Peach Crumble

One of my very favorite things about summer is Peaches!
Oh my goodness, I love eating them over the kitchen sink as the juice drips through my fingers. I only buy them from a local farm. Vacationers traveling to the beach stop to buy them on their way to the beach. I bought my 236th bag of peaches yesterday and wanted to make a cobbler or pie or crisp. Looking in my cabinets for ingredients, I decided with the crisp.IMG_6297.JPGHere are the simple ingredients: Peaches, butter, brown sugar and granola.IMG_6300.JPGI peeled and sliced four peaches. Look at the beautiful peach and red colors. These are Red Globe Peaches in which the pit just pops right out. I don’t add sugar to the peaches because they are sooo sweet on their own.IMG_6301-0.JPGI melted a half a stick of butter and half a cup of brown sugar in the microwave. I think I probably could just eat this melted buttery sugar delight all by itself. I put my finger In it to have just an itty bitty taste.IMG_6295.JPGI added a cup or so of granola to the melted butter-sugar and stirred it up.

IMG_6296.JPGNext step was to sprinkle the granola over the peaches. The crisp was baked in the 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.

IMG_6298.JPGMmmm….it smells so good!

IMG_6299.JPGNo cobbler-pie-crisp would be complete without vanilla ice cream! Yum yum!!!

Peach Crisp
3-4 peaches
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 1/4 cup of granola

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel and slice peaches into a 8×8 casserole dish. Melt butter and sugar in microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Add granola to butter and stir. Top the peaches with granola and bake for 20-30 minutes.

Hope you can enjoy some sweet peaches this summer!

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Day Three: Highpointing on Harney Peak

This is our third day in South Dakota. You can read about Day One here and Day Two here. The adventure for today is to climb the highest peak in S.D., Harney Peak.IMG_6283.JPGOur hike started at Sylvan Lake. Ahhh, isn’t it peaceful?

IMG_6271.JPGMy poor guys…I get so awe struck when I see the wildflowers,

IMG_6270.JPGI slow everyone down, because I have to stop and take pictures.

IMG_6269.JPGI just can’t help it.

IMG_6273.JPGThis was our first taste of the beautiful view that was to come.

IMG_6277.JPGYup. I had to stop. Needless to say I’m doing a lot of stopping and then running to catch up.

IMG_6248.JPGI love the grasses, the way they sway with the breeze.

IMG_6244.JPGThese Black-eyed Susans are so cheerful on this upward hike.

IMG_6264.JPGThis takes us up to the Lookout on top of Harney Peak.

IMG_6265.JPGThere it is!

IMG_6286.JPGWooHoo! We did it! It wasn’t necessarily the toughest hike ever, but it did get my heart pumping, hiking to the 7,242 ft summit.

IMG_6266.JPGSuperman can mark this as his 22nd Highpoint!

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The Needles in the background.
IMG_6257.JPGIt always takes my breath away when I stand at the top and take in the beautiful land around me.

IMG_6287.JPGNot sure what this was all about, but it was kinda cool.

IMG_6261.JPGSo here we are at the highest peak east of Rockies and west of the Pyrenees. Neat.

IMG_6262.JPGAdam

IMG_6263.JPGThomas

Three things I take away from this hike:

IMG_6260.JPG1. Don’t be this guy! He just had to pull out his cellphone to make a call when he got to the top? Really?!? Take pictures. Don’t check your email, texts, or Instagram.

IMG_6255.JPG2. Footwear Matters. And if your hiking shoes are as ugly as mine…wear cute socks!

IMG_6246.JPG3. Bloom where you are planted! God loves us and uses us in every situation. So quit wasting time waiting for the moment when everything is perfect in your life before you enjoy the loveliness around you. Look around you, God’s beauty is everywhere!

Thank you for letting me share my day with you!

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