Fresh Peachy Cobbler

Fresh- newly made, harvested, created
Peach- a soft, round, slightly furry fruit with sweet yellow flesh, pinky-orange skin and a rough pit.
Peachy- excellent, fine, doing well
Cobbler- a deep dish fruit pie, usually with a thick top crust

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup melted Butter
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 5 Peaches sliced
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar/Brown Sugar mixture

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
  • Pour the melted Butter into a pie plate (here I used my large Le Creuset Stoneware pie dish which measures 11.75in) or an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish
  • Whisk together the Flour, 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Baking Powder and Milk
  • Pour mixture over melted butter
  • Cover with Peach slices
  • Crumble the 3/4 Cup sugar mixture over the top

  • Bake until batter rises to top and forms a nice brown crust (about 40 minutes)
  • Let cool for at least 30 minutes (try hard to resist the temptation…else you’ll burn the s*** out of you mouth, I did not do that) then enjoy with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream, curl up on the couch and watch Game of Thrones. Wow, that sounds like the best night ever!

  • This is what the aftermath looks like, total destruction, full belly, dirty dishes, and complete and utter satisfaction…

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The Do Nothing Tornado Cake

This cake is like German Chocolate Cake and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake got together, got busy, and had a baby. Homemade german cake frosting covering a thick pineapple cake creates a sweet bite. Alright so, the “Do Nothing” part refers to the ease of this cake, you can make it even if you are or think you are a terrible baker (shout-out to a few friends in particular). And the “Tornado” part is because this cake has a crazy mix of ingredients all whipped together like a…wait for it…tornado!  The frosting and cake, each separately, can stand alone…but together, hot damn. I’m a huge fan of sheet cakes because they are easy and feed a ton. This one is so great gather, mix, pour, bake, eat! I gathered, my daughter mixed, I poured, we baked…then we eated 🙂

Ingredients

Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 20oz can crushed pineapple
Frosting
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Directions

For The Cake
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9×13 baking dish
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together by hand all of your cake ingredients: flour, baking soda, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and pineapple

  • Pour into your baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown

  • Cool almost completely then poke several holes in the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon or spatula

For The Frosting

  • In a medium-sized sauce pan, heat the butter, vanilla extract, evaporated milk, and sugar until it reaches a boil
  • Mix in your pecans and coconut and continue cooking for about 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly
  • Glob your frosting evenly over your cake 🙂

  • Let cake sit a little while to ensure the frosting soaks into your cake holes to create a sweet, moist, gooeyness. Hmm, cake holes?

  • This cake is great for mix-matching, try this frosting on a german chocolate cake and try this cake with a vanilla whipped cream-pudding frosting…you know me, I use what I have and have what I use.

Enjoy!

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Lemon Loaf Cake with Lemon Glaze

If you like Starbucks Lemon Cake, this recipe is for you! A moist lemon cake topped with a glaze of lemon joy! To add to your brunch menu or to enjoy after dinner with a glass of wine. This light, yet flavor intense, dessert is just right. An easy whip-together cake that you almost certainly have all the ingredients for! Make it tonight, feed that sweet tooth.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Yogurt of choice
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Zest of one Lemon
  • 1 Cup White Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar Glaze: 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar + 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice.

 Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Grease an 8×5 loaf pan OR 8×8 baking dish, and set aside
  • In a bowl, whisk the first 5 ingredients
  • In a separate bowl, stir together all remaining ingredients
  • Pour wet into dry, and stir just until evenly mixed
  • Smooth into the pan or dish, and bake 25 minutes or until loaf cake has risen and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool, then spread the glaze on top. Glaze hardens when it cools, and you can refrigerate to expedite the process if you wish.
  • For freshness, store leftover lemon cake slices in the fridge or even in the freezer.
  • Can be baked in an 8×5 loaf pan for thicker pound cake slices and a thicker layer of glaze OR in an 8×8 square baking dish for a little light cakey-poo. 🙂

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Framed Wine Label Collage

I collage wine labels because of the intensity, the color, the realistic vibrancy and the serenity they bring. Some labels have such artwork on their bottles you can almost feel an emotion as you taste their wine, not only bringing to life the artwork but bringing the flavors into the art. Rabble Wine Company at Tooth and Nail Winery being one of my most favorites in intensity, grit, and magnificent color. Peachy Canyon has a luscious Rose label painted by Tracy Taylor, where watercolor meets fish meets turtle meets wine. Peacock Cellars have gloriously detailed peacock feathers that adorn their labels. Each bottle tells its own story, and I tell mine.

By definition “a collage is a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope: a work of art produced by this technique.” 

