Peach Pistachio Cobbler and My First Day Home Alone Since June!

Hi folks. Hope your week is going well. I’m sure everyone is trying to settle in to the back to school swing of things. All the little kiddies gone back to school. My advice- avoid Walmart like the plague. Don’t get  me wrong I love Walmart like you cannot imagine. But I would not want to go anywhere near the place the first week of school. It’s quite likely a zoo. Lots of arguments over what colour backpack to get and complaints about how much binders cost. I am so happy to have mine out of grade/high school. I can avoid the mad rush and ride it out until next week if mine need anything. And let’s be honest they’re Uni students now so they can go get supplies their dang selves.

Today mini-me had orientation and Bray had a meeting. So the kids headed off to the university together. Hubs is back to work so he was on days. I actually had the house to myself. I think the whole summer I had the house to myself once for a brief spell. So this long awaited peace and quiet was much appreciated. What did I do with that lovely quiet time? Well, I took a nap. Yup, I was all pumped up to get stuff done but that unmade bed was calling my name. The kitten kept running in there so I think he was trying to tell me it was nap time. And who could resist this face:

See, you would have wanted to take a nap too. He’s a snuggle bum.

I also spent copious amounts of time doing up our family calendar. During the school year I keep a large calendar up on the fridge with everyone’s comings and goings written down so we’re all hyper aware who is going where, when and how. With 2 cars for 4 people this is a major neccessity for us. We’re hoping by next week to have a third car added to the mix. Which will help tremendously. Even so I find keeping the calendar up there a must. It just helps to keep everyone organized. I have yet to find a calendar that fits or I like so I just make my own. Been doing it for eons. I colour code everything so it’s uber organized. No one else is allowed to touch it. Changes are scribbled elsewhere and I make adjustments myself. This helps to avoid conflicts and people trying to cover their tracks if they forget something. Did I tell you I’m anal retentive? If I didn’t you now know. It’s like a sickness. But a very organized, well structured illness. I’m also a neat freak, not that you could tell from my messy kitchen the other day. I like things a certain way. I redid this calendar a couple times as it was not quite right. Okay, okay, so I redid it 5 times. Is that so wrong? I would do it again as there is one glaring mistake driving me nuts. I tried to go over it but it’s now taunting me and driving me mad. I just may have to pull it down and do it again. Or call an ambulance and commit myself immediately. Whatever.

So you see I was productive today. I even played on twitter for a bit. I rarely get to do that during the day. Okay so playing on twitter doesn’t actually mean you’re productive but if it did I was outstanding today. Stellar work. Good job me. *pats herself on the back*I also made beds, cleaned and played with the pets. Our ragdoll cats are like puppies. They follow you around like lapdogs. I did not do laundry simply as our town has implemented a time of use pricing on our electric bill. So I refuse to do it during high time. I shall do it during the lowest time to save moolah. I think the hydro companies are criminals, seriously it just gets worse and worse. I have no idea how low income families can keep up. We have a small house and last month with all the a/c used our bill was about $500. For one bloody month. I actually think it must be a mistake. Calling next week when I have some time to get them to do a reading and not an estimate. There’s no way that can be right. If it is I should just stop cooking, sit in the dark and mope. Although I don’t see that happening. Kim….mope…I think not.I also made myself something to eat today. Which is rare for me to eat breakfast or lunch. I was all set to make the kids a big breakfast but mini-me was not feeling overly well this morning and didn’t want to look at food before going in. So after my lovely nap I got up and made bacon and sausage. All for me. Okay, not really. I could not eat a pound of bacon and a pound of sausage solo. Well, I probably could but if I did I would never admit it here on the blog. That would make me an oinker. And even if I was, I’m not sure you need to know that, or at the very least you can’t prove it. I mean where’s your evidence. *pats her belly*

Okay enough of this crazy rambling. I know you came here for this:

