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Take Me Out to the Ball Game: NY YANKEES!!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: NY YANKEES!!

My husband and I are pretty big Baseball fans, New York Yankees, naturally. Well, my husband is a pretty big fan of any sports in general. No lie, we once watched the World Series of Darts when nothing else was on! LOL ANYWAY We were […]

Apple Picking!

Apple Picking!

It is fall much to my chagrin. BUT! Apples are in season and we love to go apple picking! However, on the day we went it was almost 90!! Whatever is going on with this weather, I’ll take it. It sure beats freezing my butt […]

Blueberry Muffin Cake

Blueberry Muffin Cake

This cake, you guys.

Its definitely a keeper recipe.

Make again.

Make it for your family.

Make it for your friends.

Tell EVERYONE.

They NEED to make it ASAP.

It’s that good.

I can’t take credit for it though, it came from Cookies and Cups – Blueberry Muffin Cake

Evie and I called for requests on what to make next(we needed a change, something different from our cookies.)

My Brother in Law, Evie’s Uncle, sent us this recipe, requesting we make it.

Boy, was he on the money!! (Thanks Uncle!!)

Gather your freshest blueberries, ask them to bring friends!

blueberries in colander
Freshly washed
We used my deep dish tart pan, the bottom can be easily removed once baked. I had a springform but it was an 8 inch and this was way too much cake for that little pan! So I recommend the 9 inch springform or similar. The removable bottom was definitely key for this cake.

Grease up with nonstick spray and set aside.

Next, we mixed up the delicious topping for the cake.

Seriously, this topping gave such a nice sweetness and crunch to this cake. Please don’t leave it out!!

Little Girl with cinnamon bottle
Crumb topping ingredients

Crumb topping mixing
Then we got to mixing the ingredients for the cake batter, minus the blueberries.

Little Girl scooping flour out of bag
Flour Scoop

Taste testing
For some reason, Evie enjoys taste testing the ingredients. Fine by me! Then she’ll have an idea one day about how everything will taste together etc.

Mix it up!!

Girl mixing cake batter
Stirring the cake batter
Once everything was combined well, we folded in the blueberries.

But first!

Coat them in a little bit of flour. This way it helps to keep them suspended in the batter and they all won’t sink to the bottom. This batter is fairly thick however, so I’m not sure there would have been an issue. But, I have seen far to many muffins and cakes in my day with the blueberries all sitting at the bottom.

Its entirely up to you whether you do it or not.

We did!

Little girl showing bowl full of flour coated blueberries
Flour coated blueberries
Fold in those blueberries carefully!!

Folding in the blueberries
Then we grabbed our crumb topping after putting our batter into the deep tart pan.

Sprinkle generously and use all of it!

Its SO SO Good!!

Sprinkle, Sprinkle
Pop that baby in the oven and just wait for the delicious-ness to rise!!

Blueberry Muffin Cake
Once it cools, add the glaze on top.

Don’t leave it out, you’ll regret it.

I promise.

Or maybe you won’t.

Suit yourself.

Little girl adding glaze to top of cake
Glazed
And now, enjoy.

Don’t eat it all in one sitting 😉

Blueberry Muffin Cake on plate with slice cut out
Blueberry Muffin Cake
Are you kidding?!

Blueberry Muffin Cake slice on plate with fork
Slice, Slice, Baby!
I could eat this whole cake if my stomach would allow me.

Thankfully I had enough willpower to not.

But really though, make this for all your friends.

And, thank Cookies and Cups for the best recipe ever.

(And maybe Evie’s Uncle for bringing it to your attention. LOL)

 

GO. NOW!

Lime Bars

Lime Bars

When your husband is away on a weekend long Bachelor party and brings home a giant economy sized bag of limes; what do you do with them?! Make Lime Bars!!! I am a sucker for lemon bars but have never made the Lime version of […]

Aruba – Toddler Style

Aruba – Toddler Style

Oh, Aruba. Its gorgeous, albeit a bit windy. But the beauty of that was, staying right on the beach there were barely any bugs! My Husband and I love to travel, especially to the Caribbean. We have taken plenty of cruises, visiting a lot of […]

Blackberry Peach Cobbler

Blackberry Peach Cobbler

YOU GUYS.

This recipe is amazing.

I’m not sure if it was the tartness of the blackberries or the sweetness of the peaches OR the Pecan streusel topping, BUT this stuff was SO good!!

Especially with a few scoops of vanilla bean ice cream. And I am not the biggest ice cream fan(sacrilege, I know!)

Our initial intent was to recreate our failed peach cobbler recipe.

Peaches are in season and on sale here in the Hudson Valley so why not?

Upon further investigation of all sorts of cobbler recipes, I came upon this one from Southern Living.

My Mother had just ordered a bunch of pecans from Texas AND, she and Evie had picked a whole boatload of blackberries from their bushes the morning earlier.

It was Destiny, I tell you!!

So after a long day of procrastinating, Evie and I decided it was time to make that “cobbler” (at 7 O’clock at night haha)

Even though Southern Living says its a cobbler, it came out more as a crisp to me.

A delicious, juicy crisp.

More on that later.

Onto the baking!!

pecans
Pecans

First up, we made our streusel topping.

