easy mixed berry cobbler

I texted my husband last Friday afternoon "apple pie or cobbler or crisp?" He has traveled a lot for work this month and it is a gift to have him home. We decided it was a berry cobbler kind of day and I ended up blending several recipes (I can't help but do this! anyone else?). The result was simple and delicious. 

Easy Mixed Berry Cobbler

(modified from Blackberry Cobbler by Ree Drummond)

1/2 stick of butter, melted, plus more for greasing dish

1 cup + 1/4 cup sugar

1 cup self-rising flour (I used King Arthur Flour Unbleached )

1 cup 2% or whole milk

1 cup each of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries

Whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 3qt. glass pyrex dish with butter.

In medium bowl whisk 1 cup sugar with flour and milk. Whisk in the melted butter.

Rinse the berries and pat dry. Pour batter into baking dish, sprinkle mixed berries over batter. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar over berry + batter mixture. Bake until golden brown, 50-60 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

I think Friday should be our new family dessert night. (Dessert leftovers on the weekend are always a good thing!) I would not put this in a "healthy" category, but I like that this recipe uses less butter than a cake. I also lowered the sugar a small bit from the original recipe, and the berries added the right touch of sweetness. 

Do you have a dessert night? A favorite cobbler or pie recipe? I would love to try it! 

creative Autumn colors. and a small (big!) shop announcement

top row 1 | 2 | 3 | 4  bottom row 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

top row 1 | 2 | 3 | 4  bottom row 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Autumn typically evokes thoughts of oranges, golds, and browns. And while they are beautiful on their own I think adding pops of light green and dark green can be beautiful too. It changes up the look without being too crazy. A blend of browns, golds, and greens could easily be added to a wreath or centerpiece.

I selected a few swatches at Benjamin Moore today and took a moment to highlight  color combinations I had around my home. Starting with a few swatches is an easy way to create seasonal color palettes.

2035-60 Leisure Green, 2124-60 Misty Gray, 2159-30 Apple Crisp, 2111-20 Grizzly Bear Brown

2035-60 Leisure Green, 2124-60 Misty Gray, 2159-30 Apple Crisp, 2111-20 Grizzly Bear Brown

2035-60 Leisure Green, 2124-60 Misty Gray, 2159-30 Apple Crisp, 2047-20 Manor Green

2035-60 Leisure Green, 2124-60 Misty Gray, 2159-30 Apple Crisp, 2047-20 Manor Green

2035-60 Leisure Green, 2124-60 Misty Gray, 2154-50 Straw, 2111-20 Grizzly Bear Brown

2035-60 Leisure Green, 2124-60 Misty Gray, 2154-50 Straw, 2111-20 Grizzly Bear Brown

While I am highlighting my vintage pieces I want to make a small (big??) annoucement. After months of deliberation I have decided to close the Etsy shop. My passion for integrating vintage into everyday life will continue on the blog, but running the shop is time consuming. My clients are important to me and they deserve the utmost attention. And right now my focus is elsewhere. I don't yet have a close date, so for now I'll start with 30% off everything in the shop! Use code: autumn30. Thank you for all of your support! 

engaging childen with family hobbies

My husband and I do not often watch television shows around our two kids. But last night they crawled on the couch while my husband and I watched Property Brothers (now on Netflix, hooray!) It reminded me of how I enjoyed watching Lynette Jennings Design with my Mom when I was a little girl. My mom's interior design interest and working with my Dad and his power tools most certainly influenced my interest in home and product design. 

We went shopping at Habitat on Saturday. One of our family's consistent hobbies is thrifting. It is always hit and miss (the beauty of the hunt!) Sometimes we find furniture, sometimes a tool. It is always a unique experience. Early elementary schoolers are at a great age for thrift store shopping. They understand small amounts of money and enjoy the hunt. They also generally understand not breaking fragile items ;)

  This would make a beautiful piece as part of a Christmas setting! $3 still seems high for me. I would have purchased for $1.

 

This would make a beautiful piece as part of a Christmas setting! $3 still seems high for me. I would have purchased for $1.

  The antique bentwood rocking chair was $10 and needs a new seat. I just watched a recaning rattan tutorial and plan to go back and purchase if it is still available. This rocking chair style is fairly common but the lines are beautiful and it is a great price. 

