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Friday, August 3, 2012

Madhouse Munchings: PEACHES!

Such a great day! I felt like I was at the top of my game.

I was offered another job today and am looking forward to diving in. I was also given an assignment to edit a 90 page manual. Fun stuff! Who knew I'd fall into something I'd love so much. So grateful for these tender mercies.

Today, the Warden had the day off. He usually has Fridays off during the summer, but because of budget cuts and having to break some pretty bad news to some pretty great people, he's worked a few Fridays here and there. We took advantage of this day with him.

We went out to North Plains and picked peaches at Jossy Farms. In our family, I am the one who takes the kids on outings like this one. The Warden's usually at work. I don't know if he's ever been on a picking expedition with us before.

He called the local grocery store and asked the produce manager if they had any boxes they might part with. They did, so we stopped by to get them, and we were off.

The trees were SO FULL of fruit. It was amazing. My mouth was watering before we even got out of the car. It took us no time at all to fill our boxes up.

When we got to the scale, we found that we'd picked 78 pounds of peaches!

We each ate a peach on our way to the car. I had actually picked a HUGE one and put it aside just for that purpose. I think each member of our family had done the same.

I made peach cobbler when we got home. I asked, a month or so ago, for a cobbler recipe for the boysenberries we'd picked and was given a few different options from friends. Thank you very much, by the way.

In the meantime, I found my old recipe--the one I couldn't find when I had all those boysenberries. So that I don't find myself in this predicament again, here it is.....


1 1/3 C. sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 C. water
8 C. fresh peaches, sliced
2 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
8 Tbsp. butter
2 eggs
6 Tbsp. milk

Combine the sugar, cornstarch and water in a large saucepan. Add the peaches. Gently stir and cook until thickened. Keep warm while making the topping....

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon and cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat the eggs and milk together in a separate bowl. Pour in and mix just until the flour mixture is moist--don't over stir.

Pour the peach mixture into a 9x13 pan and drop the topping in mounds on the top. Don't worry about spreading it around just strategically place them. As they cook, they will spread out a bit.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick.

Here's the best part....serve warm with ice cream.

I'm working on completing a few entries for the "Neighbors of the Madhouse" posts and hope to have them up very soon. If you're interested in joining in, please contact me. The more the merrier!


LeAnn said...

My mouth is watering for fresh peaches after reading your post and your recioe sounds yummy. It was a grat family actvity we did some similiar ones when our children were younger.
Have fun with your new projects; they are awesome ones. Enjoy!

Jen said...

Congrats on the new job opp! That's wonderful! I've been looking for a great peach cobbler recipe, so this is great timing! And if it works great for me, I'll post it to my Bakerette.com family recipe blog. Thanks Julie! I miss visiting your blog. I've literally dropped off the planet with visiting websites since life got so busy in a grand way! You can see all that I've been doing at a couple of my blogs: bakerette.com, gardenstems.com, utahgardenblogs.com, and club.conservationgardenpark.com. I'm all over the map :)

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