In My Kitchen – January 2017

It’s a new year, wow!  Where did the time ever go?!  I look at the boys and they are getting HUGE, I know time has passed but it still surprises me sometimes.  December was a busy month as I’m sure it was for most of you.  Here’s a peek in our kitchen during that madness….

Between various holiday school parties, teacher gifts and a teacher luncheon there was a lot of action in the kitchen.  Here’s a collage  sampling of what happened in our kitchen.

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The big picture is Sean and Ewan “decorating” their own pizza on a family pizza night, always a favorite dinner night!  Then from the top right around we have:  Jack decorating some World Peace Cookies from Dorie Greenspan’s Dorie’s Cookies, the decorated World Peace Cookies, a rum cake soaking in the pan overnight for a teacher holiday luncheon, Jack posing with all the teacher gifts the boys took to school and desserts for the teacher luncheon, a veggie plate for Jack’s class holiday party, Jack making eggnog and Ewan rolling gingerbread cookies in sugar.  Wow, that was all done in just two days!!

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Compound Butter – Three Ways

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With all the rush to get things done during the holidays it’s always nice to slow down and enjoy life a little.  And simple really is better, especially in the case of these compound butters.

A post about compound butters isn’t exactly exciting or riveting, but perhaps this time of year we all need to be reminded to slow down and enjoy ourselves a little.  Sit down and enjoy your homemade meal.

Our boys have started asking for stories near the end of a meal (this all started after having dinner with my parents a while back).  They like to hear stories about when Mom and Dad were growing up or stories about when they were babies.  Anything goes.

If there isn’t time to sit at the table for a longer time to include stories there is always time to go over their rose and thorn for the day.  Their rose is what they liked about the day and the thorn is what they didn’t like.  We’re lucky, they frequently say they don’t have a thorn for the day.

Sometimes the rose is the meal they are eating.  Whenever I make cinnamon honey butter I can count on the boys being very excited about their meal.

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In My Kitchen – December 2016

It’s December, where on Earth did the time go?  I am nowhere near ready for Christmas and I don’t really care.  What gets done is great, if it doesn’t we will survive.  Every year it seems things get busier so this year amid the chaos we are going to enjoy the time we have.

With another month comes another In My Kitchen post.  This is a wonderful monthly roundup hosted by Liz over at her Good Thing’s blog.  Jump on over there and see what everyone is up to.

November was a whirlwind of a month as always, especially with Ewan’s birthday being two days before Thanksgiving.  The birthday boy was over the moon excited to have cioppino for his birthday dinner.  How many eight year olds do that?!  I made it with mussels, scallops, shrimp and cod.  He also had cupcakes for dessert.  Of the three boys, Ewan is the one that enjoys food the most, as well as eats the most.

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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

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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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