busy ~

I've been so busy.  Busy as the bees in the hollyhocks busy.  No I'm not out there pollinating ... I've been busy in the kitchen and garden.  Who has time to pollinate?? haha

I keep getting distracted though ... watching the bees and chipmunks and the rose breasted grossbeak dropping seeds for the chippy to pick up as fast as they hit the deck.
Then watching him jump around my plants on the deck ...
... deciding where would be the best place to hide his precious seeds ~

Okay... back to the kitchen ~

I tried out a recipe I saw online somewhere and had tucked into my "try" file.  It's a Three Berry Cobbler (raspberries, blueberries and blackberries)

It's only 3 ingredients:
a 12 oz. can of clear soda, a white cake mix, and a bag of frozen mixed berries

I just happened to have the frozen berries in the freezer from my own picking so I used those :)

Grease a cake pan ... dump in the frozen berries, sprinkle the dry cake mix over the berries ~

Pour the can of soda over the cake mix.  Do NOT stir.  This makes the top crust of the cobbler.

It gets all bubbly and frothy ... ooohhhh... this is fun!  This would be a good and easy recipe for cooking with kids :)
Pop it in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50 minutes or until the berries are bubbly and the crust is golden browned.
 The serving suggestion is to serve it warm in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
I can't wait to sink my teeth into this.  It smells sinfully good!  Dessert for tonight after the meal of sauerkraut/pork/potatoes in the crockpot.

Also in the kitchen today ... besides the five loaves of bread rising and waiting to get into the oven ...

~my garden overfloweth~
left to right ~ Refrigerator Pickles, Dill Pickles, Slippery Jims 
This is just a small batch of those already done.

Now I need to get off this computer and go pick my beans ... again ... and find a recipe for zuchinni bread.

Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. I am going to pin that recipe - looked easy and great! lol My kind of recipe.

    We also have those little chip monks!


  2. An interesting recipe for sure. Sounds like a gooood supper.

  3. You are always interesting here in the Up North. Loved the side trail we took before getting to the three berry Cobbler. It all looks amazingly good and especially the crust thing, wow.
    Love the pickles, but my education continues, never heard of slippery Jim's. Seen a few slick guys in my life but not pickles. LOL
    Oh the crock pot meal and bread sounds deeeelicious.

    (About the inspection and the covered up ditch???) I know, wait for that entry. I will!!

    LOve you girl

  4. The cake sounds wonderful, I'm copying it to my recipe file, for a day when I have company!!! Thanks! You are busy...

  5. GREAT recipe. But I must tell you I LOVE that little CHIPPIE. Too cute. A mouse with racing stripes.

  6. Dang, Mel, I'm going to take that recipe and run with it! I think even I could do that one! Thanks!

  7. Well, slap me! You are so much busier than I am these days....still needing another break-day. I will have to give that recipe to Sy today. He will love making that one.
    I picked cucs, zuchinni, and dried celery, basil, lemon balm yesterday.
    Your pickling looks great and I already know how fantastic your cooking and baking is...tho, sure could go for a slice of homemade bread.

  8. p.s., I have a great Zuchinni Bread recipe if ya want it.....