“Cuppa” Peach Cobbler

Audley and I are blessed to host a Life Group (small group Bible study) in our home each Sunday evening.  One of the most enjoyable aspects of the evening is sharing Sunday supper together before we begin.  We generally pick a theme and everyone brings something to accompany the main dish.  It’s a great way to spend time with our Christian family before the chaos of the week begins.

This week after Audley sent the email out for our potluck, I realized that we had left dessert off the list.  As you know, you can’t have a true Sunday supper without ending with a yummy dessert!  It’s just not the southern way of doing things!

Looking through my cabinets I discovered the ingredients for a simple “Cuppa” Cobbler that would be sure to satisfy the need for dessert.

It’s not elaborate, nor is it beautiful, but in case you aren’t sure what a “cuppa” cobbler is, let me share the easiest dessert ever!

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup whole milk

1 stick of butter

1 quart fresh peaches (or any other fruit you would like to use)

ASSEMBLING YOUR CUPPA COBBLER

**Preheat your oven to 375°.  In an enamel plated cast iron pan (11 3/4 Lodge enamelware) melt your stick of butter.  You can also use a 9×11 cake pan.  While the butter is melting, mix together the “cuppa” flour, sugar and milk to form a batter.  Remove the pan from the oven when the butter is completely melted.  Pour the batter over the melted butter, then add your fruit to the top.

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South Carolina peaches are so delicious!!

**Return the pan to the oven and bake 30-45 minutes (ovens vary as you know) until the crust has risen over most of the fruit and is cooked through.

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Carmelized fruit is beautiful.

Serve with homemade whipped cream or scrumptious vanilla ice cream.

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I’m partial to homemade whipped cream.

Once again I do want emphasize, this is not beautiful dessert.  It’s not meant to be.  “Cuppa” Peach Cobbler is supposed to be easy and delicious.

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And I assure you, it is!

This recipe has been around literally for generations.  I have even seen a version of this (made using fruit cocktail instead of fresh fruit) from a 1950s magazine.

Seriously.

My grandmother and my mother both used this recipe throughout my life.  Now I use it in a pinch, and have taught my girls this simple dessert perfect for any time.

If you are counting, that’s four generations of women in my family that have used the “Cuppa” Cobbler.

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Keep this handy, as I promise you will find plenty of use for the “cuppa” cobbler and maybe you can pass it along to the next generation as well!

Happy Monday Y’all!

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Reasons We Practice Hospitality

“Always be eager to practice hospitality.”

~Romans 12:13~

Recently I was doing my Bible study and several scriptures on hospitality popped up.  They were like a slap to my face as hospitality is something I have neglected greatly in the  nearly four years since we moved here to South Carolina.

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling”

~I Peter 4:9~

It wasn’t intentional, but began with the attitude that we didn’t know anyone.  Next it was because our house isn’t as put together as I would like. I’ve even used the excuse that no one else is having us over, so why should we open our home…. And now it’s just because we are so out of practice the desire to entertain has just slipped away.

It’s not that we haven’t had friends over in the time we’ve been here, but what was once several times a month has dwindled to maybe once every other month.  The truth of it all is, I truly miss opening our home to friends for a hot meal, great conversation, or a good game of cards.

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No matter how old-fashioned or taboo it has become, opening your home for guests is such a wonderful way to share love and show others how much you truly care for them.  Audley and I have talked a lot about our lack of having people over and decided there was no better time than now to change this aspect of our lives.

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There are so many reasons why we should entertain (beginning with the words God himself spoke to inspired writers), but here are some of the reasons we entertain and why you should practice hospitality as well:

1. Opening your home to guest creates a casual environment that is so much more conducive for communication and getting to know one another on a deeper, more personal level.   You have experienced it over and over, the chaos of restaurants.  They are loud, full of interruptions, and a far cry from an intimate environment of your home.  Dining out also gets very expensive, especially if you have kids that are accompanying you.  Opening your home takes away much of the chaos we have in public settings and creates a casual, welcoming atmosphere we all desire.

2. My kids can entertain your kids.  We all live in a super busy world that for many of us are controlled by our kids.  Basketball on Monday, lacrosse on Thursday, wrestling on Saturday, youth group on Wednesday…. It goes on and on.  Not only do adults need a break from the kids, they also need a break from us!  When you open you home to others it creates a perfect atmosphere for kids, no matter their age, to let their guard down, be themselves and learn to socialize outside of school and sports.

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3. Opening your home helps foster relationships you might not have made  otherwise.  It’s easy to have the same circle of friends over, but when you broaden you invitations you will make associations you would have never imagined.  Audley and I have recently agreed to host a small group on Sunday evenings as a part of our Church’s Life Group program.  By doing this we have met several fabulous couples and families of ALL ages that otherwise we still would not have met in our large congregation.  It has been such a blessing for us as we share and study together each week.

4. You are setting an example for your children.  Our children need to see the joy and fun that comes with being hospitable.  They need to know not everything will be picture perfect, but you can still open the doors to others and share a wonderful evening laughing, talking, sometimes crying and leaving the world outside.

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5. You set the tone for the evening.  Hospitality doesn’t always have to be a five-course supper.  It can be simple quiches from the freezer with other finger foods or even pizza from the local pizzeria.  Sit a table if you desire or use paper plates for your munchies while you tackle a friendly game of cards.  Opening your home can be something you planned weeks in advance or a spontaneous action because you got off work early on Friday night.  Believe me, no one will remember how fancy or how casual the time spent in your home was, but they will remember how you made them feel!

6. Showing hospitality is a wonderful way to create community.  We live in a culture where taking care of self is more important than looking out for those around us.  Opening our homes lets us show compassion, love, service, and genuine interest in those who surround us and take the focus off of ourselves!  And let’s be honest, doesn’t the world need more of this?!

Last weekend Audley and I hosted four couples for a movie and dinner “date night”.  These four couples were a part of the marriage class we just finished teaching at church and we felt this would be a great way to end our time as teachers.  Of course not everyone from the class was able to attend, but with the small number who did we chose to go all out to set the mood for our “date night”.  We truly were blessed by the evening as it gave us the opportunity to get to know these four couples to a greater depth with our fun and laid back conversations as we are all in different stages of our marriages and lives.

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This wonderful evening was a great reminder to what we have been missing and we are already planning our next dinner party!

When was the last time you opened your home “just because” and not out of obligation?  I would love to hear your input.

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