 

The antique bentwood rocking chair was $10 and needs a new seat. I just watched a recaning rattan tutorial and plan to go back and purchase if it is still available. This rocking chair style is fairly common but the lines are beautiful and it is a great price. 

One of the beautiful things about including children in a hobby is they learn more about their parents. The kids are not the focal point but are very much involved. And it will very likely influence their life choices in the future. So think up some fun activities you can do as a family! 

printable! screen time and reward chart visuals

I am so excited to share this project with you today. We have a few consistent battles at our house, and two of the big ones are screen time and sleep. I try to limit our kids to 1 1/2 hours of screen time a day, and our son often pushes for more. I needed a simple visual to show him when the "jar" gets filled each day.

The screen time mason jar was an instant success. Our kids enjoy monitoring their 30 minute increments and show strategy in their decision making. For example now our son might play an educational computer game for 30 minutes and then choose to save his remaining time for a tv show (we use a visual timer to help measure time). 

Another challenge in our home involves encouraging our kids to sleep in their beds all night. They are restless sleepers so I developed a 7-jar chart. Each night they sleep in their bed the jar is filled with color (we used dry erase markers, any washable marker would work). When all the jars are filled they get a reward. I left the chart open so that if a different "challenge" such as finishing dinner, getting dressed, or completing homework can be filled in the blank. 

  Quick tip! I decided to laminate the sheets so our kids could reuse each day. If a laminating machine isn't in the budget try ironing the printable in a laminating pouch between two thin towels. My iron needed to be on steam and high heat and it worked beautifully!

 

Quick tip! I decided to laminate the sheets so our kids could reuse each day. If a laminating machine isn't in the budget try ironing the printable in a laminating pouch between two thin towels. My iron needed to be on steam and high heat and it worked beautifully!

Here you go! Download screen time printable and reward chart visual and let me know what you think! If you love it please spread the word by pinning to Pinterest and sharing on Facebook!    

make the house a home: 3 month mini tour

  favorite spot in the house. we work on homework and rest, I had no idea how relaxing a screened in porch could be. sectional from samsclub.com

 

favorite spot in the house. we work on homework and rest, I had no idea how relaxing a screened in porch could be. sectional from samsclub.com

Three months ago we moved into our new (1990s) home. It is everything we hoped for: more space, room for guests and entertaining, and a first floor bedroom/bathroom. 

And it is quite the contrast from our 1200+ square foot, 1950s city home we owned in Minnesota. I miss the character of our old house, the hardwood floors and plaster walls. Some of our vintage furniture feels out of place now. Like showing up to a costume party and finding everyone else is in jeans and a t-shirt.

  Our first home with tile floor. Things are frequently broken here, and it does seem harder to clean. Do you like tile?

 

Our first home with tile floor. Things are frequently broken here, and it does seem harder to clean. Do you like tile?

  The living room is a mix of styles. I don't love it yet, but it is functional. We eventually will add a sectional and will move the recliner to the corner. The ikea chair will be sold on craigslist. The fireplace will be resurfaced.

 

The living room is a mix of styles. I don't love it yet, but it is functional. We eventually will add a sectional and will move the recliner to the corner. The ikea chair will be sold on craigslist. The fireplace will be resurfaced.

  The dining room, well...we did not have a dining room in Minnesota so this room was empty for a few weeks. I decided to fill it with Etsy things since we no longer have a basement. This is temporary, eventually we WILL have a dining furniture!

 

The dining room, well...we did not have a dining room in Minnesota so this room was empty for a few weeks. I decided to fill it with Etsy things since we no longer have a basement. This is temporary, eventually we WILL have a dining furniture!

  My second favorite room in in the house. The tanker desk is from Habitat, Lee found it for $30. Stick Around Chair from CB2. Gold Lottie Dots from Land of Nod. 

 

My second favorite room in in the house. The tanker desk is from Habitat, Lee found it for $30. Stick Around Chair from CB2. Gold Lottie Dots from Land of Nod

We will eventually repaint and replace light fixtures, mini blinds, the kitchen, the fireplace, landscaping...and that will all take time. Years. 

So I am sharing this, not because it is magazine worthy. But hopefully it is encouraging! Let's do our best to enjoy phases of life. Not just the completed ones.

This is part of the series house a home