We have a peach tree so laden with fruit that the limbs are dragging the ground. Last year we actually lost a major limb to this overabundance, so this year my husband has braced the major limbs with 2x4s. These peaches have looked ripe for three weeks now, but they’re not. We’re getting mighty impatient and I’m thinking of going out there and suggesting in a rather urgent whisper to get with it. Do you think they’re waiting for a rain? Not going to get it, unfortunately.

It is a beautiful sight, all those red peaches amid the green leaves. The whole neighborhood is salivating. First thing I’m going to make, any day now, is peach cobbler. Here’s my favorite recipe. (I’m going to vanilla ice cream on top!)



About 8 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced

½ c sugar. I like half white and half brown.

1 t. cinnamon. This is the secret ingredient!

¼ t. salt

1t. lemon juice

2 t. cornstarch


1 c. all-purpose flour

½ sugar (or ¼ c white, ¼ c brown)

1 t. baking powder

½ t. salt

6 T unsalted butter

¼ c very hot water


Oven at 425 degrees.

Combine peaches, sugar, cinnamon, salt, lemon juice and cornstarch. Coat the peaches evenly  and bake all that for 10 minutes in a 2 qt. dish.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Crumble the butter into it until mixture looks like coarse meal. Use the 1/4c. water to finish combining.

Remove peaches from oven and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. You might want to sprinkle the entire cobbler with 3T white sugar mixed with 1t. cinnamon. Bake until topping browns, about 30 minutes.

About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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