I mean who wouldn’t? It’s just so darn good. I have used this recipe a couple of times now. It’s from “The Williams Sonoma Cookbook”. This recipe is quite good. I have another I use as well and promise to post that one as well sometime soon. This one here I love the addition of the pistachios to the topping. You all know I love me some pistachios. The topping is top notch even if they were not in there. It’s a true winner. But this one does not call for cooking the peaches on the stovetop first before assembling and placing in the oven. My other recipe does do that and I find the peach mixture better with that one. So I think I shall try to combine the two together and find perfection. When you don’t cook it ahead on the stovetop the mixture does not thicken enough in my opinion. It stays too runny and doesn’t cook up as well. It’s still totally delicious but I think that extra step is worth the effort. If you’re in a rush this one is fab, if you’re not my other one is killer. So there you have it, wisdom from a lunatic. Who woulda thunk it?

Okay so here you go, this recipe is courtesy of “The Williams Sonoma Cookbook”. No cinnamon sticks or nutmeg whatever you call them were harmed in the making of this cobbler. Just remember I like mine cinnamony and nutmegy so adjust yours if you are not a huge fan of those spices.

Peach Pistachio Cobbler:


Ingredients:


3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon (I probably tripled this)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg ( I probably tripled this)
3/4 teaspoon salt
8-10 peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced ( I would suggest doubling this, it’s not peachy enough)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup pistachios, shelled and chopped ( I doubled this)
2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I melted mine, then let it cool a bit)
3/4 cup whole milk

Directions:


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.


Grease a 2 quart dish.


For the peach filling, in a small bowl combine 1/2 of the sugar, the cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Place the peaches in a large bowl and pour the sugar mixture over them. Toss to coat properly.

Pour the peach mixture in your prepared dish. Set aside.

For the topping, use a large bowl and combine the flour, pistachios, the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and the baking powder.

Using a pastry blender or fork or even your hands, cut the butter into the mixture. It should look like coarse cornmeal now.

Now add your milk and and mix with a fork only until it comes together. Do not overmix.

Pinch off chunks of the topping and drop over you  peach mixture.

Combine remaining cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over the top.

Bake for 45 to 60 minutes. Top should be golden and peaches bubbling when done.

Serve with a smile.

Tips- If you’re like me and love your cinnamon and/or nutmeg feel free to add extra to each step. I sprinkle it over the peach mixture once it’s in dish. I add extra to both the peach mixture and topping. I also sprinkle extra over the top before baking.

As you can see the peach mixture could use more peaches, and could be thicker. But all in all this is a slamming peach cobbler. I make it when I am in a rush. It is so yummy, and I love it right out of the oven. Hope you try this one out. Will let you all know when I do my fave cobbler recipe. It just takes a bit more time to prep but it is omg whole ‘nother planet good. I have no idea if that sentence even makes sense but I’m rolling with it.

So I am glad to hopefully be back to blogging on a regular schedule now that the kids are back in school. I know I’ve been somewhat M.I.A. on the commenting lately. I just wanted to fit in as much time with the kids as I could. Yesterday me and mini-me hit the mall, went to look at puppies and saw a flick. Bray was working. I’m sure I’ll fit in some time with him this week before he goes back monday. We need to go car shopping so maybe we’ll luck out and make a day of it. So here’s hoping them going back to school means the huge list of blog to do’s gets done. I need to put a stumble button on the blog, a pin button, I need to add my facebook page on here. I need to start submitting to food porn sites. I have two recipe sites I need to add recipes to. I am so behind.

Hope you are having a fab week.

PHOTOS MISSING DUE TO A G+ INCIDENT. WILL BE REPLACED SOON!

Toodles and smoochies. xx

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Comments

  1. 1

    You lost me at bacon. Yum. Bacon. So. Tasty. Oh, I like peaches too. But, what? Bacon? Sure!

    Seriously. I can eat a whole package in one sitting. My friend cooked me a pound for my birthday and cooked it crispy and tupperwared it. I snacked on bacon like it was potato chips.

    And I need one of those calendar things.

