Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Watch the stars and enjoy dessert...


There's just something about stargazing in the country...
In a spontanious mood, tonight my family rested on sleeping bags on the lawn and had a wonderful time; listening to the "creatures" outside, singing for a while, and just being filled with good old-fashioned awe.
"You are the only Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, with all the stars. You made the earth and everything on it, the seas and everything in them; you give life to everything. The heavenly army worships you." Nehemiah 9:5-7


This is what I made for a "summer night" dessert...
Peach and Apple Crisp
We went by a neighbor's house and were offered all the apple's we could pick!
They're the granny smith variety.
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Our "wild" peaches on the property are ready!
So we harvested about 3 lbs yesterday...
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4 cups of apples...peeled & sliced
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2 lbs (4 cups) sliced peaches
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Special ingredient: 2 TBsp Orange zest
(takes about 5 oranges)
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Combine all the fruit in a large bowl.
Add 1/3 cup brown sugar,
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
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Crumb topping

Using a pastry blender (or fork) :
1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
Cut in 1 stick butter
(until it resembles coarse crumbs)
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Pour the fruit mixture into a 9x13 pan,
then sprinkle a generous layer of the topping.
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Being placed into the preheated oven...
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden.
~Garnishing the Crisp with whipped cream not only added a (delicious) touch, but balanced the sweet/tart combination. {Vanilla icecream would be even better!} We *loved* the aromatic taste of the orange...it really made this dish stand out!


21 comments:

~ Judy ~ said...

Sounds delightful Mia! And the treat looks delicious!
You might be interested to know that in the NE sky, the week of August 11th-15th, there are supposed to be meteor showers visible to the eye!!!
My daughter Mary Helen, just turned 9, has had it on our calendar since she read about it back in November.
As August approaches, her excitement grows! We have plans for lemonade and cookies on the lawn as we "stargaze!"

dukygurl said...

star-gazing is so nice, one of my favorite things. Your dessert looks amazing! I just love your blog posts!

Trish

Paulina said...

I've never been stargazing before but it's something my family's been wanting to do for a while now.

I love that you used such fresh ingredients for that crisp - it looks so good!

Jenna said...

You share such lovely recipes. Thank you!

I could really sense the peacefulness in your stargazing night. What a wonderful family you have. : )

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

Yummy, yummy! Thank-you for this recipe! It looks like it tastes so good. (You always do a wonderful job with the pictures...) :)
God Bless you!
In Christ,
Kelsey

Kendra Logan said...

I love stargazing! We've never done it like that before, though. Maybe I should see if I can get my family to do that... :)

That recipe looks amazing! WOW!

Hannah said...

Every time I watch the stars (usually while taking care of the animals late at night :-) ), I am filled with an awe. Even more so after visiting the Creation Museum's planatarium and realizing how vast the heavens really are, and how much space seperates us from even the closest star.
I've even seen two shooting stars!

By the way, that dessert looks amazing!! I'll have to make that sometime!

4Him,
~Hannah

Mia said...

Ms. Judy,
Thank you for letting me know! I'll pen that date on the calendar :)
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Ms. Trish,
Good to hear you enjoy it as well!Thank you!
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Paulina,
Yes, I do hope y'all try it soon! It's relaxing, and leaves you in a thoughtful mood :)
I'm glad you like the recipe! I'm actually eating the leftovers as a brunch right now--it's even better :)
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Jenna,
You're welcome! We did indeed have a lovely time..thank you for your sweet comment!
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Kelsey,
Thank you! I felt like I hadn't shared a recipe in ages..I've got to get back to that! :)
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Kendra,
I love it too, especially the shooting stars or the ones that "twinkle" :)
Yes, try it--my brother brought out his small telescope, so that added to the fun :)
I'm glad you liked the recipe! I was afraid it would seem to much like a fall/autumn recipe, but everything was fresh and in season!
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Thanks again for your delightful comments! You all truly do "make my day!"
In Christ,
Mia

Mia said...

Dear Hannah,
I can't wait to visit the creation museum--I'm sure that was such a memorable time :)
Thank you! Let me know if you decide to try it, I think you'll like it :)

In Christ,
Mia

Lady Farmer said...

Mia~
What a wonderful summertime activity to do with your family! Even at my age ( I'm not telling, but I'm old enough to be your grandmother!)I still like to sleep out under the stars and watch God's handywork!
Thank you for sharing the "fruits of your labor"! The Crisp looks delish!
Blessings!

sarah said...

Thats a dessert I'd like to taste! Momma recently made apple crisp and I wanted to put some on ice cream, but we didn't have any left :(. Warm stuff with cold ice cream is so good :).

aemi said...

I don't think I would like the crisp, since I don't usually like cooked fruit, but it sure LOOKS good.
A couple of nights ago my family visited friends in the country. We stayed late, and when we were going outside to head home, I looked up and was AMAZED by how big and bright the stars were! In the van the whole way home I tried to look at the stars
out the window, and I was disappointed when we got back to town, where I could barely see them. Mia, you are really blessed that you can see the stars at your house, every night. <><

Anonymous said...

Oh we love to stargaze! It's so relaxing to enjoy the Lord's creation!
Now I want to make your lovely dessert! I am craving peaches, and I think I'll go to market today and get everything I need to make the crisp! Oh I can't wait to get it into the oven! ~Yu
Thank-you Mia for the lovely recipe!
In Christ,
Rhonda from northern Minnesota.

Aunt B said...

Mia,

I think I shall ask my husband to go out and look at the stars with me tonight. When I look at all the stars, it reminds me of heaven and my creator.

Thanks for sharing that delicious looking dessert.

Mia I love the music that you play on your blog, sometimes when I am out picking blueberries or working in the garden, that music will go through my mind.

God bless,
Aunt B

Miss Jen said...

Dearest Mia,
That crisp looks simply AMAZING! :)
*happy sigh*
Love in Christ~ Jen

P.S.
Did you ever get my letter
in the mail? :)

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

Hello Mia!
When my family moved to the country a few years back, I was amazed at how much better you could see the sky at night!

That desert looks delicious! I cannot wit to try it!

ME

lady m said...

Oh Mia, this looks delicious!

I wonder if I can substitute the brown sugar and the white flour for whole wheat and maybe a bit of agave nectar.

This is a recipe that I would like to try...thank you for sharing it ;)

lady m

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Simply Vintagegirl said...

Dear Mia,
I remember a night when we were camping and we could see the stars so clearly. We had never seen so many, and we were actually able to see the belt of the Milky Way. What a beautiful and glorious sight it was! Psalm 19:1, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork."

And I must say that that Peach and Apple Crisp looks scrumptious! I've never had a crisp with those two fruits together, and I am thinking that I should before much time gets away! :D

I hope that you all are doing well!

Love,
Miss Emily Rose

jannza said...

I'm going to try your recipe! It looks delicious.

sarah in the woods said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening!