Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Triple Berry Cobbler

I am always happy when the weather cools enough to serve warm desserts again:) One berry in a cobbler is good but three berries... fantastic! A triple berry mix can be found in the freezer section...blueberries, blackberries and raspberries all in one mouth puckering bag! I prefer to use my Aunt Helen's pie crust recipe with oil for cobblers. It is moist and has that old fashioned "made at grandma's" taste.
This is a double bag recipe-- the reason it is a 9x13

Triple Berry Cobbler

1 16 oz bag of triple berries
1/2 cup of sugar
Stir the berries in a bowl with the sugar and leave on the counter until berries are completely thawed.

Mix the pie crust recipe below. I like to roll and cut in strips for a lattice design.
Bake at 350 until crust is golden brown- approx 20-30 min.
Serve slightly warm with vanilla ice cream!

p.s. Aunt Helen was Nellie's oldest daughter. She lived to be 88!
This recipe is in her handwriting...priceless!
This is my post in tribute to her.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Pretzel treats & paper pouches

As a girl, my mom was constantly taking treats to people for all occasions. Holiday treats, get well treats, welcome to the neighborhood treats, and "we are so sorry" treats. It was a way of life for mom to be baking something delicious that was going out the door...not that we suffered for homemade goodies in our home:) 
I love to do the same, but in this hectic modern life don't always have the time to bake. Dipped pretzels are perfect for such occasions. Easy to make and package, they last for weeks and no-one has turned them down yet!

Dipped Pretzels:
1-- 14 oz pkg your choice pretzels
Pretzels come in fun shapes and all sizes. I prefer small ones that I can mix in a bowl with the melted almond bark instead of hand dipping each large pretzel. 
1 package of almond bark (we prefer the white for pretzels)
Option: You can sprinkle colored sugar or candy sprinkles as soon as you spread them on the wax paper. You can also add things like M&Ms that won't melt.

Simply take half of an almond bark package, break apart the cubes and microwave in a large bowl for 1 minute. In my microwave I add 30 more seconds but carefully test the time needed on yours. The almond bark should be easily stirred with a spoon. Pour the package of pretzels into the melted bark and stir until evenly coated. *I do not pour in the bottom crushed and super salty bits of the pretzel bag.
Spread the coated pretzels on wax paper with a spoon. Once they are dry you can package them...IF there are any left from the adorable "vultures" hovering over the drying pretzels.

This is my favorite yarn for packaging. It comes in several different colors.
Paper treat pouches are an inexpensive fun way to package treats or small gifts. They also make unique envelopes for a party invitation. The picture below shows form left to right the folding sequence. You can adhere each fold with adhesive, glue stick, or glue dots.

These are a few of the other pouches I have made...

Gift from the hands and heart are always appreciated no matter how small:)