Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Individual Summer Cobblers in Jars

Hi Y'all - this is Paula!

Summer berries have arrived!  They are yummy, juicy and delicious.  What better way to enjoy them than in a cobbler? 

This idea is not my own.  A few weeks ago I discovered StoneGable.  Yvonne is good at everything - cooking, tablescapes, gardening and home and decor.  You name it and the Lady of StoneGable can do it!  Pie in a Jar from StoneGable  Click on the link and see Yvonne's recipe and instructions.  She is meticulous with instructions and I love that!

When I saw Yvonne's post on the jar pies, I knew I had to try it.  They were yummy.  The only size jars that our Wal-Mart had were a tad larger than the ones that Yvonne used.  I also used the rolled, prepared pie crust.  In my larger jars, I used two boxes of crust with a tad left over.  In some jars I even mixed the fruit.  Those were tasty too.  You never knew what to expect.  They were easy and delicious and I can't wait to make more.

These were made ahead for Memorial Day.  I just put the lids on the jars and stored them in the fridge until Memorial Day.  After breakfast I put them on the counter so that they wouldn't go in the oven cold.  The only complaint was that there was no room in the jar for the ice cream!  Men!!!  =)  That complaint was easily taken care of - the ice cream just went on the serving plate.  Easy fix!

Jars after adding pie dough.  So easy - just press it down all around.
Cherries, sugared and flowered.  Also added a bit of orange zest and a dash of vanilla.

Blueberries, sugared and flowered.  With orange zest & vanilla.
Strawberries, sugared and flowered.  More orange zest and vanilla.

Pies after egg white wash.
Pies after sugar dusting, ready to bake or store in fridge before baking.
Yvonne had this neat little star cut-out, but I had to improvise.
Adding lids to cobbler in a jar! 
Oh no!  Guess what?  We were so eager to eat the cobblers that we forgot to take an after baking photo!  I must admit, mine did not rise up as high as Yvonne's in the jars, but that did not affect the taste at all.  We had a difficult decision deciding which flavor to sample and some of us sampled several.  We loved them!  Thanks Yvonne, for the idea and for sharing the how to on StoneGable.  Visit StoneGable & Yvonne

Y'all take care and please leave a comment!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer, Vacation & This & That


We Love Summer!
We Love The Beach - any beach will do!
We love being in and around water - almost any water will do!

Look at that face!  YaYa's in love!  (Added by Paula!)
This is Noble's new summer haircut!  Easy.  We like that.

This photo was taken last year on vacation - see that smile on Noble's face? 
He loves to play in water.  Pool, beach, hose - he doesn't care, just as long as he can get wet!

We have been MIA because we've been in the pool everyday teaching
Noble how to swim & fine tuning the potty training....
because we're going here for....


(Magic Kingdom)

(Hollywood Studios)

(Typhoon Lagoon)

We're trying to explain to Noble that he will get to see
Mickey, trains, dinosaurs, fireworks and so many other things. 
We cannot wait to see the look on his sweet
little face when he sees the parks for the first time! 
We know that it's going to be hot, so we are spending extra time
outside in our 100 degree temps to acclimate ourselves to the heat. 


Here are a few pictures of the garden.

Geraniums - the first time ever that geraniums have survived this long for us!  We're excited!

Okra, Squash, Lettuce, Petunias
The squash has blooms, but so far no baby squash. 
The petunias were moved closer to encourage those little
pollinating insects to drop by and stay a while.
At the top left corner...I'm in love with this old screen door.  It has fading pink paint.
Roses & Hydrangeas along the side of our house & a rogue beach ball.

Tomatoes, Beans, Corn, Radishes, & Carrotts
Some little critters are chewing the leaves off of the radishes.  Grrrrr.
The tomato plant leaves are turning yellow, and we don't know why. 

Furniture Painting
We've also been painting some our own furniture pieces and we are almost
ready to share our before & afters. They've been on the "to-do" list forever.
The leftover furniture from Round Top is making it out the door by way of Craig's List.  We like that!
Once the leftovers are sold, we will shop, redo and paint again - that will be fun! 

What About You?
Please leave us a comment and let us know what you've been doing. 
We're also behind on reading blogs, but we're trying to get caught up!
Y'all have been busy!