Today’s Photography 101 assignment is “Warmth and the Quality of Light.” This morning was chilly, but the beautiful sunrise promised warmth, and the day did not disappoint.
A couple of days ago, a Facebook friend posted a recipe for a slow cooker peach cobbler. Great!, I said. It’s peach season and I have a slow cooker. I want to try making it! So last night, I bought some peaches, and this morning, at around 9:30 a.m., I made up a batch and put it in the slow cooker. (Of course, a couple of peach slices didn’t make it into the cooker. Yummy!)
I’m writing this at about 9:30 p.m. So how did the cobbler turn out? I still don’t know.
At 10:15 a.m., we got a call from my brother-in-law Joe. He had been diagnosed with liver cancer a year ago, and was feeling very sick (I won’t go into the details here) and needed to go to the emergency room. My husband and I did a quick litter box cleanup, I turned off the slow cooker, and we left for the hospital. I hadn’t had a shower yet.
At about 3 p.m., we came home so my husband could get a break and I could get a shower. I turned on the slow cooker for about a half hour, then we had to leave again for the hospital.
Joe was released at about 5 p.m. We took him home and ran a few errands for him. We finally got home around 8 p.m.: just in time to feed the cats and watch My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet. I turned the slow cooker back on.
Here’s a picture of my poor burnt, undercooked peach cobbler, taken at about 9:45 p.m.
The main thing really is that my brother-in-law is really, really sick, but he has taught me how important it is to live every day. To go ahead and make the cobbler, because peaches are in season now and you only get a couple of weeks in August to really, really enjoy their sun-kissed freshness and sweetness. And to thank my friend Chef Rooster for posting the recipe. And to thank you for reading this.
So, in case you’re curious, here’s the recipe. (I’m getting this third hand, so I’m attributing it the way I saw it in Chef Rooster’s FB posting):
SLOW COOK PEACH COBBLER ~ a Betty Crocker Recipe
4 cups fresh or frozen sliced peeled peaches
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
Ice cream or whipped cream
1 Spray 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In large bowl, gently toss peaches and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Turn into slow cooker.
2 In medium bowl, gently beat Bisquick mix, sugar and milk with whisk until blended. Pour over peaches in slow cooker.
3 Cover; cook on low heat setting 3 hours or until cobbler is set in center.
4 Serve cobbler with ice cream.
By: Oh So ShAbBy By Debbie Reynolds
And if you’re really curious, you might want to know how it turned out….
It’s delicious! Warm, sweet, and gooey, with a dollop of the sweetest, cool ice cream on top. It’s summer sun in a bowl.
Betsy and Jamie Platt met at a contra dance at Glen Echo Park in 1988. Neither one knew it yet, but that would be the start of a family folk-dancing adventure that would span generations. Today, Jamie runs the sound board for the contra dances at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Md. Betsy still dances with Jamie, and now their daughter, Hannah, does too. Glen Echo Park cast its spell of love over all of them — as it has for many others.
Contra dancing is like square dancing, but with less structure. In contra dancing, couples progress down a line of other dancers. Unlike square dancing, which is based on groups of eight dancers, any number of couples can join in on a contra dance. Contra dancing provides a great cardio workout and lots of opportunities to meet new friends. You don’t even need to bring a date!
Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Md., features weekly contra dances and lessons for new dancers. Lessons are available to help newbies, and you’ll probably find lots of people who will ask you to dance.
Here’s a video to give you a quick peek at what it’s all about. Hope you enjoy it!
Julie Kinzer, a journalism student at American University in Washington, D.C., says she has always wanted to study law. Kinzer recently saw the movie “Conviction.” It served as “a catalyst to let me know not to give up,” Kinzer said.
Kinzer is earning her master’s degree in Interactive Journalism at AU, while working as a campaign finance researcher at the Federal Election Commission. Kinzer says her goal is to combine her love of journalism and law into a career helping people understand the ever-changing regulations and requirements surrounding campaign finance. When asked if she could interview any living person, Kinzer said she would choose Betty Anne Waters, the real person on whom “Conviction” was based.
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