Sweet Saturdays: Peach Cobbler

Ack! I am so excited! I finally have my computer back up so now I get to share with you all a new blog post (because it has been weeks… darn you move/school) and I get to start one of my goals, which is Sweet Saturdays!!

Before I get to the recipe, let me delve into a little (and by little I secretly mean a lot) of what’s been going on in my crazy-busy-hectic life as of late.

5 weeks ago I started 16 credits of classes at my local junior college. I am currently taking:

Music Fundamentals (Mus 101) -I have been in the world of music since I was 4 years old. So all of this stuff is really REALLY easy to me, but in some places my theory skills are lacking, so I would really like to make those places where I am lacking second nature for when I move onto Music Theory 1. That’s not to say that I couldn’t be in Music Theory 1 and succeed, because I totally could. It’s just that they quickly go over all of the things you learned in fundamentals in one week, then jump right into it. I was looking for an easier class to review my basics (and so I wouldn’t have to work so hard on this class so I could put more time into my other classes :P).

Intro to Psychology (Psyc 101) -This class is… interesting. I absolutely love my professor, and she keeps the class pretty interesting (thankfully). We had our first exam in the class (that I happened to be until 3:45am that morning working on my cheat sheet that we’re allowed to have — 8 1/2″ x 11″, hand written, both sides — the tip of my pointer finger was flat for the whole next day because of how quickly/small I was writing to cram every possible thing I could need on that cheat sheet) and I did really well! I got a 96% on the exam, and my professor even used my essay as an example of what to do in order to get full credit!!! I was so happy :)

Physical Anthropology (Anth 101) – I am still a little worried about this class because it is one I definitely have to work a little harder in, but so far I have a 90% in the class, so that’s a good thing!! I do enjoy going to lectures though because it’s pretty interesting, plus I met someone in there who I know is going to be one of my best friends! She is so much like me it’s kind of scary (the most impressive is that her parents had her when they were in their 40s just like mine, so all of her siblings are considerably older too! I haven’t met anyone else in that situation before lol), and on this coming Friday she and I are going to Disneyland! Yay :)

Elementary Algebra (Math 090) -Another stupidly easy class for me :P I tested into Intermediate Algebra (Math 096), but there were 2 issues with that. 1)The computer system for my school said I “didn’t meet the prerequisites for that course” even though I tested into the damn class, and 2)The professor I wanted for math had his Math 096 class completely waitlisted, but I could still get into his Math 090 class, so… just like in Music Fundamentals, I’m using this class as a way to “review” everything before moving on to Intermediate Algebra, plus it is another really freaking easy class so I can focus my studies elsewhere.

Plus, my professor is HILARIOUS. Seriously. Not like, in a dorky math-joke kind of way. But in the actual, he is dorky and funny and you learn stuff about the real world at the same time kind of way. He ROCKS and makes me actually want to come to math. Which is weird. Because it’s math. Ew. But yay for my professor! lol

and History of World Civilization to 1500 – I am really liking this class! I had this professor last semester (before I had to withdraw from all of my classes because of mom passing :( ) and I loved him! For anyone reading this that went to high school with me and remembers Mr. Green, my professor seriously looks like he could be his twin, and talks the same way, cussing and all (minus the British accent). It’s really kind of weird, but I like it because Mr. Green was amazing. I am also lucking out in this class because we have SI (Supplemental Instruction) for it, so an hour before class starts, SI begins and is led by a student at the school who has taken the class before and aced it, and is familiar with the professor. We play learning games (like memory) and it’s really helping because with the move, we haven’t had the money to actually buy my history book… >_> lol We have our first exam on Tuesday, so hopefully I will get an A!

Alright, I know that took forever, but if you’re still with me, I’m almost ready for the Peach Cobbler, I promise!

The front entrance of our new house. Living/Dining rooms are (unpictured) on the left.

So that’s what I’m dealing with in school, now add on top of that moving/downsizing. Dad and I moved into a new house (3168 sqft. to

1502 sqft.) about 2 weeks into school starting. This move was absolutely crazy in general, but it was something new for me because I was trying to balance doing very well in school (I’m aiming for straight A’s) while trying to help out with the move as much as possible. My time management skills are still severely lacking unfortunately, but I’m working on it, promise!

Thankfully my sister was able to make time in her extremely busy life (she’s got 2 boys, 12 and 9, that are into sports — football and soccer — plus she works on top of managing her household! She’s crazy busy, seriously.) to help my dad out. If it wasn’t for helping out as much as she did, Dad and I would’ve been in some serious trouble.

Also my sister-in-law came up a ton to help pack and then clean the old house (we had to be out of the old place by last Thursday), so while I was at school, she was over working her ass off.

Major thanks to my sister and sister-in-law. So much. You have no idea how thankful I am for all of the help you guys were!

But now the rest of it is up to me. Unpacking the misc. boxes and all of that fun stuff. Thankfully I can do as much or as little as time will allow.

