiple times.  It seems to be a better use of my time. If you want to see the original smaller recipe, click here.  If you want to make the bulk recipe see below.

1/4 cup chili powder

1/8 cup sugar

1/8 cup + 1/2 tsp onion powder

1/8 cup + 1/2 tsp paprika

1.5 TBSP garlic powder

1.5 TBSP cumin

1.5 TBSP salt

1/2 TBSP ground cayenne pepper or creole seasoning (if you use creole seasoning decrease salt amount to 1 TBSP).

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Spice Art – It looks so pretty!!!

Add seasoning to a jar. Shake and seal tight.

2 1/2 -3 TBSP = 1 store bought seasoning packet.

Bread Machine Pizza Dough

pizza 1Our little girl loves to help me make homemade pizzas.  There is something so fun about adding topping and sneaking bites of shredded cheese while you are decorating the top! I hate buying canned dough – they have so many additives and tons of sodium. We’ve really tried to cut out canned dough because of that. I set out to find an easy pizza dough recipe and I came across one that you make using your Bread Machine!!! A Bread Machine is like a crockpot – you add the ingredients and it does the work for you!

I did not change any of the ingredients, so I’m simply linking you to the recipe. Click here!  My setting took about 90 minutes so I turned it on before going to run an errand and we got back about 30 minutes after it turned off which allowed it time to rest. I took it out and started making it into a pizza shape and then we added our toppings and baked it. We like to brush on melted butter, garlic powder, and parsley about 1/2 way through the baking process. It makes the edges crunchy and gives it a bit more flavor.

ENJOY!!!