I've got a secret for you. And yes, I'm medicine free now, so this is a clear headed me talking. Here it is. I had the best "sick week" EVER! Weird, right? A week ago today, I was laid up in a suburban Chicago hospital agonizing in pain, wondering how on earth I was ever going to make it home again. A week later...a totally different me.
Why did this week rock? Well, mostly because of love. I tend to be a real independent, "I've got this" type of gal, but "the back thing" forced that gal into retirement. I could no longer do for myself. I had to ask and rely on those around me. In doing so, I allowed those around me to show their love and concern for me, and that my friends was wonderful.
I've already shared with you how amazing my family was during "the back thing." This week though, my friends stepped in and went above and beyond. I was definitely spoiled! Every day a different friend would come and either help or bring me dinner, bathe my kids, kindly force me to sit down...and even wash my dishes. Some friends drove me to appointments (as I didn't think a drugged up me should operate a motor vehicle...you're welcome Texas), while others surprised me with flowers and Starbucks. I mean really, is that love or what?
Honestly, I'm doing so much better. Thank you everyone for your love and concern. I still have some doctor's appointments this week, but I've got this. I am clear headed to drive again, and even better to cook! I even got back into the kitchen today. It felt like the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon thing to do, and it was. I even ventured into a new realm of cooking for me too...the cobbler.
The other day I was reading a blog I love, called to Food to Heart, and she made the yummiest looking cobbler. I knew at first glance, that it would indeed be my next food project. In reading her blog, it made me laugh how very different our worlds are. She lives in Canada, where she describes the current weather as "October-like" and rainy. I, on the other hand, apparently live on the equator, where we are quite possibly going to break the record for the most consecutive days of 100+ weather in a row, and rain is a myth that mothers tell their children about at bedtime. For those of you not in Texas, yes...it IS that hot here. Nonetheless despite our obvious regional differences, I find it awesome that 2 people could equally crave the same delicious treat.
Her summer cobbler contains fresh strawberries, apricots, and peaches. A combination that I had never eaten in the world of cobbler, but found myself eager to try. So I followed her awesome directions and embarked upon my own today.
Did I run into some issues? Sure, you know me. The recipe required orange brandy, of which I have none. A quick search for some only yielded a lesson in Texas law. Apparently no liquor stores are open on Sundays. I could however drive to a restaurant, order a shot of it, seal it, and drive it home...go figure. I opted instead for a google search. I used orange juice instead with a bit of orange zest. I'd put money on the fact that the orange brandy would have been much tastier, but logistics and law got in the way.
What's the verdict on this one you ask? The cobbler topping is by far the tastiest cobbler EVER!! Seriously, I would probably even eat it off the ground after the 2 second rule expired. The fruit however is a different story. In hindsight, the peaches were not quite ripe, and the apricots were really tart. I've never purchased apricots before, so I have no idea how to pick them. I would make this again in a heartbeat, but I would probably opt for a whole mess of berries instead. If you're looking for a little cobbler in your life, check out the link below.
***Also, I just started a facebook page today. I would LOVE it, if you would "like" it. Thanks!
Link to Food to Heart's Summer Cobbler Recipe