baking

Why is it called a Peach Cobbler?

One good thing that is coming from being safer at home is that many people are trying out new hobbies or improving their current hobbies. Two of my hobbies are sewing and baking. I noticed that both of those are in high gear right now. Some people are learning how to sew masks, which is inspiring them to learn how to sew their own clothes. Some people are learning how to bake bread for the first time or making a lot of banana bread. I know I’ve made a lot of banana bread in the last 4 months.

One of my goals during this lock-down is to bake something new and different to me. Things that I’ve never baked before. One of those things was carrot cake An Adapted Carrot Cake Recipe by Paula Deen- Quarantine Style. I also want to learn how to bake bread from scratch.

I found some canned peaches in my pantry and figured that this is as good a time as any to learn how to make a peach cobbler. Want to know a secret? I’ve never had peach cobbler ever in my life. I know, I can’t believe it either. And I’m not the type to choose vanilla for ice cream. I mean, my favorite ice cream is one with everything and anything in it! I am willing to try any dessert. So it’s hard to believe that I’ve never had peach cobbler.

Since I’ve never had this dessert before, I decided to start with an easy and simple recipe. One that included canned peaches. I watched a few videos on YouTube and found that they all had the same basic recipe for easy and simple peach cobbler. They all contained a stick of butter (or 1/2 cup of butter), a can of peaches, and one cup each of milk, flour and sugar. Also added were baking soda and salt if baking flour was not used. In each recipe, the first step is to melt the stick of butter in the oven. While doing that, you mix the milk, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Once the butter is melted, you pour the mixture on top of the melted butter. The most important part is not to stir or mix it. Just have the mixture spread out on it’s own. Then pour the can of peaches, syrup and all, on top of the mixture. Again, do not stir or mix. Bake for about 45 minutes (until the top is browned).

That was the most glorious 45 minutes I’ve had since this lockdown. You know why? Because the whole house smelled like BUTTER! O…M…G…

the final product

The middle seemed a little too mushy. Maybe too much syrup? The sides were browned enough so I didn’t want to put it back in the oven. Can I be honest? It tasted ok. It was actually kind of bland. Like, where are the spices? LOL… And really, it was way too butter-y. I wasn’t very impressed.

I watched a few more videos to see if there was something that I missed. All of them basically had the same ingredients until I found one person who shared her grandmother’s recipe. The only difference is that she added a teaspoon of vanilla in her mix and she sprinkled cinnamon on top.

It was too late to add vanilla. So I sprinkled some cinnamon on a new piece and whoa, that made a difference. There’s what was missing. If I ever make this dessert again, I will add the vanilla and cinnamon.

At least I get to check off another dessert off my lock-down bucket list. My next baking project will be the bread made from scratch.

Until then, Happy Baking and Happy 4th of July!

Oh, and the answer to that question. The question my son was asking each time I asked him if he wanted a piece of peach cobbler, Why is it called peach cobbler? Here’s a satisfying answer:

Cobblers originated in the British American coloniesEnglish settlers were unable to make traditional suet puddings due to lack of suitable ingredients and cooking equipment, so instead covered a stewed filling with a layer of uncooked plain biscuits or dumplings, fitted together.[citation needed] The origin of the name cobbler, recorded from 1859, is uncertain: it may be related to the archaic word cobeler, meaning “wooden bowl”.[2]

-Wikipedia.org

Sewing

McCalls 7936- Romper Turned into a Dress

Don’t you hate it when something doesn’t work out as you intended? Me too. But there’s always a bright side to this. You grow from it. You learn something new. You sometimes end up with something better. You become a better person. Wait… I’m talking about sewing, not life. You become a better sewist. (not to be confused with sewer: an underground conduit for carrying off drainage water and waste matter).

Sewist: Someone who sews. Sewer remains the dominant term, but sewist (combining “sew” with “artist”) appears to be gaining popularity, especially among sewing bloggers.

www.macmillandictionary.com

Back to the pattern review. McCalls 7936 is described as a loose-fitting jumpsuit or romper. It has a front invisible zipper, neckline facings and all-in-one sleeves. There are side seam pockets and an option to make a fabric belt.

I chose to sew up View A which is the short romper. It includes a fabric belt which I decided to sew as well. I chose a fabric that I bought from Downtown L.A. from a small store that sold fabric for $1.99 a yard.

This pattern is a Learn to Sew Level 2 so it’s easy to sew. The only problem that I had was with the invisible zipper. It wasn’t so invisible when I was done putting it in. So I did some research and read that if you sew closer to the zipper teeth, it might fix the problem. It didn’t fix the problem. It made more of a problem because I could not zip the zipper up. It’s possible that I sewed over the teeth. I managed to get very close to the teeth without using an invisible zipper foot. I used a regular zipper foot. It’s also possible that I may have melted the teeth because I ironed the fabric away from the teeth before sewing. I looked and it didn’t look like the teeth were melted. Either way, I had to figure out a solution.

