Life’s Hard; Eat Some Cherry Chocolate Cobbler

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).

Amish quilts~all hand stitched~up for auction at an Amish sawmill outside of Antonito, Colorado.

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.

Summertime Circus

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.

My husband Camron right in the middle of all the summertime chaos (I mean fun…). My boys wanted to do the classic science experiment ‘plaster volcano with baking soda vinegar lava’. It was definitely entertaining!

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)

Mountain Adventures

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.)

Oh yes, that is steam you see coming from this fresh out of the oven Cherry Chocolate Cobbler!
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Cherry Chocolate cobbler


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Bake until top is set and filling is bubbly, 35-40 minutes. Serve warm. Yield: 15 servings.

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  1. Well, I must say I know this recipe works. The style of baking dessert stems from WWII and an era of Government controlled rationing of certain food items, including dairy, eggs, and such. It is commonly referred to as “Dump Cake”. I know your version here will work. Thanks for the recipe, I hadn’t tried it yet.

    I’ve generally used yellow or white cake mix, Pie filling or Canned Fruit, and most often a form of canned pineapple — ratio usually 12oz each filling&pineapple. I’ve often utilized only oil, or premelted oil w) a smatter of butter to make my own “melted margarine” so to speak.

    Peace to you and your family as you pursue Truth, Knowledge, and wisdom. May you find your true love of the true God as the answer to your life’s pursuit.

    Chow for now,
    Ciao for later,
    an adopted child of NM by marriage to my wife,

    1. Great to hear from you Gregory! I hope you love the taste of this recipe; it’s a nice change from the usual “dump cakes” of vanilla cake and canned peaches.Thanks so much for the well wishes!

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