Sunday, March 13, 2011

Southern Peach Cobbler / Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Do you ever just stop and take a good look at how things in your life are going?  I thought I should do just that.  Take a few minutes to actually count my blessings.  Things sometimes seem so terrible all around us with bad news everywhere you look. I sometimes get so worried about all those things. The thing is that I can't help to change the world if I don't first take stock of my own life. Start from the inside and work my way out so to speak. I can't think of the exact words but it has to do with making your own house "right" first.

This past week or so there have been many blessings. One of the most wonderful things I have found has been the friendships found and formed through the internet. I am truly blessed. There have been a couple of things that have happened recently that I want to share with you all.  No worries, it's all good stuff~  I'll be posting about them in the coming days. Those of you who have your own blogs will understand how having something to write about is sometimes not so easy as folks might think.  More times than not I sit down and don't have a thing in the world to write about.  But other times,  when things happen "all at once"  , I get lucky and have all sorts of things going on!  Then all the sudden I get a bit behind on writing.  But like I told my friend Felinae,  I try to never let a good idea for a post go to waste!  lol  More stuff to come~~~

  Some of you guys who have been visiting here for awhile may remember my friends who live in Missouri. Morgan and Jewells  went to look at some properties for us last year.  They took a day trip and took bunches of  pictures while  tromping around thru the ticks and mosquito's and all manner of things.  Is that brave  or what?

Well, recently they took another day trip and visited the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Missouri headquarters.  I would love to see that place but I 'm happy to live vicariously thru them this time around. Especially when I received a package from them.  I have to admit I actually danced around like a kid at Christmas as I was going thru all the wonderful seeds they sent!  I was, and still am, overwhelmed at their generosity. Is that one of the coolest thing ever or what?  Thank you again guys!  You are the greatest!!  There are all sorts of things I have been wanting to grow and haven't been able to order.  < excuse me while I do another little happy dance >

Mars loves hot peppers.  Now I know lots of people say that and mean it, but I'm not talking just regular hot peppers like a jalapeno or a serrano pepper.  Oh NO... He likes HOT peppers.  Habannero's and chili piquine, "those" kinds of HOT.  He is one of the few people I have ever met that can eat a Habanero or some other pepper just as hot. Not just a little bite or two either, but the whole thing!   So he was really happy to see a packet of Chocolate Habanero Seeds.  As a matter of fact when he finished looking at all these wonderful seeds our friends had sent, he got up and headed to the greenhouse to start a few plants!!

 There are carrots, beans, peas (real southern one's) brussels sprouts, spinach, celery, turnips, okra, cantaloupe, watermelon, 4 different kinds of neat squash.  I know I'm missing some stuff, but you get the idea.  Jewells and Morgan really did send some wonderful varieties.  < Doing another happy dance here and singing "You Guys Rock" >

We put out some of the seedlings we had started this weekend.  The cauliflower, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, and some of the lettuce are in the ground now.  We started some radishes, spinach and some more carrots too.  I'm not sure but I think Mars is out there planting some beets right now.  It was on his list anyway.

I was craving something sweet yesterday and decided I'd make some sort of dessert for dinner.  I was thinking about cake but I ran across a recipe that sounded a whole lot like one my Mom used to make.  The recipe is called Southern Peach Cobbler.  It's one with what I call a "drop" crust.  < I know, I make up my own words and phrases as I go along! >  I still have some peaches that I canned a couple of seasons ago so I figured they would be great for this.  Man, was I ever right!  I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9 x 13 pan.    You might want to half the recipe but it disappeared so fast I probably wouldn't recommend it!   I also used a full teaspoon of cinnamon instead of the 1/2 it originally called for. This is a super recipe and it's one I will be making again for sure. 

                               Southern Peach Cobbler

  • 16 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
  4. Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes. 
I know when you first look at this, it seems like alot of ingredients, but if you really look at it there's really not that many!  This is SO easy to put together and OMGosh is it ever GOOD.
Sorry I didn't get any pictures of it.  Honestly, I didn't even think about it until it was about half gone!  Yeah, it's good!!

                                 ~~~ Hey ... I'm Just Sayin' ... ~~~


  1. (((Sci))) Thanks for the shout out. :) Jewells and Morgan are awesome people, love 'em both. I am definitely copying the cobbler recipe, that is about the only cooked peach thing I eat. I eat the fresh fruit, but usually don't like it in recipes. Weird, I know. :)

    Hugs & Love

  2. After reading your blog I think I am ready to go make a peach sounds sooo good. Baker creek seeds is awesome, I haven't visited the place yet but will in the future (hopefully). They are the main place that I buy seeds from...between quantity and quality and selection they rock. Love your blog by the way.

  3. Gasp! No picture! I live for food p*rn woman, dontcha' know? heehee - sounds delicious. One of my favorite things of all time were my Grandma's canned peaches - amazing. Wish I had them now to make this because although canned would be okay - it wouldn't be the same.

    I am going to bed dreaming about her Peach Pie - thanks for the memories. Know there is a smile on my face.

  4. Sci...You will love the Bakers Creek seeds, the germination rate is terrific! I hope you get a chance to visit the Bakers Creek place in Missouri----I have and it is sooooo worth the trip!

  5. I always wondered what a cobbler was. I thought they repaired shoes.

  6. If you like hot pepper's,look for thai dragons,or chinese peppers.I've seen them by several names at the garden store.They grow about an inch to an inch and a half,skinny little things.Now I love hot peppers,but about a pinky nail size hunk of this had me vomiting!!
    Dean in az