Bring Summer to Your Kitchen

As many of you may know, nothing screams home louder than the aroma of a freshly baked peach cobbler.  The seductive scent of cinnamon and peach plays innocently on your nose and nostalgia, as you may be find yourself whisked away in la-la land; I have always found that certain scents can bring back previously forgotten memories maybe it’s just me, but it seems like I often forget more than I remember, so any memory provoking aroma is always a thing of sheer goodness.  This classic recipe is something of a staple in my household, after all we make it at least once a month and stock our pantry cabinets with canned peaches as if nuclear fallout were going to occur and the only thing between us and certain death are syrupy peach slices.  But enough dramatic ramblings I could honestly do that all day, let’s dig into this truly delicious and classic southern recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of peaches (29 oz) drain and save juice
  • 1/2 cup of melter butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup of milk (lessen to 1/2 cup if adding syrup)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of peach syrup (optional)

Drain the peaches and reserve 1/2 cup of syrup

Melt the butter and pour a few tablespoons into a casserole pan for baking. Mix the flour and sugar together dry.  Slowly combine the milk (and syrup if used) with the flour/sugar mixture, stirring until thoroughly blended.

Pour the peaches into the baking pan on top of the few tablespoons of melted butter.  Next, pour the combined batter mixture on top of the peaches.  Sprinkle the top with cinnamon then drizzle the remainder of the butter all over the top of the cobbler.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  The edges of the cobbler dough should begin to brown and pull away from the edges of the baking dish.

Once done, serve hot with vanilla ice cream to impress even the most negative food critic.  Enjoy!

 

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DIY Sephora Inspired Makeup Brush Holder

I’ve always loved the practical way that Sephora has displayed their makeup tools, which prompted me to scour the internet for possible DIY solutions.  Luckily the information age has provided me with one super easy way to craft my very own faux Sephora inspired makeup brush holder.

Materials:

  • One used glass candle jar
  • Your makeup tools
  • Any filler that can support your brushes, BE CREATIVE!
    • Marbles
    • Rice
    • Coffee Beans
    • Salt
    • Sand
    • Beads

Step 1:

Gather all of your necessary materials. What’s worse than getting half way through a project and realizing that you’re short one ingredient? Save yourself the headache and make sure that all of your materials are accounted for.

Step 2:

Pop your candle jar into the freezer. I left mine in there for about 1 hour, though times may vary depending on how much candle wax you still have left in your jar.

Step 3:

Once you’ve left the jar in the freezer for the allotted time the wax should be nice and firm and easily removable from the jar.  I found that mine just fell right out by turning it upside down but some may take some slight scraping (a butter knife should do the trick).

Step 4:

Once you’ve removed all the wax from the jar, you can clean it out with regular dish soap and water (though tough stains may need vinegar).  Be careful not to immediately put the ice cold glass under hot water (rapid temperature changes could cause the glass to shatter); gradually change the water temperature from cold to hot.

Step 5:

As you’re washing your jar, slowly begin to peel away the candle labels (I’ve found that hot water works well at loosening the adhesive).

Step 6:

Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned and dried your jar, add your chosen filler.

Step 7:

Once your filler has been added you can begin placing your makeup tools into their new chic holder!

Though I’ve opted to keep my jar plain, you can dress yours up with ribbons, lace, burlap, twine, buttons, washi tape…whatever tickles your fancy! Your new brush holder will look great on your vanity or bathroom countertop! Have fun.

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