To some cobbler means fruit with a cake-type batter drizzled on top and baked...not me!
Cobbler is made with a top and bottom regular pie crust with lots of fruit in between, no thickener and is served hot in dishes with melted butter or thick cream on top. I make mine in a casserole dish. It is interesting how we are influenced by how our Mothers cooked. I do some things different but basically I cook like Mom.
Yesterday I made my favorite blackberry cobbler.
I still have a few bags left in the freezer from my blackberry patch. The last two years, I have given them up to the hated Japanese Beetles. I keep wracking my brain thinking of how I can cover them to keep the beetles away. Nothing short of a large cage of screen wire comes to mind. I am not above doing that if I keep losing the crop to them. This is another Oriental fruit pest we did not need!
Yesterday was our first day of warmer temperatures. I milked and will milk again today to take advantage and maybe get Willow more relaxed with me. It will be a test………….let you know how that works. DH thinks when I go so long between milking, it becomes new all over again for her.
I made French bread yesterday. The recipe makes three large loaves which I freeze. I like having it on hand for certain foods…..like soups, Italian pasta things, steaks, etc. I also just like it toasted. It makes a crusty loaf without having to do anything special like using water during cooking. It is shiny because I always brush it with butter so the crust won't be too hard for DH. He doesn't like it that way.
I keep reading blogs about this subject and it has me thinking which is a good thing!
I feel like I could do a much better job where food is concerned....I need to start using out of the freezers daily....shouldn't have to buy anything except coffee, flour, sugars, and shortening. I buy pastas but could make them. I buy dry beans (tried the flaying of beans for dried seeds once.........lots of serious work to get many beans). The only meat we buy is bacon and sausage and chicken. I hope to grow some fryers this spring....for the freezer but we will have to get very organized with the chicken house to do that....it can be done though.
We stopped Directv some time ago. We still both have cell phones and I recently added the texting feature for the grands. We aren't using it like I thought we would so I think I will discontinue it. We don't take the newspaper and I quit subscribing to all gardening magazines years ago.
I do still have the internet and it costs $40 a month. We can't get DSL out here and probably never will unless Obama's plan for everyone to have it via rural electric organizations comes to fruition....I am not holding my breath! I would really, really miss the computer and don't want to go to the library as one blogger is now doing.
We quit trash service for almost a year and then our local town got so persnickety about the recyclying that I didn't know what to do with some things....it would mean a trip to the big city periodically to get rid of those things. We started up trash pickup service again. It is grossly overpriced and they tack a fuel fee on each month that gets progressively higher. I am still pondering that issue.
We do try to save on trips to town but could do much better with that if I would make DH pay more attention to cat and dog food.......and bananas! You wouldn't believe how many bananas he eats.
So the goal will be to really watch my food bills. It is hard when everything but the kitchen sink is on one bill.
I make our own soap (for fun mostly) but have not liked any of the laundry soaps I have tried. Either we get our clothes dirtier than others or I haven't tried the correct formula. DH is my laundry man and he is sold 100% on Tide powder with bleach....and he likes his rinses too. I haven't tried the cup of vinegar yet....will have to buy vinegar first. I am betting he won't like it!
Sorry for rambling on....these are just thoughts about all this I have been reading.
The one thing that really annoys me is the phones: $70 for two cells plus almost $30 for a landline. $100 a month for what we used to get by with for $10 a month.
Once we get used to these luxuries, they become our necessities.
Things to ponder in the wee hours of the morning.