Thursday, April 21, 2016


We visited Des Moines - Iowa after Easter. I know the photos are not the best since they were taken from the inside of the car and the windows are not so clean. Sorry about that! However it might be interesting for some of you who have never been to Des Moines. The Cheese Shop is a great place! I recommend a visit if you like cheeses. We actually drove closer to the dome but was so worried about finding a certain street that I did not took a closer photo but rather this from the highway when we were leaving. Oh those dirty windows in the car! We did a lot of travel that day. Lots of fun.

 This momma was nesting in the parking lot of JoAnn's Fabrics. She hissed at me but never moved.

 Mixed -Berry Cornmeal Cobler . Great served warm with some ice cream on the side.
Ruth is our nephew's little girl and she is getting a baby brother in June! She was just playing outdoors and loved it.

 My husband's nephew and his wife and baby Ruth at grandma's house in Iowa.

The flowers above are growing in the North side of the house. It is so tiny! Wonder what it is.
Recipe for the Mixed - Berry Cobbler
1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter at room temperature (1/2 stick)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup all - purpose flour
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Berries:  Toss together all three berries, sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl until well mixed.
Spoon berry mixture into ungreased 8 x 8 x 2 - inch square  baking pan, spreading mixture evenly.
Topping: In same large bowl , beat together sugar and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat eggs and vanilla until well blended.
Mix together the flour, cornmeal,baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture. On low speed, beat just until combined. Beat in the milk, then the remaining flour mixture. Drops the dough by large spoonfuls over the berry mixture. Bake 350 degrees oven for 1 hr and 20 minutes or till golden and fruit is bubbly. Serve warm.

Hugs, and hope for a wonderful April or what is left of it.