After I took the invisible zipper out using a seam ripper, I had to decide if I wanted to try again with an invisible zipper. I didn’t want to try again. I decided to sew the front seams together and turn this romper into a dress. I did some research and found out how to turn shorts into a skirt. It was pretty easy and the dress turned out well. And the best part? It had pockets…

My next goal is to be able to successfully sew in an invisible zipper. I ordered an invisible zipper foot and it has already arrived. I’ll do some practicing before I sew another outfit with an invisible zipper.

This would’ve made a great romper. But luckily, it looks great as a dress too. The only thing I don’t like is how the V neck is so low. It’s also a bit short, since it was intended to be shorts.

I’ve already started on my next project and it does not involve any zippers at all.

I also received the labels that I ordered from Dutch Label Shop. I was excited to sew one into my new romper turned dress.

Happy sewing!

My Gratitude Journal

The Breakfast Club

Before the lockdown, my friends and I formed a breakfast club. Every month, on the second Sunday of the month, we had breakfast or brunch together. We took turns choosing the restaurant and we were encouraged to be as creative as possible. If you couldn’t make it, no big deal, you can make it to the next month’s brunch. Also, anyone is invited to join. There were usually about 10 of us in attendance every month. Although, sometimes there were more and sometimes there were less.

We started with the letter A. My friend, Alicia, chose Humble Bee in Lake Balboa. A really delicious breakfast spot. It was February 2019 and it was our first brunch get-together. It was raining that Sunday. I remember it being very loud in the restaurant. I ordered the waffles and they were very good. There were about 9 of us that day. We had two birthdays to celebrate that month so I made lemon cupcakes with a Valentine’s day theme. I sprinkled red sprinkles on top and put a heart on top of each one. Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Cupcakes

My friend Adriana handed out little bottles with messages inside. My message said “Let go of the need to control, Trust…”

For our March brunch, my friend, Adriana, picked out the Tam O’Shanter Pub in Los Angeles. It was the perfect spot for a St. Patrick’s day celebration. She handed out little 4 leaf clover charms. Most of us ordered the corn beef hash.

April’s brunch was at the 1919 Cafe at the Huntington Library in San Marino. We ate outside. It was a beautiful sunny day. Afterwards, we took our customary picture together at the gardens and some of us walked around the grounds.

I wasn’t able to make it to June or July’s brunch. August’s brunch was at The Malibu Cafe in Malibu. It was a hot day but we were all dressed in our pretty sundresses. We ate outside. I ordered the most delicious drink with my waffles. It was called The Lazy River and it was a lavender rosemary gin with lemon.

Afterwards, we walked around, took lots of pictures and found the perfect candles:

In August, we met at a restaurant in Pasadena. I missed September’s get together which wasn’t a brunch but was actually a cruise to Mexico. October’s brunch was at the Village in Woodland Hills. After brunch, we walked around Costco. In November, we met at The Public School 818 in Sherman Oaks. It’s a school themed restaurant. I ordered the waffles. I don’t know if you notice a theme here, but I seem to always order waffles at these brunches.

Finally, it was December and it was my turn. I decided to be creative and although I didn’t pick a fun, new restaurant to try out (I picked Mimi’s Cafe in Northridge), I collaborated with my friend, Adriana and after breakfast, we went to her home which was fully decorated for Christmas to play games, drink wine and have dessert. We were too full from breakfast to have dessert but we did drink a lot of wine. We had two teams and we played Pictionary. My team won. I brought little prizes for the winners. Later, we exchanged our White Elephant gifts. The theme for the White Elephant gifts was that they had to be re-gifted items. I ended up with the coolest Christmas decoration. It was a little Christmas house that lit up.

January’s brunch was actually the most fun out of all the brunches and also the longest. Or at least it seemed like the longest. Everyone had a chance to pick and it was Alicia’s turn for the second time around. Round 2. She picked IKEA in Burbank. I’ve never had breakfast there and it was really fun (and cheap). Afterwards, we all broke off into groups and shopped. The group I was in, who were my closest friends, stayed the longest. I have never in my whole entire life, spent 6 1/2 hours in IKEA. I’m not much of a shopper anymore. I almost had a panic attack (I might be exaggerating) and I guess I could’ve left at anytime since I did drive there separately, but part of me didn’t want to abandon my friends. I think I was feeling claustrophobic. At one point (the point when I almost had a quote-unquote “panic attack”), I though we were almost out of there, but it turned out that there was a whole other section we had to go through. Finally we made it to the lines. After we paid, we ate for a second time, since we got there at 10:00 a.m. to eat breakfast and it was now 4:00 p.m. Good times…

I missed February’s brunch. And in March, I suggested that we postpone due to concerns regarding the coronavirus and not long after that, we were in lockdown.

I really enjoyed all of our brunches together and I look forward to doing it again sometime in the future. Maybe 2021…

So today I am grateful for breakfast, brunch, waffles, messages in little bottles, lucky charms, lemon cupcakes, sun, rain, pretty sundresses, group pictures, trying new things, Costco and 6 1/2 hours at IKEA.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

― Mahatma Gandhi