Autumn & Simple Cobbler Recipe

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If you live in the Midwest, you probably revel in the change of seasons, well — except maybe winter.  We still have a few summer-like days to savor, though the farmers are now working day and night to harvest the mostly large fields of drying corn and soybeans. We still are enjoying the last final weeks of the hummingbirds visiting us, as they race around the patio windows before heading over to the full feeders to tank up. They have entertained us with their antics all summer. We will really miss them when they head out on their long journey to their other home to bask in the sun and buzz the flowers of some exotic warm places. This year we put in “our garden”, which we had not done in years until last year. Most others would not call this a garden as we just tucked in some vegetable plants in-between the flowers along the back of the house. We will miss just stepping out the back door, though to gather our own fresh produce. There is a sense of self reliance in bringing in our home-grown harvest of cherry tomatoes, Better Boy’s, wax peppers, okra, cucumbers, okra, and black-eyed peas and in having some to share. But the vines know their job is done and wither in response to the changing seasons. The roses are in their last blooms. The Hunter Moon will be October 24th (Midwest, USA) and by then most harvesting will be done. The kids will be looking forward to Halloween, as well as some grown up kids! There are many things to do as everyone gets out to enjoy Fall and to work outside to cozy up their nests for winter. Would love some warm apple cider and maybe some homemade cobbler when it gets really nippy outside. Enjoy the not so small things in life where ever you are.

This recipe is a good basic cobbler from ingredients that are almost always available in most Midwest kitchens. You can dress it up by adding some of your own favorite ingredients. One of my go to’s is almost always cinnamon. Enjoy!

  Simple Fruit Cobbler

Ingredients:

1/4 pound butter or margarine, 1 large can fruit or 2 medium cans fruit (with juice),

3/4 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour,  1  1/2 teaspoon baking powder,

1-2 teaspoons cinnamon (or more to your liking mixed with sugar).

Melt butter in bottom of baking dish. Mix together milk, sugar, flour, and baking powder, and pour over butter. Do not stir.

Cook fruit in small saucepan. When hot, pour over batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mix on top. Bake 1 hour at 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit. The crust should bubble up partially around the fruit as it bakes. Can also use fresh fruit cooked in a little liquid, but not too much. Enjoy!

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Stretch & 5 Tips to Reach Your Goals

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Have you noticed that some things that you want to get done are harder, even though you are excited about them, but actually more excited for when they will be  done? Procrastination can be our downfall or at least a big hinderance. Today is another chance to have another go at it! You know best how you like to work and get into your rhythm.

Just a few tips to help you get those things done, so you reach your goals is to:

  • Start with the hardest project first, while you are at your freshest. (At the end of the week, if this is your biggest thing done, you will most likely still feel really good about your accomplishment, especially if it has been on your “have to do” list for a while).
  • If you need uninterrupted time, it can help to schedule it in your calendar. If you need multiple days, but with shorter time blocks, schedule these in also and try to stick to it as much as possible. Be flexible though, as unpredictable priorities do tend to pop up.
  • Make your daily to do list shorter. What things can be moved to another day?
  • Close your door if needed, if your situation allows.
  • Take breaks as needed to help rejuvenate and pep back up. Often just a five minute walk can help.

When you have reached your goal, Congratulate yourself, You have done it! Everything else you do is just icing on the cake! Now STRETCHHH, You can do it!

Have a great week and Thank you for visiting Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons! Hope you return often. If you found this post helpful, please feel free to share.

 

Love Quilts in the Home

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Do you love quilts in your home? Do you love the feelings that come with either receiving or gifting a quilt?  I call quilting my cheap hobby as either I sew too slow or I buy fabric too fast. I haven’t decided. Either way, it takes me a while to complete my projects.

I  attribute my love of quilts to my grandmother who also loved quilts. When I was a girl, my grandmother would tell me the story that went with each quilt as we would relax and lay on the bed talking late on a summer night. Most of her quilts were made from scraps into log cabins, colorful butterflies, Sunbonnet Sue’s or Sam’s by her Kentucky lady friends or from her mother (my great-grandmother) who saved and used scraps from everything. “Waste not, want not.” My great-grandmother would ask me if I was saving the buttons from my discarded clothes for sewing or ask me “are you going to throw away money?”. She was the original recycler. She made quilts primarily for her family to stay warm she said, not necessarily to look pretty. She used wool from grandpa’s suits, old cotton dresses, coats and other household textile items. But she made them into crazy quilts and used colorful embroidered threads to connect the pieces and tied them with yarn, which made them useful but pretty and  decorative.

However; while I like most all quilts, scrap quilts, especially those with bright colors are my very favorite.  I feel almost like I am getting a free quilt from my left overs! The above photo is one made entirely from left over scraps sewn onto tear-a-way papers (10″ Paper Piecing Squares) that I bought in a stack from Missouri Star Quilt Company (missouriquiltco.com), very inexpensively on one of the online Daily Deals. I have been experimenting with combining old and modern, which is fun! This certainly is not one of my more traditional patterns that I usually prefer. But it worked up fast and I have made a good dent in my scrap bag. I will machine quilt it with a quick pattern and tada will have a quilt that I will be comfortable with for everyday utilitarian use (being dragged around anywhere), maybe a concert in the park or a picnic.

My grandmothers would be proud to know they had influenced me with what they would call common sense and not wasting! Plus, it just adds another quilt to my stash to either gift or keep. It’s a Win Win!

I plan to add a quilt page and also a photography gallery with my next Blog redesign. In the meantime, quilt lovers please feel free to share a photo of one of your creations or showing a favorite pattern. Happy quilting and thank you for visiting! I hope all of my visitors enjoy Terre’s Blog – Women for All Seasons where I try to show a variety of topics from the spice of life. Thank you and please visit often!  

C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S

do what is rightnot what is easy

Almost everything is done, actually a little ahead this year, which is a great feeling! But then I have already entered into the land of cutting back or cutting out so that I can get it all done.  Baking is in my first cut to go, though there is a pretty nice looking pumpkin pie done. Hopefully, it tastes as good as it looks! I still need to bake an fresh apple spice cake for those who don’t like pumpkin pie, plus it is a brand new recipe that I did earlier this fall that was a big hit. Did you know though that St. Valentine’s Day is also a very good day to make sweets too? Will just move some of the sweets agenda to then. Nothing like thinking ahead. Besides it will be good for all of our Fitbit tracking as we start looking at our next year resolutions, right?

One of the UFO (unfinished object), a beach quilt, that has taken up residence on my sewing table more years than I can remember, is nearly ready for wrapping as a BIG surprise! Woo Hoo !  Some other homemade gifts are done, that’s “my ahead of schedule part”, as I’m usually still working into the wee mornings of the very last day to finish them. Exactly why I decided to not make my wedding dress. So see, I’m finally learning  after all this time how nice it is to finish up earlier.

Too busy to slow down? What can be pared down? Do you really need all the great things you had planned or wanted to try this holiday? There are some great shortcuts out there you know. There are also other special occasions and holidays to spread all those new recipes around. Trust me on this, store boughten bake goods will still be eaten. (I must remember this for next year). You can keep some things warm a little ahead in the crockpot or broaster oven if you have one. Of course, for wrapping, gift bags are way so easy.

Then when you finish up early, you can put your feet up, put on those Christmas socks, while you sip on eggnog (or wine), listen to Christmas music or watch Christmas Story, or whatever makes you feel the holiday best.  We’re supposed to have a White Christmas here, so maybe I’ll just turn out the lights and watch the earth turn all snowy white while big fluffy flakes float down in the winter light.  Merry Christmas & Good Night!

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