Granola Balls

Granola Balls

My boys have always been big eaters.  Add in 2-3 swim practices a week and they are truly  bottomless pits.  They wake up in the morning and the first thing I hear is “what’s for breakfast?”  As soon as they walk in the door after school it’s “what’s for snack?”  They finish swim and say “did you pack a snack?”

Do you perhaps see a theme here?!  It’s hard to keep up with their appetites without falling into the prepared food pit.  The pantry is usually well stocked with various nuts which they love.  Cheese and yogurt in the fridge.  Plenty of fruit.

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In My Kitchen – November 2016

It’s been another crazy month.  I don’t know if it’s just having fall birthdays, Halloween, the cooler weather or what…but autumn is always very busy for us.  This month wasn’t any different.

In the beginning of the month we had my parents visiting.  They came to watch the boys while Josh and I went to Charlotte for the night and then come home and celebrate Jack’s birthday a little early.  Things changed when Hurricane Matthew came to town.  Our night out was cancelled, but we certainly still celebrated Jack’s birthday.

We didn’t suffer any major damage from the hurricane since we are well inland.  Just some heavy rain and high winds at times.  We had a plum tree uprooted which we managed to get up again and staked it do the ground, fingers crossed it stays up and healthy.  The power flickered a few times and went out while I had pumpkin muffins in the oven.  We finished breakfast by candle light.

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Lemon Curd

lemon curd

Back in September I made a carrot cake with mango curd filling and whipped cream cheese frosting for Sean’s birthday.  Little did I know what a monster I’d created by choosing this cake.

You see, after Jack tasted the mango curd he became hooked on it.  Not that I can blame him, it was incredibly delicious.

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Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

Last week I posted a photo of three pie pumpkins in an In My Kitchen post.  I ended up roasting them and baking cranberry pumpkin cream cheese muffins.  I still had some pumpkin puree left and planned on making this pumpkin soup.

Then Hurricane Matthew happened.  The boys were home for three days of school, plus the weekend.  I was busy keeping them busy and out of trouble.  Josh was out of town.  I had a fridge full of leftovers.  The soup fell to the bottom of my to do list.

My parents came for the weekend, planned long before the hurricane was in the picture.  Josh and I were supposed to go to the Nascar race in Charlotte Saturday night for a work function but the race ended up being delayed a day.  It all worked out, we still got a date night out of it since my parents were already here to watch the boys!

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In My Kitchen – October 2016

Wow, another month has passed and I’m caught with few pictures to share.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a busy month with two birthdays.  I’ll have to settle and use some phone pictures.  Maybe this month I’ll have the time to take actual pictures {note to self}!

We have a lovely new hostess for In My Kitchen.  Please welcome Liz over at Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things.  She has a running list with links to everyone posting for this month’s In My Kitchen link up.

The month started with a trip to the mountains.  This is my favorite time of year, the weather cools a little and there is so much yummy fresh produce.  We went on our annual (sometimes a couple times a year) apple picking trip to Sky Top Orchard.  This time of the season the galas, jonagolds and golden delicious were ripe.  We picked a half bushel of each.

apple collage

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Spicy Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies

Spicy Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies

I kind of have a thing for spicy and sweet paired together.  I’ve posted recipes for spicy chocolate almonds and double dark chocolate chipotle cookies to name a few.

Earlier this week I posted a salty and sweet popcorn.  While salty and sweet is a great combo, I think I may like spicy and sweet even more.

The idea for this particular cookie came from a show.  I can’t really remember which one, the boys and I watch our share of Food Network and the Cooking Channel!

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