A-Z Challenge

Mulberry Tree#AprilA2Z


Although, I did not remember this song by DC5, they do have tons of good music I do remember. Did you know they sold more than 100M records, including 24 hit albums and 30 world-wide singles? That’s pretty impressive and the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inducted DC5 in 2008.
In keeping with life through music, that’s just wanted I’m doing. Earlier in the month, I shared Daddy’s Little Girls sitting in a mulberry tree.  It’s a fabulous climbing tree. The girls loved doing this (with a little help) when they were small and DS did, too. If that ole tree could talk, I’m sure it would say to our kids, “Your papa climbed every branch of me straight to the top!”.

Everyone loved picking (more like eating ’em) mulberries so Mamaw could make a fresh, home-baked Mulberry Cobbler. NumNum!

Mulberry Cobbler


  • 4 c. ripe mulberries
  • 1 C. white sugar
  • 1 C. sifted flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 C. stick butter, melted
  • 3/4 C. milk


Mix all the ingredients, except mulberries, by hand. Heat mulberries on the stove (sweeten to taste) and be careful to not scorch fruit. Pour half of the batter into a greased square baking dish (8″x8″ or 9″x9″). Add fruit, then pour the remaining batter over the fruit. Bake in a preheated, 400º oven for 40 minutes or until brown.

You can serve vanilla ice cream on the side for an added treated, but with or without the ice cream it’s a delicious treat!


DH spent many boyhood years beneath that old tree staring across the blue ridges of the Appalachian mountains daydreaming about all the what ifs and pondering the mysterious of the universe.

In our dating years, we took many walks along his parents’ property and our journey always took us to this ole tree. I always imagined its sturdy limbs as the perfect cradle for a tree house fortress, but none was never built upon its weight. Instead, birds and squirrels called it home.

This tree is a favorite of ours and many picnics enjoyed beneath the shade of her foliage. In fact, I made sure that my illustrator depicted the mulberry tree in my children’s book, The Tale of Ole Green Eyes.

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Local artist Leann Vineyard Copper used this photo for inspiration…

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This is the backside of the barn and the mulberry tree is in the upper left corner of the picture. In the foreground you see the kiddies and DH picking apples. It was mid-to-late summer of 2000 when I took this pix with my old Nikon 35mm point n’ shoot camera. I created a vintage image with Photoshop to place emphasis on the mulberry tree, instead of on my family.

Underneath the mulberry tree’s cover now is where my sweet Mother-in-law is laid to rest. This is what she wanted. The place of fond memories and the beauty of God’s world surrounding her. Although, she is unaware I like to think the change of the seasons dancing to where she lays covering the earth with autumn’s warmth, or the blanket of winter white, or the sunny buttercups carpeting the ground makes her smile from above. That ole mulberry tree is a little haven, a piece of heaven on earth.

Do you have a favorite tree to sit beneath? Have you ever had mulberry cobbler?

Why not join me while I visit some merry bloggers taking part in this marvelous A2Z Challenge!

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I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.


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