Friday, August 27, 2010

Peach-Pecan Cobbler~ A Country Home Recipe

Hello Everyone!
Today I wanted to share a great recipe with you!

It involves Peaches!

I found this recipe in the Country Home Magazine 8 years ago.
I sure do miss that magazine.

This is one of my favorite recipes. 
I make this cobbler a lot during the summer.
The recipe and instructions are at the end of this post as well.

I wanted to share a few details with you before I share the recipe~

This recipe calls for cinnamon. so
I wanted to share my favorite place to buy spices from.
Their cinnamon is the best!

I LOVE this pie dish!

The best part about this recipe is the little pecan cinnamon rolls!

Here is the recipe~I hope you enjoy it!

Peach-Pecan Cobbler
Cobblers usually get a dropped biscuit
topping, but here the dough is rolled into 
 pecan-studded swirls

Peach Filling

3/4  cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp.  Cornstarch
1/2  tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4  cup water
41/2  cups sliced peaches (I do not peel mine)
 approx. 11/2 -2 lb. of peaches


1 cup of self-rising flour
(if you do not have self rising flour add 1tsp. baking
powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp. of baking soda to 
1 Tsp. granulated sugar
1/4 cup of butter
1/3 cup of buttermilk

Filling for the Rolls
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
 1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Peach Filling instructions
In a medium saucepan, combine the 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the cornstarch, and cinnamon; stir in the water.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.   Add peaches; return to boiling.  Cover and keep warm over very low heat.
Pecan Rolls instructions
In a mixing bowl, combine the self-rising flour and the teaspoon of sugar.  Using a pastry blender, cut the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add buttermilk and stir until just moistened.  Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead dough gently for 10 to 12 strokes.  Roll into a 9 x 6 inch rectangle.  (just like you are making cinnamon rolls.  Combine the melter butter and brown sugar;
spread over dough to within 1/2 inch of the edge.  Sprinkle the chopped pecans evenly on the dough surface.  Roll up dough in a spiral, starting with a short side.
Cut the roll cross-wise into six 1-inch thick slices.
Pour hot peach mixture into and ungreased 2 quart square (8x8x2-inch) baking dish.  Or you can use a pie dish like I did.  Bake in a 400 degree oven about 25 minutes or until golden brown.  You have to really watch the last five minutes, because the rolls turn brown fast.  

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Did you see this?

Hello Everyone!
I hope you are all having a great week.
I just wanted to make sure you saw Melaine's makeover she did on her daughter's room.
I just love it.
Melaine is so very talented and creative.
I think that bed is the most inviting bed I have ever seen?
I love how the white pops against the chocolate color she chose for the walls.
Here are a few links for Melaine's blog, My Sweet Savannah.

Be sure when you check out the Reveal Day post, you view the older posts, Melaine
blogged about the makeover from start to finish.

Have a great day!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Two favorite books and a few details about my bedroom

Hello Everyone,
I hope you are all having a great week.

I wanted to post a few details about my bedroom with you.
I first wanted to share two books with you that really inspired my bedroom makeover.
The first book French Home, is one of my favorite books.
I never tire of looking at the photos in this book.
This book has really inspired me to add a bit of a rustic french style to my home.

The second book is Recycled Home.
This book inspired me to use some architectural salvage for my headboard.
Recycled Home really is a great book because it gives you so many ideas on ways to repurpose so many different things.
Both of these books left me inspired to try and create a space that had an authentic french farmhouse feel.
I wanted it to feel rustic, but yet romantic.

A few details about my bedroom.

My mom made the lamp shade.  
She made it from an antique monogrammed towel.
I love how it looks on the alabaster lamp.

The grain sack pillows and the runner were also made by my mother.  My mom really does a great job sewing.
You will see similar items in my shop, that will be opening in the near future....

The bedskirt is from Anthropologie.
The french linen sheet that is covering my comforter was a birthday gift from my mother.
I actually used to use it to cover a chair that I recently got reupholstered.

