Let Freedom Ring – Recipe: Strawberry Cobbler

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We had a fantastic Independence Day.

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It was about celebrations…and about food.  For the food part, I turned to some of my favorite bloggers for inspiration.

It all started with breakfast.  When I saw these adorable pancakes on my Pinterest board, I knew that they would be a hit at our 4th of July breakfast table.  Amanda at i am baker is simply brilliant, and I love how creative she is when it comes to turning something like breakfast into a special event.

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Since we had late mid-morning breakfast, I was not expecting us to be very hungry for lunch.  I put together some appetizers, which would not have been complete without Pioneer Woman’s Stuffed Jalapeños.  While they are still too hot for Ethan and Summer, Gabriel is starting to like them now, too.

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I had started preparing dinner 1st thing in the morning, starting with these amazing crockpot baked beans by Jessica at How Sweet It Is.  Her blog is one that I try to visit often because she has amazing recipes, and she always has a side of humor to go along with them.

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I knew that I wanted homemade macaroni and cheese, too, but I did not know which recipe to try since I had pinned more than my fair share on my pasta board.  I decided to go with Panera Mac and Cheese by Annie at Annie’s Eats.  I have professed my adoration with her before, and I continue to be amazed with her recipes each time I visit her sweet blog.

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Sean wanted to make pork ribs that just fell off the bone, and I am happy to report that he succeeded.  I will post the recipe later.  I know that everyone has their favorite rib recipe, and this one is now ours.  They were truly, truly amazing.

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Rounding off the dinner menu was some grilled chicken and burgundy mushrooms.

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Dessert had me stumped.  I just could not decide what to make.  So, I turned to Gabriel for help.  I asked him if he wanted cobbler or ice cream.  He appropriately responded, “Both!” and smiled.  So, of course, both it was.

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I made vanilla ice cream and strawberry cobbler.  For the cobbler, I kind of made it all up as I went.  There are so many different ways to make cobbler that I decided I pretty much could not go wrong, especially since it would be topped with a big ‘ole scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.

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The meal part of our day was great because we were all able to sit down together at a red, white, and blue table, cheers to the day, and talk about what the day meant to us.  That is why I try to make every detail of these days memorable.  It is about so much more than the food.  It is about the memories.

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And, I will remember every minute of their fireworks experience.

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This is the first year that we went together as a family because it was the first year that they were all able to stay up late enough to attend.  Since we did not want to go into the crowds because of how loud and, well, crowded, it would be, Sean found us a beautiful spot overlooking the city.

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We were literally able to see fireworks from all over the greater Austin area.  It was beautiful.

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My fireworks pictures were far from perfect, but when Gabriel sat next to me and told me, “Momma, you know the best camera is your mind, right?”, I knew that he was right.  I have taught him well, and he has been listening.

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It was a perfect ending to a perfect day.

Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberry Cobbler

Ingredients

Crust

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 cup butter

¼ cup cold water

Filling

2 cups strawberries, sliced

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups water

Instructions

    Preparing the Crust
  1. Mix the 2 cups of the flour, salt and sugar together lightly in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the butter cut into the flour using a pastry cutter or by mixing together with clean hands. The mixture should look like large crumbs and begin to cling together in clumps.
  3. Add the remaining ½ cup of flour and mix lightly.
  4. Sprinkle the water over the dough and continue mixing together with clean hands until the dough holds together.
  5. Spray a pie pan with cooking spray.
  6. For the bottom layer, I just took half of the dough and pressed it onto the bottom of the pie pan. It does not have to look pretty or be prefect because it will be covered up with the strawberry filling.
  7. For the top, roll out the other half on a generously floured surface. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes to add to the top. But, first add the filling.
  8. Filling
  9. Place the strawberries, sugar, and water into a pan and cook over medium high heat.
  10. Cook for about 15 minutes, allowing the liquid to reduce by half.
  11. Putting It All Together
  12. Preheat oven to 350.
  13. Add the filling to the top of the crust in the pie pan.
  14. Place the stars on top of the filling.
  15. Sprinkler the top of the stars with sugar.
  16. Put the cobbler in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  17. Remove from the oven and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/07/05/let-freedom-ring-recipe-strawberry-cobbler/

Happiness Is…Recipe: Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

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Happiness is birthday celebrations.  One last night, one this Sunday, and another one next Sunday.

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Happiness is flowers. My girl loves picking them, and we both love buying fresh ones from the store.

