Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Just Peachy!

I baked a peach pie with the last of the 

Texas hill country peaches from last year's crop

using JOY OF COOKING recipe found here.

Then I put it into my 

MacKenzie-Childs ceramic pie dish 

for a pretty presentation.

Peach pie is a 

favorite summer treat.

Especially when it's served 

with a scoop of Haagen-Dazs vanilla.

I also made a few individual pies. 

 I put them into crystal martini stems. 

With the golden ball base, 

these too were a pretty presentation.

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits  @ Stone Gable

Blogging has taught me to 

"think out of the box"

when it comes to using dishware.

Pull out you crystal stems, 

and use them in unexpected ways.  

June is the beginning of the peach 

season for Texas Hill Country peaches.

Unfortunately the hill country 

had a hard freeze in March of this year.

These beautiful, ripe 

peaches were last year's crop.

All of these photos were taken 

at the Marburger Orchard last year.  

Sadly, this year the hill country orchards 

have less than 5% of their usual 

crop because of the weather.

We usually buy our peaches from 

Marburger Orchard in Fredricksburg, TX.

It offers "pick your own", 

though we always buy from the stand.

They also have strawberries, 

blackberries, tomatoes, and other seasonal vegetables.

Our favorite 

peaches are Redglobe.

Redglobes are large and round 

with a blushed red over a golden color.

I know most think of Georgia, 

the Peach State, when one thinks of peaches.

Here in Texas, we think of the hill country!

Texas Peaches ~ Yum, Yum Good!



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. I'll call your Texas peaches and raise you 10 Oklahoma Porter Peaches. I adore fresh peaches. We have a few more bags left in the freezer, too. Thanks for the recipe. Our peaches will be ready about the middle of July. Yippeee! Cherry Kay


  2. Hi Sarah....Peach is my favorite fruit and always tops the list.Happy and wonderful to see a tree with full of peaches.what a sight.Yummy preparation too.i love it.thank you for this beautiful share...Hugs...sujatha..:):)

  3. Your photos are just wonderful, and could I have the one in the martini glass? A+ for presentation.

  4. Veľmi rada jem ovocie. Marhule, broskyne, ovocné koláče. Už sa na ne teším. U nás ešte nedozreli.

    'll Love eating fruits. Apricots, peaches, fruit cakes. Already looking forward to them. We are not yet ripened.

  5. Sarah, I've never had a Texas peach even when my family was in Houston! I'm glad I'm not a farmer~ the weather is unpredictable at best! Love your mini pies served in your martini glasses and who wouldn't want their pie served in a MC pie dish?!

  6. I love the pic of that loaded tree! Sorry to hear it wasn't a bumper crop year but I do hope you can find some local peaches to enjoy. Your pie looks great Sarah, wish I had a piece:@)

  7. We love our peaches in Georgia! This pie looks so good! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF this week.


  8. Hi Sarah, I really don't think I knew Texas grew peaches. Living in Alabama it's always Georgia or Chilton County here. Our spring was cold and rainy and the peach crop is late and the ones I've seen so far are small. Your pie looks divine! I love your little peach pie martinis too, I am anxious to make something peachy!

  9. Oh those peach pies look so good! I like the presentation with the MC pie dish and the stemware- cute! That's too bad about the peach crop getting hit like that. Up here this community is known for their cherries. Last year we got hit with some frosts that caused severe damage too. I hope you get a chance to get some of your local peaches this year but I bet the prices will be higher for them!

  10. I love the individual pies served in martini glasses. Yum! And you had me at the ice cream scoop! xo

  11. Yummy Sarah. We love peaches and live not far from fields and fields of peach farms. I have made peach and blueberry crumbles this year.

  12. OMYGOSH...your photos outshine ANY magazine photos I've ever seen Really, Sarah, you should get in contact with a nice food magazine and present your photos...RIGHT NOW...while it's still peach season.

    I am so dang hungry now for a peach pie that I'm gonna have to make one.and here we are, trying to stay away from sugar....:( bummer.
    I'm going to try one using my Ideal Sugar Sub...will let u know. :))

  13. I have been wanting some yummy peaches this summer. We can't find good ones around here. My husband is on business in Georgia and I hope he brings some peaches back with him.

