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Every summer, my Granny’s porch became the gathering spot, a seasonal replacement for her living room. Sometime in late spring, my Pop would check out the glider. If it needed a fresh coat of paint or some oil to keep it gliding, he took care of the chores before returning it to its’ usual spot. Granny would get out the cushions or, every few years, buy new ones, usually in bright floral prints and make the glider a comfortable place to sit. To handle guests, they always brought a few of the heavy iron lawn chairs from the back as well and by the time summer arrived, the porch had become the place to be.
Although times have changed, I remain a porch person. I like to settle down in the swing on my front porch and read. I enjoy sipping some sweet iced tea or a chilled glass of Moscato wine. I also enjoy savoring a favorite summer treat out on the porch. Sure, there’s ice cream, sherbet, and Italian ices but another delight is peach upside down cake. It’s simple to make delicious to taste, and goes perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Here’s the recipe:
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 and ½ cup fresh peach slices or 1 16 ounce peach slices
2/3 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk.
Melt margarine in an eight or nine inch oven proof skillet or layer cake pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and arrange the peach slices. Cream margarine and granulated sugar together, blend in egg and vanilla, then add combined dry ingredients alternating with milk. Stir batter and pour over fruit. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes. Invert onto serving platter.
Enjoy and savor the sweetness of peaches, one of my favorite fruits, while reading. Romantic suspense fans might enjoy my latest, Slattery’s Sin available in eBook or paperback. Here’s the cover blurb:te
Living in California, working undercover is still surreal for Louisiana native Pride Slattery. He stands out – because of his unusual name, his military service in Iraq, and even his disability. Although he’s never quite adjusted to Los Angeles, he remains in place because he’s lost any enthusiasm for the future. One day is just like another and he’s schooled himself not to care. Things change, however, when he rescues a stolen purse for a beautiful woman, Sabetha Hill, who turns out to be from back home. He risks his heart for the first time in years as events propel him closer to an unexpected future. When he’s billed as a hero at a traffic accident, Pride is unmasked as a federal agent and danger looms ahead for both him and his lady. Someone will live, someone will die, and whether or not there can be a happy ending rests in Pride’s hands.
About the Author: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy delves deep into the human experience as she writes from the heart about everyday people caught up in often extraordinary circumstances. Although she makes her home in the small town of Neosho, Missouri in the Ozarks, she’s a native of St. Joseph, Missouri. When she’s not writing or reading, she may be found in the classroom as a substitute teacher. She’s penned more than 17 full length novels, a number of novellas, has been included in two dozen anthologies, and published many short stories and articles. She writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Missouri Writers Guild and the Ozark Writers League. Her novels and short fiction have won awards. Her publishers include World Castle Publishing, Evernight Publishing, and Champagne Books. She is married with three children. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and sitting on the front porch in what passes for suburbs in a small town.
Look for a new release coming this fall, Canaan’s Land, also from World Castle Publishing or any of her other titles. Check out the full list on her Amazon author page.
Buy the book at Amazon.