Introducing my first guest blogger, Emily Rhoton! Emily has become one of my “best blog encouragers” recently, and when I saw her Instagram photos of her blueberry picking day with her kiddos, I thought it would be a great story for my blog. I’m so excited that she agreed to share this post and her Mother’s recipe for Fruit Cobbler! Emily is a full-time mother of four beautiful children and is one of my newest choir friends. Thank you for sharing, Emily!
My sisters and I always use my Mother’s Fruit Cobbler recipe because it is so easy and so good – you can use any kind of fruit, such as blackberries, blueberries, or peaches. Hope you enjoy!
A true farmer’s daughter, I enjoy growing fruits and vegetables in our home garden or buying them from locally owned farms and businesses. With buying locally, I believe the produce tastes better, is sometimes cheaper, and it’s always great to support local farms and businesses in our community. This year I missed out on picking strawberries, so when I found there was a pick-your-own blueberry farm fairly close, I decided to make a visit with two of our four children, Caroline (10) and Will (8).
We headed to Fall’s Blueberry Farm in Maryville Tennessee on an unusually cool July morning – the perfect day to be outdoors. Upon arriving we each got an empty gallon jug and looped a belt through it to tie around our waist for hands free picking. Caroline, the social butterfly of the family, picked and ate, and carried on conversations with other berry pickers. I think she may have eaten more blueberries than she picked. Will, on the other hand, was very diligent in his berry picking. He was in search of the perfect bush with the ripest berries. Will doesn’t care much for berries of any sort, so he didn’t eat even one! So, I guess all and all it evened out.
After an hour we had picked about a gallon of blueberries. I loved this quality time with Caroline and Will without any distractions, showing them where blueberries come from and how they are grown. Having our children help in our home garden or pick- your-own farms teaches important life lessons about work ethic, especially that some things are better (and tastier!) when we work for them. As we were leaving, Will asked when we were going to come back. Sounds like a successful trip in my book!
Emily's Fruit Cobbler
- 1 stick butter 8 tablespoons
- 3/4 cup self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 cups fresh fruit berries or peaches
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Melt butter in 9 x 13 glass baking dish.
- Combine flour and sugar together; then slowly pour in milk and stir until combined.
- Pour flour mixture on top of butter. DO NOT MIX.
- Spoon fruit on top and sprinkle with 1/2 cup sugar - then gently shake the pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown. Cover loosely with foil half-way through baking to prevent over browning, if needed.