Deeeelicious Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

Peaches are my very favorite fruit…..I think??  I love all fruits…well pretty much I love all food.  Lets just say if I made a list of my favorites, peaches would be right at the top.  There’s nothin like sweet, peach juice dripping down your chin on a nice, warm, summer day. 😀  We are lucky enough to live very near some large peach orchards and it’s peach season!!  I tried this recipe last year and absolutely LOVED it.  I’ve been waiting for fresh peaches just so I could make this cobbler again. 🙂

Here’s how to make Deeeelicious Peach Cobbler:  Peel and slice your yummy fresh peaches and put them in a bowl with 1/2 a cup of sugar and the almond extract. Set that bowl aside and pour your melted butter into a 2 quart baking dish.  Set that dish aside as well and in another bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar.  Then add the milk and stir well.

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Now pour the batter evenly over the butter, do not stir.  Then top it off with the peach mixture.  Now bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes.  So easy!

This is wonderful warm from the oven with some whip cream or vanilla ice cream!

Deeeelicious Peach Cobbler
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups of peeled sliced peaches
  • ¾ cup of sugar - divided
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ cup butter - melted
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Mix together the peaches, ½ cup of sugar, and extract; set aside. Pour melted butter in a 2 quart baking dish. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar; stir in milk. Mix well and then pour it evenly over the butter (do not stir). Top with the peach mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

 

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The Mystery Chickens

Chocolate 4 months

Back in April the girls picked out 4 bantam chicks at the feed store.  Oh what cute little fluff balls they were!  (click here to see pics)  Those chicks are now four months old and will be going to the fair next month.  I didn’t want more than one rooster and that’s what we ended up with.  He is a very handsome (obnoxious) little guy and the three little pullets are just adorable and sweet.  The only problem we have is we’re not sure what breeds they are.  So I’m going to share some pictures and if anyone out there knows what breed they are the girls and I would LOVE to here from you.  I did do a little research and I have a few guesses but I would like to know for sure.  It would be great to have the correct breeds to write on the entry forms for the fair!

Meet Chocolate…..better known as Little Pecker.

Chocolate 4 months This is Tiny, she is so very sweet.

Tiny 4 months

This is Rayven, she is very gentle and just beautiful!

Rayven 4 months

This is Peep, she is loud and can fly farther than any of our chickens!

Peep 4 months

Thanks in advance for any feed back!!

 

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Easy Potluck Corn Salad

I got this recipe from a cousin at a family reunion several years ago and it has since become my “go to” recipe for potlucks.  It is soooo good and very very EASY.  Every time I make it at least two people ask me for the recipe.  So, for everyone that has asked…..here it is!

You will need corn, green onions (or any kind of onion you prefer), bell peppers of any color, cheddar cheese, mayo, and Chili Cheese Fritos.

Corn Salad

In a large bowl combine, corn (drain well), sliced green onions, chopped bell pepper, grated cheddar cheese and mayo.

Easy Corn Salad

Stir to combine and refrigerate until it’s time to serve.

Easy Potluck Corn Salad

Just before serving stir in the Chili Cheese Fritos.

Poluck corn salad

I like to serve this at potlucks where it is sure to be eaten in one setting.  The chips will get soggy so left overs are not the best.  Last night I cut the recipe in half and six of us ate all of it.

Easy Potluck Corn Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 2-15oz cans of corn- drained or 3 cups of fresh corn
  • ½ cup chopped green onions or any onion of your choice
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper of any color
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 heaping cup of mayo
  • 1-10oz bag of Chili Cheese Fritos
Instructions
  1. Put the first 5 ingredients into a large bowl and stir. Just before serving add the bag of Chili Cheese Fritos and stir well.

 

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Free Teachers Helper and Weather Station Printables

I’ve been a bit obsessed with school stuff this summer.  I guess it’s my only excuse for not blogging as much as I should and/or want to!  So, I’m going to share with you what I’ve been up to lately.

