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Friday, August 28, 2009

Peaches ~~ Love ‘em


Now I know a lot of you are Southerners and you would argue that Georgia peaches are the best.  Then there are many of you from Texas and you asked, “Have you tried a peach from Fredricksburg?”  Well yes I have and I’ll agree they are scrumptious, BUT I live in the midwest and only get a good Texas peach when I happen to be visiting my good friend Glenda in the early summer.  The Georgia peaches taste like and have the texture of a sponge by the time they are loaded onto our grocery store shelves.  Ick!  I end up throwing out more than we eat.


So ~~~ for us, we wait very patiently until the end of the summer when we can get our hands on Colorado peaches.  Last weekend I picked up a lug that I preordered.  I waited a few days for them to ripen to perfection and then made final decisions on what I was going to do with them.  They have not disappointed us.  Of course many are just eaten out of hand.  They are sooo juicy and flavorful.  They are so good that the juice drips down your chin while biting into it.  I plan to make some freezer jam too.


Thanks very much Gollum, for inviting us to share cooking ideas and recipes on this Foodie Friday.  It is always a favorite day of mine to check blogs.



I froze some in light sugar and then while flipping through cookbooks, I decided to adapt a recipe I found for freezer pie filling.


Freezer Summertime Peach Pie Filling

1 qt. plus 2 cups peaches, peeled and sliced

1 cup sugar

3 -4T. topioca

pinch of salt

1 heaping T. lemon juice

Line pie pan with foil.  Pour in filling.  Freeze then remove from pan and place in large plastic bag in freezer.  When winter comes ,defrost filling, place in crust-lined pan.  Add top crust, cut slits in top.  Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes to until crust is browned and filling is bubbly. 

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This is so easy!

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Next morning it’s frozen and slides easily away from the foil and I place it in the ziploc bag.

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I’ll be ready at Thanksgiving to complete this and it will be so good with fresh summertime peaches!

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I’m doing a double post today.  I love joining Glenda at Tootsie Time for Flaunt Your Flowers.


I have decided dahlias are right up there with one of my favorite flowers.  They just almost look silk, don’t they?  ;)

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I have an assortment of colors. 

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This obviously is a different variety.  Would someone remind me to dig these bulbs up and store them correctly during the winter time?  Last year I dug my bulbs up, but didn’t protect them with sawdust or such from the cold.  They did not make it and I had to start over this spring.

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This is climbing thyme I’m using as a ground cover finally approaching the garden stones.

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Say Hi to Chester.  He came around just in time to get his picture taken! He’s such a big ham.


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Please go pay a visit to Designs by Gollum and to Tootsie Time on this last Friday of August!  Thanks for stopping by 47th Street. 


Becca's Dirt said...

Beautiful gardens at your place. Love all the colors.

stitching under oaks said...

thanks for sharing that peach pie filling recipe! What a great if I could only get some good peaches!

Millie said...

That thyme looks so nice with the rocks. Peach pie recipe looks good too. I think I'll buy me some peaches and try it. Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Two great posts today. I thoroughly enjoyed them both.

Mary Bergfeld said...

I enjoyed both your posts today. The flowers are beautiful and that peach pie filling sounds wonderful.

Bonnie said...

Love your idea for peach pie! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oooh--the peach recipe looks divine!! :)

Darla said...

Fresh peaches are good no matter what State they come from!! Beautiful flowers too..

Stacey said...

What an excellent idea with the peaches. I love that. Your flowers are beautiful. :)

Cathy said...

Excellent peach filling idea! I saw your FF post and thought I'd do the same. I just finished a batch of peach jam. Your flowers are beautiful!


Jacki said...

Well, quite honestly, I am most taken by Chester, lol! He looks like a big sweetie. But, I do love dahlias too - my mom had the same ones in your first picture in her garden, but I guess the bulbs got overlooked over time. I may have to find some more. They are almost like cartoon flowers, aren't they, so perfectly shaped and deeply coloured?

Lona said...

Wow, peach pie and flowers too. Who could ask for more on a Friday ;-) Your Dahlia's are so pretty.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Yum! Love peach pie!

Domestic Designer said...

Your peach pie looks yummy! You are right...I am a Georgia gal so I think our peaches are the best. I am lucky enough to be able to get them right out of the orchard. Yummy!

Paula@SweetPea said...

Your pie idea is so smart! Your family will really enjoy those peaches at Thanksgiving.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

What a great idea for freezing the peach filling. Now, please tell me about Georgia peaches cause here is Pennsylvania we have been having a problem with ours for years. Seems like when they are picked they need to ripen for a few days, too hard. Before they ripen enought to eat them they get spots and rot! I love peaches but have almost given up on them because I can't get a peach to ripen to that sweet of the tree taste they had when I was a kid.
I just had to vent and am hoping you might have a solution.
Do you find this to be true with your peaches?
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Tootsie said...

your flowers look fantastic! I love pie is looking pretty good too!!!
I think I will stick with the eye candy in your won't make me fat! thanks for linking in!

Connie said...

Hi Dona,
Thank you for your nice comment on my letter to my daughter. I didn't intend to write all that, it just sort of kept pouring out . Memories sure are precious. I was admiring your flowers -- another great gardener!
I am hoping some of this will rub off on me.
I love having you visit.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Brilliant! And you have the exact amount for your pie! I love it!

Your flowers are beautiful too. As with you, I love everything Tootsie does! :)

DEB said...

Fresh tasting peaches in the winter time, what a great idea.
I will be trying this for sure. Your garden is beautiful. Thanks for sharing! Deb

sheila from life @ #17 said...

oh my word...I'm going to see if I can find a deal on peaches!