“One of the important techniques of early modernism, which allowed painters to engage and use different materials, fusing anything from newspaper and magazines, to maps, tickets, propaganda posters, and photographs, text, and found objects for the creation of the visually stunning and thought-provoking images. Emerging as a reaction against the First World War and the need to connect with reality in the face of the growing abstractness of the Analytical Cubism, the term collage, from the French word coller, meaning to cut, was coined by the Cubism artists, Georges Braque, and Pablo Picasso. For these two authors, and Cubism movement as a whole, collage allowed for the exploration of painting’s illusion of three-dimensionality while exposing and using the flatness of the painted surface.”

“The contemporary art term ‘ mixed-media’ has effectively replaced the word collage. Mixed-media works seem to dominate the global contemporary scene and streets of almost every city on the planet, showcasing the works of both urban and street artists that have perfected the practice of gathering and assembling. Both works on the streets and the contemporary mixed-media images, influenced by illustration, painting, and photography, play with elements of abstraction, constructivism, surrealism,  dada and presents a collection of the visual language and codes of communication today. Reflecting the spirit of today, the short-attention, mass media culture and mass image production, the rise of the mixed-media works should not be a surprise for us. The ability to cut and glue, and redo the process quickly and to instantly change or challenge the mood is one of the major reasons behind the popularity of this technique.”

This piece measures 19 1/2in x 24in and includes hooks on back for hanging.

Please Contact me on my blog if you are interested in this piece or any other on my website! 

Cedar Chest Face-Lift

I love when I get to inherit something, or someone gifts me something, or I take something?, or someone’s going to throw…something away? (wait, no that’s not right). Either way I get rather giddy at the thought of making something old into something new. I love thrift stores more than you can fathom, someones old news becomes my new decor piece. I can see the possibilities right there in the isle. This beautiful Cedar Chest was actually given to me by my most favorite extended-family-by-means-of-living-next-door-to-my-childhood-home 🙂

After carefully *hinting* at the possibility of reupholstering this beaut, and making sure they were okay at the moment of parting with their friend of 35 years, the real work began.

Ideas flowin’ like a river, excitement building on all fronts, Jo-Ann Fabric Store, I was coming for you! The pressure of doing this piece the proper justice it deserved, and having to follow in my neighbors footsteps,  a professional seamstress go figure, the challenge was accepted and I went to work.

From that, to this, these are the steps I took, the materials I used, the time it took, and the beautiful reward I received.

Supplies

  • Cedar Chest, a given
  • Quality fabric, I used Jo-Ann Fabric Store
  • Staple gun, staples
  • Gorilla glue, only if your cushion is glued onto the top
  • Needle nose pliers, to pull out current staples
  • Drill, to remove underneath cushion screws
  • Strong man, just cause why not 🙂

Directions

  • Lift up lid and carefully unscrew the bottom screws holding the cushion to the wooden lid.
  • Remove cushion from chest
  • Wipe down the top of the chest to remove any build up and dust
  • Lay cushion top-down on a sturdy flat surface, I used my kitchen table, but a work table of sorts would be better
  • Remove staples with needle nose pliers if there are any, or pull up on fabric of its glued, remove old fabric, OR you may just want to leave it and cover it (as long as the new fabric is a darker color than the old fabric it will not show through.) My cedar chest had been covered twice, so I removed the dusty top fabric and covered the original fabric.
  • I had measured the cushion before my trip to Jo-Ann’s so I knew the exactitudes, but I got an extra yard just in case and another color fabric, also just in case. I removed the cushion from the table and used the old fabric that I removed as a template for my new fabric size. I lay my new fabric over the old and cut it the same size.
  • Lay your cushion top-down again over the new fabric and pull SNUG on the longest sides and fold in to underside of cushion, use staple gun to hold in place. This is where the second set of hands and “strong man” come into play. One fabric-pull-snuger and one staple-gunner 🙂 I put staples every two inches or so, but it definitely depends on your fabric, thick vs thin, may require more or less. Just feel it out as you go.
  • To secure the shorter sides and most importantly the corners, you can either do a hospital corner or fold into an upholstery corner. 

  • Once all four sides and all four corners are secure and taut with staples or glue, you may lay and replace cushion with screws or re-glue cushion back onto the top of the lid.
  • If you are re-gluing your cushion, I suggest laying something heavy over top of cushion and letting it sit alone for 12-24 hours to ensure stuckness, yep not a word, but makes sense.

  • The great thing about how I did this is the ease of it, you can so easily replace the fabric at any time to match your new decor or a new room!!!
  • This little project, including my trip to Jo-Ann Fabric Store, which may have taken 1.5 hours, took a total, beginning to end, of 2 hours. The reupholstery itself only took 1/2 hour. So easy, no need to be a seamstress or even know how to sew…next endeavor learn to sew.
  • Just a little effort, a tad of decor-loving, an eye for beautiful colors, and it turned out so great! You can totally do this with that weird old shabby chest, don’t settle for dusty grandma florals, when you can have this. Help your vintage reach its full potential 🙂

If you’re interested in this piece or any others, please Contact me on my page!!!