Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sharing More than Peaches

With an arm load of fresh peaches a neighbor shared  her treasures with me.

The unexpected delight inspired me to make my simply easy peach cobbler. Little did I know the peach cobble was going to be shared beyond my family.

A sorrowful friend stopped by as the bubbling cobbler was pulled from the oven. She was having a real pity party and wanted me to join her. However, with a bowl of peach cobbler and over a teacup, we blow out her pity party candle with prayers and scriptures. She went home full of renewed strength,  peach cobbler, and a doused candle.

We never know what God has planned when one friend shares what they have and we make something from their gift to share with another in need. That's TeaCup living in action.

Remember the meaning of TeaCup:
T = giving time to others
e = encouragement to others
a = acceptance of others
C = Christ's
u = uplifting
p = presence.

Simple Peach Cobbler

Simple Peach Cobbler

1/2 cup butter, sliced
4 cups peaches, peeled & sliced
2 cups sugar, divided

2 teaspoon almond extract, divided
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking power
1 cup heavy cream

Place butter slices on the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. 

Toss together peaches 1 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon almond extract
in large bowl. Spread mixture evenly over butter slices in baking pan. 

In a medium size bowl combine flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon almond extract, 
heavy cream. Mix until smooth. Pour batter over peaches and drag a spoon 

through batter and peaches to marble. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until golden brown. 

Serve warm or cold. 

Uplifting blessings, 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Scandinavian Almond Cake below is easy to make. 
There is a time and a way to be both  Martha and Mary when practicing hospitality. 

Martha was one who chose all of the distractions of preparations when Jesus came to her home while Mary "sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said."(Luke 10:39)

Hosting tea-time gatherings is my delight. Over the years, I went from being a Martha who continued to fuss when the guests came through the door. With a quick welcome, I would rush around to bring perfection to the party. However, the only thing perfect about those times were my frayed nerves.

Learning to pause over a cup of tea to plan a tea-time schedule before the gathering helped me to become more like Mary. With a make ahead menu and reliable tablescape, I had the pleasure to sit with my guests and enjoy their company after the welcome.

While preparing the treats; I stir in prayers, spread praises, and lift up requests for my expected guests.  As the cups and saucers are lined up like faithful soldiers, I ask God to fill the place with His presence. 

I'm usually the last things I work on before the door bell begins to ring. Nevertheless, my nerves are not frayed, but my hair maybe. Combining preplanning, make ahead treats, prayer filled pauses, Martha and Mary traits makes practicing hospitality a breeze. 

This recipe I double the batch when I make it. One to serve and the other to freeze in order to be ready for impromptu teas.

Scandinavian Almond Cake

1 1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
2/3 cup milk
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup sliced almonds
powered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat cake pan with cooking spay and dust with flour.  Set aside.

Beat together sugar, eggs, almond extract and milk.  
Add flour, baking powder and melted butter.   Mix well. 

Pour mixture into cake pan. 

Bake 45 to 50 minutes.  Cool and dust with powdered sugar.  

Option: may serve with fruit and whip topping

Uplifting blessings,