Okay, so I’ve had school starting, and then the move. Now add on one more thing, and you’ll know why I’ve been gone for forever. TJ, my boyfriend of nearly 4 years (4 years in December), just got hired at a company up in Northern California, as a Plano-gram Technician.

For those of you as confused about his job title as I was, he designs/sets up store shelves. So if you shop at SaveMarts in the Northern Cali area, the products that are set up on the store shelves may be that way because of my boyfriend :P

TJ and I on the Matterhorn.

So yeah.

It sucks.

A LOT.

I seriously cannot stand being this far away from him.

Do you know how hard it is trying to get used to sleeping in a twin bed after being used to a California King? I mean, the twin isn’t so bad I guess… it’s just trying to sleep without him nearby that is hard to get used to.

I’m just glad he and I got to go to Disneyland before he had to leave. It was so nice being able to spend a day walking around, standing in really long lines, sweating from the humidity, and oh yeah… riding rides! :P

The only real saving grace is Skype and the fact that my netbook has a webcam so we can actually see each other.

It’s nice to be able to see his face every night.

*sighs*

On the bright side, he is flying back down here on the 30th of this month to get his things out of storage so he can move into his apartment! So I’ll pick him up from the airport, drive up north with him on the 1st, and then fly back down here on the 2nd so I can be home in time for school (yay? lol).

On the not-so-bright side, after that weekend, I don’t know when I’ll see him next. But I have my fingers crossed for Thanksgiving!!!

Okay, so now that you know everything that has gone on generally (yet not so generally) in my life these past however many weeks it has been since I’ve been able to blog, it’s time for the reason of this blog post!!!

I had intended to do this post a long time ago (I have the best of intentions, I swear! It’s just executing them that’s the problem…), but better late than never right?

Besides, cobbler is like pie, just without a crust on top.

And pie is Fall-y, right?

So therefore, my Peach Cobbler post isn’t too late!

At least according to my logic.

And I like my logic, because then things always make sense.

And with my logic, you don’t lose 4 points on a math quiz because you didn’t state what the “variable” was in a word problem, and didn’t end the problem in words (if it starts in words, you must end it in words).

*sigh again*

Anyways! Back to the super yummy Peach Cobbler!!

On one of my searches through the internet, I stumbled across a wonderful cooking community, Tasty Kitchen. They have some amazing recipes on there, and they are all uploaded by real people.

Since I had bought some peaches from the local Farmer’s Market, I looked for a recipe involving peaches.

I had intended the peaches for a peach pie for my dad (he loves peach pie), but as I later learned, cobblers are basically pies! So I decided to try this recipe for Peach Cobbler.

And as I learned while making said cobbler, it’s so much easier than making a pie.

When I think of Fall, I think of  Apple Pies, Pumpkin Pies, cinnamon and nutmeg. With this cobbler, I wanted to add my own spin on it without deviating too much from the recipe since this was my first cobbler I’ve ever made. But I was very inspired by the apple pies I had made last year for Thanksgiving when I was making this. So I added some cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter and on top of the fruit once it was combined with the batter.

It added a nice hint of Fall to an otherwise Summer-y cobbler.

I hope you enjoy my spin on this!

♥ Kate

Peach Cobbler                                                                                [click to print]

Serves 8 (adapted from ThreeManyCooks on www.tastykitchen.com)

Ingredients

8 tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar, plus 2 tbsp
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp almond or vanilla extract, divided
2 lbs (about 4 cups) peaches, peeled and sliced

Method

1. Place an oven rack in the middle position, and then preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Put butter in a 13- by 9-inch baking pan; set in the oven to melt.
3. Meanwhile, whisk flour, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, baking powder, and salt in small bowl.
4. Whisk in milk and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract until smooth.
5. Toss peaches with remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
6. When butter has melted, remove pan from oven.
7. Pour batter into pan; arrange fruit over batter.
8. Bake until batter turns golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes.
9. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

Photo Walkthrough:

Everything you will need for this recipe.

Put butter in a 13- by 9-inch baking pan; set in the oven to melt.

Meanwhile, whisk flour, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, baking powder, and salt in small bowl.

Whisk in milk and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract until smooth.

Toss peaches with remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.

When butter has melted, remove pan from oven.

Pour batter into pan, sprinkle with cinnamon/nutmeg;

arrange fruit over batter and sprinkle with more cinnamon/nutmeg.

Bake until batter turns golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

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7 responses to “Sweet Saturdays: Peach Cobbler

    • Disneyland was awesome! It was hard though because I was so used to going with mom and dad, and all of my Disneyland memories involve mom in some shape or form. But you being there made it so much easier.

      And I miss you too babe! ♥

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  1. Just a quick question about the math class you’re taking – what exactly is elementary algebra and intermediate algebra? Is it like pre-algebra, algebra 1, and algebra 2?

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    • I believe Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra are just Algebra 1. I can’t really say for certain though because I can’t remember a thing from Algebra 2 when I took it in highschool…. but I think that it’s just Algebra 1.

      ♥ and harp strings,
      Kate

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