Today in our home, it was all about canning …

and getting ready for the fall fair this weekend …


A little glimpse at some things the girls are entering ….



and yes, Ted has made a return. (If you don’t recognize Ted, he is the infamous bunny who made Alice a mommy. Don’t worry – they are now caged seperately.)



As we slowly say good-bye to August and start up the September routine and start snuggling down into the homeschooling schedule of teaching phonics, piano lessons, mathematics and history … I’m stocking the ‘pantry’ for a few recipes that will make life a bit easier in the fall.

With five children, homeschooling, shooting sessions, and just living life … well, I just need a little headstart some days.

It started with the muffin/loaf mix – have you tried it? I seriously am in love with it, more for a loaf recipe but it works for muffins too.

Today, we created a cobbler mix to be stored for quick and easy baking on busy days – for all those luscious peaches, summer berries and delicious apples to come this fall. It is seriously super-amazingly scrumptious! I knew after two different cobblers made from this recipe that I had to share it with you guys. I decided it needed to be added to my pre-made mix stash …



Make Ahead Cobbler Mix –

{You can use this for ANY fruit. I started with peaches yesterday and today I made strawberry/blueberry cobber. Again I’m telling you – sooooo good …. obviously, if we have had two cobblers in less than 24 hours!}


Here’s the mix part. You will add the fresh fruit when you are ready for the cobbler. 🙂



In a large bowl, mix together:


4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
4 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of salt
1.5 cups of butter – cut into small pieces and cut into the mix with a pastry cutter

When the time comes to use this for your cobbler, you will need to add 1/4 cup of boiling water to your mix (or just judge it – if it looks too dry, add a bit more).


Store the mix in an airtight container for up to six weeks. It should make about four or five cobblers.

And that’s it.


When you are ready to make your dish, just choose your fruit and add a  little sugar-loving.

Here’s how.

Measure out 1.5 cups – 2 cups of fruit of your choice. Really, you need to just make sure there is enough fruit to cover the bottom of your baking dish about an inch high …

In a bowl, mix together over the fruit:

1/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of cornstarch


Then, lay it all out in the baking dish.


Now, pull out your pre-made cobbler mix. I think I used about 3/4 cup or a bit more of the mix to cover this cobbler. Just judge how much you will need by looking at your dish. If you need more, pour some more into your measuring cup, mix in some boiling water and spread it over your fruit. You will need to cover the fruit like a topping or a crust.

If you want to add a little fun to the cobbler, mix together some brown and white sugar and sprinkle overtop. {Not like there’s not enough sugar already, right?!}


Bake in the oven at 400 degrees Celsius for about 1/2 an hour or until l it is bubbling on the edges of the dish and the topping is browned a bit.

And oh my. Get ready.

Because it’s super duper yummy.



Serve with ice cream and a cup of hot coffee and you are SET.



And you will have enough mix for a few more cobblers when you need them!

So now my pantry has pre-made mixes for brownies, muffins or loaves, cobbler, ginger cookies and oatmeal for breakfast (quite a few recipes are from this amazing kitchen diva). Now that I’m on a roll making these mixes,  I’m kinda excited to see what other easy, ready-made mixes I can add to my stash. Not only are they handy and time saving, they are also less expensive than store bought mixes (and healthier!).

Hopefully some of these recipes posted will help make your getting-back-to-routine-life a bit easier, as well. Happy baking. 🙂




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August 31, 2012 - 6:45 am

Terri-Ann I love those jars. Where did you get them?