  2. 2

    I was waiting for you to post this one since you only gave us a sneak peek last time. I am all for the "extra" cinnamon and nutmeg, so I am sure this cobbler is a winner-yum!
    Little hooligan is adorable!

  3. 3

    This looks fabulous! The calendar is awesome, kitties are awesome and time alone in the house is awesome! Good luck with the buttons and I want some peach cobbler….and breakfast! (yay, breakfast!)

  4. 4

    OMG
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  5. 5
    Anne@frommysweetheart says:

    Kim..I have yet to make a cobbler. Maybe this fall! But this looks divine (I love me some pistachios, too!) And isn't having a day to yourself at home the best!?! Looks like you got a lot accomplished! (I would have napped with the cats!)

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious says:

    This recipe looks scrumptious! Such an interesting idea. I haven't tried anything like this before. I will have to change that.

    What a cute cat too. I love when my cats try and convince me it's nap time.

  7. 7

    Ohhhh saved for peach season!!!!!! Great recipe!

    How I wish I had a FULL DAY alone in the house!!! I don't think it has ever happened to me in 4 years (since my eldest daughter was born)!!! I know… the girls are still too little to go out on their own… LOL

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    angie on maui says:

    Hi Kim!

    Thanks for swinging by my blog and saying hello so that I could find the link to yours! And speaking of, I am already loving this little space you've created here. So glad you got to enjoy some much deserved quiet time to do anything and everything you pleased…we all need days like that!

    And I think we could be twins…I'm ocd and anal-retentive, too! I laughed about your "crooked" lines on the calendar and having to redo it 5 times. I am almost too embarrassed to admit to some of the crazy things I've done all in the name of OCD (like buying a NEW dayplanner because I screwed up writing things in pen on the first month – you think I'm kidding?)!

    And just so you know, I am sure I could put away a lb. of bacon and sausage in one sitting if I applied myself. But we'll keep that off the blog. OINK! ;)

  9. 9
    Lindsey@Lindseliciou says:

    I keep thinking about the bacon… LOL I have never had cobbler with pistachio in it- must be super yummy!

  10. 10

    You chose the perfect dish to comfort you and warm you up…for free.
    I am so like with fireplaces and cheap(sometimes free) firewood:)

  11. 11
    easyfoodsmith says:

    I love cinnamon and this cobbler surely looks yummmm

  12. 12

    You need to write a BOOK!!! I'm always cracking up while reading your posts…redoing your calendar, your precious hooligan, your pork breakfast…and on and on. And what a fabulous recipe…anything made with local peaches gets an A+ in my book. SO delicious!!!

  13. 13
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Your little hooligan is too cute for words, Kim! And like you, I love extra cinnamon and nutmeg so this cobbler looks to die for!!

  14. 14

    I love peach cobbler, and I'll bet that's really good with pistachios.

  15. 15
    Pretend Chef says:

    I would love the extra spices in this cobbler. This looks so delicious. I've never tried one with pistachios but they are one of my favorite nuts.

  16. 16

    the calendar looks great! Cobbler, yum!! Bacon and sausage yum!!! I consider playing on twitter productive…I tell myself it daily!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets says:

    I love the way you wrote out your recipe! I do the same thing when I make something from a cookbook that needs a little extra something something. And then I make notes on the bottom about which of my kids didn't like it, liked it, or loved it.

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    Golden Butterflyz says:

    Absolutely tempting! I am supposed to be watching my diet. It is so yummy! I long for the days when I can be alone and enjoy a full day . You had a full, satisfying day and it was a pleasure to share in your joys!

    Visiting from VB!

  19. 19

    This looks delishh and I'm going to try it out. Thanks goodness I'm not watching any weight. My goal is to add some couple of pounds by the end of December. I will eat this with no guilt.
    Visiting from voiceboks member to remember.

  20. 20
    Giulietta | Alterkitchen says:

    Peaches and pistachios are a heavenly combination! Great cobbler :)

  21. 21

    I just had my first day alone in two years, as my littlest is now off to daycare 2 days a week! It's glorious, and I've done lots of cooking and baking. Yummy cobbler.

  22. 22
    Vicki Bensinger says:

    Your recipe looks delicious. I found your site as one of the Versatile Bloggers that Ann awarded to you and me.

    I'm an empty nester after a summer with kids. Although the quiet is nice, I do miss having everyone together. Enjoy your peace and quiet though while you can.

  23. 23

    You're killing me… I'm on a diet and this looks amazing! Jealous! I've never cooked with pistachios, but love eating them. With SC and it's peaches right up the road, this would be a fun recipe. Maybe when I drop the pounds I can make an exception day and try this one out! Yay for days alone – would love to have one!

    April

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    Becky Jane says:

    I'm a crispy bacon girl too. My husband likes his very un-crispy!
    Home Alone Days can be such fun…a bit lonely too!

  25. 25

    You have such a nice blog. Please Keep posting these recipes

  26. 26

    Hi everyone. Finally had a moment to respond to your comments. So here goes:

    @Amy- Lol, that cracked me up. I love me some bacon as well. Making your own calendar rules. I love it. C tried to write on it today and I almost tackled him to get him to drop the pen.

    @Tina- Thanks. This is a wonderful recipe. I have to be careful not to eat too much though. Little hooligan is a handful but oh so cute.

    @Ann- Lol, thanks. I did rock the breakfast right!

    @Colette- Lol!

    @Anne- Oh you have to do one. I bet you could put a fresh spin on it. I had a great day. Loved my nap.

    @Russell- I would love to see how you would write this one up so you have to make it. Cats are so funny. Conniving little monsters though. Lol!

    @Manu- Lol, one day you will have one. It just takes awhile. The bonus of them growing up is they can run to the store when you forget stuff and they do dishes. So it's a good thing. Lol!

    @Angie- I am so glad we discovered each other as well. I just wish if we were twins that I had your figure. Lol! I shall be visiting you often and living my dream of living on the islands vicariously through you. Your blog rocks.

    @Lindsey- So good with pistachios. You must try.

    @Dzoli- I so look forward to my fireplace reading by the fire. I think I'll do most of my blog commenting there as well.

    @easyfoodsmith- Thanks!

    @Lizzy- Aw, thanks. That is really sweet of you. I think there was already a movie about me, one flew over the cuckoo's nest. Lol!

    @Stephanie- Thanks. I believe more is always better. Lol!

    @Curt- Thanks so much. You have to try tossing pistachios in everything.

    @Pretend Chef- Thanks. Oh me too. I'm sitting here with a bowl in front of me as I type.

    @Erin- Thanks and LOL. I try to convince myself twitter and pinterest is productive but it's hard. My house has never been so messy since I discovered social media.

    @Jen- Thanks so much. I adore how you make notes the way you do. It's fun to see who likes it and who would change what.

    @Golden Butterflyz- Thanks so much for coming by. I am trying to watch my weight too but it's not going well. I so enjoyed my day. The joy of older kids is more free time.

    @Nekky- Thanks. How lucky are you to need to gain. Although I know that can be a pain in the rump too.

    @Giulietta- Thanks so much.

    @Carolyn- It is a bit hard when they first go off. But it's so nice to have time for yourself. So glad you are getting some. It's a great feeling to get to do some things uninterrupted. Yet I know I will cry like a baby when mine move out.

    @Vicki- Glad you found me. I shall buzz by and visit you back this week. It is a weird feeling when they are gone. I liek the ability to get stuff done but there are days it feels too quiet. Luckily they are still at home for one more year. Then all bets are off.

    @April- You will love this with pistachios if you adore them anyway. Time alone is fun. Although by the end of the week I'll be missing them.

    @Becky Jane- Love the crispy stuff. It can be lonely. Luckily mine are only gone to school about 3 and a half days per week.

    @Azib- Aw, thanks so much. I shall continue to delight you.

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