Chopped up the pecans from Texas, way more delicious than bought here in our stores! But that’s just my opinion, and I’m biased 😉

By the way, how do you pronounce “Pecan”? I’m in the “puh-con” category. Some people say “pee-can”

Either way, they’re so good!

little girl mixing ingredients in bowl
Streusel Topping

We were quick to mix everything together so we were out of order in adding the ingredients.

If you have ever made anything with a toddler, arguing about which comes next in the simple crisp topping recipe was something I chose not to do!

little girl pouring melted butter into bowl of ingredients
Melted butter goodness

Mix up until everything is incorporated and resembles a “crumble”

We set that aside and started peeling our peaches.

But this time we were gonna “blanche” them first.

I’ve never actually blanched a peach in order to easily peel them before.  I thought 7 o’clock at night might be a good time to learn LOL

They actually turned out great. Although, I think I might have boiled them a bit too long.

Wash your peaches and score an “X” on the bottom of each peach. This is going to help you peel them later.

Peach with “X”

Meanwhile, set a pot of water to boil(large enough to fit 2-3 good sized peaches)

Also set out a bowl of ice water to fit 2-3 peaches.

Once the water is boiling, drop the peaches gently into the water. Boil for about 45 seconds to one minute depending on the ripeness of your peaches.

Remove carefully with a spider or slotted spoon and quickly set them into their water bath.

peaches floating in ice water bowl
Peaches “chillin”

Once all of the peaches are blanched and cooled, you can begin to peel them.

Starting at the “X” we had made before blanching really made the process of pulling off the skin a lot easier.

They are definitely sticky and slippery so make sure you have a towel to wipe your hands!

little girl peeling peach on cutting board
Peeling the peaches is as easy as 1-2-3!!

As you can see, the skin comes off quite easily. The only thing I was concerned about was the mess they made!!

We then sliced up our peaches, put them into the pot with other ingredients for the filling and cooked them on the stove. Cook them about 7 minutes until the filling begins to thicken.

peaches cooking in pot on stove
Cooking up the peach filling

Rinse your blackberries while the peach filling is cooking.

blackberries in a strainer
Rinsed berries

Once the peach mixture has thickened, remove from heat and stir in the blackberries.

peaches and blackberries mixed together
Peaches and Blackberries

Spread the mixture into a 9×9 inch square pan.

Then top with your pecan streusel. I found it made quite a bit more than I thought it needed. I’m not sure if this was because we mixed the ingredients differently early on or there was just a lot!

girl spreading streusel over blackberry peach mixture
Pecan Streusel!!

Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.

I would also put a cookie sheet under the pan to catch any of the overflowing juices.

It may have been my pan or the fact that I probably added more blackberries than the recipe called for, but mine definitely overflowed while baking a little bit.

picture of blackberry peach cobbler in bowl with ice cream
Blackberry Peach “Cobbler” with Pecan Streusel topping

This was so seriously good. Especially with ice cream!

It had a nice balance of tartness to sweetness and the vanilla ice cream helped it stand out even more!

I wouldn’t call this a “Cobbler” though, definitely more of a crisp. Or I like my cobblers more bread-y than this one.

Either way, this is a winner in my book!!!

How to Disney with a Toddler

How to Disney with a Toddler

Disney World! With a toddler?! Yes!! Now, I know I’m gonna hear it all(I already have) but hear me out. First of all, they’re FREE! 3 and under are free in Disney World. Second, they believe the magic, that IS Mickey (Mostly, unless you’re my […]

Peach Cobbler- A Lesson in Failure

Peach Cobbler- A Lesson in Failure

Peaches! We have a beautiful farm near us who has a multitude of peaches, veggies and apples in the Fall! While we’re waiting on Apple Season, (Fastly approaching to my disdain. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE apples. It just means Winter is coming and […]

A Lesson in Cherry Pitting!

A Lesson in Cherry Pitting!

Cherries! We love cherries!

They were on sale at our grocery store so we bought up a bag. But, we never eat the whole thing, they go bad before we finish them.

What to do?

Make Cherry Pie!!!

Pitting the cherries is the hard part, or so we thought! Evie mastered it in no time!!

So, as you see, all you need is a straw and a bottle! Easy peasy!


While it is messy, see cherry juice everywhere, this toddler had a blast pitting the cherries and was upset when we were done.


But we got to cooking up the filling for the pie.

We used a recipe we found on Pinterest. Again lol

This time from Gal Meets Food. Her site is gorgeous!

Cherry Crumble Pie
It was super easy since we decided to use a pre made crust from the store. Especially since we were making a crumb topping. If we didn’t, you bet we’d be making it from scratch!

Obviously, exercise caution when allowing a toddler near a hot stove.

We boiled down the cherry mixture and then allowed it to cool completely in the fridge.

Next, we got to work on the crumb topping.


We then filled our pre made pie crust, which we had baked a bit before filling.


And sprinkled the crumb all over the top!

And popped that baby in the oven!!

Now, I feel pretty darn silly because I didn’t take any after photos. BUT I can tell you the pie was delicious! We all loved it!

Although for me, I’d like a less crunchy texture on the crumb topping. That’s just me though. It gives it a nice ratio of smooth filling to crunchy topping!

Definitely a pie recipe worthy of those in season cherries!!

 

Ahh Vacation

Ahh Vacation

Vacation is one of those things I NEED. I need to get away, to have time to relax with my husband and family. Seriously. If I could get paid to travel AND bring my husband and Evie with me, I’d do it in a heartbeat. […]