My husband plans to build a frame around the base of our bed out of salvaged wood.
We just haven't found the right wood yet.

The door on the left unfortunately doesn't even look like the same door that I found.
I kind of did a number on it, and I do not mean in a good way.
It had a lot nicer patina, until I decided to scrape a lot of the white paint off.
I was trying to go for a raw wood look and decided I didn't want thick peeling paint over my head. I can't tell you how mad I was at myself for scraping all of that paint off.
I do wish I would have left it alone.

I am so glad I left the green door alone.

I am lucky that I have a husband who will play musical chandeliers for me!
I know that sounds terrible, but you would be surprised how many times the chandeliers in the house get moved from one room to the next.
I will someday show you what I did with the mantle that was in here as well as the chandelier.

We finally finished that tin ceiling.
The 100 year old tin was smoke damaged and needed to be painted.
I painted the tin in a Kelly Moore Paint called Country Cotton, in an eggshell finish. 

My sheered curtains are hanging from birch limbs.
My Aunt Mickey inspired me to use limbs as curtain rods back in the 90s.
She is from Portland, Oregon and has a new blog, called Vintage Station.
I am hoping I can make it up her way to photograph her store and home to share with all of you. She is a very talented...

I have had this armoire for a number of years...
It is one of my favorite pieces.
I like how simple it is..
I also like how it looks mixed with the rustic doors.

I do not have anything hung on the walls in my bedroom.
I wanted the room to have a light and airy feel to it.

I love the way the light filters through the lavender bottles.

This stool used to be out in my living room.
When I redid the bedroom I needed something a little more formal to mix with the rustic doors so this stool helped do the trick.

I originally bought this old window with the intentions of putting mirrors in the place of the windows. It ended up being too costly.
I think I like it better left just how it is.

I love using our everyday boots as props around the house.
Sorry I had you have to see the same pictures again!

Now to answer a few of your questions.
Do you live in a new house or an old farmhouse?
I live in a newer modular home.  We do not own the home we live in, our boss so generously let us pick out this home to live in.... I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

What color are your walls?
My walls are a Ralph Lauren color called Country Dairy, and I used an eggshell finish.
Even though Home Depot doesn't sell Ralph Lauren paints anymore they will look up the formula for you and they will make it in the Glidden paint. You can also find dealers for Ralph Lauren Paints by going to The Ralph Lauren Website.

What color of paint did I use on the trim and doors?

I used a Benjamin Moore paint, called Decorator's White.
I used a semi-gloss finish.

Did I distress the doors?

I didn't distress the green door, but I did mistakenly scrape a lot of paint off of the door on the left.

Are the doors attached to the wall?

No, the doors are not attached to the wall, they are just leaning against the wall.

Where can we find your post about your bedroom with the before pictures?

Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped in and left me a comment about my bedroom.
I can't tell you how much I appreciated it.
I was so nervous to share my bedroom pictures with all of you,
I wasn't sure if any of you would like it.
Thank you for taking the time to stop in and say hi!

A guest post!

I hope you all have a great weekend!!

Take Care,

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Two Blog Features

Hello Everyone,
I hope you are all having a great weekend.
I want to apologize for not getting my post up about my bedroom details last week, 
I have had internet problems all week long.
I will share some details about my bedroom on my next post.

Today I have two inspiring blog features to share with you.
These are two blogs that I chose to feature from my Cabbages and Roses Giveaway.

The first blog I am featuring is Andrea's blog...

Tell us a something about you and your blog?

 I originally started my blog as a way to get my online store's name out there....but it has now become a place for me to share my love of decorating, makeovers, gardening, etc....Oh....and I do talk about the shop every once in a while. As for a little something about me....I'm a simple girl who loves to stay at home...whether it be inside or in the garden....taking care of chickens or goats....painting a fence or's just my favorite place to be.

Where are you from?

 I was born and raised in an italian family...and moved to the midwest about 5 years ago....and I'm lovin' it.

