Dispatches from the Distancing – Days 142-146

I’ve been meaning to write this post for days, but have just not gotten around to it. Part of it is because I tend to wait until the kids are in bed and then I’m tired. Part of it is that, right now, there just isn’t that much to say. Our lives are quite dull at the moment. In either case, I think I have to accept that 2-3 posts a week is pretty good and not sweat about getting something out every day.

So, two fun things to report from this weekend. The first is that I made Mom’s Peach Cobbler and it was delicious! I’ll probably make it again this weekend to use up the heavy cream (and then probably not make it for a while, because it is definitely a “treat” food). As promised, here is the recipe:

Johanne Hart’s Peach Cobbler

2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 tbsps unsalted butter, chilled
3/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
1 cup heavy cream
6 cups peaches (fresh is best, but frozen works), peeled and sliced
2 tbsps cornstarch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch (or dash) of nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 375.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and butter and cut in or blend with a pastry blender until consistency of coarse meal. Add 1/2 cup sugar and heavy cream. Stir until dry ingredients are blended in and let rest.

Toss peaches with a mix of 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Place fruit in 9×12 glass or ceramic pan, or casserole which holds at least 8 cups. Cover with globs (pinches) of dough and bake 35 minutes or until dough is a deep golden color. Cool slightly before serving.

This made 8 1-cup servings, which is quite big so you could easily call it 16 smaller servings. Pat and Chris loved it as well, even though Chris swears he hates peaches. Lillie couldn’t get over her dislike of peaches, but really liked the topping!

The other exciting happening from this past weekend is that we went to the movies! Of course, we didn’t go in a movie theater and we didn’t see a hot new release, but instead the kids and I went to our first ever drive in movie (Pat also went, but it wasn’t his first time in a drive in!) to see The Karate Kid. Yes, the real one with Ralph Macchio and Pat Norita. I don’t think I had seen it since it was in the theaters the first time and I was surprised at how well it held up.

The theater we went to was one town over. It’s not actually a drive in, but a traditional theater. However, since traditional theaters are really a thing now, the had the smart idea to put a screen up in their back parking lot and become, temporarily, a drive in. The kid loved the novelty of seeing a movie in the car and we may go back, depending on the movie!

As for this week so far, I’ve been easing Chris back into some academic things. We do a little reading and math each day and he does at least one session of Cosmic Kids Yoga, but I’m thinking we’ll amp it up just a but so that he doesn’t go into shock once actual school starts.

And, tonight, I leave you with Saturday’s view from the backseat (we let the kids sit in the front…)

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