...sometimes even a single feather is enough to fly. (Robert Maclean)


a cure for the winter blues

Okay, so we actually don't have much to complain about in terms of winter weather (yet!)... 
but alas, I still have a case of the January blues.

I know I have a case because almost every time I catch myself daydreaming
I realize I'm dreaming of things summer:
the gardens, the hammock, and all things lush and leisurely...

To help cope with the doldrums and all of the gray, we prepared months ago.
We canned, jammed, chutneyed, dehydrated and froze up a whole rainbow to sink our teeth into.

Well, when I say "we" I should say Bootsy, with me as a helper.
By helping I mean I just did whatever she told me to do. 
We picked in the fields together, and I helped prep fruit, got jars and made labels,
but the bulk of the hot steamy work is all on her,
and oh how very much we appreciate her loving labor!

This cobbler just TASTES like late August sunshine...
loaded with local peaches picked at their prime.

Once you make one cobbler, what the heck, you may as well make a few more!
Cobblers are super easy to freeze in the recyclable aluminum tins,
and they slide right into a gallon size ziploc freezer bag. 
They reheat quite well, too.    

The closest approximation to the recipe is in the book Rustic Fruit Desserts - adapted from the 'sour cherry cobbler' recipe on p. 23.  Bootsy always takes some creative license and has fun making her own cobbler shapes, as you can see here.  I highly recommend the book.  If you've ever wondered what the heck a brown betty or pandowdy is, or about the difference between a crumble and a slump -- look no further! 

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