Elderflower Limoncello Prosecco

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It’s back to school time and that’s reason enough for celebration!  Parents across the country are dancing in the streets as their children go back to school.  I told our principal I would try not to dance as I left the school last week until I reached my car, though there was a spring in my step!

Back when the boys were younger, even before elementary school or preschool I used to host a back to school playdate for our play group.  It was a chance for moms of school/preschool aged children to get together and celebrate the kids being gone either all day or just for three short hours.

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Bacon, Cheddar and Chive Scones

It’s International Scone Week time again!  Now here in South Carolina it isn’t exactly scone weather.  Not many people are willing to crank up their ovens to 450 degrees in this heat and humidity.  I am, of course maybe I have a few screws loose?!

The lovely Tandy over at Lavender and Lime is hosting this event again this year.  It gives food bloggers across the world a chance to gather and post various scone recipes.  You’d be surprised how many different kinds of scones people can come up with.

Bacon, Cheddar and Chive Scones

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In My Kitchen – August 2016

The In My Kitchen series is on summer hiatus while our host Maureen recovers from surgery.  I thought it would be nice to go ahead and post anyway, especially since I have some loot from our trip to Europe.

I’ve lived in both Austria and Germany several times over the years so I already knew the food and culture very well.  In my mind I had ideas of what I wanted to buy to bring home as well as things I wanted to eat while there.  Needless to say I didn’t get to it all, especially with our crazy schedule.

I did get the tea spoons and cake forks though.  I have a couple sets of silver spoons and forks I’ve gotten at flea markets in Paris and London over the years.  This time I wanted something more every day and these ones from WMF are perfect.  The boys are awaiting their first proper afternoon tea (though we’ve used the spoons for ice cream several times and forks for cake after dinner)!

WMF spoons and forks

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First Family Trip to Europe

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If you’ve noticed I haven’t posted lately it’s for good reason, I’ve been in survival mode. We had a 12 day trip to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  Yes, we’ve been home for two weeks now but the time since we arrived home has been consumed with the end of swim season and running the concession stand for City Meet.  That and of course surviving the boys.  Ever since we returned home they are at each other all the time.  Maybe it’s getting over the jet lag, or maybe it’s just because summer break is too long.

In a perfect world I planned to have several posts ready for  while I was gone, but planning this trip took it out of me.  So here you are getting a summary of our trip.  Just picture the Dalrymple boys eating their way across German speaking Europe.  They LOVED it!!

Like I said before, the planning was crazy. We were going to Germany for Jens’ wedding.  He lived with my family for a few months the same year I went to Germany for a year of high school.  We’ve been in touch and visited over the years. A bonus is that we would see my parents on part of the trip, the boys were excited to share their European adventures with Oma and Opa.

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Potato Salad with Dill and Capers

Potato Salad with Dill and Capers

It’s summer time, here in the South that means very high temperatures and humidity levels.  It also means our family is busy with swim team practices and meets.  During the week we pack dinner to eat at swim meets Mondays and Thursdays.  Tuesday and Wednesdays we don’t get home from practice until 6 so dinner has to be quick and easy or made ahead.

That’s where this potato salad comes in handy.  I can make it in the morning, because really that’s the best time of day to boil potatoes, and put it in the fridge for dinner later.  We can pack it for a swim meet or have it at home with an entree.

Potato Salad with Dill and Capers

This isn’t your typical mayonnaise laden potato salad.  It feels lighter with a fresh vinaigrette.  Herbs give it that fresh pop of flavor and color.  Your could switch out with other herbs if your tastes are different.  We happen to have lots of parsley and dill which go well with the capers.

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In My Kitchen – June 2016

With the end of the school year only two half days away time is flying quicker than I’m willing to admit. The boys will be with me ALL THE TIME in a matter of days. How shall I ever survive the summer?! We had a preschool graduation last week and today I had two elementary school awards programs. Then I looked at the calendar and noticed it’s June! Could we please slow down time.

Seeing as how it is a new month it’s time for another In My Kitchen post. Swing on by Orgasmic Chef to find links to everyone else posting for this monthly roundup. It’s always fun to sneak a look into other people’s kitchens!

Last month was a whirlwind of a month.  Of course so much of the mad baking and cooking sessions didn’t even get photographed.  Life gets in the way of keeping up with snapping pictures.  Here are a few things I did manage to capture the past month.

For Mother’s Day I got this wonderful hammered copper tray.  It’s great for carrying cocktails to the porch.  Of course it’s getting too hot for that.  So it’s also ideal for holding candles on the dining room table.  Or vases of flowers.  Or maybe I’ll finally get the boys trained to bring me breakfast in bed!

Copper Platter

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No Bake Oat Bars

No Bake Oat Bars

Despite the lack of posts lately our kitchen has been extremely busy.  It’s the end of the school year and things are just crazy busy.  Swim practice four days a week has started.  The kids are playing outside.  The garden needs tending…the work never ends.

That is why these bars have become a staple in our house.  They are similar to these granola balls, just in bar form.  I make them often, they disappear quickly with three boys!

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