Has it really been a year?
A whole year since I started this blog?
It’s weirding me out!
But, unless the calendar is lying (in which case we are all in massive amounts of trouble), a year ago today I posted my first recipe (which happened to be for some de-licious snickerdoodles). 😉
I didn’t start SGL with the expectation of gaining popularity, or recognitio,n or even for it to be read at all (that would be nice, though!). I love(d) baking, writing, and photography, and this blog gave me this amazing outlet to express all of this random creativeness into a cohesive little corner of the interweb. 😀
In the year that I’ve been blogging, so-o-o-o many people have supported me in one way or another–be it introducing me to a food (Lizzardbacon); allowing me to photograph treats we’d made together at her house (Anna); setting up an Instagram account because I was clueless on how (my aunt Kate); telling people about my blog (my family, especially!); acting as an inspiration (Sally’s Baking Addiction, Joy the Baker, Bakingdom, just to name a few!); and even reading it (all of you!).
It’s so surreal to think that people take the time to visit my blog, read my posts, leave a comment, and share it with people. It’s mind-blowing to me!
All the same, thank you, guys! I hope this next year is as fabulous as the last. 😀
Shall we do a yearly stat recap? I think so!
- My most-pinned recipe was the Death-by-Chocolate Zucchini Bread and was pinned over 800 times
- The most views I’ve gotten in a day was 200
- People from 57 different countries around the world have visited SGL
- There are 37 posts in total on Sweet Grace’s Life
- 27 of those posts are recipes
- 6 of them are Sweet Life Bites Weeklies
- There was one 6 month hiatus this year (whoops!)
- There are 4 social networks connected to SGL (Pinterest, Twitter, Bloglovin, & Google+)
- SGL has had 2 domain names over the year
- And for 1 amazing year I’ve had SGL! 😀
And now…onto the peach cobbler! 😀
In honor of SGL’s 1st birthday (can blogs have birthdays?), I decided to make something birthday-appropriate. But I figured I’d ticked the traditional cake box (in a non-traditional way) with the Birthday Cake Pancakes, so when my mom recommended making a peach cobbler, I jumped right on it!
Juicy, syrupy peaches are spiced with cinnamon and layered with a buttery, crumbly topping and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. This cobbler captures summer perfectly when served warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream!
I feel like we all know those people who don’t like cake. Or they prefer pie over cake.
I am most definitely not one of those people.
But I have friends (and my dad *cough cough*) who are like that, and in this cobbler, my friends, cake has met its match. 😀
I even stuck a candle in it and everything!
(Erm, excuse the lighting…and the photo…I took it around 7:30 with some horribly yellow kitchen lighting so…yeah.) 😉
If you could put summer into a dessert, this would be it. It’s just brimming with juicy peaches and this cinnamony-syrupy goodness that fills up all the cracks and crevices–not to mention the buttery cake topping.
Swoon-worthy. Positively, absolutely swoon-worthy!
You start off with about eight peaches, all sliced and peeled, and you mix ’em up with some sugar, spices, lemon juice, and cornstarch. You pour them into a greased pan and bake them for 10 minutes, until they look a little something like this.
They. Smell. Heavenly.
While they’re cooling, you’ll whip up the cakey topping, which involved whisking together some all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, as well as working in some cold butter with your fingers.
I am going to have cake batter under my nails for the next week and a half, but it was well worth it!
You’ll then stir in a 1/4 cup boiling water and spoon the mixture over the baked peaches. After that, you’ll sprinkle the whole shebang with some cinnamon sugar.
You’ll pop that in the oven for another half hour or so, until it gets all golden on top. While this is baking, it makes your house smell like a bakery. Oh, goodness. The amount self-control it requires to wait for it to cool once it’s out of the oven is insane. 😉
We ate this after dinner served warm with vanilla ice cream. Oh, goodness. The peaches are fresh and juicy and drowning in this syrupy, rich, cinnamony concoction, and then it’s topped with this layer of crumbly cake that’s positively coated with cinnamon sugar.
Why don’t we just get to the recipe? 😉