Archive for June, 2009


rum-raisin brandy-peach cobbler

I decided this past week that my post-baby vacation was over and it was time to get back into my regular duties with a little more enthusiasm. One of those duties that had been neglected was baking desserts, so I pulled out “In the Kitchen the Costco Way” because it was new and has pretty pictures. I found a recipe for raisin peach cobbler that looked simple enough and wonderful enough to be my first post-baby baking adventure. The original recipe called for more raisins and omitted the rum and brandy, but I think that this slightly tweaked version is a little more tasty and, shall we say, grown up?
rum-raisin brandy-peach cobbler

1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
generous 1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups canned peaches, drained
3/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground alspice
1 tablespoon rum
1 tablespoon brandy

Heat oven to 350. Grease a 9″ square pan.

Soak the raisins in the rum and brandy (you can use White Christmas in place of the separate rum and brandy) and a little boiling water to really plump them up. Let sit for a half hour or so to absorb some of the moisture. Drain.

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Blend in milk and butter. Pour the batter into the greased pan.

Combine peaches, raisins, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice; toss to coat evenly. Spoon the peach mixture evenly over the batter.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Serve warm or at room temperature with a big ‘ol glass of whole milk. Ice cream might be good too. Makes 6 pretty decently sized servings.


Pacy James

In the process of launching my own etsy shop, I commissioned a seamstress to help me out with the projects that were beyond my sewing capability. Pacy James just created  her own etsy shop featuring her women’s clothing line  (men’s clothes coming this autumn).  Her style is absolutely fantastic and the pricing is very conservative.  Check out her storefront….


baptism gowns

I had originally planned to use the baptism gown that I made for Bella for all of my girls. Then I pulled it out last week and was reminded how ridiculously huge it was, even though I made it in the 0-3 month size and followed all the correct seam allowances and everything. When I say huge, I mean she could probably wear it now at the age of 3 1/2 YEARS. Anyway. So I decided that Eva should have a better fitting one, and I also decided that it would be nice for each of my girls to have their own to use for their girls (I’m a big fan of family heirlooms like that). I used the same pattern for Eva’s, but I made it a size smaller (the xxs, up to 7 lbs size that is still too big, but at least it’s an improvement). I used a different trim and tried out some “decorative folding” along the bottom. If you have any idea what the real name for this decorative folding is, please let me know. Maybe it’s just called pleats, I don’t know.

Eva’s dress is in the foreground with Bella’s in the back.

Here is Bella’s collar…
B's collar

And Eva’s collar…
E's collar

And Eva’s skirt…

And the trim on each of the skirts…

I do not recommend waiting till the last few days to get something like this done. I was up till the early hours of Sunday morning hemming Eva’s dress so that she could wear it for her baptism yesterday. Unfortunately, we have no pictures of Eva in her dress yesterday because everyone forgot cameras, but here’s Bella in hers from a few years back and apparently I have no pictures of Bella in hers either. Maybe we’ll get our act together for the next one!


Vice Pudding

Yesterday I had the brilliant idea of putting all my sugar vices in a single pudding pie. Graham cracker crust, some softened peanut butter, a can of cherry pie filling on top of that, some chocolate pudding on top of that, and some sweetened coconut on top of that.  The presentation still needs help but it is positively irresistible!


what I’ve been doing…

So this is what I’ve been enjoying lately.
My Girls
Pretty much irresistible. Miss E will have her 2 week birthday tomorrow, and I’m happy to say that we’re pretty well settled into life with two now. She sleeps and eats like a champ, and I continually find myself thinking, “It’s not supposed to be this easy…”. She’s now 7 lbs 8 oz and growing nicely. She looks more and more like her big sister every day, and we’re carefully labeling pictures now because in a few years we won’t remember which is which (although digital cameras with date and time stamps do make it a bit easier). Life couldn’t get much better!