Peach festival cobbler

July 23, 2014

It's Paula again with yet another cobbler recipe.  I hope y'all don't mind that I'm posting two cobbler recipes two weeks in a row, but I couldn't help myself.  My motto in life is that you can never have too much of a good thing...and cobbler is a very good thing.  Plus, our friends asked us to go with them to a peach festival at our farmer's market on Saturday and you can't go to a peach festival and come home empty handed...especially after tasting all of those tree ripened peaches.  So I bought a ton and since I already had the ingredients to make a cobbler left over from last week, I decided to make another.  Are you a cobbler gobbler like me?  What's your favorite?
Tasting different locally grown peaches.  They were all amazing.
The Maple Jam band played Johnny Cash covers.

I found this easy cobbler recipe on pinterest, and it really was easy!

What you'll need:

4 cups of sliced fresh peaches
1 and 1/2 sticks of butter
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 tablespoons of baking powder
1/2 a teaspoon of regular salt
1 and 1/4 cups of milk

Slice peaches.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and melt butter in dish while oven is preheating.

Mix 1 and 1/4 cups of sugar with 1/2 cup of flour.  Add the sliced peaches and toss.  Let sit so sugar dissolves.
 In another bowl, whisk remaining sugar and flour with the baking soda, salt, and milk until smooth.
Once oven is finished preheating, remove baking dish with melted butter, and carefully pour batter over it.  Do not stir.  Next, pour the peach mixture on top being careful not to stir.  Bake for one hour and serve warm, with vanilla ice cream of course!
Bon appetit, y'all!

Trending Tuesdays: #Macramakinmecrazy!

July 22, 2014

Hello all! We be macrame crazy over here, and we can't stop thinking about all the wonderful macrame projects, ideas, designs that are out there these days. They are making a comeback like your grandmother's wardrobe so look out for it, because they just got a hip replacement and are ready to shake 'em! Here are some of the many beautiful macrame things that are floating around the Internets that are striking our fancy. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
One of our favorite pieces from Fable & Lore
(Source: Fable & Lore)
(Source: Urban Outfitters)

(Source: Classy Clutter)

(Source: Rennes)
(Source: Anthropologie)

(Source: Skinny La Minx)

(Source: Himo Art)

(Source: Ravelry)

Local Loves: Rise Coffee

July 21, 2014

St. Louis, you've done it again. Just when I think I may have found the perfect "favorite spot" in the city, a new one comes along and I'm hooked! This week we're talking about my current Local Loves obsession: Rise Coffee.

Randall and I stumbled into Rise Coffee by way of magical serendipity. We were out on a spur of the moment thrifting adventure, headed to a new shop that we'd never been to before. As we drove through the neighborhood, I commented to Randall that I'd been following a coffee shop on Instagram (this is one of the best ways to find new places to try!) and I thought that it was located in the area. I'd been dying to try it, mostly so that I felt I had a more reasonable excuse to stalk them on Instagram. No sooner did the words leave my mouth than we drove past Rise Coffee and I was begging my sweet husband to turn around and buy me a warm beverage.

Let me tell you, friends, we were not disappointed by our decision! If anything, we were only wondering how in the world we'd never come here sooner. As if the outside isn't lovely enough - the inside is full of thoughtfully curated pieces that work to build an inspiring space. It's a beautiful location if you need to open your mind to some creative thought.

Most often, we like to get a pour over of one of their single origin coffees. Recently, I've ordered their iced green tea and absolutely fallen IN LOVE. I always have a love affair with iced green tea in the summer time, and Rise Coffee keeps me coming back.

It's safe to say we're new regulars. We love sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful Midwest summer. The last time I was there, they were playing these amazing, folksy covers of trending pop songs. I'm still disappointed that I never asked what it was. 

He is so the cutest thing ever. #teambuchanan

The staircase leading upstairs is dreamy. I love brick walls and natural light. So beautiful, and a wonderful place to spend time with a friend or accomplish something productive like homework and writing. 

Even the bathroom is beautiful. I think it's fair to say I'm obsessed.

Do yourself a favor - don't just take my word for it! Head on over to Rise Coffee, grab a daily brew and a pastry. Spend a few hours there and you'll be just like us - always dreaming of your next opportunity to go back.

Southern Blackberry Cobbler

July 18, 2014

Happy Friday!  It's Paula, back home in St. Louis after being in the South for the past three weekends in a row, & I'm already missing it! When I get homesick, I dream of ways to bring a little taste of something southern into my life. This week, I've decided the best way to do this is to make some homemade blackberry cobbler. Growing up, when I went to my Maw-maw & Paw-paw's house in Eastern Kentucky, I'd spend hours on the hillside picking perfectly ripened berries till my fingers turned purple. Then, I'd take them all into the house and my Maw-Maw would make the most mouthwatering cobbler this side of the holler.  I didn't get a chance to pick any blackberries while we were visiting Kentucky, but luckily I have a lovely Farmer's market 5 minutes from my house with lots of locally grown goodies, so I picked up some berries from the Eckert's stand.  I'm a momma and don't have tons of free time for baking, so I need quick and easy recipes that work around my little man's sleep schedule.  This one from Southern Living was perfect!  I only altered it a little.  Let me know what you think if you try it! Or if you have a favorite cobbler recipe, feel free to share. Bon app├ętit, y'all!

What you'll need:
4 cups of homegrown blackberries from Eckert's.  The most important ingredient!
1 cup of sugar (I used fair trade raw cane sugar from Trader Joe's)
1 cup of flour (I used organic coconut flour from Trader Joe's)
1 egg
the juice of half a lemon
6 tablespoons of melted butter
Vanilla ice cream to scoop on top, because you can't have cobbler without ice cream!


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Wash all berries and place them in a square baking dish, like the one I used from Anthropologie!  Squeeze one half of a lemon over the berries and set aside.  Mix egg, flour, and sugar in a mixing bowl until crumbly.  Sprinkle over berries and then drizzle melted butter over top.  Bake for 35 minutes, and then let stand until slightly cool.  Top with two or three scoops of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Thrifty Finds

July 17, 2014

Sharon here! Just wanted to share with you again some of the great bargains I found this week. I love thrifting so much, and I'm so lucky to have a husband who enjoys going with me! Here are some of the great things we have recently found.
We love cacti. I think that's become pretty obvious around here. So you know I couldn't pass this cactus clock up. This clock cost me only $3.

These two planters were so perfect and neutral and for only $3 and $1.50, I had to take them home with me. Weeeee! More plant babies!

This night stand was such a score for me. Shane and I inherited some nightstands that his mother found for us, which I'm pretty sure were meant for a young girl's room. I'm happy that our bedroom can now grow up into an adult bedroom. Our little bedroom is growing up so fast! We found this for only $6, and it fits in so well. I'm currently working on a few projects for my bedroom, so stay tuned for some updates and a bedroom tour!

Thanks for stopping by!