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Happiness is memories…especially ones associated with food, family, and fun.

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Happiness is healthy children.  After a week of one after the other getting sick, everyone was healthy this week.

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Happiness is having so many people on Team Ethan who truly believe in him.

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Happiness is a weekend of working in the yard, soccer, birthday parties, and family in town.

Happiness is this delicious Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie. I am not sure where the recipe originated because we have been making a version of it since I was a child.  We typically used canned pie filling, but I forgot to buy it at the store.  So, I made my own strawberry filling this time.  And, it turned out just as great.  One bite of this pie is pure happiness, especially when the pie is the dessert to celebrate a special birthday.

Mini Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Mini Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Filling

1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1 package cream cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Strawberry Glaze

1/2 cup strawberries, chopped

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon water

Crust

Pepperidge Farm Coconut Cookies

Instructions

    Preparing the Cream Cheese Filling
  1. Add the cream cheese and condensed milk to the mixer. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour in the vanilla.
  3. Slowly mix in the lemon juice.
  4. Continue to mix until smooth and combined.
  5. Strawberry Glaze
  6. Add the strawberries, sugar, and 1/2 cup water to a saucepan.
  7. Cook over medium high heat for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Reduce heat to medium low.
  9. Mix together the cornstarch and water.
  10. Slowly add to the strawberry mixture, stirring quickly as it thickens.
  11. Immediately remove from heat.
  12. Refrigerate.
  13. Putting It All Together
  14. Place cupcake liners in muffin pan.
  15. Place a cookie on the bottom of the liner.
  16. Add a scoop of the cream cheese filling.
  17. Repeat with all 12 liners.
  18. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  19. Before serving, add the strawberry glaze to the top.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/02/24/happiness-is-recipe-strawberry-cream-cheese-pie/
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Have a happy weekend!

 I shared this recipe at Dwell on Joy, Whipperberry, Rattlebridge Farm, 30 Days, Ladybird Ln., Crazy for Crust, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Jennifer Cooks, Alli ‘n Sons, Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, Something Swanky, It’s a Keeper, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Domesblissity, Tidy Mom, A Little Nosh and Mom Trends.

My Big Sister – Recipe: Mamaw’s Lemon Pie

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My big sister is more than just a sister.  She is one of my best friends.

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She is more than just a friend.  She is a an amazing aunt to my littles, a second mom when they are at school.

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She started learning to be a mom because she had me for a shy, little sister.  She did everything for me…including ordering for me at Dairy Queen.

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Even when she stopped ordering for me at Dairy Queen, she still always remained by my side, supporting me, encouraging me, and loving me.

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When God created sisters, I am pretty sure that He used her as the model.  Because she is everything that I could have asked for in a big sister and more.

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I count my blessings every single day that she is mine.

Happy Birthday, Darla!  Thank you for being you.  I love you very much!

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I am cooking dinner for Darla’s family tonight to celebrate her birthday.  She requested Asian meatballs.  When I asked her about dessert, she just said, “No chocolate.”  So, I decided on two different pies – Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie and Mamaw’s Lemon Pie.  Because, everyone needs at least two desserts to celebrate a special birthday.

Mamaw’s Lemon Pie

Mamaw’s Lemon Pie

This recipe has been in our family since before I was born. Our mamaw, my mother's mom, made it frequently for family gatherings, and it was always a hit.

Ingredients

Pie Filling

1 14 ounce can condensed milk

3 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

Crust

1/2 cup crushed graham crackers

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

    Preparing the Filling
  1. Add the condensed milk to the mixer.
  2. Blend in the egg yolks.
  3. Pour in the vanilla.
  4. Slowly add the lemon juice, and blend until combined.
  5. Preparing the Pie Crust
  6. Mix together the graham crackers, butter, and sugar.
  7. Putting Together the Pie
  8. Press the graham crackers into the bottom of a cupcake liner. You can also do the same thing using a regular sized pie plate. I just decided to do mini ones today.
  9. Pour some filling on top of the graham cracker crust.
  10. Sprinkle additional graham cracker crust crumbs on to the top.
  11. Repeat with all of the cupcake liners. I was able to make 10.
  12. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/02/23/my-big-sister-recipe-mamaws-lemon-pie/

Enjoy!

I shared this recipe at Jennifer Cooks, Something Swanky, It’s a Keeper, Fireflies and Jellybeans, A Little Nosh and Mom Trends.