What inspired you to open your lovely online store?

 After having moved from California to Nebraska, I became a stay-at-home mom...which gave me the opportunity to find something I love to do....own a little online shop....and still be able to stay home with my kids.

How would you describe your style?

 Simple and comfortable.
 There's no museum rooms whole house is lived's all about comfort for me.

What is your favorite room in your home? 

My family's my boy's favorite room...therefore, mine too. It's the place where we all get together to watch movies and play games.

What do you want  readers to learn from reading your blog? 

I hope they go away feeling inspired....inspired to live more simply.

How has blogging had an impact on your life? 

I have found a community of like minded women who love supporting and encouraging one another...and who just "get"'s something I didn't expect to find...but I'm so glad I did.

Thank you Andrea!!
Andrea is one talented and creative girl.
 After she had just learned how to sew, and took on the task of recovering an entire sectional!!!

Andrea also had a visit from Fifi O'Neil this summer.
Andrea's home is going to be featured in Fifi's new book, which will be released next spring.
Congratulations Andrea!!!  I can't wait to see your  home in Fifi's book!

A few links for Andrea~

The second blog Feature is Jeniffer's blog, Piney Flats Style.

Tell us a little bit about you and your blog?

I'm a wife and a mother of 2 teenagers,a girl and a boy and have 2 fur babies we call "The Girls"..I have 3 great loves other than my family...Books...I think we could open a library with all the books in this house but I am strictly a fiction girl,I read for pure enjoyment & relaxtion...My second love is animals..any animal really,wild or not,but I have a weak spot for dogs and third is my home..I am constantly changing things up & am game to try anything (after getting the hubby on the same page that is)..but that is also what my blog is all about..Everything I love and everything I dont..What is working and whats not with my home and life in general..Lots of projects and just
plain ole country living..

 Where are you from?

I am originally from a small town lake community in Ohio.We moved to the mountains of West Virinia when I was 8 but I still have an
attachment to the water.The part of the state I live in is all small towns.There's vegetable & fruit stands on every corner,lots of tractors,and a whole lotta wildlife..Very rural,very laid back and relaxed but I guess thats what country living is all about!

 What is your occupation?

My day job(or I should say evening since thats when I work) is for the state. I wish I could do something I'm passionate about

..My dream is to open a no kill animal shelter but the bills have to get paid..Funny how they just keep coming no matter whats going on or what you have planned..

 How would you describe your style?

My style is a little all over the place..I love country,shabby chic,traditional,eclectic,modern...My main goal is to have a kid friendly,dog friendly comfortable welcoming home..A place where you feel you can come in,grab a drink,and prop your feet on the coffee table without worrying about messing it up..

Who has been your biggest role model?

My biggest role model is my question about it..She's one tough cookie..She has had a tough life but she's done it all with a smile & lets you know that no matter what happens you CAN & WILL get through it..

What is your favorite room in your home?

My favorite room is definitely my Master Bedroom..I am a firm believer in doing this room before any other..The king and queen of the castle has to have a relaxing & serene place to get away from all the stress and chaos life can bring us..Plus we need a great place to rest to get all those projects done!

What do you want readers to learn from reading your blog?

I was actually shocked when I realized people were actually reading my blog (and coming back to read more)...I just hope they get enjoyment..Thats all I want..Maybe they can find a new idea or a blog or even a friend..

How has blogging had an impact on your life?
Blogging has gave me the motivation to plow through try things I've always wanted to but didn't know if it would work out or even if I could do it..I have met alot of super sweet ladies and made some good friends...People around here are very positive and supportive and thats the kinda people I like to surround myself with..

Thank you Jeniffer!
Jeniffer was the winner of the Cabbages and Roses Giveaway I had on my blog.
Jeniffer is also a very sweet and creative person.
I love all of the above photos she took of the cows and horses out in the pasture.

On another note....
I will be sharing details about my bedroom makeover in my next post. 
Have a great weekend!
Take Care,