Whew! It’s been a long while since I’ve ‘opened the windows’ around the old homestead and let y’all have a peek into what’s been going on around here! I learned about Cherry Chocolate Cobbler during one of my summertime adventures. Read on to hear all about it below!
I could talk food all day; however, I think it’s important to share a bit of the up’s and down’s of life with you so we can relate with each other. I love making new friends, and I truly believe the better we get to know each other the more we can bless each others’ lives. There’s a whole lot of good that can come from finding common ground amongst ourselves, especially now, when there are many forces trying to divide us as a country and people!
Life is Hard For Everyone
When I sat down to write this post, I was just going to highlight all the fun fluffy stuff I did with my family this summer. Like many folks who post on social media, I usually only share the really cool or major life event type stuff, because it’s well, really cool stuff (no brainer there).
But it’s important to remember that everyone has challenges too, and you don’t often see that side of life from most people. My life is no different. We all experience adversity in life that we must endure. If we have the right kind of attitude, the difficulties we face can make us stronger, better people. I believe that’s one of the great purposes of life~ to find joy in the journey and to become the best person you can be, even when bad things happen to good people.
I’m not gonna lie, getting through this summer was super challenging for me. I bit off more than I could chew! I overbooked myself with sponsors while trying to write a cookbook on the side. Somehow I had to keep up with blogging, figure out how to keep kids out of my work space and squeeze in family vacations to places with no phone/internet too.
That black object behind Camron, yeah, that’s my ‘office chair’. Imagine trying to type up your innermost feelings with all kinds of craziness happening right behind you. Unless I turned on the giant kid magnet in the living room called the ‘TV’ it’s really hard to get work done (and then I have mom guilt). However the finish line is in sight! One last crazy trip out of town, then my two older boys go back to school next week. I’m surprising them with a mad dash to Idaho to watch the Great American Solar Eclipse! And I can tell you about it because I know they don’t read my blog, hehehe :0)
The extended Sego family I married into has roots in the little town of Manassa Colorado going back four generations from my husband. Even though most of the Sego family has relocated to central New Mexico, they all gather in Manassa every year for The Pioneer Days Celebration to commemorate the settling of the area by Mormon pioneers. There’s parades, carnivals, rodeo’s and derbies to entertain the masses!
When we go to Colorado, we always stay at a mountain property jointly owned by several Sego families. It’s one of the most beautiful places you can be in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It’s absolutely Rocky Mountain High by John Denver. Seriously amazing. Especially when I’m used to looking out my window and seeing nothing but brown….
Cookbook Sneak Peek…
And of course when not enjoying the Rocky Mountains, I’ve been at home working hard to meet personal deadlines for getting my cookbook self-published on Amazon. I’m getting so excited to share all these amazing recipes with you! I am fleshing out Sopapilla Fiesta into a full sized cookbook, focusing on easy New Mexican classic dishes. I’ll also be including some new and really fun twists on the classics! Here’s a little sneak peak:
One evening in Colorado while we all sat around the campfire, I was introduced to Cherry Chocolate Cobbler cooked via dutch oven. Ohhh, it was amazing! Why haddn’t I thought of this flavor combo for a cobbler??? As soon as I was home again in my kitchen I was replicating this gooey chocolate cherry masterpiece of a dessert to share with you. So simply delish, it’s a great way to take a break from the stress of life and just chill out! (By adding a scoop of ice cream of course haha.)Print
- 1 large can of cherry pie filling
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 package chocolate cake mix (w/o pudding)
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350°. Mix pie filling, chocolate chips and extract; spread into a greased 13×9-in dish or a 12″ cast iron skillet. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the top then drizzle with melted butter.
- Bake until top is set and filling is bubbly, 35-40 minutes. Serve warm. Yield: 15 servings.
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