Sunset picnic with cobbler

January 30, 2015


Cobbler ingredients, Fairhope AlabamaIn Fairhope, beautiful picnic spots are as plentiful as July mosquitoes. You can walk around town with your eyes closed, plop your basket down, and BINGO! You’ve found another perfectly charming place for an outdoor feast.


With this in mind, I knew I had to take advantage of the recent break in cold winter weather, when we jumped from days in the frigid low 50’s (brrr! That’s cold to us!) to a balmy 70°.  A warm Winter Berry Cobbler was just what we needed to help shake off our heavy coats and get outdoors.

picnic in Fairhope ALUsing frozen berries stored from my memorable summer picking trips, skipping through the forest with a basket (or from Piggly Wiggly’s freezer), substituting whole wheat flour just to torment my family, and using practical Ball Mason jars for toting to the bluff . . .


Picnic in Fairhope AL, Fairhope Supply Co. It turned into a wonderful January evening. Little sandwiches (I adore little sandwiches), roasted pepper spread, (made it myself) olives, cheeses and toasted polenta rounds with tomato basil spread (bought it myself). At first, the sunset wasn’t one to call National Geographic over. A lackluster sky and ho-hum clouds.


cobbler in jar, picnic in Fairhope AL, Fairhope Supply Co.

But the still-warm cobbler and the creamy-dreamy ice cream made up for the lack of innovative work on God’s part . . . oh, wait, did I just second guess The Creator? I should have known better.


cobbler toast in Fairhope, Mobile BayWe toasted the mediocre sunset with our jars of sweets (using Grandma-ma’s silver teaspoons)

and then . . .


Sunset Fairhope AL, picnic in Fairhope, Mobile Baywe looked up, and God said . .  . “HA! How about this?”

Thank you God for warm January days, berries, Grandmothers who gave me silver teaspoons and surprises in the winter skies.


Mixed Berry Cobbler


4 c frozen mixed berries

1 T lemon juice

1 t vanilla

1 egg

1 c sugar (I reduced this to 3/4 c and it was fine)

1 c flour (I substituted whole wheat – no problem)

cinnamon to taste

6 T melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Grease 8″x8″ baking pan or 8 1/2 pint mason jars. 
  3. Toss fruit with lemon juice and vanilla, divide into pan or jars. 
  4. In a bowl, mix egg, sugar, and flour into a crumbly texture. 
  5. Cover fruit with flour mixture. 
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  7. Drizzle melted butter over all.
  8. Bake 30 min for mason jars or 45 for 8×8 pan.

Tips: 1/2 pint jars would have worked fine and taken up less space in a picnic basket, but I only had pint jars, which allowed for more room for ICE CREAM! I divided this recipe to fill eight jars, but if I make it again with the same larger pint size, I’ll double the recipe so it won’t be so skimpy (and double the calories too)! Oh well.



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  1. Wow to the berry cobbler and double WOW to the sunset. You have such a great imagination, sounds like a wonderful picnic.

    1. If I remember correctly, I think you’ve won awards for your beautiful picnic spreads in Marietta Square! No surprise at all!

  2. Made me want to be there. Mother – Daughter weekend in Dallas today, rain in the forecast. I couldn’t be happier! We will dodge rain drops and laugh the whole time!

  3. What a perfect combination – sunset and cobbler. 🙂

    We’ve been saying Thank You God for our beautiful sunrises and sunsets too. It was in the 70s here in Dallas last week with a little rain now. It is January, after all.

  4. Loved this post and what amazing views! Pinned the cobbler, looks wonderful!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

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