  14. Sarah,
    I love Peach Cobbler, dear friend!!!
    However, your photos of Peach Pie could easily persuade me to change my mind!!!
    Love the idea of Peach Pie in a martini glass!!!(They seve Peach Cobbler in a huge water gobblet at Rib Crib here in town.)
    Thanks for sharing. . .enjoy every peach you can!!!

  15. Dearest Sarah,
    You made a delicious looking peach pie and the presentation is magazine worthy! Also in your crystal martini stems. Love the use of nice things for adding a sparkle to daily life. That's the secret to happiness!
    You do have quite a peach crop in Texas! Oh, here in the area we have acres of peach orchards. We ate our first ones from Costco that we bought on Friday last week.
    If anyone needs some help with the Google Reader move to Bloglovin' (Reader retires on July 1st); tonight I do a tutorial on it. So just spread the word.
    Hugs and thanks again for your comforting words... it does make a difference!

  16. Your peach pie is making my mouth water! It looks so delicious and presented so beautifully! I'll have to give it a try.

  17. Sarah,
    I'm sitting here craving peach pie now! Wow those peaches look delicious and the pie must be wonderful! We have Stratford peaches here in Oklahoma and when you can them in season it is a real treat! I don't like grocery store peaches anymore! Some day I hope to get to Fredericksburg during the peach fest during a bummer crop year! Thanks for sharing!
    Miss Bloomers

  18. I hate that about the peach crop, Sarah. That makes me so sad! I love the PIccadilly poe plate. I would love to have a Piccadilly-themed kitchen one day. Wouldn't that be *fun*

    I went to anthro today. They were having a sale. I was bad. Really, really bad! :/


  19. Your pie looks delicious Sarah and It’s so pretty I’m sure you hated to slice it! Love it served up in your MacKenzie-Childs pie dish. It’s peach season here too, we bought a big basket at a roadside stand last weekend as we traveled to the beach. Great photos......

    The French Hutch

  20. OH HOW DELICIOUS!!! Love pie....

  21. You dessert looks dreamy! I love peach anything! Big juicy peaches are always the fruit I look forward to come summer.

  22. You're so lucky to be enjoying fresh peaches so early. We have a long time to go in the northeast.

    Thanks for being a part of "Oh, the PLACES I've been!"

    - The Tablescaper

  23. Yummy looking pie...sad that the crop will be so small this year.
    Have a wonderful week, Sarah...

  24. What a beautiful pie Sarah! I know it tastes so good! Thank you for joining HSH!

  25. The peach pie looks so yummy, Sarah. And it looks even better in the MC pie plate naturally. Those peaches are so good looking. You should visit my tablescape cause I used the paper flower blossom for my centerpiece and I used the Liberty Blue dishes....Christine

  26. Oh I miss peaches. Darn weather stunk this year. We're in Oklahoma and I can't wait to add peaches to our new property. I see many of them in our future. Here's to better luck with peaches next year.


    Cottage Making Mommy

  27. Beautiful! My mouth is watering. I love peach cobbler too. Gotta find some peaches! Too bad about your crop this year.

  28. I've heard the western slopes of Colorado also produces magnificent peaches, Sarah! Your pie looks scrumptious!

  29. That pie looks so yummy! The presentation of it is fantastic!
    Visiting today from Common Ground.
    Thanks for sharing.

  30. That pie looks amazing, the only thing is how do I get a real slice over the web?

  31. *DROOL* Peach pie was my Dad's favorite & I think it might be mine, too. (next to lemon meringue, of course)

    Yours looks so yummalicious, I want a taste right this minute.
    I loved seeing pictures of the orchards & have forwarded your blog post from my email to my brother & his wife...just in case they might not be aware of those places to shop.


  32. Hi Sarah,

    I can see where the phrase "...pretty as a peach" came from. Your peaches are just gorgeous and your photography is wonderful. I like the two different presentations of peach pie that you did; it looks delicious both ways! :)

    I'm not sure how our peach crop will be here in N.C. this year; I haven't really heard. I do love peaches though; one of my favorite fruits.

    My in-laws visited Fredricksburg and Austin several years ago, and they really enjoyed their visit. They brought me a pretty Christmas ornament as a memento. :)

    I'm sorry the peach crop got ruined for the folks in Texas hill country. That's such a shame. The weather has been tough on everything this year; our strawberry crop around here hasn't been very good because we've had so much rain.

