Friday, July 31, 2009

A recipe for Easy Fruit Cobbler

When I think of hospitality, my thoughts always go to feeding folks. I have lots of favorite recipes and gravitate to those tried-and-true easy ones. In fact, I am in the process of writing a cookbook, which I am tentatively calling Vanessa's Easiest Recipes. This cookbook will be a compilation of the recipes I've collected and created. They are all very simple and truly qualify for the 'easy' category.

When I serve the cobbler below, someone ALWAYS asks for the recipe. The beauty is that it is SO EASY! I always have these items on hand, so I can whip up a cobbler and have a hot, welcoming dessert for drop-in company in no time!

Vanessa's Easy Fruit Cobbler

1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup of milk
1-2 cups of fresh or canned fruit (a mixture of peaches and blueberries is one of my favorites)
1 stick of butter or margarine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven is heating, place butter in an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 baking pan and place in oven, so that butter can melt (careful not to burn). Mix flour, sugar and milk with whisk until smooth. Pour directly into pan with melted butter. Do not stir. Pour drained fruit evenly over top. Do not stir. Bake for 15 minutes; remove from oven and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Return to oven and bake about 15-20 minutes longer, until lightly browned on top. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. So yummy to be so easy!

Note: The fruit will be barely visable after it bakes, as the recipe makes it's own crusty topping. Also, the longer you bake the cobbler, the more cake-like it will become. It's delicious both ways!

As always, I welcome your feedback! Let me know how your cobbler was received!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A New Beginning......

Today is a new day. I am beginning a new endeavor which was meant to be fully underway at this point. You see, my son, Matthew "gave" me a blog he'd set up for me for Christmas last year. He thought of me as "Southern Hospitality in Northeastern Ohio!" This was Matthew's description of me and he thought I should share my insights with those who share my passion for hospitality and home and all things related to them. I could not have been more honored or pleased!
(This photo was taken of Matthew with Melody Mouse, his favorite Christmas decoration and toy since he was a toddler!)

I immediately began writing (it was Christmas Eve) and posted my first thoughts. Then, I found myself lost in his senior year in high school, with all the tasks, plans and emotions that went with it. That was seven months ago. Now, I am again lost, with just 3 weeks away from Matthew's departure to college. I am again occupied with the tasks, plans and emotions associated with this huge next step for our only child. save my sanity (not to mention that of my son and husband, Ken), I have decided to embrace the gift my son gave me and share my thoughts with those who also have a 'Heart for Hospitality'. Join me, won't you?