I decided a while back that I wanted to start creating my own work sheets for preschool.  I could never find exactly what I was looking for, and making my own sounded like fun.  I recently acquired all the resources I need to do this and guess what!?  It IS fun. 🙂

The first thing I made are classroom helper signs and weather station printables that can be laminated and used how ever you please.  The weather station printables would work in a classroom or homeschool setting.

Cover Sheet for Teachers Helper printables

If you click here it will take you to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and you can print these out for free!  I will soon have more products to add to my TPT store. 🙂  If you are a homeschooler or teacher of any kind, Teachers Pay Teachers.com is an AWESOME resource!  It’s free to join and there are TONS of inexpensive and free resources!

I have also been working on redecorating and reorganizing my classroom.  I will share some pics soon!

 

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Ingredients for Laundry Soap

There are TONS of different recipes for laundry soap out there, I have tried a few and this one is my favorite.  I’ve been using this for a year now and one batch lasts 3 months for (on average) 5 people.  It’s really easy to make and cheaper than buying it.

You will need Borax, Washing Soda (not baking soda), Fels-Naptha soap, water and essential oils (optional).  I found all of these items (except the essential oils) at Fred Meyer near the laundry soap.

Ingredients for Laundry Soap

Start by grating the bar of soap.

Grated soap for laundry detergent

Then melt the grated soap in a large pan with 1 gallon of water on medium low heat.  Don’t let it boil just heat it up, stirring often until all the soap has melted.

Laundry Soap

When the bar soap is melted add the borax and washing soda and stir until the borax and washing soda have dissolved.  Then pour the soap into a big bucket (I use a 5 gallon bucket) and add 2 gallons of cool water to the bucket and stir.  Now is when you add the essential oil of your choice.  I like lemon or sweet orange.

Lemon Essential Oil for Homemade Laundry Soap

Stir it up again and let your concoction set over night.  The soap will gel up and separate over night.  It will look something like this:

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I like to use an immersion blender to make it nice and smooth.

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You can funnel the soap into smaller containers or I keep it in the bucket and use a long handled ladle to scoop half a cup of detergent per load of laundry.  If the soap sits for a while it will separate again so remember to stir between each use.

This detergent works in any washing machine.  I have a high efficiency washer and this soap is safe to use in it.

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bar of Fels Naptha Laundry soap
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda
  • 3 gallons of water
  • 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Start by grating the bar of soap. Then melt the grated soap in 1 gallon of water on medium low heat. Do not boil and stir often. When the soap has melted add 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda and stir until dissolved. Pour your soap mixture into a big bucket (something that holds more than 3 gallons) and add 2 more gallons of water. Now add an essential oil of your choice if you would like and stir well. Let it set over night. It will gel up and separate over night so stir and stir or use an immersion blender to make it nice and smooth.
  2. Use ½ a cup per load of laundry.

 

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June 2014 – A Month Of Photos From The Red Double Wide

Bantam Hens

What a month!  I have been so very neglectful of my blog.  We didn’t finish up school until the 17th and that came with recitals, programs, and graduations!  The girls performed at each event and did an awesome job!  Mary’s vocal lessons are done for the summer…phew!  Now that school has ended and summer has begun the pace around here has slowed down a bit, so maybe I can get some blog time back in my schedule!

flower

The girls are enjoying NO SCHOOL!

Lazy Day

The Bantam hens went on a little adventure out of their pen, but the big hens were not very nice so they quickly went back in.

Bantam Hens

This is the little rooster, and he’s not nice to the little hens either.  He gets let out during the day and has turned into quite a nuisance, but he’s very entertaining!

bantam rooster

Little Chef was gone last week to camp, so Jo and I got to spend lots of time together!  One of her favorite places is the pool. 🙂

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The raspberries are just now starting to ripen and there are TONS of them! DSCN2609 (640x480)

I did not get a garden in this year. 🙁  I was heart broken at first, but this will leave me much more time to focus on school and cleaning up around here.  We’ve been so busy that many things have been neglected inside and out.

Praying for a productive and peaceful July. 🙂

 

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