Red Velvet

RedVelvet

Every Christmas morning we have brunch and some sort of bubbly cocktail. It started out as mimosas. Later it evolved into prosecco with pear liqueur or St. Germaine.

This year my brother was here for Christmas, a first ever. He introduced us to prosecco and framboise lambic (a Belgian raspberry beer).

Leave it to Nick to get me to drink a beer and prosecco cocktail! Ok, I do actually like a raspberry beer. It tastes more raspberry than beer.

What isn’t to like really, bubbly and raspberry?! This version is less sweet than just adding a raspberry liqueur. And I must say I actually like it better. Who would have thought!!

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In My Kitchen – January 2018

It’s a new year and a fresh start with blogging.  Maybe I’ll finally find time to do what I would like with the blog this year.  Until then it’s always fun to start the year off with an In My Kitchen post, hosted by the wonderful Sherry.

The obvious place to begin is with Christmas gifts.  As always I received several gifts related to the kitchen.  First off are two cookbooks from the boys (though they deny it since Daddy did the shopping for them)!  The recipes and photos in both books are drool worthy and I can’t wait to get cooking/baking.

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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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