8.17.13 Red Shoes

Because sometimes you simply NEED the perfect pair of new red shoes.  :)

(These were Chinese Laundry - I found them on Ebay after searching nearly every shoe store in my metropolis trying to find a pair that matched my criteria!)

8.12.13 Turning 50! and Blackberry Jiffy Cobbler

No, not me.  I'm still a spring chick. ;)  

My husband turned 50 a few days ago. He's very proud of the fact that no one can believe he's 50.  ;)  He doesn't look it.  Most people think he is in his early 40s.  Getting an AARP card in the mail put a nice dent in his ego, though. Lol.

My daughter wanted to make him his favorite blackberry cobbler, so we pulled out my grandmother's (Nanny's) super easy cobbler recipe.  This one is more of a cake-cobbler, I guess.  Doesn't have the traditional pie-type crust.  Top it with vanilla ice cream and you have an awesome treat!

Nanny's recipe that I copied down:

You put a melted stick of butter in the bottom of a cake pan, then mix together 1 cup each of sugar, flour and milk.  Add 2 T of baking powder and a pinch of salt.  Add that mixture to the butter and stir together.  

In a saucepan on the stove put a package of frozen blackberries.  (can use fresh if you have them)  Cover them with water.  Add 2 cups of sugar.  Stir.  Turn up the heat until it starts boiling, and then turn it down and let it simmer.  Simmer until fruit begins to soften, and the juice starts turning thicker and syrupy. If the juice doesn't taste sweet enough to you, add more sugar until it tastes the way you like it. 

Once juice is thick and sweet enough, pour it into the pan on top of the flour/sugar mixture. 

Bake on 350 until the crust firms up and turns light brown.  

This can also be made with other fruits. 

And it makes turning 50 just a little bit sweeter. ;)