Blackberry Cobbler

Oh yes! This would be a great use for the berries I have frozen in the fridge!!

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Throw together this cobbler in minutes using fresh berries. A warm cobbler is perfect for this cold evening. This is the only recipe you need for your fruit cobbler. Madison, my thirteen year old daughter, made this cobbler. It’s so easy she didn’t need a recipe. 🙂

  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1-1/4 cup Sugar (divided)
  • 1 cup Self-Rising Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 cups Blackberries (frozen Or Fresh)

Melt butter in a microwavable dish.  Pour 1 cup of sugar and flour into a mixing bowl, whisking in milk.  Mix well.  Then, pour in melted butter and whisk it all well together.  Butter a baking dish.

Now rinse and pat dry the blackberries.  Pour the batter into the buttered baking dish.  Sprinkle blackberries over the top of the batter; distributing evenly.  Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar over the top.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until golden and bubbly. …

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Beef with Broccoli

I Love this stuff, and have been wanting to find a great recipe to make it at home. Now I have one! Thinking I may sub chicken, pork or shrimp for the beef some time as well.

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Beef and broccoli is a popular Chinese recipe. This is my go-to recipe when I want Chinese food without having to go out. Very easy and delicious. Beef and broccoli is great with fried rice.

First, marinate the meat:

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon water

2 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 1/2 lbs flank steak, sliced into thin strips

1. Whisk together the baking soda, sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, water, and

vegetable oil in a large bowl. Toss the steak with the marinade to coat. Cover

and refrigerate at least 1 hour, then proceed below.

1/2 c low-sodium soy sauce (Do NOT use regular. The final product will be way too salty)

2 tablespoon brown sugar

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoon flour

1 tablespoon sherry

3 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 heads broccoli, crowns only

1. In a small bowl…

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Turkey and Poblano Chili

A cold snap is on it’s way, Time to make some chili!

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turkey and poblano chili

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Here’s what I’m thinking…I’m so glad we didn’t see a tornado Saturday.

There’s something about those tornado warnings that just scare my Southern Californian self right to the core.

You’re probably thinking…don’t you have earthquakes and wild fires out there?

Well, yes.  Yes we do.

But, that’s what I grew up with so I’m a little more accustomed to those.

Tornadoes are something else entirely. And, they really frighten me.

Losing electricity for 5 or 6 hours really limits what one can do in the kitchen by the way or the computer.  I know, completely obvious.

It’s difficult to cook or post on the blog.

Candles are lit, flashlights are turned on and you get a little creative with entertaining one’s family and yourself.  Ghost stories, anyone?

Eventually, the electricity comes back on and you head back into the kitchen to make chili.

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7 ways to enjoy your finer things

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Once a year I pull out my “finer things” for the festivities that lie ahead.  From the linens and flatware that adorn the table, to the menus I plan and the food I cook, to the clothing I wear and the care I take to look my best, I put in the extra time and effort to enjoy my finer things and do unique things for my family and me.  And by “finer” I don’t necessarily mean “expensive.”  I mean special. As the holidays came to end and I was putting everything away, it hit me that, aside from the Christmas decorations, I could continue to use and enjoy my special things and keep some of the pleasurable acts in place.

Over the last few days, I have done exactly that, and my middle school-aged daughter has told me that these changes make her feel special.  One of her friends…

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Pretzel Rolls for Sandwiches to Look Forward To

Putting this on my list of things to bake!


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Chewy and deliciously salty, these pretzel rolls are ready for turkey sandwiches, complete with deli mustard and homemade ginger-pear cranberry sauce.

While most people roast a turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, Jack and I decided to make a turkey for going back to work after our winter break. We have plenty of recipes stockpiled for tasty meals featuring leftover roasted turkey. These pretzel rolls make lunchtime sandwiches something to look forward to.

Bread Machine Pretzel Rolls


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • coarse sea salt
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 16 cups water


  1. Place first 5 ingredients into baking pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Insert pan into the oven chamber. Select dough cycle.
  2. Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface.
  3. Divide dough into 8 pieces.
  4. Roll dough…

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