    Visiting from The Tablescaper's party; have a great weekend!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  33. Take me to this peach orchard, your pie looks so good. My mouth is watering for FRESH peaches. We have quite a few peach orchards down in Southern Mo. where my Mom lives.

  34. Your pie looks just beautiful and delicious!!!! I love peaches, and am looking forward to making some peach pies soon too!!!!

  35. Oh so craving peach pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a martini glass!

  36. Your Texas hill country peach pie is calling my name. What a shame about the freeze this year. We get Georgia peaches, and South Carolina ones, too. Great idea to use your martini glasses. Sometimes at parties, we see shrimp and grits, or something similar in martini glasses. I like to use Cosmo glasses for olives, nuts, etc. since we almost never have a Cosmopolitan. Enjoy that yummy peach pie.

  37. Hi Sarah, I have had the good fortune to visit the Texas Hill Country - but only once. This beautiful post has me yearning to come back. All best, Phyllis

  38. Love your peach pie, Sarah and the dish is so cute, too. Fredericksburg has long been on my bucket list, who knows maybe one day?

  39. Hello Sarah!
    I'm back from our Flo. vacation and here I am to thank you for your sweet wishes, we did have a wonderful time! I love the peach pie as we are pie lovers around here and I'm so happy you said it's from the Joy book, now I can go look it up! Have a great week, my friend.

  40. Yum! Fresh is best :) Happy Blue M0nday from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  41. Oh, I'm drooling! What a yummy post. Your MacKenzie-Childs ceramic pie dish is perfect for this treat!

    Thanks for joining in to Blue Monday, Sarah.

  42. Oh Sarah, your pie looks delicious and especially beautiful in your MacKenzie-Childs pie dish. I love that your served individual pies in your pretty martini glasses. Wish I had a slice of your pie! No Blue Bell for you, huh?? xo

  43. The pie looks so good. I played too. Mine are here and here.

  44. Oh this looks so scrumptious!!! Our peaches will also be ready mid July--can't hardly wait for fresh pie.

  45. This just has me drooling. I think I need to make one very soon. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  46. Your pie looks great, and so pretty served in your Martini glasses. I have some peaches on the counter calling out for me to bake something with!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!

  47. Beautiful presentation of your scrumptious peach pie Sarah! Yum!!! So sad that the crop was lost. Peaches just starting to show up around here. I love buying from local stands. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  48. I love the little pies in your martini glasses - so cute! Your photos are great!! I also wish you could come to NY and go to the Barn Sale :-(

  49. ....and I thought Marburger Farm was just for antiques and vintage, looks like they grow good fruit too! Sad this year's crop was not so good due to weather - hope next year is better. Do you can or freeze your peaches Sarah?

    Love the serving of the little pies in the glassware - you certainly are innovative when it comes to tabletop...........and your collection is awesome.

    Sorry I've been missing - appreciate your recent comments and although I'm home for 3 weeks - 2 of which have already disappeared into thin air - I'm off again next week when Bob and I head to the west coast for a little while. Life is just too hectic!

    Happy Summer days - but of course, like us, you are probably baking in high temps. already......I'm already wishing for Autumn!

    Much love, Mary

  50. Looks so pretty and delicious! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  51. My mouth was already watering after looking at the photos of the party, and now I'm really drooling! That pie looks so good, and I love the idea of serving it in the stemware. laurie

  52. I do think of Georgia when I think of peaches, but now I'll definitely think of Texas Too! Your pies look delicious! Peach pie sounds so good right now!!

  53. oh my that was peachy keen! i have to say i had chills when reading this... i cannot eat peaches... unless someone peels them for me! i get the shivers from them, literally just looking at them gives me goosebumps, i can't stand the feel of their skin! now fresh and peeled i am thrilled, but they give me the willies until then! meanhwile, just pass me the pie and i will shut up!

  54. Sarah, I clicked on your profile as a follower and joined you, but it didn't take me to your blog, only those you follow. Maybe they can work it out. It is possible that they are being overwhelmed by all of the bloggers fleeing our sinking ship of Reader. Regardless, I will not lose touch. You are one of my favorite bloggers, and I have a link to you on my sidebar.

    I hope I can post from there. I am so upset over this. If this is not a good fit, I might switch to Feedly. I have heard good things about it, too.

    We shall see what happens after tonight.

    Love you,


  55. I am drooling! Your pie looks YUMMY!!! I love peaches and will now be heading to the farmers market to get some!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...


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