Blackberry Cobbler

  We have a great big Blackberry Patch on our property, but doggone it, if it hasn’t been sooo hot the past 2 summers, that they have dried before they fully came on. 😦  

  I barely got enough for 1 cobbler this year.  Actually, it wasn’t quite 6 cups, so I had to hide some Blueberries in there, but you couldn’t tell.

  This recipe is from Pioneer Woman, and was one of the first ones we tried of hers.  It’s a keeper and we make one every summer!

Blackberry Cobbler

from Pioneer Woman

Blackberry Cobbler

  • 6 cups Fresh Or Frozen Blackberries
  • 1/2 cup Plus 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 whole Zest Of Lemon
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup Crisco (vegetable Shortening)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1/2 cup Milk
Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine blackberries, ½ cup sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a mixing bowl. Stir and spread out in a buttered pyrex dish.

In a separate bowl pour flour, salt, baking powder, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Add shortening and butter and work mixture together with a pastry blender (or your fingers) until the mixture is coarse. Measure ½ cup milk, add an egg, and mix together. Pour into flour mixture, stirring as you go. Mixture should be smooth and not dry, but not over sticky.

Take clumps of dough and place them on top of the blackberries. Lightly flatten dough with your fingertips. Sprinkle with 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar and bake until golden for 30 minutes. Berry juice will be slightly thin, but don’t be afraid. It will gradually soak into the biscuity topping and make your life complete.

Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Summer traditions taste GOOOOD!

~T

Ribbon Flip Flops

I mentioned last week, that for Women’s Encounter, I made Kasey and I matching flip-flops.  She and I were servers together in a room full of wonderful, awesome women of God. It was AMAAAAZING!

On to less Spiritual things, but we wanted our shoes to match the Encounter colors.

Well, we DID! God loves us and our fashion forwardness, right?! 🙂

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  Here is how I made our flip-flops:

  Select a variety of ribbon.  Anywhere from 4-6  patterns and textures.  Make sure you grab at least one unique ribbon with strings, or tassels, it makes it super cute!

  You will not want wider than 7/8 inch.  See that pink and white stripe ribbon? Smack in the middle?  IMG_3269

I cut it down the middle as it was too large to tie nicely.

Using a scissors and a ruler, cut each ribbon into 6 inch pieces.

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  With my variety of ribbon sizes, I did between 35-40 for EACH shoe, meaning 70-80 total strips. 

I bought 11 rolls of ribbon between our two sets of flip flops, but that will vary for you since some rolls have 9 yards of ribbon, others more.

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  I started tying from left to right up one side and down the other.  I did not have enough ribbon to tie an actual knot, which I was bummed about, but just the first part of a knot. {Like doing only the first step in tying your shoes.}

  Tug VERY VERY hard, to ensure they will not come untied. 

Or maybe cut your ribbon to 7 or 8 inches so you can knot it?!  I am going to try that next time.

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Be sure to keep the ribbons very very close to each other, sliding close to the other ribbons after you tie, to ensure you are not leaving any gaps.

  Here are Kasey’s flip flops:

 Her shirt has hot pink, so we did different ribbons.

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  Here is the end result.

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Fun, right?

~T

P.S.  I bought back Kasey’s extra ribbon and made my girls some, too.

And one more pair each,  just because it was fun! 🙂