My Mom always had a wonderful way of making me feel very special on my birthday. She would throw large parties for me, provide me with extremely thoughtful gifts, make glorious Strawberry Shortcakes and always, always let me pick the diner.
Because tacos have always been my favorite food and we didn’t have them too often (my dad didn’t like them very much) I would always go for Mexican! Whether it was tacos at home or going out to eat I almost always picked tacos.
If we were going out to eat my favorite restaurant was Chi-Chi’s, it was the closest thing to “real” Mexican food that I knew of and I just loved it!
The best part was that after eating all of the chips and salsa and plates piled up with delicious food, the whole waiting staff would gather together and sing very loudly a festive happy birthday song while wearing sombreros and shaking maracas. It was so much fun and left in front of me my very favorite treat in the world… Fried Ice Cream! Oh, the whole 2 hours were fantastic and my very favorite way to celebrate my birthday.
Chi-Chi’s has since closed down and since I can (and do) make Mexican food weekly, I no longer have the need to actively seek it out. This year when my Mom had asked if I wanted to go out to eat for my birthday I asked her if we could meet at Wegman’s. I had heard so many wonderful things about this “plush” supermarket, and have been wanting to meet her there for quite sometime.
I think she was pleased with my choice (finally, no Mexican!) and we agreed to all meet at the store, which is a half-way point between our homes.
My Dad and niece even came along and I had a wonderful time. After we ate our yummy lunches my Mom and I ventured into the supermarket. I wasn’t feeling very well and stated that I only wanted to head to the produce section to grab blackberries for a recipe I planned on making. I also had wanted to buy corn on the cob to make Rufus’ recipe for grilled corn, but that was not so fresh, so I passed on that for another time and continued to look around. All of the berries looked fresh and weren’t too expensive so I couldn’t resist buying not only blackberries, but raspberries and strawberries too.
From there we set out to find my Dad and niece who said they would meet us in the candy isle. This is when things changed from blackberries and corn to full fledged a romp (crippled strut lol) through pretty much the whole store. Milk was $2.55 a gallon, I needed it at that price! Then I remembered I really needed coffee, so I grabbed the kind I normally buy and decided to pick up a can of the Wegman’s brand that my Mom said her friend raves about… coffee under $3.00? Why not? I also picked up new ramekins for the blackberry recipe and snatched up some toothpaste and hand soap which were only 80 cents.
I officially love this store!
Finally, we made our way to the candy isle and of course I saw the most tempting Gummy Bears and had to buy some of those, which the kids and I proceed to eat later in the evening!
After we checked out and my Dad and niece found us (
I was we were taking forever) I hobbled we walked back out to the parking lot.
My Mom and Dad gave me a few very needed, much appriciated and happy to receive birthday gifts. My Mom knows me all too well, in fact so well that I can’t figure out if she stalked my list or just knew me that well.
She had gotten me 2 laundry hampers, yay! Off the list! Also, I received a Brita water pitcher (which I had been thinking about buying since Huz left,) a pack of filters for the water pitcher, and some other fun house things.
I am so excited for the water pitcher! I normally buy gallons of water which range from 85 cents and up to 1.99 a piece. This lovely little invention is going to save me between $212-$497 over the period of about 6 months! That’s a lot of dough! Yay Mommy!
Of course, I haven’t figured out how much I will be paying the water department, but that’s not important right now!
Okay, so I did a whole lot of talking about my birthday and the outing and my lovely gifts but what does that have to do with the photo at the top of the post? Well, nothing.
On Friday night I was doing what I do every night before bed… Blog Stalking and happened upon a new favorite Miss Anthropist’s Kitchen. I was immediatly drawn into her world when I laid my eyes (and began to drool) over her post about Blackberry Cobbler. Her pictures are absolutely stunning and of professional quality! It also helped that her recipe was very simple and required few ingredients. If you are a fellow foodie (I know you are, don’t deny it!) I encourage you to check her blog out!
I had planned on making the recipe just as she had written it but blackberries were very expencive so I opted for a 3/1 ratio of blackberries and raspberries. I also didn’t realize (until I was settled at home and two beers in) that I did not have lemons or juice on hand so I substituted that with 1/2 a tablespoon of white vinegar. The last change I made was to use 6 ramekins instead of her suggested 8 (the raspberries just melted into the glorious syrup and I didn’t have as much berry filling as I am guessing I should have had.)
This was delicious!
An absolute winner! I will be using this recipe for-ev-errrr!!!!
Below I have copied, pasted, then edited the recipe to reflect the changes (in blue) that I made from Miss Anthropist’s recipe. I strongly encourage you to check out her blog (go there! go there!), my picture does not do her recipe any justice!
Mini Blackberry Raspberry Cobblers Adapted from original recipe located here...
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (omitted)
- 6 tablespoons cold butter (I only had salted so I omitted the salt recommended above)
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (1/2 TBS white vinegar)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 (3)cups fresh blackberries (1 cup raspberries), rinsed and drained
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/4 cup boiling water just until mixture is evenly moist.
- In a separate bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in cold water. Mix in remaining 1 cup sugar, lemon juice (vinegar), and blackberries/raspberries.
- Transfer to a skillet, and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
- Evenly distribute sauce mixture to 8 (6) ramekins.
- Drop dough on top of mixture in the ramekins by spoonfuls.
- TO AVOID A MESS, place ramekins on a baking sheet before baking.
- Bake 15-20 (25-28)minutes in the preheated oven, until dough is golden brown (whilst cobblers are baking send thousands of texts messages to a friend ~who understands your obsession with baking~ about how fantastic your home smells and how great the treats are going to taste.)
Lastly… I want to say that later on this afternoon. I will be announcing the winners, (yes winners ~ and an explanation as to why I picked 2) of the contest I ran a few weeks ago. I will also be including the recipe for the brownies from the first contest I ran a few months ago especially just for Lexi who probably thinks I forgot all about her. I didn’t forget you Lexi, I’m just a true blooded procrastinator!