Sourdough Heaven

I’ve neglected this blog for quite some time now. Life is always busy. Summer was absolutely insane and I thought once the boys were back in school things would change, they are just as busy if not busier. I think I’ve finally come to realize that our lives will always be busy, at least until the boys are older.

Along with that realization is a decision to change the direction of the blog. I simply don’t have time to develop recipes as much anymore. As a result, expect to see more cookbook reviews along with recipes tried from cookbooks or just photos of what I throw together to feed my hungry growing boys.

So today I’ll share my most recent cookbook purchase and obsession, Artisan Sourdough Made Simple by Emilie Raffa. For those of you that have an offspring of Celia’s Priscilla sourdough starter you may already know Emilie, also author The Clever Cookbook and The Clever Carrot blog.

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In My Kitchen – October 2017

First our summer was insanely busy and then fall arrived.  Between back to school, birthdays, swim, Cub Scouts and everything else time escapes me far too quickly.  I haven’t found my blogging groove and really need to work on that.  In the meantime, I’ll gladly post another In My Kitchen update.  This monthly roundup is hosted by the lovely Sherry over at Sherry’s Pickings.

The month of September we had two birthdays. Fortunately my cookbook club for the month was a baking book (Bake From Scratch)  and the cake challenge fell right between the two birthdays. I made this super delicious citrus cake to celebrate Josh and Sean’s birthays at my parents’ house.  I used a different cream cheese recipe since the one in the book was way to sweet for my taste. Continue reading

Jalapeño White Cheddar Scones, #ISW2017

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It seems another year has flown by and it’s International Scone Week again!  The lovely Tandy over at Lavender and Lime is hosting this roundup again so pop on over to find links to all the scones everyone is baking.

My first thought was to make a white cheddar dill scone, I have plenty of the dill in the herb garden and it’s a good flavor combination.  Plus I was making a tomato soup that day and they would go well together.

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In My Kitchen – August 2017

And so another month has whizzed on by!  It was a month full of swim practices, swim meets and finally some time away from home.  The boys and I had a road trip up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and enjoyed ourselves.  Yes, I survived driving them all by myself!

Between our travels and my parent’s 4+ week road trip I have a lovely collection of goodies from all over the States (and Canada)  for this month’s post.

First let’s begin with items my fantastic mom found for me.  They spent over four weeks driving across the country.  The highlight was of course visiting my brother in Seattle.  From their stop in New Mexico we got these lovely goodies.

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Josh and I are big salsa fans so we can’t wait to open these.

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In My Kitchen – July 2017

Summer is in full swing now and it’s chaotic here!  The boys have swim practice every weekday, a couple days are doubled up on practices (summer swim team and year round swim team).  I’m having trouble keeping my head above water.

I still manage to get to the gym 3-4 days a week and when we get home after the gym or swim practice and have a late lunch it’s nearly two in the afternoon.  We are all tired and cranky sometimes!

Despite all that craziness our kitchen has still been busy, perhaps adding to my fatigue.  Let’s start with the aforementioned swim schedule.  Between practices the boys need a snack so I keep busy packing snacks.  They also have meets two nights a week so I have to pack dinners too.  Here’s a glimpse of a few of the things I’ve been packing.  Luckily they only have one more night meet (that being said they still have City Meet this coming weekend and State Meet the next weekend).

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The garden also keeps me busy.  While it is wonderful having fresh produce, it is quite a bit of work.  I don’t keep up with the weeding as well as I should but oh well!  The month started out squash/zucchini heavy and by the end of June we were getting more tomatoes, watermelon, eggplant, jalapenos and peperoncini.

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Hazelnut Roll

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We are now in our second week of summer break and I kind of sort of have a routine going. It still doesn’t allow much time for recipe testing or blogging, but I had to squeeze this recipe in.

Last week I made this hazelnut roll cake for a cookbook challenge on Instagram. It was so delicious I thought I’d share it.

The original recipe is for a walnut roll so already you can tell I made a couple changes!! I personally can’t stand walnuts so switched those out for hazelnuts. Obviously you can use whatever nut you like.

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In My Kitchen – June 2017

This month I can truly say time flew by, I haven’t even posted anything since the last In My Kitchen post.  May was insanely busy with end of school year activities, field trips, helping with testing at school, promotion ceremonies and then just the usual craziness that is life.

Now I’m trying to adjust to our new summer schedule and will attempt to get better about posting.  Part of our schedule issues now are time to cook and photograph.  Many days we don’t get home until it’s time for a late lunch.  Then I’m lucky if I have time or energy to cook and get nice photos.  This month we have a dark theme for IMK, the only time I had to photograph was during a dark and dreary stormy day!  In the meantime here is an In My Kitchen post, I’m linking with Sherry over at Sherry’s Pickings for this monthly linkup.

Despite being insanely busy I did manage to still cook most meals and spend plenty of time in the kitchen.  First off we have my Mother’s Day gifts.  Josh went on a tray shopping binge, he knows me so well.  The first one has already been used often, it’s the ideal size for a cup of tea and snack or breakfast by myself.

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